RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
As a lover of saisons I felt it necessary to brew its French counterpart, the Biere de Garde, full of luxurious richness with its aroma sweet to tart candy apples. The palette is full of expressive malt yet finishes dry and spicy with a note of tartness from the yeast.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Bottle from Hopdog. Lactic, fruity, pineapple, some clementine; a great selection of summer fruits. Nice complexity. Nice and dry, doughy, cookie, a little bit of lemon cake, and milky eggs. Not quite a Biere de Garde, at least in the traditional French sense, but this seems like what a BdG would be if the French examples were actually any good. Let’s call it an idealized Biere de Garde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Aroma throws a bit of a peculiar horsey and farmlike malt character, a bit swampy. Some deeper, ruddier esters. Pours a hazy, cloudy amber-orange, with a soapy white head. Flavor is unique. A lot, a lot, alot of orange and orange rind character. Still a bit cheesy, like some of the crystal in a well-aged true cave-aged emmental or comte. Foamy and fresh. An interesting biere de garde. Very true to style, in my opinion, with some additional expressive flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2010
The aroma has apple pie and musky notes. The appearance is maroon amber with a thick body and a bubbly white head. The flavor is musky, malty, a bit sour funkiness. It settles very musky on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy swampy rusty brown color with a huge off white head that coated the glass with lacing. Some spice, dried fruits and a light yeasty funk. Dried fruits on the palate with some earthy spice and a medium dry finish. Bullfrog beers are hit and miss, this one was a home run!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2010
750ml bottle cork and caged. There’s an explosive bang when the cork is popped and this one is a slight gusher. Pours a deep, dark ruby red/chocolate caramel brown color with some coppery hues when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy, soapy light beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Large chunks of soapy lacing are left behind. Slightly earthy aroma with a prominent malt aroma and hints of zesty spice, syrup and bready yeast. Lots of caramel malt alongside a slightly funky presence in the nose with dark fruit and pepper notes. There’s also a sweet green apple character alongside the dark fruit notes. Soft carbonation up front with a slightly chewy medium body that has a nice balance of zesty spice, dark and light fruit and leathery malts. Much darker and fuller bodied than other biere de gardes I’ve sampled. Pretty complex with a lot of peppery spice, dark fruit, caramel malt and sweet light fruit. Slightly tart with a dry finish and you can really taste the sweet green apple flavor. I find a lot of beers in this style light, watered down and boring but this beer is the extreme opposite. Full bodied with a lot of heavy flavors, yet still highly quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUN 16, 2009
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a hazy orange amber caramel with a med white head. Aroma of funk, earthiness, zesty lime and grains. Taste of honey, funk, zesty lime, grains and light fruit. Has an earthy ground feel to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Bottle shared by JCB. Nose is great. Caramel apple, big time. But the apple appears to be green and tart, as even the nose reveals it’s going to be sour. This isn’t really a good thing for the beer, though. It’s weird. And cloudy as hell. I swear the masses of funk at the bottle had the slightest green/gray tint... tadpoles?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Bottle thanks to ? Pours a near clear auburn with a medium off-white foamy froth. Medium sweet urinal cake aroma, bretty, floral, fragrant botanicals, maybe some spearmint. Flavor is kind of minty, bretty, super dry, chalky. Thin bodied with too much carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2009
bottle from trade from BA. poured a cloudy amber with a wonderful off white head. aroma of citrus, tart, and something funky i couldnt place. flavor was pretty much the same, stuff going on that i coulndt place. light body with high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2009
i think Beerlando shared this one, can’t remember sorry! Sour funky aroma, very Fantome-like! Pour amber with a white head. Spicy caramel malts with funky flavors, barnyard flavors, a lot of brett character. Very interesting beer!

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