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Iron Hill Biere de Garde
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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French-style bronze farmhouse beer. Originally a strong, top-fermenting, bottle-conditioned brew intended for laying down. Slight caramel flavors from long boil. Today, bottom-fermented.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2008
Tap at Lancaster location. Amber coloured beer. The aroma is quite fruity up front. Pear and apple along with a bit of green grape. Earthy/herbal yeast note behind a soft chewy caramel character. A bit too sweet for the style and more English pale than BdG, IMO. Light lingering spicey/herbal hop aroma towards the back.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Dratt at Phoenixville. Pours hazy straw with off-white head. Nose is hopcitrus, mild funk and floral spiciness. Tastes dry and floral up front, with hopcitrus and finishing funk and yeast.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Thanks to Mark (the guy who sells stuff at Heavyweight) for sharing some of this from his growler (north wales). Pours a very clear light amber/ copper body with a thin lasting white head. Aroma was mostly sweet caramelized malts, with very light hop aroma and flavor all around. Flavor was very straightforward,, with slight fruit, moderate caramel, toffee, and light hoppiness in the end. Overall reminded me of an altbier rather than biere de garde- carbonation was a bit low, no spicy phenols and body was a bit fuller and sweeter than most biere de gardes I have had. SMooth and tasty though.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2013
At the Iron Hill Belgium Comes to West Chester event. A bit bready, but in general really muted with a light body. Tastes a bit like white bread soaked in water alongside some mildly toasted malt. Too tame.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
From 750 mL bottle, courtesy of dpjuart. Malty nose with some molasses and raw grain, oaky notes and some red wine tannins. Very light hops. Little bit of graham cracker and rubber. Dark orange-amber, not quite brown. Clear with a bit of murky quality, topped with creamy-foamy off-white lacing head. Medium body with high carbonation (foamed when opened). Starts sweet with lots of malt character, molasses and graham crackers. Raw grain and some dusty quality. A bit of rubber and oxidation, but not too off-putting. Quite reminiscent of the true French styles, just a bit too sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2010
750 ml bottle shared with my wife. Bottle purchased at the Lancaster, PA location last Summer. Pours a hazy deep reddish amber with a moderate off-white head that lasted through mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, sweet caramel and orange peel. The flavor is malt, caramel, apples, peaches, and orange peel. Very fruity and somewhat sweet. Very lively effervescence; I can feel what seems like an abundance of tiny bubbles on my palate, yet there is very little activity in my glass. Not really what I think of in a Biere de Garde, but quite enjoyable as it is.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ReggieDunlap (3005) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Pours a honey color with a medium white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is slightly perfumey with boozy leathery notes and some caramel and honey. Flavor has caramel and some spicy/perfumey notes...slight boozy leather and flowers. Mouthfeel is medium and lively with a perfumey lingering finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2014
From the tap poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Light malty flavor with a quick finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Aged in Chardonnay barrels at North Wales location. Cloudy orange brown color with aroma of caramel, spice, orange, and oak. Sweet orange flavor with touch of wheat, spice, and rather pronounced Chardonnay ending. Very nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2006
North Wales. Clear, deep golden body with a tight, foamy beige head. Mild cinnamon notes plus fruity malt characters suggesting apples. Flavor brings an unexpected Jolly Rancher sweetness plus some toffee, toasted malt, and bread crust characters. Flavor has abundant fruity sweetness. Comes across like an oversweet tea in some respects. Fair and clean, but not special. Seems a little under-attenuated and lacking in depth. Not my idea of what a farmhouse beer should be like. La Bavaisienne and Jolly Pumpkin dance circles around this beer.


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