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Brewed by La Choulette
Style: Bière de Garde
Hordain, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Stronger, fuller flavored version of the classic bière de garde. The New York Times (your Paper of Record) just anointed this beer the ultimate bière de garde, and rightly so. It’s a rich, rare treat from one of France’s old guard craft breweries. Be there or be square.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2004
Sweet, spicy, marzipan aroma with some barnyard temptations. Clear, mahogany-brown with off-white/tan head that recedes to cover. Smokey character to the lightly spiced, licorice-like flavour. Medium body and fairly full carbonation. Though there is a lot going on, it seemed rather subdued and perhaps a bit simple. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Biere de Garde and Various Oddments tasting, #9, with MartinT, Rastacouere and tiggmtl. 750 ml bottle. Nearly opaque dark mahogany; rather light, sweet caramel nose with a touch of baked fruit....dark, burnt caramel flavor, perhaps a touch of smoke, earthy tones and some licorice. Lovely, without being great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2004
Frothy fruitiness of pomegranates and strawberries strive for candyish levels of sweetness and sometimes succeed...Smoky malt fumes languidly hover over rummy spiciness...Blatant proof that French Noël beers are of very distinct constitution than that of their northern neighbours, but can still offer interesting sweet quaffers...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
Reddish brown, medium off-white head. Big farmy aroma, it doesn’t smell as dark as it is. Slightly musty, chocolatey. Hints at licorice, vegetables, rhubard, alcohol. Unexpected taste os cherries, licorice, radish. It’s kind of saved altogether by its nice farmy character: haystack combined with a brown sugar concerto. Dry. Hard to pinpoint really. Moderately high carbonated, medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
Ruby color, thick, frothy white head. Cinnamon aroma, maybe cranberries too. Flavor of cinnamon, malt and alcohol. Light to medium body, liquorous texture. It’s good but I have higher expectations for a "bière de Noël".

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
Caramel, candied malt, and toffee in the aroma, russett, pours a huge, billowy, tan head, some fine lace. Malt, almonds, red plums, and apple butter flavours. Complex, bitter, softly sweet, quite warming. The sweetest example of the style, I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2004
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of apple/pear, peach, vinegar, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Bottle. A bit dark for a bier de garde, the style that just came out of nowhere on ratebeer sometime last year. It goes surprisingly well with the environmentally irresponsible half pound of beef that I am consuming with it. Thick, complex malty aroma with hints of fruit, and some holiday type spices. Sweet in the finish. The mouthfeel could be a little bit stronger, but otherwise this is an excellent beer!

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Very spicey but had a bit of a rotted wood taste. I really did not like this beer and could not drink it again.Too musty for its own good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Dark tan color with a tinge of blood. Earthy caramel and alcohol aroma. Taller tan head. Light malt and nut sweetness Earthy cobwebs and mild alcohol finish. Light and airy on the palate. Alcohol a bit to present in this one to rate higher. Seems more like an amber malt liqour.


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