JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 My first biere de garde and I enjoyed it very much. French in origin, but all characteristics are of a Belgian ale, much like a saison, but there is also complex yeast and malt make this similar to an abbey style beer. Combined, these qualities show why biere de gard is hard to fit into any category. This beer is very floral, with a pleasant light body. Some light fruit flavors. gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2006
From a 750mL bottle, dated 2001. Pours a dull gold color with a quickly dissipating head. Nose of pears, honey and an earthiness. Syrupy mouth-feel, with more pears and some spices. Finish is crisp and refreshing. A fine brew! jefcon (1854) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2006
A cloudy blond that leaves some lacing in the glass. Aromas are light, wheat, yeasts, kind of a farmhouse hay and caramel. Needs to breathe. Flavors are earthy and farmy, too. Caramel echoes with the fruity grains of the beer. Thick, long palate that has some spiciness to it. A solid farmhouse ale. OldMrCrow (2439) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 7/1/06 From a (fresh) corked, caged bottle, enjoying during the French world cup victory over Brazil.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - OCT 21, 2007
To date, I haven’t had a wide variety of French beers, but this is by far the best I’ve sampled. It pours a hazy straw color with nice big white head, and the aroma offers lemon, cut grass, orange peel, and rising bread.
The flavor is delicious, dominated by soft grassy hops and gentle lemon. Crisp hops balance out with a nice thirst-quenching bitterness. Plenty of yeast flavor here adds an intriguing complexity to what nonetheless remains a marvellous summer beer.
I’m remarkably impressed here, and will definitely return. I’m probably over-rating the beer, but...wow!
7/20/09. Upon revisit, I’m not sure this is quite a 4.1, but it’s a super-nice beer, somewhere in the 3.9 range. I’ll average and drop it to a 4.0.
8/22/09 Year-old bottle. Quite malt-heavy compared to what I remember; the lemon and cut grass is backgrounded. More like the 3.7-3.9 range. I’ll continue the downward creep of my scores.
Sampled @ GDBTF. A pleasant surprise at the Decatur Beer festival, one of the few beers I hadn’t seen or tried before. Forgot to write down notes though, so going off memory. Pours well carbonated a deep yellow gold; saison type farmhouse hops in the nose; balanced by a rich caramel malt body that ended with a peppery yeasty spiciness. Haven’t had a chance to try many biere de gardes, but find them quite enjoyable.
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
Pours pale blond with thick frothy appealing head and leaves bountiful lacing. Aroma is clean and hoppy not dissimilar to a pils. Some light fruit, herbal and estery notes but not a floral beer--simply delightful. Similarly, the flavor array is clean, dry, and delicious yet a little soapy. Excellent palate: the carbo seems prickly at first but then it becomes chewy, slick, and slides down well. This would make a superb table beer, one to quaff regularly. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Pours a beautiful golden orange color with a big creamy head that disappears quickly. Not a whole lot on the aroma, a little grass, a little malt, nothing spectacular. The flavor though is almost a little sourdough biscuit with some great sweetness hiding in there. Really nice smooth flavor. I would love to try this with some cheddar cheese. This is a really god beer. Leafs93 (2305) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Pours a cloudy gold with a solid white head. Very similar to saisons. Aroma is very earthy. Taste is sweet with a somewhat sour finish, hops come through nicely. Very smooth drinking. Overall I enjoyed the brew, however I would like to get a bottle and age it and see if the aroma and taste change for the better.
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2010
750mL bottle, thanks to ryan. Pours a pale hazy yellow. Aroma has herbs, citrus and yeast. Taste is nice and dry, with lots of yeast and a gentle bitter hop finish. Nice beer. picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2010 750ml bottle at a BJCP study session. Pours a golden color with some haze. Some candy like malty sweetnes in the aroma. A little grainy with some sweetness on the front end of the taste. Finishes dry with a nice spicy hop bitterness. Pretty clean finish for a belgian. Great malt character.