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Brewed by Ferme Brasserie Lebbe
Style: Bière de Garde
Villefranque, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Pours a super foamy peaches and cream head atop a hazy tan body that looks vigorously active with carbonation. The nose seems rather thick and soapy with Belgian notes having difficulty in making their way through the dense thicket.Wafer thin body with unsubstantial malting and touches of soapy esters. Hay and hop twang finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1139) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle picked up at La Fromagerie in Marylebone. Cool bottle design. Orange-tan colour, white head. Spicy yeasty character, grainy malt, very light hopping. Quite subtle but very flavoursome, I think the best biere de garde I’ve had.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwalking05 (3633) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2012
Hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of corn, grain, and yeast. Taste is of corn and yeast.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - APR 9, 2012
Hazy, unfiltered golden color. Herbal nose with a bit of pear aromatics. Pronounced white pepper on entry and through the mid palate. Champagne- like mouthfeel, biscuit/brioche finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackricci (2) - Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011 does not count
750 Pours initially clear with some cloudiness towards the end, you will find some sediment on the bottom of your last glass for sure. Largely floral aroma is penetrated by lighter notes of malt and hops. You will also notice a medium-size off-white head. taste initially hit me as semi-sweet with almost grape / champaign flavors that progress into and ends with a medium bodied, slightly bitter floral taste with a lot of carbonation. All in all I would say the taste is pretty clean with a bit of floral / hoppy bite coming in at the end, leaving a very pleasant taste on the tongue. On another note, the guy that brews this is extremely cool, his brewery is in southern france and he used a very sustainable / organic method (His kettles are heated with manure from the goats he uses to make cheese with)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3142) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Pours a lightly hazy orange color, fairly clear at the start of the 750, muddy and cloudy as can be towards the end (and yes I did pour carefully throughout). The head is a medium size, white in color & leaves a good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is malty and has a lot of perfumey floral pungency that does settle down a bit in time. The beer displays a nice light barnyard aroma and some graininess.

The flavor has a nice balance of lightly toasty malt and hop flavor both earthy and leafy. The beer is nicely bitter and has a lot of bright fruitiness. The beer has mild grassy flavors and is generally dry throughout but not without some subdued malty sweetness.

This is really very enjoyable, I always get so suspicious when my Biere de Garde or Saison are as amber hued as this is, but more times than the old world examples of this are fantastic and this is no exception. I will say though that at first it took me a minute to catch up with what was going on here but by the time the bottle was finished I just wanted another.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2011
Bottle, shared @ the Purple Pig. Light golden, hazy, with a solid frothy white head that holds beautifully. Very interesting aroma that required some careful consideration to pin down. Both fruity and vegetal at the same time, like starfruit, or guava and celery, with creamy undertones. Flavours lean toward vegetal and lightly herbal, with straw-like malts. Creamy mouthfeel. Very fresh and lively.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
pkbites (673) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Cloudy orangy pour. Smells bready/caramel like a bock. Smooth caramel flavor. Little malt/hops in the aftertaste. It’s rather nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (3958) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Thanks turdferguson for popping. Pours a cloudy peach skin amber with three fingers of creamy offwhite head. Nose is bready and malty, notes of biscuits and chamomile tea. Flavor is malt forward as well with bread and biscuity notes at the forefront with herbal and leafy hops. Full bodied and a medium crispness on the palate.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Bottle from A Southern Season. Looks like a handwritten best by date. 4/16/12. Pours a glowing orange with a large frothy, white head. Nose shows some grain, dusty notes, hay--very malt heavy. Don’t much care for the flavor either. Grainy, dusty, dirty and just not my favorite. Carbonation level is on point, but I just don’t really like the flavor at all. Way too heavy on the malt, in my opinion.


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