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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
THE ALE: This Bière de Garde is brewed in the style of a traditional, rustic artisanal French farmhouse ale. Its complex malt-driven flavor elicits notes of toasted caramel, roasted malts and cocoa, complimented by a mild sweetness. It pairs best with rich foods like steak and barbecue. THE STORY: Named to commemorate a night in Kenya, when his house was shaking so strongly Del thought it was an earthquake. He shot out of bed and ran outside to see what was happening. It turned out to be a massive hippo from nearby Lake Naivasha, scratching itself against the house. Don’t worry – this ale is much more subtle.

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Fritz123 (1597) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle from Pete and Gail...Thanks! Pours a brown-amber with a thin head. Looks a little watery. Some lacing. Aroma is barnyard, slight musty brett, malts and leather. The taste is similar. It really has the barnyard funk to it. Maybe slightly infected? Malty, no sweetness, medium carbonation, light body. Overall it was OK but not sure if infected or not. Kind of odd.

Cavie (4808) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Tap at Zio Carlo, but I've had this a bajillion times before. I remember 330 cl bottle of this gushing in my sink one time. But I digress. Pours a very murky reddish brown color with a super foamy beige head. Aroma is malty, roasted caramel and musty notes. Almost floral as well. Flavor is dry, floral, perfume, light in mouthfeel and bitter on the finish. I remember this having more of a sugary element to it previously. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
750mL. Pours a full haze orange with higher carbonation. Nose is celery, sugar, sticky. Taste is sticky maple, overcarbonated body. Aerated palate, a bit drained and mineral heavy. Not much flavor wise, pretty bland. Mildly infected perhaps.

dlihcsnatas (781) - Temple, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Dark amber with a decent head that held on for a while and ended with I nice white topping. Smells of caramel and slight toast. Taste is mostly a caramel sweetness with some spicy hints. Really good brew, just wish it was more affordable so I could drink it more often. Bottle said batch 12... Not sure if all batches taste the same since this one does not taste anything like the description on this web site shows.

Chris78701 (1) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2013 does not count
Slight sweetness, mild maltiness, higher carbonation on the palate, Very slight woodiness

Beergeek23322 (2643) - Chester, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2013
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours dark amber color with a thin offwhite head. Aromas of spice, clove, yeast, grass and caramel. Honey flavors with yeast, spice and a bit of hops on the finish. Not bad at all.

drsordr (2869) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle pour dark hazy golden brown. Nose spicy, sweet malt, and hint of sour. Taste sweet malt, Belgian style yeast esters, hint of clove. Sour finish. Fairly fizzy mouthfeel.

ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bottled: 12/13/12. Batch 011.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, amber-hued body with, well, no head formation, as the bubbles are evaporating nearly instantaneously. A beer that begins with a mewling whimper.

Smell: Minor note of toast and light, lightly husky grains. Beyond ripe, soiled fruitiness of apples, apricots, and peaches. Slight phenolic spiciness with a medicinal hint to it.

Taste: Notably devoid of sweetness from the first sip. Slightly husky, toasty maltiness wrapped in a pervasive sourish that really knocks the wind oughta my sails. A fruitiness of fruits that have gone south a few days prior. A blip here or there of phenols. Finishes fairly flat with a little lingering sourness and meager medicinal tone.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Very low carbonation.

Overall: A beer that is woefully undercarbed and poor tasting doesn’t exactly win me over. Where are they scratchin’ that hippo?

deyholla (12316) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2013
On tap at Black Star Co-op. pours a musty amber brown with a gray head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has notes of earthy bread with light spice and a bit of sweetness. Flavor is similar with light spice and funky dark grains with a finish of light grains.

legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2013
Poured as the darkest BdG I have ever seen. Nice malty nose and has a great maklt backbone, but a little astringent across the tongue.

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