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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Used to be the way to cross the English Channel was by ferry (or hovercraft if you could afford it) but now the Eurostar train will transport you from London to the heart of Brussels in under 2 hours via the Channel Tunnel! Alternatively of course, you can join us for a little trip from the U.K. to Belgium via Baltimore by way of our recent collaboration with Stillwater Artisinal Ales and our Cross Channel Belgian Bitter. The concept was pretty simple, combine elements of our respective brewing styles, brew it on our English Peter Austin system and ferment in our open fermenting vessels with Stillwater’s saison yeast (and it has to be added, we also used some Belgian yeast generously provided by the Brewer’s Art). The malt grist consisted of Franco-Belges Pilsen malt and English Halcyon pale ale malt as the base with English crystal, chocolate and wheat malts and German melanoidin . We bittered with English First Gold and Kent Goldings and finished with English Kent Goldings and Bramling Cross and Czech Saaz. After a slow start the fermentation progressed at a steady pace and held @ 76F, finishing @ a specific gravity of 1.006, 6.7% abv.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8366) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Tap at ChurchKey. Pours a hazy, golden amber with no head or lace. The nose is dominated by white chocolate, caramel, spiced fruits. Taste is rye malt, burnt toast, lots of earthy/dirty hops. Excellent silky mouthfeel and super soft carbonation. Labeled at CK as Belgian IPA. I’m going to nix that. And Biere de Garde? I’m no expert on the style but my understanding is that Biere de Garde is light bodied table beer for pairing with French food. Sort of like a castrated saison. But this is more like a hoppy rye beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4809) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2010
On cask at Max’s in Baltimore. Pours a hazy, translucent copper with a very creamy, eggshell head. Aroma is malty, fruity, perfume, a little grass. Flavor is malty, crisp, grassy, a little astringent, lightly medicinal, sweet, lemon peel, a little anise. Full bodied, sweet finish. Might be the best Biere de Garde I’ve ever head.


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