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Brewed by La Choulette
Style: Bière 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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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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndrewsCheese (9) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013 does not count
Love love love this beer!! I’m not sure I would put it in the Christmas Ale or Biere de Garde category to be fair but who cares? It’s terrific. This is a visually stunning brew. The color is reddish with a gorgeous "snowfall" cap on top. Smells beautifully of dark fruits, plums, and anise. The texture is highly carbonated and creamy. Flavor is malty, deep, and complex. Very hard to put down.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Smells almost like O.S.A, mixed with a brown, and sweet tea thrown in for good measure. Very interesting beer, complex, changing taste. Stars sweet like caramel, changes to a spicey alcohol taste. A VERY lasting taste. A very nice suprise beer.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Dark amber orange, big head and thick lacing. Light spicy hop aroma. Perfectly balanced, caramel malts, typical mineral water flavor, spice. Soft yet rich, thicker than average biere de garde. Excellent brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2174) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Dark amber; thick head as expected. Very mild, inviting malt nose. Very nice spice to start. Less grassy then other BdG’s. Lots more malt. It is obvious where they were going with this one as a Xmas Offering.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2003
I was very impressed with this one. Deep orange color with a lasting tan head. Cinimon and spice aroma that is not overwhelming and at perfect levels for a beer. Full bodied beer with gentle spice notes throughout the carmel malt flavor. Nice balance and very drinkable. Worth a second bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Cherry hued straw beneath a thin, off-white. Tons of light malt with a bit of subtle spice. Oranges, toffee, cinnamon, lemon zest, white pepper and some oily nuts. Light, crisp and refreshing body with a clean finish. The flavor is pleasant and not overbearing, as I feared this holiday beer might do. The subtleness is key to a nice Biere de Garde and I'm glad this didn't disappointed. Well done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Best before April 16, 2005. Drank on March 14, 2004. Clear ruby color with a thin tan head. Deep caramel maltiness, with some bread character. Smooth full mouthfeel, starts and ends very slightly sweet. Ends rich and delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7829) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy ruby coppery pour with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, fruit, spice, hopcitrus. The taste was caramel malty, spicy, with some nutmeg, brown sugar, maple syrup, and slight hops. Medium palate with a lot of complexity.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2004
750 ml bottle [corked and caged]: Deep garnet with a fluffy white head. Wonderful green apples and ripe pears sing out of the glass. Airy malt and tasty yeast. Buttery rum flavours along with luscious fruit, light herbal spices and more yeast. Not as “winey” as some other Bière de Gardes I have had, which I really like. This is a full flavoured: cocoa, figs, raisins, honey, simply elegant.


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