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96
style
RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Famous in Michigan for farmhouse ales, our friends at Brewery Viviant introduced us to their biere de garde ale yeast strain. From there, we imagined a slightly tart, intentionally dry beer with hints of bergamot citrus that pairs perfectly with French cheeses.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8282) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2013
The 22oz bomber pours clear gold with an off white head of foam. The aroma is earthy gravel, orange, lemon and lime. Interesting and oddly inviting. The taste is smooth with earthy sweet apple to pear to orange like fruitiness with a gravel sort of earthiness off in the background. Enjoyable product with enough depth to keep it interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (8248) - Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent gold with white lacing. Smells solid too; tart and minty. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. I get some tea notes in there too. Pleasantly interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8142) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2013
On draft @ Nobi with Professor Blunt .. . pours a deep gold . .. solid foam .. . lovely bitterness, mild yeast .. . a very nice beer .. . roooooooster!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a crystal clear paler golden yellow hued body with a massive white head. Aromas are leathery, earthy with muted citrus, pomelo, tamarind, earthy, straw, almost a lightly chlorophenolic smoke. Alcohol. Flavors are sweet, medium citrusy, medium clean, light graham cracker, pretty clean. Possibly a bit minerally or metallic. A touch tart. Warm maltiness. Pretty clean yeast character. A bit zesty and a bit boozy. Medium (prickly) carbonation (probably not much north of 2.50). Medium body, warming, light salinity.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (7873) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Clear golden with a small foamy white head. Funky earthy aroma of frosted corn flakes and fresh baked biscuits. The flavor was also pretty cereal oriented with that Kellogs Corn Flakes kinda tone with some powdered sugar and earthy pale blonde maltiness, and a dry yet fruity apricot subtlety. Drinkable, but weird.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (7652) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Draft at ebp. Pours a hazy medium gole with a loose white head. Big funky nose--nice barnyard effect. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Tangy oranges, basement, and minerals on the mid palate. Dry and pretty interesting. Could be a little livelier and more complex.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Bomber. Poured fairly bright yellow with a short-lived white head. The aroma picked up sour, metallic fruit skins and citrus paired with a bit of sweet berry.. a bit of clove and ginger too.. a bit of dry funk accented.. I really didn’t get it. The flavor found the same tangy, metallic character throughout, along with dry floral and fruity funk.. orange peel and light white spices around.. finished dry and funky, but not that enjoyable. Medium-bodied, tangy, and dry on the palate.. somewhat tacky at times.. finished with strong, bitter warmth.. this just didn’t do it for me.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (7438) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cereal), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with strong notes of candy sugar / cotton candy, other notes of pear syrup, gum, unripe peach, egg whites. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Uhhhhh...wut? Biere de Garde? Not even close. "Intentionally dry"? Huh??? Compared to what, a mouthful of stevia? The harsh reality is that this is a goopy, syrupy sweet sugar bomb. Cloying and unbalanced and totally without any BdG traits. Awful and undrinkable. Gack!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (7178) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2012 Bottle. Clear butterscotch, medium white head; decent lacing. Aroma is yeast, spice, grain, orange peel. Flavor is about the same, a touch herbal or floral in character. Medium body

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7146) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear gold in color with a medium white head. Aroma of malt, orange and herbs. Sweet malt flavor, followed by orange and herbs before a sweet finish.


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