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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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“Garde Dog” Biere de Garde is unfiltered with a hazy, deep golden to light copper appearance. Brewed with domestically grown French Hops and German Pilsner Malts, it gives craft beer drinkers a very enjoyable, light-bodied, subtlety sweet beer with toasty malt undertones. Garde Dog is the perfect compleiment to lighter fare such as seafood, salads, cheese and Middle Eastern and Indian foods


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pras (472) - Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Hazy dark yellow color. Lots of carbonation. Not much distinguishable on the nose, somewhat earthy. Some banana, pepperiness, and clove. Small maltiness, but this one is rather bland. Finishes dry.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear light orange color with a thin, off white head. Smelled of caramel, hay, and a hint of butter. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet with carbonation the lower end of the spectrum. Caramel, watered-down toffee, and subdued fleshy fruit flavors.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rangerred (940) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2012
12oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a hazy dark gold with a one finger white head. Tons of carbonation leads to good head retention but the lacing is pretty poor. Aroma of yeasty spiciness with a little bit of toasted malt and a somewhat earthy note. Flavor has some clove and pepper up front along with banana. Just a very small amount of toasted malt but it all fades away too quickly. The finish is dry but all in all, the flavors are just bland. Overall, a nice attempt at the style but I feel that it falls short. A very refreshing beer and the champagne-like carbonation is nice but I would have preferred bolder flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
closey22 (923) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Great aroma w/ banana, bubblegum, herbs; hazy golden hue w/ decent off-white head; flava is decent grainy some metallic notes; makes the tongue tingle and finishes for a long time.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rubbishystuff (1866) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Less sweet than I expected from other Biere de Garde’s I’ve had. High carbonation with small champagne like bubbles. Nice summer beer. Seemed stronger than it was. Serving: Bottle

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Spice and yeast aroma. Malt and spice flavor with yeast and a light fruitiness. Medium bodied. Malt and spice lingers with yeast.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Thechasm442 (319) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2012
From a bottle to a duvel tulip. Pours a mostly clear golden yellow with huge white head, over carbonated maybe. It finally settles down to a 1/2 inch thick. Aroma is bread, banana, and coriander. Taste is stale bread, bananas, and sour milk. Thin mouthfeel and very high carbonation. Pretty meh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGB (513) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Pours kinda a light amber, probably darker than most Biere de Gardes. Malty, yeasty, bready aroma. Very nice smooth palate that seems proper for the style, not a lot of funky farmhouse character, but I like it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcos (1562) - Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on June 9th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a yellow clear.
Aroma: Aroma is malty, faint pine.
Taste: Faint bitterness, almost like a saison, really sweet..
Palate:Light body, really fizzy that turns me off. Syrupy.

Summary: Maybe I’m not a fan of the style, this is just okay to me.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
steview (1021) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2012
I need to stop buying Americanized French ales. Actually, the last I had was Green Flash’s saison and that was in a different setting as where I am right now (at home, with it as a dessert rather than at a bar with company). The two taste similar. The palate especially -- too spritzy and light for me, but that’s when it’s out of the fridge and that is what I think it ought to be really. However, for a beer to be kept for aging, I’m doing it wrong. It’s better a little bit warm (some nice dough comes out and the mouthfeel is heavier) and I’ll save the rest of the pack for awhile from now. I’m not sure what to rate this as it is, but if the brewery releases it without aging it, then I see it as fit for immediate consumption. I would enjoy this a lot more when paired with food. It compliments others not itself.


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