durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Bottle from Wine Authorities in Durham. Cheers, guys... and keep buying beer! Pour hazy dark golden orange with a generous white head with moderate retention and good lacing. Nose is subtly complex, with earthy hay, yeast, tart wood, white pepper, dust, and light fruits all making an appearance at various stages. Taste shows more malt characteristics and some nice caramel apple up front, but midpalate is tart and it finishes almost bone dry. I was unimpressed at first blush, but this is a beer that rewards if you sit with it for a bit. Lovely. OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2006
750 ml bottle.
Zymurgeist2 (2246) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Pours a very hazy waste-water light brown. The aroma is pear with just a touch of grapefruit, dusty hay, and maybe a few other saison-like hints. The flavor disappoints somewhat; it’s dull and mushy, like stewed vegetable broth, nothing really coming into focus, maybe a little bit of tartness here, a touch of sugar-water there, grassy hops coming in, but no order in these flavors as they ebb and flow, leaving the taste as one difficult to grasp and without much redeeming value.
Bottle purchased at K&L in redwood city. Musty, farm aroma. Faint flower field. A little wet paper. Clear sherry-orange with white head that only retains a collar. Funky musk and Brett like characteristics. Oxidized finish. Moderate high bittering for style. Has the cellar characteristics, but is really lacking maltiness. robforbes (2243) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2007
purchased at puget sound wine cellar in port orchard washington.
this brew needs to be swirled prior to pour to mix the sediment. as you drink the appearance and flavor changes.
first pour (which i did swirl and swirled prior to each pour) pours a semi-cloudy golden with a medium size thick and foamy white head, decent lacing. last pour is deep auburn-orange that is very cloudy, same head only a bit darker.
smell is yeasty, fruit (pear and apple), some malt, touch of spice, musty.
taste starts tangy, sour, pear, slight metallic.
half way thought the bottle it becomes creamy, slightly bitter, more of an apple than a pear, malts, less metal.
the end of the bottle is more of a thick amber ale, some grapefruit, more bitter and no metal.
this beer would be great for three people with different tastes to have together, starts more as an abt or traditional ale, ends more of an amber ale or IPA. very strange brew in a good way. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2008
I swear this smells like typical euro lager and a hint of coriander. hazy gold and yellow. sustained white head. cap came off with a -whiff- followed closely by a gush of beer. muted around, even when warmed. metallic finish.
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Best when consumed before 27/07/14. Poured into a La Chouffe glass. I’m fairly confident that this is the first beer that I’ve tried from Southern France. I don’t know if it’s a proper saison or biere de garde, for that matter. Whatever that means. The brewery reportedly uses a German yeast strain - the whole backstory is actually quite interesting (organic farmer, who mostly makes goat cheese, decided to make an organic beer with his own barley).
The beer pours a warm shade of orange. It’s quite cloudy, though you can just barely see through the glass at points. The head is a pale beige, rocky and huge. Excellent retention and lacing. There’s obviously some nice protein content. Big clumps of bubbles stick to the glass even on the second pour, and the head lasts for ages.
Aroma is light and subtle. I’m picking up pears, pineapples, bright grain, grassy hops, minerals and a dusty farmhouse character. It’s all quite gentle, and the sweet barley flavors come through the most. You can smell the grain quality. There’s a very light apricot, raisin tone, but it’s delicate and works very well with the beer.
The taste has a wonderfully pleasant barley flavor. It’s soft and sweet and fruity. Apples, pears, peaches, grapes, apricots, all come to mind, but it’s not the sort of thing that hits you over the head. Delightfully and authentically rustic. Fresh and refreshing. The finish adds in some grassy, floral hops and a touch of mineral dryness. Light bitterness coats the mouth after the beer is gone.
The mouthfeel is probably my favorite part. This is a gentle but creamy and full beer. I’d almost guess that it used some other grain, but it’s not quite akin to the mouthfeel of anything in particular. This beer has its own unique feel.
Very interesting beer. And I’m pleased to have finally decided to pick up a bottle. This beer would pair wonderfully with food. It probably would shine most with cheeses, particular its farm mate, goat cheese, but it would just make for a great all-purpose table beer, really. Great light barley flavor. Nothing too strong or rough on the palate. It’s a very pleasant beer with solid flavor. JorgeLee (2117) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle picked up at La Fromagerie in Marylebone. Cool bottle design. Orange-tan colour, white head. Spicy yeasty character, grainy malt, very light hopping. Quite subtle but very flavoursome, I think the best biere de garde I’ve had. monk191 (1978) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2014
A nice biere De garde, very earthy. Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. Smells of peaches, lemon and earthiness. Taste is a bit tart, lots of peaches, Apple, tropical fruit and earth. Paired with raspberry blue cheese salad, the beer is smoothed out, with less tart and more earthy tones. Had in the bottle. skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2006
750 ml bottle into a 2 oz snifter style glass. Pours a soft copper toned color with a foamed white head. The aroma has some fruitiness while mainly consisting of a yeasty and spiced nose. The flavor brings a heavy spice hint at first that moves into somewhat of a yeasty and peppery citrusy malt taste. I feel like there is some grass notes intertwined in there as well. The finish continues on the spice hoppy note, which lingers for a relative moment. Very herbal, quite light bodied. Good to see some more Biere de Garde’s making there way towards the States. Overall, quietly enjoyable. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Cloudy orange color small head. Aroma is mild and sweet with a hint of funk. Flavor has a touch of barnyard but is relatively light.