1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Page 24 Réserve Hildegarde - Brasserie Saint-Germain

Not Rated.
Page 24 Réserve HildegardePage 24 Réserve Hildegarde

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

36 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Saint-Germain visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thierrynantes on 10-20-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by dpvatty:
Photo of dpvatty
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

dpvatty, Jun 25, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass a dull slightly hazed lighter golden with just a hint of orange in the body,a thin white head atop.Funk stood out in the nose wich was a little unexpected,some citric aromas as well as a tinge of iron.Some good acidity on the palate wich is matched a somewhat sweet vanilla tinge,the funk is almost non present,a little grainy in the finish.The flavors have some complexity wich saves this beer,I am guessing it's food friendly as long as it's food on the lighter side.Iam starting to get into the French biere de garde style,I like the less funked out versions wich this is on the borderline.

oberon, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of kaneel
3/5  rDev -22.3%

kaneel, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Kingstar123
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Kingstar123, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of andrewdanks
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

andrewdanks, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of bobWFMU
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

bobWFMU, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ystazi, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Absumaster
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, golden beer with a thick, stable head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell is hoppy and has a saison-ish smell. Very attractive and mout watering. The yeast adds a complex, slighty corky smell. The hops smell noble and a little earthy.

Taste is nicely hoppy. Bitterness is medium. I expected it to be more bitter. Mouthfeel is dry, but leaves enough body. The malt is a little caramellic, maybe a little dextrinous. This beer has a good balance. It is very drinkable and a nice example for the style.

Absumaster, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev +3.6%

cnbrown313, May 23, 2013
Photo of Sigmund
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml swingtop bottle, as St Germain Page 24 Réserve Hildegarde Bière de Garde Blonde, now available in Norway at Vinmonopolet. ABV is 6.9%. Pale golden colour, just a slight haziness, big white head. Nice aroma of "Belgian" (French, actually) yeast, with spicy / peppery notes. Some fruit and grass too. The flavour is first crisp and moderately spicy / peppery, leading to a fruity moderate sweetness, ending in a moderately hoppy and spicy finish and aftertaste. A truly enjoyable bière de garde - will buy again.

Sigmund, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of CopeTech
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

CopeTech, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Blonde with a white head, good retention, great lace.

S: Hints of earth & barnyard funk up front, candied pineapple, dried mango and papaya

T: Papaya, mango, candied pineapple, wheaty biscuit, grassy, hints of earth and maybe a little Brett, good bitterness, alcohol is well hidden.

M: This all-malt brew isn't as dry as I expected, very smooth, almost creamy with a good carbonation (the cap popped like champagne and the bottle gushed).

D/O: An all around good brew, but definitely pricy at over $10 at BC Liquor.

Derek, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mvanaskie13, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Lovely85, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of jikvig
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the nose alot of fruitynes from the yeast, as well as an big yeast component

It`s very style correct if you will, with a rich taste and a firm bitternes.
Not bad, not good, just on the avarage side.

But life is to short to drink avarage beer....

jikvig, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of lmaduells
3/5  rDev -22.3%

lmaduells, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of malmquna
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Leffe glass from the flip-top bottle. Produces a reasonably good head over a darker than expected, more strawberry-blonde colored beer.

The aroma of hops is rather strong for a French beer, but welcomed by this West Coast raised quaffer. The malt character is typical for this blonde style, and the hops provide a good balance throughout the drink. This is a very well-balanced, very drinkable beer.

Page 24 is one of my favorite French breweries, perhaps because of this well-hopped version of a typical blonde bière de garde.

malmquna, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of wisrarebeer
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: nice, light brown color, clear
S: mild nose, a bit of earthiness and grain but very slight
T: decent but lacks character - balanced but a bit on the sweeter side, slight hop finish, average beer
M: average mouthfeel but sweet-side is distracting
D: OK for new people to beer scene

wisrarebeer, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey gold with a decent head that has some retention. Nice clingy lace.

Some honey aromas and some sweet stone fruit, apricot.

A little muddled, with yeasty malt, some overripe fruit, booze, husk bitterness. Not very transitional, but more like all flavors at once.

Medium boy, nice carbonation.

Just ok. A little disjointed and comes off as mushy fruit with some booze.

OtherShoe2, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 ml swing top bottle, nice label, best by date marked, and it looks like I'm just a few days late on this one. Heck w/it, I'm thrilled to have tracked this down after so long. A beer named after Hildegard of Bingen? Bring it on! Poured into my Westvleteren chalice.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark straw gold-beer. Lots of tiny, Champagne-like carbonation. A nice creamy ivory cap shows nice retention. Overall, quite an attractive beer.

Smell: Lots of slightly sour and tart fruit and mild earthy funk. A few swirls brings out just a ghost of warm, lightly-toasted malts. I'm trying my best to pick out individual fruit aromas here, but I'm having a hard time: the best I can do is something like pineapple creme and a hint of citrus (lemon, I think). A hint of tart funk that makes me wonder if there's some wild yeast in here.

Taste: Lots more grainy, toasted malt than I was expecting from the aroma, and a lot less fruit. Some grassy hops here as well. The flavor's pretty muted (maybe from the age) but they still provide a firm and snappy medium bitterness. This is pretty tasty, but doesn't live up to the awesome aromas. I'd really like a bit more fruit here (all I'm getting is a tiny hint of citrus), and maybe some of the tart funkiness present in the aromas. Other than that, pretty tasty overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and medium-high carbonation

Drinkability: A 750 at 6.9% is doable, but I really think this bottle would be better split between two people and paired with food. I'm thinking some kind of rustic fare, maybe carbonnade flamande and roasted fingerlings with thyme or sage butter?

Conclusion: Glad I finally got to try this beer! I haven't had very many Biere de Gardes at this point; I really didn't like Domaine du Page. Jenlain Noel was ok, even if it was really weird. I loved Schlafly's offering because it had wonderful toasted notes with lots of fruity/funky/earthy flavors and aromas as well. Hildegarde is tasty, but I'd like a little more of the latter to balance out the big toasty notes. Rich and full enough to accompany rustic food, this would be one to pair in my opinion.

BedetheVenerable, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of rinhaak
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle poured into tulip glass.

Pours a murky bright yellow/orange. A moderately thick head graces the top, and lots of bubbles rush from the bottom.

Nose of Belgian yeasts, similar to a blonde. Aromas of orange, lemon, pepper, cloves, bread, hops, and banana all mingle together.

"Whoa" first comes to mind with the taste as there is a lot going on in this rather complex beer. Highly carbonated, honey is predominant with an almost mead quality to the drink. Hops, bread, cloves, rose petals, and sour cherries blend with a slight musky and nutty flavor. This is well balanced, well designed, and really quite extraordinary.

Overall, I highly recommend this beer. Very nicely done from start to finish, this is a great example of the style. I know I'd happily drink another.

rinhaak, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of jtdolla911
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jtdolla911, Mar 07, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Page 24 Réserve Hildegarde from Brasserie Saint-Germain
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.