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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FlacoAlto (4216) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Another slow gusher, but again it does not seem to be excessively carbonated. A careful pour nets me a one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a light honey color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, full gold color when held up to the light. Ahh, the aroma is quite nice; it is a mix of hoppy herbal notes ( lemon grass, orange zest, blossoming wild flowers), interesting pale malt aromatics (honey-like malt and cracker like grain) and a backdrop of soft funkiness that reminds me of musty - slight moldy cellars, a touch of barnyard musk and some cured leather phenolics towards the end. The deeper I breath in of the aroma the more focused the Brettanomyces funk gets. The aroma is just fantastic and all that I had hoped for in this beer.

Dry and effervescent the beer foams up as it hits my tongue. The carbonation provides both a peppery carbonic bite as well as a touch of carbonic acidity. This has a solid hop bitterness to it as well as a solid herbal hop component and a lemon grass notes; this last would likely be accentuated more if the beer wasn’t so dry, but I like the beer dry. Grassy notes of hay mix with more herbal notes that remind me a bit of aromatic, spicy weeds (arugula, milk weed and nettle come to mind). The finish dries out even more because of a musky, phenolic Brettanomyces presence that seems to lurk in waiting and blooms after the beer has left the mouth (though it never becomes anything more than subtle). This beer is eminently quaffable, it is so light, so effervescent, so quenching; the light body just works perfectly with the flavors found in this beer. There is not a hint of oxidation to this brew, unlike the Ambrée that I had last night.

The second pour of this brew (which ends up quite hazy by the way) has me noticing the fantastic aroma again; it really is an amazing mix of hops, pale malt and soft Brett. Quite a bit more notes of aromatic orange zest start to come out in the flavor as this beer warms up. Also it becomes a bit more apparent that there is a light tartness to this beer, it is nothing over the top, but provides a nice note to this beer and it helps to accentuate the refreshing quality of this beer. This beer is way too easy to drink, I could quaff liters of this on a warm day as my 750ml bottle of this disappears quite a bit quicker than I was expecting / hoping.

bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a spare white head. Aroma of cinnamon, apple, horse blanket, florals, dust, and citrus. Flavor of apple, yeast, some tangerine, lightly toasted grain, and caramel with low carbonation and a watery mouthfeel.

TAR (2777) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Beaming yellow-gold. Voluminous white froth slowly diminishes into a thin cap. Charming brett-derived aromas of Band-Aid and peach permeate the nostrils. Quite lively with a mix of airy and perfumey phenols. Brightly floral with hops which are enhanced by softer notes of straw. Loose bubbly prickles of carbonation. Delicately flavored with a rounded peach and honeydew melon tartness which is swiftly followed by a brett-induced phenolic snap. Wonderfully restrained, yet vivid at the same time, Pils malt generates a lemon cake effect as it unites with the fruity esters. Explosive hoppiness supports the core with ample juiciness before gently cleansing the tongue and stimulating the appetite with a coarse herbal bitterness. Malt gradually intensifies to lend a mild toastiness as well as a crackery aspect. Finishes extravagantly hoppy yet balanced with a captivating medley of fresh flowers, pilowy malt, Band-Aid, and peppery and fruity esters. A glorious creation, with just as much class as rusticity.

Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Creamy white layer of foam over a light orange body. Intricate nose details notes of brett, farmhouse and hop. Thin body, watery texture. Loads of nuances in the taste, with flavors of exotic passion fruits. Orange, tangerine, papaya, mango. A lot of character overall. Better than Orval.

mar (5436) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2008
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. murky yellow pour with some white froth. slight tart aroma on the nose with some spices and earth. very light on the palate with a smooth sourness and fruit.

SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a hazy gold with quick fading fizzy white head. Has a light aroma of apple. Flavor is very light as well, apple with faint bitter. Mouthfeel is light, soft body with low-med. carbonation. Overall, not bad....carbonation could have been higher.

BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Horrible bottling variation, about a quarter of the bottle was empty with the cap still on (varaition about the same as the first time I bottleed my homebrew). Pours with no head and a hazy yellowish body. Aroma of caramele, light spices and some fresh wildflower honey. No carbonation, watery and thin, taste is caramel with some applee and very little flavor overall.

Ernest (7786) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard, cobwebs), with notes of lemon/lime/orange zest, sour apple skin, band-aid, dried papaya, hint of wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Awwww, yeah! That’s what I’m talkin’ about. This is like Orval mixed with a light golden saison, and it’s as good as that sounds. Yeah, the mouthfeel is fairly thin and watery, but otherwise it’s dreamy for rustic beer lovers like myself.

blutt59 (6576) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2008
bottle, thanks to Bu11zeye, golden color with very still head, lightly sour nose with fruity floral very light flavors, medium bodied with crisp dry finish

vyvvy (6638) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Surprised to see so few ratings here. Pours yellow / golden with a white head. The aroma has clean sourness, light yeatiness, nectarine, dry peach and lots of smoothness. Medium body that is lightly rough with minimal lightly sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with light maltiness, dry fruit, light sourness, funky yeast, some basement funk, a bit of gentle spice and an overall cleanness. The finish remains clean and has gentle spice with almost wit like traits with coriander and a bit of orange. This was very enjoyable.

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