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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Malty aroma - chocolate and biscuit - with dried fruits. Flavor has an even balance. Dry, slightly astringent (grapeskins) finish, mild warming.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
Ruby color, thick, frothy white head. Cinnamon aroma, maybe cranberries too. Flavor of cinnamon, malt and alcohol. Light to medium body, liquorous texture. It’s good but I have higher expectations for a "bière de Noël".

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2004
Frothy fruitiness of pomegranates and strawberries strive for candyish levels of sweetness and sometimes succeed...Smoky malt fumes languidly hover over rummy spiciness...Blatant proof that French Noël beers are of very distinct constitution than that of their northern neighbours, but can still offer interesting sweet quaffers...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Biere de Garde and Various Oddments tasting, #9, with MartinT, Rastacouere and tiggmtl. 750 ml bottle. Nearly opaque dark mahogany; rather light, sweet caramel nose with a touch of baked fruit....dark, burnt caramel flavor, perhaps a touch of smoke, earthy tones and some licorice. Lovely, without being great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Has a cloudy dark brown color with a small off-white head. Smell is of fruit and spice. Taste is of sweet carmel malts, spice and finishes with a dry spice swetness. Overall a fine holiday brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Dark red color with no head. Bitter malt aroma with a bit of cinnamon. The taste has a solid malt start with a nutmeg finish. Very interesting biere de garde and one I would not mind having on hand at the holidays. Although it is missing that spicy barnyard taste associated with the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev - tupalev’s bottle. Poured clear ruby with an average white head. Roasty-woody malt aroma, mild spices and yeast, some mushroomy bitterness. Taste of roasty malt, slightly sour grain, mild hops and lots of pungent spices and yeast. Thick, flat, astringent mouthfeel - this is pretty nice, sweet and roasty, a little less grain would suit me, let the yeast and spice carry it I say.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2007
2005 vintage. Mostly translucent and scarlet caramel brown in color with spread out saliva masking the top. Submerged nose cackles under coriander, maple vanilla fudge, muskrat, sandpaper, brandy over golden raisins and a liquor flambé array. Creamy orange toffee dances with maple almond butter, coriander and white chocolate covered white peppercorn. Pears, almonds and spumoni creaminess. Orange glazed sweet potato pie with a graham cracker counter spiked with coriander. Supportive carbonation lets the spiced butterscotch pudding enjoy the company of palate titillation. Medium bodied and fairly charming around the bends, with subtle café con leche sweet cream wiggling around with a hint of subtle sulfurous substance. Grains of paradise and muskrat scrape butterscotch sandalwood in a dry open prairie.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle: Dark maroon body with a thin layer of head. Very fruity aroma with lots of alcohol. Maple/molasses very present as well. Nice. Sugarcane sweetness, with some grape qualities. Maple flavors show up. Black current flavors show up as well. Lots of fruits, and just enough hops to balance it out. Not bad...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (924) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Shared by DenverLogan at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop with wetherel, thanks for sharing! Slightly hazy blond with some initial rocky white head. Somewhat musty cellar aroma with pear and orange citrus notes with a noticeable yeasty undertone. Sweet fruity flavors are pretty straight up and to the point, with a lightly bitter finish and lots of carbonation. Not bad.


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