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Brewed by Duyck
Style: Bière de Garde
Jenlain, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Formerly known as Sebourg beer, this was rebaptized Saint Druon de Sebourg in 2000.
Malted barley and 3 varieties of hops grown in Alsace form the basis of this recipe, which, unlike Duyck’s other beers, also contains wheat from the Beauce region of France, milled in the traditional way by Sebourg’s miller. And to give it an even more distinctive flavour, the Duyck’s use a specific strain of yeast exclusive to the beer.
St. Druon de Sebourg is the French version of a blonde abbey ale, similar in style to those found across the nearby border in Belgium. It is spicy and effervescent, and much hoppier than typical bière de garde.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (2174) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 12, 2011
From the caged, corked green 25 fl. oz. bottle. The green bottle is an immediate turn off because as soon as I pop the cork I get that inevitable, disappointing skunkiness that throws everything off. After a few deep whiffs I get a bit of sweet malts and citrus. The body is extremely smooth and silky. Thankfully the green bottle seemed to have less of an impact on the taste, which was sweetly malted with mild bitterness. I wonder how it would taste from a brown bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwood04 (4038) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 18, 2011
11.2oz bottle in a tulip. Pours golden with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of light caramel malts, some light fruits, and floral hops. Nothing really stands out in the flavor. Average texture. A decent beer for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6174) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Bready and toffee sweet aroma with flowery notes and light spices. The flavor has sweet caramel malt, light bready notes, light flowery hops, and a hint of yeast. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11355) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle (aged about one year) in NYC with Chris. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a fine, white head. Aroma is doughy bread, subtle spice, light tartness (which doesn’t come through in the flavor, thankfully) and some aged malts. Flavor is sweet, more bread, light yeast and spice, a bit of caramel and honey. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish, bit of bread, caramel, honey. There is some age coming through but it works alright. Faint sharpness, but only faint. Overall very enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2674) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
750 ml. bottle. Pours a large, fluffy, white head, with some lacing, over a slightly, hazy gold (SRM 5) body....nose is light malts, with light toffee/caramel, light apple, pear....taste is light apple, slight pear, bit of toffee/caramel, finishing with dry floral honey tones...mouth feel light, carbonation high. The hops in this beer are not as pronounced as indicated in the commercial description and the malts are rather understated for a Biere de Garde. BJCP 7/3/12/4/6

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayduke (3389) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Courtesy of a trade from Strykzone. This poured rich gold, with a good white had and light lacing, Nose of caramel malts, and some grassy hops. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is fruity, and mild sourness. The finish is dry and spicy with mild bitterness. Very nice drinking overall.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2011
12 ounce bottle from the Beer of the Month Club, poured into a Belgian fishbowl glass. Bright yellow color, mostly clear with a wispy white head that recedes quickly. Lots of fruity esters -- apples, lemons, grapes and berries aromas give this a nice bouquet. Lemony tart taste with some yeasty bready qualities. Some grassy and hay flavors as well give this a complex flavor. Lite to medium mouthfeel, well carbonated. Nice, refreshing enjoyable beer that I thought went well in the late weekend afternoon. Would pair nicely with a tossed or caesar salad. According to BOMC, this is an example of the Biere de Garde that the northern French area is known for.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6992) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Courtesy of kiefdog. This 750mL pours hazy deep gold with white head. It has soft aromatic notes of sweet light skinned fruit, some malt graininess and a sense of spice. The taste is similar with a seemingly wheat softened palate ushering up smooth sweet fruit notes like apples and pears to go along with sweet malts, a bit of graininess and subtle yeasty spices. Nice easy drinkin’ brew.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
markwise (4501) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Thanks to kiefdog for the share. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is caramel, apple, sugar, and yeast. Flavor is similar with yeast and sugar lingering into the finish of this light to medium-bodied beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scottw86 (1111) - Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Poured a hazy yellow/orange with almost no head. Aroma is tart and fruity with some skunky notes. Some yeast also present. Taste is mostly skunky with some rice. Quite a disappointment. The finish has some fruity flavors with vegetables and sweet rice. Overall not what I was expecting, but maybe I should have aged it some more. Crisp and drinkable.


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