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

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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Stronger, fuller flavored version of the classic bire de garde. The New York Times (your Paper of Record) just anointed this beer the ultimate bire de garde, and rightly so. Its a rich, rare treat from one of Frances old guard craft breweries. Be there or be square.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20218) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2010
Bottled. Slightly hazy amber colour, mediumsized creamy beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, some bready notes as well as herbal and rather earthy notes as well. Flavour is caramel, earth, herbs and some mild fudgelike notes. Mild spicyness as well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7905) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2010
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Amber woodish pour with carbonated white head. Carmel nose, some toffee and chocolate. Decent bodied winter with nuts, eggnog and a bit of chocolate malt and toffee. Rated 9/13/08

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2010
750ml bottle on sale for $10. I was not sure what to expect from this beer but I was a little surprised how much I enjoyed it. It was a dark amber color with a good head. The smell was spicy and dusty, not bad. The taste was spices, dust almost like a dark saison but also made me think of Christmas spices which could be the power of suggestion at work. Overall I thought this was a good beer but I would not revisit it. I will however purchase their framboise next. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-26-2010 02:15:32

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense N, DENMARK - APR 3, 2010
Pours unclear amber with a dense off-white head. Aroma is malt and light acidic. Flavour is sweet malt and light acidic notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2630) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2010
The comments for this style say it is best when aged yet the bottle had a best before date on it. Im confused if anyone out there can help me. I liked the beer and would get another for next Christmas if it would still be good. Help. Fruit smell of prunes and yeast. Flavor is caramel and a bit sour with a nice dryness to it. Very nice and refreshing in the mouth.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JAN 20, 2010
Sampled at DE Beerfestival 2009, Esbjerg. Pours a hazy dark amber beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is weak with sweetness. The flavor is malt and sweetness. The palate is sweet. Overall a little bit boring.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2163) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Bottled. Poured dark caramel color with small head & lacing. Aroma was raisins, dark fruits and malts. Taste the same.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Defreni (2463) - Husum, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2009
Flaske: Rdbrun klar l med et fint skumhoved. Duft af malt, malt og atter malt. Smagen er ogs maltdomineret, men ikke p den rugbrdsagtige mde. Fin l men en kende ensformig og ikke helt min type.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6062) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2009
750, corked and caged. Pours a cloudy burnished medium amber with a dense, creamy, slightly sudsy tan head. Caramelly, slightly toffeeish nose with very rich notes of real butter cream. Not diacetyl butter--butter cream. Smells like some sort of insanely decadent pecan pastry. Not cloying, though, and, unfortunately, not quite dimensional enough to qualify as an exceptionally aromatic nose. Creamy medium body, very subdued carb. Caramel, cream, pecans, and a bit of toffee on the mid-palate, mild pastryish finish. Tasty, very holidayish, and something I would gladly serve to family and friends around a big ol turkey and ham. But not one that will haunt my dreams with memories of biere de garde pleasures.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
Bottle. Dark amber. Thick head. Aroma is Biere de Garde cubed! Big caramel and hazelnut. Thick hazelnut, caramel and vanilla flavour with a lightly harsh candy finish. Intriguing Biere de Garde toffee candy effect. Take a bag home for Grandma.


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