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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bb (10111) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Earthy, malty aroma with light tartness. Malt/honey flavor with light tartness and light woodsiness. Medium-light bodied with light carbonation. Honey-malt lingers with light tartness. Bottle may be lightly carbonated - wood be better with more carbonation.

GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
750mL courtesy of ryan. The pour is a cloudy light gold with really zero head forming. White bubbles emerge. Aroma is a nice fruity Brett infection (Brett A and/or C) with pineapple, cotton candy, soft lemon, mild vinegar, and rustic hay. Body is sharp and Bretty with cork notes, wood, lemon tea, sweet citrus, pear and tart peach. Very nice. Palate is lacking, carbonation a little fizzy. Body is thin, especially for Biere de Garde. Would be great with some head retention ;)

JaBier (8490) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours opaque orange with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet apricot, tart orange, sweet malt and bitter hops. Tart orange flavor up front with some bitter hops and a malty finish. Other than the thin finish, no complaints here.

Ernest (7935) - 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.

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.

vtafro (7453) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle at Max and Jess’s housewarming. Light golden pour with a ring of tan head. Aroma is bretty, woody and earthy with a bit of dry fruit. Fruit, leather, floral, funky flavors are lighter.

vyvvy (6988) - 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.

blutt59 (6646) - 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

thornecb (6227) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010 Pours gold into a tulip. Bright white head quickly recedes to hug rim after a vigorous pour. Sourdough and marshmallow aromas. Spritzy but a little thin with sour apple from front to back into a lasting finish. Not a lot of depth or balance when cold - tastes almost like a white wine.... Interesting yeast funk develops as it warms improving the overall experience.

Rciesla (5498) - 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.

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