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


on tap

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
No commercial description

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BillKismet (3863) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2007
The pour reveals a murky orange color with a medium white head. Strong aroma of allspice, nutmeg and yeast, interesting. The flavor has a balanced and very pleasant blend of allspice, nutmeg, fruits and yeast. The body has a light to medium thickness with a creamy texture and lively carvonation. This obscure beer was a nice surprise, very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Bottled. Very cloudy yellow pour. The aroma is quite nice with dry oregano, light lemon, and fresh dough. Grassy and fresh body, with a kind of cheesy, wet, farmhouse overall note. Great dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3205) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle - Pours hazy golden with a huge white head. Nose is fruity and yeasty with dry pale malt. Taste is yeast, doughy, with pear and tropical fruit. Skunky on the finish. Fluffy body with lots of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Bottle: Hazy golden with a dense white head that retains well. Dry minerally phenols in the aroma with a touch of biscuity pale malt in the background and an herbal/floral component. Nice dry flavor with only a subtle touch of pale malt sweetness- bready body with again a minerally phenolic character. The back displays some herbal hop characteristics (reminiscent of chamomile). Nice and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2692) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Bottle, best by June 2017 (i.e. bottled in June of 2015). Deep golden. Thick, persistent white foam. Mellow, but very rustic and polished aroma of lemon balm and aniseed (Strisselspalt), tangerine oil, new mown hay, dusty yeast, flowers, and hints of melanoidins (poundcake). Soft carbonation. Fluffy, understatedly complex pils malt displays a vanilla cake and new mown hay dimension beneath a honeyed baguette richness, with dusty yeast adding rusticity. Bright lemony hops mirror the malt in their delicateness, and fill out the body as they zing the tongue with considerable oiliness. Impeccable balance, throughout. Zero phenols or esters to be found, as this is incredibly focused and well-lagered. Dabs of piecrust and lemon-fused shortbread add to the adroitly extracted malt. Herbal, licorice-y bitterness is seamlessly entwined with weightless pils-derived hay dust in the very rustic but squeaky clean, yeast-kissed finish. A maltcentric, lagerlike rendition that exemplifies balance and rusticity. There’s nary a trace of esters or fermentation byproducts to speak of. Very heller bock-like in its sophisticated, long-boil maltiness which is rich in hay dust, and even suggests melanoidins at times (though, as with a number of Franconian heller bocks, this is more honeyish than sweetly sugary, and leans towards dry), with a slightly farmy edge. Very cool beer! Another brewery I hope to visit in rural France someday.

It’s worth noting that, while this is still fresh and vibrant and there’s no trace of oxidation at eight months of age, its decline has clearly begun. So, IMO, it’d be advisable to refrain from critiquing this if it’s much older than that, and wait for a fresher sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2669) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Bottle. A hazy yellow color with lots or rising bubbles and a light foamy white head. Mellow citrus, lemon, and honey, dry, mildly sweet, with a perfume aroma. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
malrubius (2615) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle at pilsnerpeter’s. Thanks to everybody for their generosity. Pale orange with white head and lace. Spicy fresh leafy aroma. Spciy orange vanilla leaves grass sugar with clean yeasty finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2607) - California, USA - APR 17, 2008
Hazy orange, moderate head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is yeast, spice, somewhat fruity, grass, funk. Medium bodied, fairly dry. Fairly interesting, quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Bottle from Wine Authorities in Durham. Cheers, guys... and keep buying beer! Pour hazy dark golden orange with a generous white head with moderate retention and good lacing. Nose is subtly complex, with earthy hay, yeast, tart wood, white pepper, dust, and light fruits all making an appearance at various stages. Taste shows more malt characteristics and some nice caramel apple up front, but midpalate is tart and it finishes almost bone dry. I was unimpressed at first blush, but this is a beer that rewards if you sit with it for a bit. Lovely.

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