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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Biere de Garde, a traditional French country ale

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3.9
NachlamSie (3568) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Draught during my Great Lakes region brew tour. Well, this is probably not a true Biere de Garde given that it is likey no secondary bottle fermentation took place. But I think it did achieve a likeness to others in the style and was definitely a solid beer. Surrender pours cloudy bright amber with a frothy white head. There is a aroma of caramel, flowers, banana. Mostly sweeter, malty notes are present. This is clean and sweet in the mouth with notes of cloves, corrander, banana. Hidden beneath the fruit/spice boquet is a tiny sour note of cloth and/or bacon which blends very well with the complexity of everything around it. This is very solid.

2.7
chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On tap at the pub, looks like this hasn’t been brewed for awhile... The beer pours a light gold that is slightly cloudy, annoys me. A light off white head, no retention ok lace... The aroma is totally dead, I get nothing, bored out of my mind... The taste is pretty boring too, yeast, way too much alcohol, a hint of floral hops, weird sweetness right out of left field. This was by far one of my lease favorite beers of their 8 I had. Skip this.

3.8
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Draft at Piece. Pours a deep bronze-copper with a fluffy head that sticks around. Nose is quite estery and slightly phenolic. Notes of dark fruits and bit of banana and clove. Pretty clean and sound. Belgiany. On taste, round and creamy with a nice level of bitterness. Pretty solid BdG, though I’m not sure why the hell they decided to brew this style.

3
rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Unusual Biere de Garde. More hoppy than usual. Palate was a bit off. However pretty good stuff. Serving: Tap

3.5
holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2010 rerate. Much more balanced overall in the sweet side but nice nose and flavor Belgian yeast dominates with herbal hops. Creamy body. Sweet but decent. Sampled on tap at the brewpub. Hazy amber appearance with a light head. Malty red fruit aroma some cherry notes. Medium bodied cherry, chocolate, pineapple, sweet, fruit, is that mint?. The aftertaste is funky as biere de garde’s should be, but this one is not good. It just seems to get worse, i’ll stop drinking so it will stop losing points.

3.4
RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Copper pour with rich off-white head. Nose has a yeasty fruitiness. flavors are slightly sour apples and pears with a light herbal or floral spicing highlight. Very slightly tart in the finish. Very drinkable now and could probably benefit from aging.

3.5
hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
On tap at Piece. . Dark amber pour like a plum color with small off-white head. Some fruit aroma with a nice mellow malt character on the pallet. Like a triple stlyed beer with a bit over the top hops and a smooth dominate bread malt flavor, didn’t think this was a Biere de garde thought it was a triple.

3.7
pdx77 (1717) - Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2013
On draught at Apex. Cloudy dark golden color. Yeasty aroma of dark cherry. Flavor of bubblegum, cherry, yeast. Sweeter than a typical bière de garde, but good nonetheless.

3.1
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2010
Aroma of what reminded me of a red cherry sucker,not very fragrant, has that Belgian apple pear sweetness,this puppy is all about the fruity sweet esters,a little astringent in finish, a little confusing ,just a mild sweet bomb maybe to attract some of the ladies. Our waitress was surprised when we told her it was one of our least favorites,as she said it was one of the more popular brews at the brewpub,surprising to me with all the great hop beers made here

3.8
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2006
On tap at Piece, Aug 2006. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a white head. Spiciness, clove, banana and earthiness in the nose. Nice, bold and malty - notes of caramel/toffee with spicey clove notes, banana, grass, hay, fruitiness and light raisin. Pleasantly sweet with balancing bitterness. Proper spritzy carbonation and a smooth, medium texture. Quite enjoyable. And their pizza rules.


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