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

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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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.


3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2673) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle at Farmers Cabinet. Slightly hazy dark orange pour. Foamy off-white head. Very little aroma (when cold at least.) Muted mellow Christmas brew. Roasted chestnuts. Appears to be a witbier hiding beneath a now more golden Noel ale. Fluffy red fruit. Golden raisins. Vanilla malt. Juicy but notably muted back end.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benfi (692) - DENMARK - JAN 21, 2013
Caramel and brown sugar with some roasted marshmellows and caramelized dates with raisins. Pours a dark amber with a very thick white head, fluffy. Caramel malts, with grilled mission figs, with dark raisins and light molasses upfront but finishes surprisingly dry.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sblsimone85 (379) - USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bier de garde del nord della Francia al naso molto fruttata e floreale, poco corposa. Fruttata con un retrogusto amaro leggero. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano (1957) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2013
Amber coloured beer with a medium white head. Aroma is malty and caramel. Flavour is sweet roasted caramel, brown sugar and medium to heavy palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2013
A lovely winter treat tried from a 750ml bottle at a winter beer tasting. Pours a clear brown with frothy off white head. Notes of pepper, spice and dark fruits and candied malt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (5288) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2013
Clear brown body and creamy light tan head. Sweet base, figs, caramel, rough malts and spices like juniper berries. Active big bubbly carbonation. Fairly simple brew and not as excessive as I like a Christmas brew to be. Drinks well though. (33cl bottle from Auchan in Tours)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sic1314 (4775) - 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 (844) - 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 (3794) - 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 (7705) - 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


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