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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This French farmhouse-style ale has tart fruitiness from the yeast and a sweet maltiness from the grains. A modern re-creation of a classic European beer style to celebrate St. Louis’s French heritage. Pairs well with fruits, cheeses, and cured meats. Debuted at the 2007 HOP in the City Festival Beer, unfiltered. Bottles will be filtered and then bottle-conditioned.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6066) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2016
Undated 750mL bottle shared by Brian on 10/15/16. Probably a few years old at this point.
Still very nicely carbonated with a big, off-white head that is well-retained, topping a cherry-tinted auburn-golden body with good clarity.
Oxidation is very apparent in the nose, but it’s not of the cardboard type. Rather, dates, vanilla, cherries, almonds and such arise having blended with the varied fruity malt notes, caramel and toffee sugars spicy phenols and light earthiness of the yeast. More fruitiness as it warms in the form of apples, cherries and pears, with big vanilla notes from the oxidation. No alcohol or flaw.
Fairly sweet in the mouth though the oxidation somewhat works against that. Definitely not underattenuated, though, and malty as many true BdG’s are. Big fruity notes, lots of vanilla and medium-dry caramel, with yellow fruits, spicy phenols and earthy, mineral-laden notes from the yeast. Malty texture with strong, but mostly tight carbonation and no alcohol or flaw. Cool, been a long while since I thought of Schlafly and this was a fun one to see. Thanks, Brian.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (4568) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2016
75CL, Thanks WillRun. Reddish orange, slightly hazy. no head. Smells like a watery orange peel with gatorade. Sweet flavor. Candi sugar, mango, oranges, very sweet. peppery finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6430) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 15, 2016
750 ml bottle shared by Willrunforbeer. Orange in color, thin bubbly head. Aroma is delicate, bread, sugar, and light oxidation.

Flavor is yeasty and bready. Dried fruits, honey, orange peel, mild cardboard.

Light oxidation but to be fair, this is well over a year old. I will grade on a slight curve.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (2396) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2016
750ml bottle from trade. Pours orange brown gold with an off white head. Aroma is multigrain bread, caramel. Flavor is caramel, rock candy, light grains. This is sweet, but the flavor is quite nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4874) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2016
750 ml bottle from Artale in Rockford, IL, served at cellar temp in a Duvel glass. Big, fluffy, lasting head leaves chunky lace atop the dusky dark amber body...big expressive nose is cidery/tart, spicy, fairly funky/yeasty, quite potent...on the tongue, also quite cidery and tart, very acidic at the front, with notes of sweet-tart cherries as well, pale malts coming through eventually along with a lactic sourness that is fortunately restrained...finish is relatively drier though the fruitiness never abates, and faintly peppery/alcoholic...moderately full body, aggressive carbonation. It’s been a while since I’ve had a traditional BDG, so I can’t say that I’m qualified to suggest whether this is "true" to style or not; seems more tart/sour and fruity than I remember being typical. Pretty decent on the whole though I feel it’s going to be an effort to get through this whole bottle alone.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (983) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2016
Bottle, about a year old, from Michael (misterburd) -- cheers, buddy! I love a good Bière de Garde, but they get a bad rap sometimes: they’re sweet, caramel-y, and biscuit in a world that seems to go nuts for whatever’s the latest hop bomb. This has a lot of the great malt flavor of a classic BdG, but the yeast added a Belgian Abbey ale flavor and aroma. It surprised me, but not really in a bad way. It just ended up tasting like a combination of a Bière de Garde and a Trappist beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1721) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Nose of malt with lactic. Malty and mellow bitter. Tootsie pop chocolate. Yum.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevinator (1888) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Aroma of earthy malt and yeast. Murky tangerine color with a small head. No real lacing. Full and weighty. More malty Flavors with an earthy and barnyard aftertaste. Some hints of fruit tartness. Low hop presence.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (2709) - Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Bottled. 9/4/12. Hazy dark brown yellow. Taste is a wired mix of raisins, pears, floral.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5678) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Sample at Hopfest 2015. Comes a cloudy golden orange with a nice white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, and spice. Taste is citrus, yeast, fruit, spice, and malt. Pretty good.


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