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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Famous in Michigan for farmhouse ales, our friends at Brewery Viviant introduced us to their biere de garde ale yeast strain. From there, we imagined a slightly tart, intentionally dry beer with hints of bergamot citrus that pairs perfectly with French cheeses.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (891) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Had on tap. Appearance is a clear light gold with a one finger white head. Aroma is quite citrusy with lots of pears and apples. Some light bready malt as well. There is a little bit of Earthyness but it is well restrained. The taste is very fruity again with pear and apple being dominant. There is a very juicy quality this beer that is delicious. Some earth and wood along with a light bitterness leading to a slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is a bit of the heavy side, though, limiting drinkabililty. Overall, a pretty good beer from New Belgium but far from spectacular. I would order it again, though, if I came across it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle from Champane’s Cellars. Light coloured body with lasting off-white head. Mild orange peel and yeast aroma. The taste is a blend of the spices I normally get in a biere de garde, with the taste of orange peel out and above everything else. Decently drinkable. Booze definately in the taste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bwa5879 (601) - Portage, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2014 Christmas gift deuce. Pour is a light orange/peach that is thick and gelatinous, pretty hazy. Quarter inch of bright white head. Powdery quality to the scent, grass, orange citrus, earthy manure or rubber aroma as well. Medium, watery mouth feel and relatively low, flat carbonation. This mostly tastes like fresh oranges, a very small amount of sour yeast funkiness too. Finish is pretty dry, tingly orange extract/liqueur and orange zest. Drank on tap 8-May-14 at Kalamazoo beer exchange and rerated to see how my taste has developed.. Brownish red pour, extremely cloudy with a layer of white thin foam on top. Light aroma of sour berries, strawberry, apple and raspberry. Not too tart an aroma but very smooth with a little barnyard earthiness and just a hint of booziness. Soft carbonation, mouthfeel a little lacking, finish dry reminiscent of a mixed drink. Taste of smooth berries and smooth bitter yeast, spruce and cranberry, vanilla and oak, perhaps some cinnamon. Strong oaked vanilla ale taste with sprucey sour cranberries.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwalking05 (3633) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Orange in color with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of orange, damp straw, booze, grain. Taste is of orange, dank hops, closet dust.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (3845) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. The look is copper, clear, thin white head. The smell is orange peel, spice, yeasty, malt, and fruity. The taste is sweet, fruity, orange, malt, and yeast. Sort of orange pledge and layered alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2595) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2013
bottle, from Triangle Wine. good aroma, funky sweet. big yeasty funky scent with a sweet apple, pear, orange scent. Clean brownish orange color. Small head that faded quickly to a ring, spotty lace. sweet flavor. Light body, creamy mouthfeel, sweet dry finish. Good, not exciting me. I dunno, maybe my mood, just not grabbing me in the scheme of things.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crispy34 (349) - Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Draft. The aroma is pretty hoppy. There is also some sweetness. The appearance is a hazy golden with a creamy head. The taste starts out kinda lemon zesty and finishes kinda hoppy. Has a fruity sweetness in the middle. The palate is nice. Overall, this is a good beer. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Yellow-gold with good, creamy & foamy white head / Fruity nose of tropical & orchard fruit, coconut, and malolactic fermentation / Medium to full body, fruity, sweet with a lot of dry, oak astringency? in the middle, good balance and lightly bitter finish / Flavors of pineapple, apple, pear, peach, clove, ginger, and oak / A little bigger and sweeter than I would prefer, but very well done. The description comment about pairing with French cheese is right on.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1376) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Draft at New Belgium Hub at the Denver Airport. Golden pour with a thick white head. Fruity and slightly funky nose. Sweet, a touch of sour and a touch of farmhouse funk. A nice beer, perhaps kept a little too commercial with the sweetness.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7087) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Bomber. Poured fairly bright yellow with a short-lived white head. The aroma picked up sour, metallic fruit skins and citrus paired with a bit of sweet berry.. a bit of clove and ginger too.. a bit of dry funk accented.. I really didn’t get it. The flavor found the same tangy, metallic character throughout, along with dry floral and fruity funk.. orange peel and light white spices around.. finished dry and funky, but not that enjoyable. Medium-bodied, tangy, and dry on the palate.. somewhat tacky at times.. finished with strong, bitter warmth.. this just didn’t do it for me.


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