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Iron Hill Biere de Garde
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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.


pilgrimoutlaw's rating

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilgrimoutlaw (777) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
On tap at Iron Hill Chestnut Hill. Pours cloudy brown with thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, tea, some fruit. Syrupy sweetness. Smooth medium/heavy body. More like an abbey dubbel than a bier de garde to me. A bit disappointing.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2144) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2014
On draft at Iron Hill Voorhees. Poured a clear dark Amber color with a small foamy off white head. Aroma is earthy, with spices, and caramel malt. Taste of caramel, toffee, grapefruit zest, and light spices.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5003) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Tap at Voorhees. Copper body with lacing beige head. Not much of a nose, but taste is complex amber malt lightly toasted with strong cherry and lighter raisin. Fullish, very malty body, semi-sweet with low but complementary bitterness, nice lager-like quality in the mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7913) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2804) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (3001) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reggiedunlop (3109) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (1696) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2012
On tap at Chestnut Hill. Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma is pears, caramel and tea. Taste is sweet with a touch of spiciness. Light and air mouth feel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3740) - 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.


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