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

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sic1314 (3812) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2012
Poured a clear amber with a frothy white head. Aroma of peppery, floral hops. Medium body, sweet fruity malt with a slightly dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b33r (685) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Medium translucent brown color with minimal off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is rich with sharp fruitiness and malts. Flavor has strong malts up front but fades away quickly and becomes dry and papery. Seems oxidized but that’s apparently what a biere de garde is supposed to taste like according to it’s style description?

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbier (3634) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Vintage bottle, BBE May 2000. Hazy red brown, minimal head and condition. Big woody phenolic oxidised nose with hint of figs, sweet malt and fruit and a touch of mouldiness. Soft and earthy in the mouth with touches of yeastiness and fruity figs, quite woody and peppery and obviously oxidised, lingering earthy bitterness, fruit and oak notes in the finish. Obviously a beer that will keep in bottle but maybe only for a few years.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (7054) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 6, 2012
Bottled. Amber with a short-lived head; aroma of red berry, wet metal railings and dried pear; quite frothy, some pleasant orchard fruit but then a tinny tang with a hint of the wrong kind of funk. Could have used a more refined use of Christmas spices

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jesperhammer (3050) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 6, 2012
05-APR-2012, bottle @Morten. Amber with fluffy off-white head. Caramelly and spicy but not like most Danish X-mas brews - more subdued use of spice. Fine more elegantX-mas brew with fruity malty notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Embrouille (2830) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 22, 2012
Bottled 33cl. Courtesy of jaghana. Deep amber colored. Hazelnuts, malt, nutmeg and candy sugar are most present on the nose. Chunky lacework. Malt accented. Medium to full bodied. Some spicy hops. Quite a lot of spices. Unmemorable finish. A bit dissapointing. Thanks a lot jaghana!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6611) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a medium off white head. The aroma is highly malty and caramelish with some tobacco and bready notes. The flavour is sweet caramel malt and some toast. Nice malty brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2311) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 29, 2011
750ml bottle at the Bayou. A great Christmas/holiday beer. It is loaded with spice, malt sweetness, dark stone fruit, cinnamon. I will look for this one next year.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JDBaker11058 (1366) - Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Appearance: suspiciously watery brownish pour slowly darkening to a deep red with tons of icky floaties; bottle was a gusher, with a huge off-white head. Aroma: Weak--notes of caramel, basement funk, yeast, hint of melon, and spices. Taste: bready, spicy, with more watery fruit notes (melon, some fig/raisin). Finish: relatively short, clean, with lingering notes of malt and bread. Notes: I don’t see what the fuss is about. Terribly average-seeming. Palate was nice and the alcohol well-hidden. Bottle aged over a year, but best before 9/2012. For a second glass, I had a couple of chocolate chip cookies beforehand, and the residual flavors were an excellent complement. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3362) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Nicely fresh bottle from The Cheese Shop.
Pours a rust color with a medium well retained head and good lace.

The aroma is pear and crusty bread with some light Cavendish and cherry stones.

The flavor is fruity and dry with lots of toasty malt & baguette. There is some nice fruity tartness of dark cherry and more so pears. The beer is really quite malt driven but has a nice spiciness from the hops. All together enjoyable.


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