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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: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2048) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2007
purchased at puget sound wine cellar in port orchard washington. this brew needs to be swirled prior to pour to mix the sediment. as you drink the appearance and flavor changes. first pour (which i did swirl and swirled prior to each pour) pours a semi-cloudy golden with a medium size thick and foamy white head, decent lacing. last pour is deep auburn-orange that is very cloudy, same head only a bit darker. smell is yeasty, fruit (pear and apple), some malt, touch of spice, musty. taste starts tangy, sour, pear, slight metallic. half way thought the bottle it becomes creamy, slightly bitter, more of an apple than a pear, malts, less metal. the end of the bottle is more of a thick amber ale, some grapefruit, more bitter and no metal. this beer would be great for three people with different tastes to have together, starts more as an abt or traditional ale, ends more of an amber ale or IPA. very strange brew in a good way.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2010 Opaque orange with a thick, rich, white foamy head. Fresh orange, mint, lavender, cinnamon, ginger, and sweet apple make up the subtle but complex nose. Lively carbonation makes the beer crisp without stinging you. This is light for a biere de garde. If it was a little less hoppy I would swear it’s a saison. Dry malt flavors with a hint of fruit, a bit of sourness, some spice, and a small punch of hops make up the flavor profile. More intense nose than palate. This isn’t a bad beer it’s just not as sturdy as most beers of it’s style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (3921) - Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Bottle with a best consumed before 10/07/09 date. Large semi-frothy white head that mostly diminished, good lacing, semi-transparent, semi-hazy, slow rising carbonation, and a yellow golden hue. The aroma was yeasty, sweet, some wheat, spicy, and fruity. The flavor was sweet, fruity, mildly spicy, yeasty, and a little funky tasting. The mouthfeel was watery and thin Light bodied beer. Quaffable, easy to drink, just an okay beer for me as I could not get into the taste of it so it left me not wanting this one again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3237) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. cloudy gold pour with a white head. slightly tart fruity nose. nice on the palate with a yeasty fruity flavor and a clean finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1067) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6695) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Bottle. Hazy rich amber with a big off-white head. Light citrus, wheat (and other grain) aroma. Flavor has an earthiness to it along with spice and a big herbal component - fennel and licorice. Light and refreshing - but the herbal bit put me off after awhile.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2006
Cloudy orange-brown body with a medium beige head. A cool wild, spicy, saison-ish aroma emanates from my glass, the type of aroma I can smell for minutes before taking my first sip. Taste is very much a thick earthy fruit juice with pulp and everything (no particular fruit, a bunch of them), plenty of herbs and spices, saison-ish yeast, and a fruity tartness. Like a drinking body said, I would have believed this was a new Fantôme. Interesting experiment, a bit out-there. Once again a French beer with “Bière De Garde” written on the label when it clearly isn’t one. I’m starting to believe they think “Bière De Garde” is English and means “Made in France”.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (11786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
Slightly hazy. Amber. Lightly spicy, a little sweet in the finish. Some dusty yeastiness. Nice mellow farmhouse ale - nothing stands out but a very pleasant quaff. The sort of beer if it was local you’d drink a lot of it.


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