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

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RATINGS: 200   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Embrouille (2831) - 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 (7290) - 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 (2749) - 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 (1695) - 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 (3790) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (9060) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2011
bottle, many thanks to jaghana. Clear amber colour, mid-sized off-white head. Shy aroma of malt with fruity accents. Quite dry and hoppy, thoiugh not too bitter. Shy malty background, slightly grainy. The hop character is dusty with herbal accents. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 (Bottle 30/11-2011) large fast fading off-white head, clear amber color, low to medium co2, fit body, slightly sweet aroma, slightly spicy taste. Rather balanced Christmas beer. BB date 22.04.2012.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (5096) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle 33cl, a clear amber red beer with nice huge head and good lacing. Nose is caramel like with peppery hops notes. Aroma is malty, sweet, fruity, wheat notes, fruit part is on agrumes and melon ! Very drinkable, not aggressive at all with 7° and not too sweet, some light diacetyl, very pleasant and balanced Biere de Noel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2011
750ml bottle at the Bayou shared with MikeJ. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a medium white head. A sweet spicy nose with some caramel and cherries. The flavor is very nice; smooth spices, cloves, a decent amount of hops, light fruit, quite sweet with biscuit and caramel. Very smooth, a great Holiday brew.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2011
Dark amber color with big sized white head. Malty aroma. Caramel and mal in taste.


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