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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Overripe orange and aerosol nose. Clear amber, medium head. Lemongrass and overripe orange flavor. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Orange and yeast aroma with light spice. Yeast and malt flavor with light spice and light orange. Medium bodied. yeast and earth linger with malt, light spice, and light orange.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GandGKevin (917) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Perfume sweet aromatics. White fruit and Belgian yeast flavors. Overall a very good biere de garde.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhgrantjr (416) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Stumbled on a bottle at Forrest Hill Wine Merchants in Germantown. Have never tried the "Biere de Garde" style. Pours a golden and clear color. Had a good foamy head on the pour. Aroma is slightly citrus, has some of that barnyard funk and spiciness. Taste is tart and fruity, which makes is a little sweet. But as it warms up, it gets thicker and I can taste the alcohol more. There is an aftertaste that I do not like. I think it is a lemon zest. I’ll have to try other versions of this style before I know if I like it or not. This particular one I won’t try again.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1448) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Hazy, yellow, dense off-white head with lots of carbonation and matches the style perfectly. Aroma has a citrus orange presence with a healthy amount of wheat. Flavor has a strong orange peel early with a solid wheat malt presence in the middle and a light grassy finish. Brew has a modest body, light alcohol but not nearly close to representing the 9% present. Great lacing is left on the glass with a fantastic carbonation rate that stays very high throughout the tasting. Overall a very tasty brew, orange ca be a little bit much but overall adds a very pleasurable flavor. Would not pass up this brew again if offered.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle 12/16/12: Pours a bright golden color with very little white head. Vibrant aroma of citrus, orange, and tangerine. Flavor is citrus-filled with orange peel and tropical citrus fruits. Nice crisp feel overall and a twinge of florals in the tail. Really caught me off guard; very well done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3743) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Aroma is malts, spices and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is spices, tart berries, mild sweetness, cinnamon and a sourish fruit finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Probably the last brew of 2012, unless I get adventuresome here in the last hour. Not a bad way to wrap up what has been an off rating year for me. Pours a pale, very clear orange, little head. Aroma is citrus, lime and a bit of orange peel, and a slight cooked note I can’t quite put my finger on - almost phenolic. Flavor starts of white pepper, and then moves into a very citric middle - but not sour, more like lime citrus that was cooked. Odd, but ultimately, pretty enjoyable. Alcohol well masked. Malt backbone could use to be a bit more pronounced.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
HughConway (772) - Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bomber bottle. Pours clear orange, minimal head. Slight citrus aroma, little to no spice. Taste is beery - indistinct - with maybe some citrus? Not alot going on, really underwhelming. Felt like the sour was added to mask the absence of everything else.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1461) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Modest citrus aroma. Average head. Taste is citrus and Belgium spice. Smooth, solid body is a strength!


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