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RATINGS: 213   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.


3.5
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emeister84 (1038) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Strawberry, apple, toasty, and floral aromas. Pale gold, pretty clear, with a moderate white head. Lightly sweet, with some tartness, some farmhouse funk, and floral notes. Medium body, refreshing carbonation, and a dry, somewhat spicy finish. Fruity and complex.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6702) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a clear golden with a small white head. Aroma of bready malts, sort of stale-like, with some barnyard and yeasty noes. Flavour brings out some earthy qualities, white wine notes, some toasted bread and some aged farmhouse yeast, with a bit of the orange peel further back. No hint of the 9% - drinks dangerously smooth, like a 5% beer. Body is light, though quite full-flavoured. Great stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bomber. Poured a hazy straw with a medium-sized, fluffy head. Aroma was orange, malt, and earth. Flavor was mildly sweet malt, dough, some spice, slightly tart and funky, quite earthy, lemon, orange, apple. Finished quite dry. Mouthfeel was medium to heavy, maybe a bit undercarbonated.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3001) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2013
From a bottle poured a straw color with a fair amount of head. Spicy sweet malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Tap. Clear deep yellow pour with a spotty white head. Fruity pear on the aroma and taste, a little citrus and dry tea, clean and lighter palate.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle. Semi-hazy yellow pour with a small slick of white foam. Aroma is light spice over generic sweet malt. Taste is light spice with some malt sweetness and tinge from the alcohol. Sticky mouthfeel. Did not care for this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Pours straw-gold with a small white head. Aroma of lemongrass, sourdough bread, hay, and pepper. Flavor follows suit but with plenty of malt sweetness present in the form of sourdough bread, biscuit, and toffee spiced up with a ton of lemon, herbs, and a gentle non-sour funkiness. Finishes dry and yeasty with little bitterness and a lot of the funkier elements of flavor remaining. Fairly heavy for the style, and definitely malty at first, but the carbonation is right even if the fluffy mouthfeel isn’t quite there. No heat presence. Overall, I enjoyed this a lot and thought the flavor profile was awesome, provided you like NB’s typical house flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
raradel (342) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Enjoyed at a @JaxBrewBitch bottle share at Brewer’s pizza in Jacksonville,FL... Had high expectations for this one and I would say it is solid but not mind blowing. Really good farmhouse/sour/saison type that is smooth and drinkable. Enjoyable.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
shrubber85 (7732) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Lemon, barley malt and bandaid aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Light barley malt flavor. Light band-aid finish. Chloro-phenol issues - not a fan.


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