Dude De Garde - Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
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3.91/5 rDev +2.1%
750ml bottle I picked up at the brewery. Bottle #2 of 180 poured into a matching Dock Street cervoise/slender tulip. The brew appears a clear copper color with more than 2 fingers worth of yellowish off-white cap that fades leaving patches of lace sticking all over the glass. A swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface.
The aroma of this brew is quite bready with malt that is fresh and grainy. A bit of herbal hops are present that are minorly citrus to herbal with a floral to fruity component that is somewhat reminescent of tea. When swirled, this brew gets a bit cheesy and sulfuric.
The taste is quite bready with a fresh grain presence that is somewhere between buttery bready and faint toffee with suggestions of diacetyl. Hops are there to contrast with a mild fruity to floral aspect that when mixed with the grain comes across somewhat herbal and resminescent of an esb or a type of tannic herbal tea. Some sulfur and minerals are noted across the backend with a hint of stinky cheese.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is crisp and very easy drinking. The pleasant aspects of this brew are standouts however the character that I am not crazy about distracts just a bit. For the style, this is pretty spot on with very minor flaws. Fans of the style will want to seek it out as it is overall well done.
02-23-2013 01:37:47 | More by stakem
4.4/5 rDev +14.9%
Pours a darkish amber, nice foam, and lacing all along the glass. Beautiful in the tall Petrus tulip. Nice whiff of yeast and warm, ripe, apples. Creamy carbonation that fills the mouth with pleasure.
Rich yet light bodied, and full of flavors. Elegant and restrained in a way that most Farmhouse ales are not. Some of the Belgian flavors, but certainly no wild yeast or barnyard funk. Some bitterness develops as you sip. But also sweet in a malty way, not the candy tripel taste.
One of the best beers I've tasted this year, and certainly one of the tops in the Bière de Garde style. I think Dock Street is a seriously good brewery and I'm glad I picked up four of their limited release bottles at the brewery. But sorry I didn't get the dubbel, tripel, and quad. Number 68 of 180.
06-04-2012 01:47:13 | More by mactrail
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
750mL bottle poured into a chalice; bottle #51 of 180
Shared with Keanlacrosse
The body is a burnt orange with a small cream colored cap. Decent retention with some minor lacing.
House ale yeast, lagered....very noticeable lager influence. Earthy, lightly fruity, nutty, with a touch of black pepper. Extremely clean.
This guy follows the nose. Bready malt, earthy French hops, black pepper, toasted nuts, with some light fruit. The finish is clean and dry with a nutty, bready malt character mixing with earthy, slightly bitter hops.
Medium bodied, but on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is on point. Amazingly clean.
This definitely veers from the traditional biere de garde style, but it holds its own. Clean, dry, earthy and refreshing. This was a joy to drink.
05-19-2012 19:24:06 | More by ColForbinBC
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Picked up a bottle of this during Dock Street's big bottle release last weekend. Chose this one among others mostly due to the price per bottle. I think this one was retailing for roughly $12. Anyway, with the low ABV, I wanted to drink this one relatively quick. Poured into a snifter for review:
A: Pours a hazy amber with orange hues and nice frothy, rocky head. Good carbonation. I appreciate that each bottle was hand capped & labeled, but I was a little disappointed that they didn't number this beer (my bottle of Quad was).
S: Smells bready, almost toasty, with some pepper notes. A little musty and wild yeast. After a few first sips, the wild yeast notes become more prominent. However, as it warms, the yeast seems to mellow.
T: Tastes sweet & malty upfront. Reminds me of a little caramel & lite chocolate. Some nice hop bitterness but the hops aren't prominent and likely lend a earthy or floral character.
M: Feels light to medium full. Finished dry. Nice bitterness. The ABV is well in check.
O: A very good offering only I wish the wild yeast character was a little less prominent. It's not sour by any means. The yeast seems like Pedio (and I could be mistaken) but I can't tell if it was intentional or added to the beer in a certain way. Either way, I appreciate the effort. I don't think I would buy this one again in a big bottle format, but it's still a solid beer to drink. Would probably be better on draft. At least that way, if you dig it - great. If not, you can move onto something else.
05-11-2012 23:40:46 | More by jwhancher
4.1/5 rDev +7%
Appears A transparent light grown with a fluffy head of white that slowly fades into a gentle collar. Steady streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top of the glass. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, shredded wheat, dandelions, minerally earthiness, fruity notes with highlights of blackberries and melon.
Taste is of the aromas with an addictive flavor that reminds me of an herbal tea that's been sweetened with a heather honey. Somewhat sweet with earth notes and hints of pungency.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly sweet, and bitter with mineral water-esque and dry spiciness found in the swallow.
03-11-2012 19:22:49 | More by weeare138
Dude De Garde from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
85 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.