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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Apple cider smell noted. The beer tasted like the small of evergreen trees. Very carbonated beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Dark tan color with a tinge of blood. Earthy caramel and alcohol aroma. Taller tan head. Light malt and nut sweetness Earthy cobwebs and mild alcohol finish. Light and airy on the palate. Alcohol a bit to present in this one to rate higher. Seems more like an amber malt liqour.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Lightly hazy brown body with a fizzy dirty tan and white head. The aroma is sweet and dusty. Caramel and lots of yeast. The flavor is much the same,. Harshness in the aftertaste. Acidic and sweet. Ok but not real great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle shared by Blake. Clear brown body with a thin ring of white bubbles. Dusty limestone and light hops in the aroma. Brown malt and musty dry hops round out the flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2005
This is supposed to be a "fuller flavored version of the classic bière de garde," but I found it to be a bit thin. Pouring a lighter brown body, it sports a fizzy, cream colored head that visits only briefly. The aroma is sweet, sweet malts with dark, hard candy and a bit of nutty bitterness. The sweet malts taste lightly roasted and the candy flavors remain strong, the bitterness fading into a memory. The finish is rather abrupt, clean without much lasting flavor.

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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Red/brown with a good-sized white head. Sulphury, earthy nose with notes of caramel, strawberries, and prunes. Light flavor, musty, somewhat sweet, with some fruity (strawberry, cherry notes) overlaid by a musty bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Had this at BJ’s Winter Ale Fest. Beer poured a clear, dark amber color wth an average, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma was pretty plain jane: moderately malty with notes of roasted grain and caramel with light miscellaneous notes of clove, coriander, trace raisin. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter with an average-length finish that ends with an increasing amount of bitterness until it ends with a heavily bitter pop. There is an unfortunate unclean flavor here too. The body was medium-to-full, the texture was creamy, the carbonation was soft and there was a light alcoholic burn.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 16, 2008
Hazy orange, amber colour with a white head. Malty, spicy aroma with a light acidic note. Malty, sweet flavor with a balanced spicy note and again this light acidic hint.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4505) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2009
Bottled. Aroma has caramel malts, grassy hops and some fruits. Clear, amber coloured beer with a lasting, off-white head. The taste was sweet, with a little bitterness. It has caramel, fruity malts and grassy hops, some sugar. Okay.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Defreni (2602) - Husum, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2009
Flaske: Rødbrun klar øl med et fint skumhoved. Duft af malt, malt og atter malt. Smagen er også maltdomineret, men ikke på den rugbrødsagtige måde. Fin øl men en kende ensformig og ikke helt min type.


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