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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2013
A golden color with a white head. Aroma is yeasty with citrus, peaches, and spices. The flavor is mildly sour and sweet also with some citrus, herbal notes, tropical fruit. The finiish is a bit dry and spicy. Overall this is a nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syzzer (581) - Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2013
A nice beer, good for summer drinking. On tap at Venti’s. A dull lemon (nice- opposed to shocking or sour) with a slight hint of cloves. Light sticky head, dark yellow in color. COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION: New Belgium, and Michigan’s own, Brewery Vivant, each stuck a hand in the mitten for this wonderful collaboration. A bright Biere de Garde with a pale copper sheen, this beer is brewed with pale malt, and some oats for creaminess. Hopped with Sorachi Ace to reinforce the citrus bite from the bergamot addition, the Brewery Vivant Collaboration is refreshing, and strong. A hint of clove from Vivant’s house yeast brings a spice bite to the extra dry finish. Enjoy with friends. Just the facts Ma’am... Birthdate - October, 2012 ABV - 9% IBU - 18 Calories - 235 Hops - Target, Sorachi Ace Malts - Pale, Munich, C-120 Fruits/Spice - Orange Peel Body - Medium-Light Aroma - Fruity orange and lemon peel, lots of spicy phenolic yeast flavors (clove, peppercorn), fresh herbal tea, fennel, some tropical fruit notes, cellar-like notes. Mouthfeel - Starts warm, cloying and boozy with effervescence like a fine champagne, finishes bone-dry- perfect biere de garde style! Flavor - Sweet fruit, slight citric tart and mineral-like Visual - Light golden straw with a uniform haze & slight sheen; low white head with nice lacing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1387) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Pours a clear pale golden with a full eggwhite head. Aroma is sour fruit and yeast. Taste is farmhouse all the way. Lots of sweet pale malt along with a slight mustiness from the wild yeast which also imparts a pleasant mild sourness to round it out. Nice effort!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTron (363) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Big time citrus aroma and that dominates any possible other aroma. Flavor is basically oranges and some other citrus, but this is basically orange juice beer. If I didn’t know this had alcohol in it, I would say this is something I would drink with my eggs and bacon in the morning. Not bad, just different and rather interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Total Wine, Fairfax 650ml: Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is loads of orange, lemon, and all citrus, except for grapefruit, but mostly orange. I don’t really like oranges. Taste is much the same. There is some yeast going on, but it is mostly a peculiar kind of citrus. This really ain’t my thing and it is kind of a shame I had a whole bottle. The alcohol was well covered, nevertheless.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oc4111 (119) - USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours a clear golden color with a one finger white head that quickly disappears and leaves couple of spots of lacing. Aroma is predominantly orange, and orange peel with a slight hint of yeast. Taste is all of the above plus a bit of spice. Some people say this is more like a Belgian golden ale but there’s no belgian yeast and this has more citrus. I’m really digging this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (781) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
Clear golden pour with a creamy white head. Some doughy yeast aroma, some spice and orange. Nice orange flavour, tangy orange but pithy peel as well. Some spice notes come afterwards. Mostly dry finish. Nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Seemed more like a strong golden than normal biere de garde. Big sweet, not a lot of fruit, just sugar. Moderate finsih. Ok, nothing special.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (1769) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 Pours a very clear golden orange color with a big white head that fades slowly. Aroma is like a very fruity champagne. I get peaches, strawberries, oranges, and other light fruit. Taste is very light and fruity. Mostly peaches and citrus fruit. Very dry and slightly tart finish. Alcohol very well hidden. Decent beer but not something I could drink often.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2013
The pour is a clear golden color with a moderate, creamy, white head which somewhat lasting and leaves minimal lace rings. The nose is fairly bland with prominent orange zest and blood orange notes, soft florals, some toasty, sweet breads and malts underneath. The flavor is better with more of the typical musty/cellar notes, still blood oranges (both estery and from the orange peel), toasty sweet breads underneath, floral turning more spicy and herbal as it dries out, and some creamy sweetness finding its way in there late; the bitterness is light to medium and the acidity is less than medium. The palate is less than medium, lively, somewhat creamy, but a bit watery before it dries out in the finish. The beer finishes dry and creamy with herbal, spice and, orange being most notable. Very odd to be labeled as a Biere de Garde, the malt balance and depth was fairly minimal, the tartness was at times a bit much, and finish seemed more reminiscent of a tripel with the dry, creamy, and spicy nature. Decent enough to dry with a lot going on, but seemed to be a bit disjointed in whatever style this is.


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