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Bard's Gold - Bard's Tale Beer Company, LLC

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59
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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 2.34
pDev: 35.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bard's Tale Beer Company, LLC visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 01-28-2009)
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matjack85

Illinois

1.23/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.89. This is one of those gluten free beers, so it doesn't contain any wheat, barley, rye, or oats. Instead they brew this with sorghum.

The beer poured a mostly clear medium gold color, but only produced a ½-finger of white head that dissipated in about 15 seconds. Lacing was minimal.

The smell was all sorghum, which is not a pleasant smell.

The taste is sweet, and once again all sorghum with maybe some honey underneath it. I didn't like it at all.

Mouthfeel was OK. The body was medium and the carbonation was moderately high.

Still looking for a sorghum beer that I like. Unless you need to drink these for health reasons, I'd pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 06:15:21 | More by matjack85
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -57.3%

05-10-2013 14:50:42 | More by twenty5
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Chugs13

New Jersey

1.25/5  rDev -46.6%

11-24-2013 23:43:20 | More by Chugs13
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HardTarget

Texas

1.4/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Gold amber glass shows almost painful clarity. Pours with an active white head that dies back like soda to just a half collar.

Smell: Rubbing alcohol? Dusty vodka? First whiffs are very alcoholic with a vegetal funk going.

Taste: Oh gawd. This is drain food. Very chemical tasting, medicinal/band aid nasty. Tonic water base offers no redeeming qualities.

Mouthfeel: Thin, carbonated water. Dry finish.

Overall: I feel for folks that can't process gluten, but I'd steer them over to a good vodka over this. I'm taking this out back and shooting it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:29:33 | More by HardTarget
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -14.5%

11-06-2012 15:49:44 | More by cfalovo97
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Amalak

New York

1.48/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I had out of a bottle
A- Light gold in color. No real head and no lacing.
S- Had a sour fruit scent to it.
T- This beer tastes a lot like soap, no lie. And it consistently gets worse tasting with each sip. I actually got about a quarter of the way through and just gave up.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 22:13:44 | More by Amalak
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

1.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is a pale amber color, fizzy...in that, you can actually hear it fizzing like soda.(the first red flag!) The head is thin to begin with and then it's just gone.

This has a strange sweet aroma much like pure malt before it goes in the wort, the rest is really hard to detect, but it's not beer related.

Well, i kept an open mind right up until the first sip, but my palate is not as nice. There is a malty flavor, but it's not a good one. It's hard to nail down any specific flavor's, which is a big problem. This folks, is simply not a beer to my palate.

DA....are you kidding?

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 22:30:28 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

2.35/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into my pint glass the beer is amber brown with about a finger of white head. No retention no lace.

The aroma is sweet and grassy. Like caramel coated grass clippings. I can't really pin point what I'm getting from this beer. Rather fruity though.

The flavor has a sharp gritty bitter bite. It's like sour malt with burnt caramel corn. Not something I really look for in my beers taste.

Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a unique beer for sure. I'm so glad I don't have food alergies that would require me to drink this.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 01:32:41 | More by beerwolf77
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tbryan5

Louisiana

1/5  rDev -57.3%

03-23-2013 21:51:21 | More by tbryan5
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -35.9%

07-07-2012 05:18:29 | More by Kunstman
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farrago

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head slightly off-white and crests at close to a finger, basic looking with little retention, no lacing. Metallic orange to pumpkin in color, crystal clear and completely transparent. The nose shows molasses, brown sugar and then apple, pear fruit, lemon juice and honey glazed bread, the hops versus malts dichotomy seems besides the point here. Medium-bodied, decent degree of carbonation, the first thing you think is that it tastes like a hard cider with a more grainy texture. Pear, green apple, white grape fruit, starts to turn bitter once it hits the back of your throat. Vaguest of grain, oats aspect, hard to casually understand why this would be grouped as a beer. That said, not disgusting or anything. (Gluten Free)

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 02:19:58 | More by farrago
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WynnO

Florida

2/5  rDev -14.5%

09-08-2012 05:41:38 | More by WynnO
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JTomczak

Connecticut

1.75/5  rDev -25.2%

07-07-2013 04:17:47 | More by JTomczak
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froghop

Washington

2.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear amber with a thin white head, and some lacing.

smell is faint, malt, some spice, caramel, and roasted nuts.

taste of malt, caramel, slightly metallic, and a funky aftertaste.

strange brew but better than dragons gold from what i remember.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 01:20:16 | More by froghop
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +55.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Honey colored. Transparent. Active carbonation. Pours with a thin head that settles out to the edge of the glass in a creamy lacing.
S) Bold molasses and brown sugar aroma with just a bit of anise.
T) Mild anise flavor with a slight brown sugar undertone.
M) Creamy. A light to medium body.
D) A decent brew. A good combination of ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 23:49:02 | More by u2carew
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williamherbert

New York

3.15/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a clear yellow with a bubbly white head, like Pepsi. Looks almost exactly like ginger ale, including bubbles on the inside of the glass. Weird.

The smell is an ultra-sweet, sugary malt, moreso than even an English ale. It even smells like ginger ale and a white wine. Unusual, but not "bad."

The tate is a different sugary sweet taste, like a white wine, combined with sweet brown-sugary English malts. I actually don't hate it. Butterscotch and toffee in the aftertaste.

The feel is smooth and buttery. A nice, silky texture. It's like a malty, sugary white wine all the way around. For a sorghum beer it's actually really drinkable. I'd take it over a Bud.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 03:52:30 | More by williamherbert
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grumpygerman

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

03-01-2013 05:14:09 | More by grumpygerman
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -35.9%

03-28-2013 05:37:48 | More by yancot
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drbenderdo

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

01-03-2014 18:05:34 | More by drbenderdo
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

03-28-2012 22:57:59 | More by cbcrunch
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jayhawk73

Maryland

2.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Gifted by Huhzubendah- Thanks Matt!

Pours a light gold color w/ a small off white head. This brew leaves a small amount of lacing on my snifter glass. Pretty clear in appearance- I can see through to the other side very easily. The nose on this makes me wince a little bit- it's like no other beer I've had... I mainly get some rice, sorghum, and sugar sweetness in the nose. It's not good. The taste follows suit, although a touch better. There's a mild hops aftertaste that kind of cleanses the sugar out of your mouth. It's pretty bad, but not the worst thing I've had. The feel is light, w/ good carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I'm glad I got to try a Sorghum beer, but I think I'll stick to the regular stuff from here on out. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 00:25:53 | More by jayhawk73
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Dave1999

North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Came out of the bottle a cloudy orange with no head at all.

This beer had a very faint sweet smell which must be the sorghum.

Doesn't taste terrible has a sweet bitter taste.

Felt pretty thin in the mouth will a little carbonation.

Overall as a gluten free beer this isn't too bad, but compared to it's gluten enriched rivals it fails to inspire.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 16:20:07 | More by Dave1999
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

1.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Neck stamped PD 12/15/2010.

Appearance - Clear amber body. Two finger loose white head with decent to good stick and decent retention.

Smell - Alcohol. Dark fruit. Almost smells like a Belgian abbey ale. Weird.

Taste - Almost flavorless. Tastes like burning plastic. I do not wish this on another human being.

Mouthfeel - Solvent. Astringent. Caustic.

Overall Drinkability - Probably the single worst beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:45:02 | More by ZenAgnostic
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

1.41/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

355 ml bottle picked up from the singles bin at the LCBO for $2.00 CDN

Appearance - Clear golden color with slight amount of haze. Less than 1/2 finger of head is poured and dissipates almost instantly. Very little carbonation present.

Smell - Not sure what's going on here. Not pleasant. Sour notes, vegetables maybe. Throw some overripe grapes in for good measure. Slightly medicinal. Maybe apple? Funky, processed smells too. Sometimes not smelling like anything is better than smelling like this.

Taste - Slightly soda-ish quality to this. Funky aftertaste. Medicinal with almost the flavor of bands aids- afterwards. Blech.

Mouthfeel - Thin, watery feeling. I can't say watery tasting since its hard to get that flavor out of your mouth. Dry finish.

Overall - And the winner for the beer I'm least likely to ever drink again is.... this one. Feel bad for those than can't process gluten, but please even if these reviews do not deter you, please only buy a single before committing to a purchase. Review ended with a drain-pour.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 22:19:08 | More by DenisKolkin
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freed

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought a sixer of this to the beach, not realizing it was a sorghum brew. Not wanting to buy it myself, I was happy to sample his. However, I'm surprised at the beer - it's, well, good.

Poured in to a somewhat dirty/scratched glass, but the beer is a lovely amber/copper color, and the surface of the glass ensured an active, bubbly pour. The tiny bubbles graced the top of the bear with a snow white foam, looking almost like steamed milk.

The aroma is appropriately malty, though smelling more of silage than barley. There's no apparent hop aroma.

The taste is reminiscent of an adjunct lager, and I had trouble not thinking of a slightly warm can of Ranier drank on the front porch in late May. The beer has a clean profile and leaves a slightly tart taste on the palate, but still very much a beer.

I'm impressed. I'll have to get some for my celiac grandpa.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 17:50:26 | More by freed
Bard's Gold from Bard's Tale Beer Company, LLC
59 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.