Brewed by Garage Project
Style: Bière de Garde
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
A Bière de Garde à la Garage Project. A French farmhouse or Bière de Garde style beer with a healthy dose of tart cherry added to the beer in conditioning. All natural, no essenses, artificial colours or fake cherry ripe flavours here. Hops definitely take a back seat for a change.
Subtle but complex, with saison yeast spiciness and a cherry tartness we think is quite refreshing and even intriguing.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - APR 23, 2014
I'm not sure what saison is, but this is what I expect it would be something like this. More for the sophisticated palate but enjoyable on a cold night by an open fire ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
M_Sack (669) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2017
Tap @ Bitter Phew. Quite clear but relatively dark for a bier de garde - heavy copper. Great aromas and flavours of malt, clove, pepper, cherry tartness and ester. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
k0mpsa (2769) - Tuusula, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Tap at slowbeer. Hazy orange color, white head. Aroma has fruits, peach, some stables. Balanced fruity and malty body, hint of stables, some peach, hint of cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hop_Hedonist (559) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle - disclaimer: I’m not a Belg-Ale/French farmhouse ale fan so this was always going to be a challenging brew for me... after the initial palate shock, the more I sipped, the more I liked it - as expected, lots of fruity tart esters - clean non-cloying finish - super easy to quaff - abv invisible - as usual, GP has not disappointed me - I imagine Farmhouse ale freaks would be pretty happy too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
explosivedog (851) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 26, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2016 On tap at the cellar door. Aroma is spice, lots of tart cherries. Flavour is much the same, with a little bitter orange peel too. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Davros (3054) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2016
Pours amber with a large lasting head. Nose shows biscuity malt, light pear and peach, saison notes. Flavours inlcude floral notes, soft red fruit, saison yeast. Finishes very dry. Crazy high carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Samtzu (356) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2016
650ml bottle. Pours a brownish colour with white head. Lots of carbonation shows through. Medium body which has sour note in the palate. The flavours are blended together and it is difficult to pick anything distinct out.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skarecrow (597) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2016
650ml bottle. Not much of an aroma. Color is hazy amber with great head. Initial sourness is followed by tart cherry taste and slight Lambic touch at the back and an alcoholic finish. Yet another interesting one for the Garage guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (704) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2016
This is really nice, or I’m going soft. Has that cider sour like aroma to start out, and in the glass that damp musty thing. The Tartness of the cherries is there if you think about it and look for it. Soft and easy to drink this has all the qualities of a good beer, but it lacks that yeasty highlight that you might be looking for. I liked it a lot for the softness, smoothness, the sourness and I didn’t for the same things. I’d have another though because on a sunny afternoon there are much worse things to be doing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoponmate (309) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 30, 2016
Grwat belgian tasting ale with cherry notes. Gives it a semi sour finish and lifts the tastebuds.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattyhennessy (376) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2014
Pours a copper colour Which is far darker than most BdG’s I’ve seen. Very acidic taste, which is surprisingly pleasant. Lots of spice, some clove and a strong dose of cherry tartness. The hops are not at the forefront for this brew, which is unusual for garage project. Excellent BdG

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