Formerly brewed at Bières23
Style: Bière de Garde
St. Etienne de Fursac, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
French Country Golden Ale (brewed by a cranky Englishman)

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Fresh 750ml bottle. The pour yields a hazy, golden amber colored body with a small, foamy, off-white head. A soapy wash leaves few dry spots of lacing behind. The aroma shows a clean, lightly sweet grain bill with hints of light orchard fruit, bitter flowers, fresh grass, and minerals. There’s an overtone of young brett that imparts a bit of welcomed farmhouse mustiness. Flavors follow suit, sweet up front from the grainy malt, transitioning to a semi-dry, peppery, grassy hop finish. The brett is very mild, offering just a hint of wild farmhouse character. Medium bodied, the palate sports a fine, lively carbonation that cuts through the initial sweetness and delivers the dry finish. Solid, sessionable brew that borders on wild ale. Some additional age might funk it up a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10983) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle... Lightly hazed yellow ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Decent retention. The funky, earthy aroma lends notes of apple, wood and lactic acidic. Medium-bodied with laid-back carbonation. The tart, fruity flavor puts forward apricot, wood, lactic acid, apple and gentle hop bitterness. Finishes lightly crisp, minerally and a touch tangy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3620) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
This one has been hiding in the back for some time but not for any other reason than it got buried behind a couple of things. Cloudy light yellow color. Aroma is a tad citrusy with some earthiness to it and wild yeast. Flavor is medium bodied with a nice wheat malt backbone and a spice and banana tang. There is a bit of funkiness hiding in the background. At first I thought it was the palate bruiser I had before this but after reading a couple of these reviews it looks like this is more funky than I was expecting. There is some detritus here so be careful if you don’t need any extra vitamin B.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2009
750ml bottle courtesy of xmarcnolanx – thanks Marc! Pours a hazy light gold with a one fnger stark white head that faded into a thin layer almost immediately. The nose is light citrus, mild vinegar and faint funk. The taste is light funk, aspirin, light vinegar and lemon peel. Medium, lightly prickly mouthfeel. Decent Biere de Mars – refreshing summer brew - thanks again Marc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Hazy gold pour. Big thick fluffy head and spotty lace. Suspended yeast proteins all over. Earthiness, apple, and yeast on the nose. Floral notes, yeast, and light hops. Slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2009
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. Pale orange body, and the vigorous pour leaves a sizable head and a buncha floaties. The nose is initially soft fruits like pear and apple, with some mild spice. But it soon reveals some delicious funk, something that’s more than a little present in the flavors. Nothing especially barnyard-y, but more like DeProef’s yeast strain in this nicely mild beer. Rustic and dry, with only moderate sweetness, and that’s just fine with me. Pretty good beer, docked just a tick because of the steep price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2009
750 mL bottle. Pours cloudy gold with a very attractive stand of off-white head. The aroma is quite floral with some earth and tangerine notes, a mellow brett edge, some light honey sweetness, a hint of sea salt, and distant grassy hops. The flavor is quite fruity at first. Tangerine, mango, lemon, apple, a hint of banana, and even a bit of cherry stand out in front. A bit of honeyish malt lies below that. Following the fruitiness come several floral notes-- lavender, hibiscus, rose. Then comes the real treat. An earthy, slightly tart, but not at all overwhelming brettanomyces taste takes the forefront as the sip approaches its finish. Nice, dry hay and leather notes take over by the time I swallow. The aftertaste is earth, tangerine peels, and super dry white wine. I’m especially impressed with the balance in this one. The bretty character is exactly enough to cut the fruitiness without masking it. Great beer, I wish I had more of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle shared by Vferg, thanks dudy. Pours a hazy golden body with a white head. Dry earthy notes of brett, wood, floral notes, grain and some citrus but more like a weizen in terms of the fruit character. Finishes with spicy apple bitterness. Good brew, reminds me of ithaca brute.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14868) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Bottle from Wine Specialist. Hazy golden color with a decently fluffy white head. Aromas of light orange over mild barnyard. Medium body with mild carbonation. Seems mostly Brett for flavor. Small hints of citrus, wood, yeast, but they are subordinate. It’s a very smooth ale. Develops fruity notes. Finishes both astringent and dry. Barring the above it’s almost fruit juicy. Good ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12829) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear dark yellow with a small, fizzy, white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw), light hops (flowers), heavy yeast (horse blanket, barnyard, musty) with notes of bubble gum and medicine (yeah Brett!). Light bodied, thin texture, soft carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

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