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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Our Biere de Garde was inspired by the farmhouse beers brewed in Northern France and brewery friend Steve Jones, proprietor and cheesemonger at Cheese Bar. Steve was lamenting the dearth of food-friendly Biere de Gardes and we took that as a cue to develop a beer that would fill the gap. Traditionally, Biere de Garde was brewed in Winter and early Spring while the climate was cooler, then garded (lagered) during the cool months, and reserved for consumption during the summer. This beer offers a soft and clean, malt forward flavor with a reserved hop profile.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontape (280) - Valley Village, California, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle. It’s rare I hit this style since I’m not a huge malt-forward drinker, so take this (like anything I say ever) with a fat grain of salt. No shade though! This is good. Pours a hazy orange. Deep, rich malt aroma. Grains and nuts and cereal, plus caramel and just a touch of hops (don’t know the date but this isn’t new... These haven’t been on the shelves for months). Drinks balanced, lively and clean. This is clearly well-made and made me more interested in malty beers. Unexpected complexity. Surprised how much I enjoy this but shouldn’t be granted the pedigree, Flemish Kiss was a fave this summer (tho it’s gone baby gone here).

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (729) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
"This golden ale has a rustic malty grainy base. The aroma and flavor give you subtle hopping and a clean crisp herbal bite. Easy drinking & refreshing. About middle o the road for them."

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Mostly clear amber with a light lasting head. Ligh hop grain smell. Malt forward but thin and crisp. A light hop bitter. mouth left with a light sweet grain coating.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (1400) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours a fairly deep amber orange color. Looks a bit murky but easy to see through. I’m guessing there’s a fair bit of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The head is small to medium in size, white and relatively sticky. Aroma is light caramel malt, herbal hoppiness, mint, grapes, apple cider and some earthiness. The malt seems sweet with a fair bit of caramel and a somewhat bready character. Lots of that grapey, appley sweetness, which is not entirely pleasant. The taste is sweet, herbal and earthy. More apple cider sweetness. The malt flavor could be a lot fuller. It’s a bit stale and lifeless. It’s slightly too sweet. Something about it needs to be cleaned up. It’s a touch cloying, though too thin to really go too far in that direction. The mouthfeel is fairly effervescent and almost light but the sweetness gives a sense of body in a funny way. I don’t much like this one. I wouldn’t call it a very clean beer, which is advertised on the label. That apple cider sweetness gets to me and kills most of the refreshment that I was expecting. That said, it’s not bad. The hops seems nice - wish they were a bit stronger - and I appreciate anyone attempting a Biere de Garde.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (4501) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2014
Pours a quick dissipating white frothy head. Mild yeasty esters and malt. Rather plain, uninspired beer. Ample carbonation and thin caramel but lacking the alcohol needed. Purchased at Metro Liquors University Heights

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14381) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 5.3% ABV
Amber color, hazy, with creamy head. The aroma is too light. Dry mouthfeel, but less dry than the otherwise similar Vienna Lager; pleasant caramel flavor with a bready touch; correct bitterness ending with soft fruity esters.
Balanced and clean, easy but pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1737) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep copper with medium head. Aromas of toasted malts and jammy, fruity marmalade. Pleasant and malty with light flavors of fruit/oranges, toast, and grassy resin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5934) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear dark copper color with a medium white head. A sweet grainy nose, some berries. The flavor is crisp, earthy malts, pretty sweet, dry leaves, berries, toffee, some dust. Very drinkable. Solid beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2014
My second 750ml of this, I drank the first one fast with friends and liked it but didn’t get a good enough grip to rate it, so here we are. I’ve seen this style pour light to amber and in the commons case it pours a deep orange with a white head. The color definitely has a nice glow to it. The delicate aroma of this beer my be my favorite aspect; honey apricot, sugar, bread, and grains. Thin to medium body, sweet and malty, fruity, food friendly, a very enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx76 (617) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2014
On draught at Pdx farmhouse and wild ale fest - pours cloudy copper with small head. Nose of malt, grass,,and yeast. Taste is of malt, grain, and grass. Dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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