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

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2311) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5004) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
This is a very attractive beer - deep, clear amber color, with a huge, frothy, off-white head - yeasty, spicy, fruity aroma - flavor is tart up front, quickly making way for some mildly sweet fruit, some spices and lots of cookie-like, bready qualities - a subdued hop presence comes in the finish to compliment the spicy qualities - this beer does, however, fall short in some respects - the mouthfeel is a tad watery, and the flavor, while good, tends to be a bit thin at times, esp. in the finish - still, quite a nice Christmas beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1844) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Dark amber colored. Head is initially very large, but doesn't last very long (except for a thin layer). Aroma is dominated by alcohol with notes of ripened fruit and malt. Mildly sweet malty flavor is delicate and a tad caramelized. Finish is astrigent, medicinal and a touch sour. A nice beer for a Christmas Eve night.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3453) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Clear and copperish with a fizzy head. Nose was filled with dirty feet, must and earth. Light, very effervescent and champagne-like mouthfeel. Sweet caramel malts ... a little too sweet, actually. Had a nice little funk to it, with a sour finish. Only a mild bitterness to boot.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
Caramel, candied malt, and toffee in the aroma, russett, pours a huge, billowy, tan head, some fine lace. Malt, almonds, red plums, and apple butter flavours. Complex, bitter, softly sweet, quite warming. The sweetest example of the style, I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Bottle pours brownish caramel, large frothy off-white head, fairly sticky lacing, with light carbonation.   Hay like aroma, and what could best be described as pellet food.   Seems very organic, somewhat earthy and dried herbish like.   Herbal sweetness up front, slightly dry, followed immediately by a quickly fading soft sourness.   Enjoyable body, medium mouthfeel.   Finishes musty, malty, slightly sweet, with a soft sourness in the background.   Not a big fan of the style, but this was rather enjoyable.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a thick frothy off-white head. Mildly earthy sweet caramel Belgian malty aroma speckled with cinnamon and cardamom and a touch of dry smoke. Starts sweet and malty with nice complexity and decent body. Very smooth and drinkable, leading up to a semi-dry earthy toffee finish. A nice and enjoyable Biere de Garde, but not quite as intense as La Bavaisienne.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3565) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Deep reddish color out of the bottle with a foamy off-white head. Sweet candi sugar nose. Caramel, toffee, white sugar with dark fruit notes of plum and raisen. Some toast hints with a warming alcohol sense to it. Tastey beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
The head was spare and diminishing. This beer was very carbonated and had a sweet taste to it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2958) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
My bottle, shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy to finish a really solid tasting session on a crappy windy February night. Nice dark amber, small white head. Interesting musty spice and malt aroma. Some yeast and roast as well. Nice malt and roast taste, lots of yeast. Certainly has that outdoor barnyard sort of feel that this style can give as well. Lingering earthy bitterness. Another solid offering from these guys, I think that’s 9 of theirs I’ve had!


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