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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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This French farmhouse-style ale has tart fruitiness from the yeast and a sweet maltiness from the grains. A modern re-creation of a classic European beer style to celebrate St. Louis’s French heritage. Pairs well with fruits, cheeses, and cured meats. Debuted at the 2007 HOP in the City Festival Beer, unfiltered. Bottles will be filtered and then bottle-conditioned.


Leighton's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle at the Funky 8, Brooklyn, NYC. Nice and bready. Some caramel, light fruits, spices and yeast. I can understand why some folks don’t like this style, but I think this is a good example of biere de garde at its best.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4767) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2016
750 ml bottle from Artale in Rockford, IL, served at cellar temp in a Duvel glass. Big, fluffy, lasting head leaves chunky lace atop the dusky dark amber body...big expressive nose is cidery/tart, spicy, fairly funky/yeasty, quite potent...on the tongue, also quite cidery and tart, very acidic at the front, with notes of sweet-tart cherries as well, pale malts coming through eventually along with a lactic sourness that is fortunately restrained...finish is relatively drier though the fruitiness never abates, and faintly peppery/alcoholic...moderately full body, aggressive carbonation. It’s been a while since I’ve had a traditional BDG, so I can’t say that I’m qualified to suggest whether this is "true" to style or not; seems more tart/sour and fruity than I remember being typical. Pretty decent on the whole though I feel it’s going to be an effort to get through this whole bottle alone.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (837) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2016
Bottle, about a year old, from Michael (misterburd) -- cheers, buddy! I love a good Bière de Garde, but they get a bad rap sometimes: they’re sweet, caramel-y, and biscuit in a world that seems to go nuts for whatever’s the latest hop bomb. This has a lot of the great malt flavor of a classic BdG, but the yeast added a Belgian Abbey ale flavor and aroma. It surprised me, but not really in a bad way. It just ended up tasting like a combination of a Bière de Garde and a Trappist beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1688) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Nose of malt with lactic. Malty and mellow bitter. Tootsie pop chocolate. Yum.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevinator (1852) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Aroma of earthy malt and yeast. Murky tangerine color with a small head. No real lacing. Full and weighty. More malty Flavors with an earthy and barnyard aftertaste. Some hints of fruit tartness. Low hop presence.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (2579) - Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Bottled. 9/4/12. Hazy dark brown yellow. Taste is a wired mix of raisins, pears, floral.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5435) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Sample at Hopfest 2015. Comes a cloudy golden orange with a nice white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, and spice. Taste is citrus, yeast, fruit, spice, and malt. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a cloudy orangish light amber color with a frothy off white head. Aroma is mildly tart, fruity, barnyard funk. Flavor has a good balance between tart, funk, and belgian yeast. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swanmann (734) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 3, 2015
tea colored with a lot of suspension and about an inch and a half of tan foam, hanging for a while; smells like lemon, yeasty funk, orange, oak, toast; a bit astringent with apple, some caramel, and toasty bitterness; medium palate that hold up very well; Super yummy, I’m somewhat skeptical of the style usually but this is almost like a saison, but lacks the peppery qualities.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CousinBrenden (131) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Musty fruity sour apple flavor. Tart and mold funk character, really good brew with lots of nuances from fruit to funk to woodyness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3737) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on November 11 2014; eye: orangey with a caramel hue, hazy, thin sheet of tan head that turns into a tiny ring, light lacing; nose: malt, grain, slight fruity; mouth: malt, light sourish, grain, slight fruity, lightly sourish finale with slight presence of caramel, medium-light body, good carbonation, slightly sweet; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, 7,0 %, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 11 novembre 2014; œil : orangée avec une teinte caramel, trouble, mince couverture de mousse fauve qui se transforme en un petit anneau, légère dentelle; nez : malt, grain, très léger fruité; bouche : malt, léger aigrelet, grain, très léger fruité, finale légèrement aigrelette avec très légère présence de caramel, corps moyen-léger, bonne carbonatation, très légèrement sucrée; en résumé : correct


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