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French Country Christmas Ale (Biere De Garde) - Southampton Publick House

French Country Christmas Ale (Biere De Garde)French Country Christmas Ale (Biere De Garde)

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BA SCORE
90
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80 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%


Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2003)
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cosmicevan

New York

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Swung out to the brewery to pick up some bottles of this years vintage and grabbed a pint. Brew arrived in a pint. Nice transparent copper color with a thin had that bubbled away quick but left a thin skin of bubbles on the surface. Nice rich color and streaky leaving. Nose is fairly muted but one can detect nice caramel almost buiscit notes. Taste is more if the same but far more toasted. Nice crystallized malt. Really nice body. Very balanced. Really drinkable and enjoyable bdg. makes me really enjoy a style that i otherwise couldn't care much for.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2013 17:57:13 | More by cosmicevan
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xenjoiii

New York

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Southampton Publick House - 2013 Vintage (brewed and bottled at the pub) bottles are now available as well!.

A: Two fingers of white head that receded to a thick layer of froth.

S: Notes of caramel, and fruit (dried apricot and peach). The yeast shines through, as well.

T: Follows the nose with notes of sweet caramel (maybe toffee?), followed by a burst of fruit and spice (yeast). The fruitiness becomes prominent as the beer warms.

M: a fortified body, moderate carbonation, and despite the sweetness, a rather dry finish.

O: On par, if not better, than last years vintage. Another high quality beer from Evan. This beer is a well hidden christmas treat, for us locals. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2013 18:13:27 | More by xenjoiii
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Poured a very hazy yellow-amber colored brew with a one finger just off white colored head. The head faded relatively fast to give a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was rather light overall. It consisted of a toast and bready aroma mixed with a lighter fruit and some notes of a spiced aroma of nutmeg, clove and allspice. With these are some light honey sweetness and a good dose of yeasty smells.

Taste – The taste starts out of a toasted bready and yeasty flavor with a lighter orange citrus taste. As the taste advances, more orange citrus and some apple flavors come to the tongue and mix with some light honey flavors. Soon some spiced flavors of nutmeg and coriander as well as a lighter banana and pepper flavor come to the tongue. These flavors bring the flavor profile to its end where they mix with a light herbal and floral note to leave a somewhat light yeasty and fruity spiced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the thicker side for the abv. with a carbonation level that was on the lower side. The body and lower carbonation made it more of a slower drinker then it normally would be, but were overall very nice for the yeasty and lightly spiced flavors of the brew.

Overall – A decent brew, although nothing really to exceptional for the price. It had a good level of complexity, but in some ways was a bit too complicated and confusing as some of the flavors really did not transition and meld together well. One to try, but not really one I would go to back to again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2012 01:52:46 | More by Darkmagus82
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in Brooklyn last month, from notes.

Appearance is a deep orange and copper tone with an off-white head. Its` nose has spice, honey and some caramel. The taste of this biere de garde contains some bread, light malts, hay and a small amount of fruit. It is all subdue, too much perhaps. Mouthfeel is low, dry finish. One of the better choices from this style imho.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2012 03:39:01 | More by mltobin
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Pours a lightly hazed amber, decent head and retention. Scent brings musty wet hay and spicy yeast before notes of toffee and roasted nuts present themselves. Taste follows scent with an initial push of musty hay, dried grain, moderately spicy and lightly bready yeasts, nice dry toasted nut and toffee flavors throughout. Rustic comes to mind. Medium bodied, lightly grainy on the palate yet smooth. Overall a very nice seasonal offering that doesn't make it all about the spices.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 14:35:45 | More by rfgetz
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hoppymcgee

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at The Gate in Brooklyn. This is the 2008 vintage poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Translucent brown with a white ring lining the inside of the glass.

S: A little nutmeg, coriander, and other spices. Nothing crazy, maybe the beer is too cold for the aroma to come out?

T: Malty and mellow. Slight hints of egg nog? Maybe I'm just thinking about Christmas.

M: Nicely done here. Perfect carbonation - works well with the ABV.

D: Awesome. Because of the lower ABV and lack of heavy malts and spiciness, this one can be had all night.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 20:49:55 | More by hoppymcgee
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Earth Bread + Brewery...
Appears a semi-transparent amber with a small, off white head that sticks around for nice retention. Scattered traces of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of floral hops, a touch of grass, malty caramel, toffee, and maybe a touch of ripe fruit.
Taste is of the aromas with a standout flashing of apple and earthiness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fizzy, and chewy in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2010 19:59:24 | More by weeare138
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Farmhouse in Emmaus. This isn't far removed from a Belgian pale ale or amber, but there's a little something extra in the flavor. It's a literally flowery, like rose petals. Beyond that, the beer has an array of subtle flavors that range from dry biscuity malts to light citrus rind hops, and fruity caramel. This beer is not the richest, but the mellow complexities are quite nice. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2009 02:10:35 | More by tempest
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room the other day.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some sweet malt and underlying spice. On the palate however, this beer is just terrific. The beer is almost viscuous and is fairly sweet. I get lots of cherry, vanilla, apple and orange, with maybe a hint of chocolate and vanilla. The flavors change/develop as it warms, and each sip is different then the last. The mouthfeel is fairly full, and frankly the beer seems more boozy then it really is. Maybe it's the sweetness, as this beer is quite rich and seems somewhat alcoholic (not in a bad way).

A little bit of this goes a long way, but have to say I really enjoyed this one. It reminds me a bit of the Mad Elf, though there's not as much cherry flavor. This is a great beer for the winter. Very good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2008 17:54:20 | More by johnmichaelsen
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gdfan47

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at "The Note" in west chester... they had a pretty good beer selection

it poured a coppery orange color with a little bit of head, that took a bow early

it smelled piney and of holiday spices.. really hard to nail town

it tastes alot like it smells, only not as sweet as you think it might be

its pretty smooth , easy, and enjoyable to drink

really good beer, def suprised to see it at this place and I enjoyed it

I will try as much of this as I can

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 01:43:46 | More by gdfan47
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Beautiful ruby red color, with a quickly disappearing white head

S - Very muted aroma, with suggestions of fresh fruit and maltiness

T - The fruitiness of the brew was right up front with a good degree of malt sweetness. Pretty complex tastes, and hard for me to nail down everything to be honest.

M - Medium to thin MF, and a little viscous.

D - Hugely drinkable even though there are some complexities.

Thoroughly enjoyable brew, and I will definitely seek this out again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2008 04:16:33 | More by Nickls
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BeerLover729

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge thick fizzy head that fades to a thick creamy lacing?/head. This copper auburn beer is downright gorgeous.

S: Caramelized and biscuity malt flavors tickle my olfactory nerve.

T: Creamy caramel beer but with a dry astringent finish. Very mild malt sweetness that is very pleasant and palatable with biscuit malt carbo's that are particularly yummy. Yeasty character is mild but complex and notable despite no real phenols or esters.

M: This beer has a heavy light body with pleasant dextrin character despite the dry crips character of this highly attenuated beer. Medium to sharp, vigorous, carbonation.

D: This is a drinking beer. Its smooth crisp character is enticing enough to keep the desire constant but simple enough to not hold you back from drinking this beer as a session beer. In fact I personally could drink this beer all night long.

Notes: Not the most complex beer that I ever feel in love with but this is an amazing brew none the less. The toasty caramel malt character reminds me of and rivals the best octoberfest style beers I have had. Definitely the best winter sessonal I have had all winter 2007-2008. An excellent beer. Thank you Phil.

My bottle is in a 750 mL bottle. It has a red label and it says Joyeux Noel 2007 French Country Christmas Ale a Biere de Garde-style Stong Ale. Just thought I'de mention that since there seems to be a lot of variety.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2008 02:37:22 | More by BeerLover729
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kennyo

New York

3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap at the Collins Bar. Poured a hazy coppper color with a little head that disappeared after a minute or two. The aroma was sugar, bready/yeast, spice/cinnamon. aste had some malt, some toastiness, a little hop bitterness on the back of the toungue. THis beer is very drinkable but nothing special.

I seem to almost be disapointed with Southhampton beers on tap, I've never been to the brewery, but I'm almost always happy with their bottled product

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2007 01:40:25 | More by kennyo
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longpondbeerman

Maine

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY, we brought home a growler for, what else, Christmas. However, we couldn't wait, so we gave ourselves an early gift. The French Country Christmas Ale poured a rich and deep reddish amber with a thin khaki head. Grassy, but in a fresh sweet way, and hoppy to the nose, there is also a hint of maple syrup underneath. Frankly, I found the taste a touch thin and static--a disappointment, really, given what I found to be the complexity of the aroma. The malts dominated (figs, prunes?), the taste settled smoothly, but it never evolved, and the carbonation seemed too demanding.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2005 22:41:23 | More by longpondbeerman
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: Although my bottle has no mention of either "French Country" or "Christmas Ale", I can only assume that this "Biere de Garde - A French Farmhouse-Style Ale" is the same beer.

750ml bottle. 2005 edition - no month listed. The bottle opens with a crack, similar to that of a bottle of sparkling wine; and pours a heady, off-white pillow of froth above a hazy robe of orange-hued chestnut. The head retention is astounding, obviously buoyed by the teeming, efferevescent bubbles from beneath, and it maintains a complete surface covering throughout the glass and leaves some nice lacing along the way.

The yeast character is dead on (similar to a 3 Monts), with notes of minerals and hay; over a distinctly caramelish malt base that's enlivened by some deep, Bordeaux-like character of grape and alcohol. Despite its carbonic zest, it's surprisingly cottony-soft and smooth across the palate - to the point that you almost forget that it's liquid.

The aroma does an impressive job of indicating what's to be found within, although it's certainly a bit richer. Upfront, some notes of dark fruit, apple, and alcohol appear; laced with sparkling notes of minerals. Grassy, straw-accented, and toasty swashes of caramel-soaked malt appear across the middle, tweaked by a subtle note of dark-skinned, tannic fruitiness. It's full but not overwhelming; and sweetish but only slightly (...far from candyish); backed by a solid bitterness and peppered with mildly spicy and herbal hops.

The finish is dry and lingering with notes of minerals and spice that dance a waltz over a subtly astringent combination of dark grape skins and subtly woody, toasted, caramel-accented malt. As it winds down, it becomes more apple-ish and the alcohol in noted, but subdued. It's interesting, kind of like a halfway broken-in wild stallion. And surprisingly, considering that the alcohol is apparent at least to some extent right out of the gate, it never builds to become more than a pertinent component of the beer (although it's strength can be felt!).

Overall, it's a bit darker and more caramel-accented than most of the larger, commercially available brands; but it's certainly far from authentic. This is exactly the type of beer that you might find from a smaller house-brewery along the northern border. Very well done! Enjoy it with venison or a darker meat alongside lightly buttered vegetables on a cool night; or as a relaxing goblet as the sun goes down on a warm summer's night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2005 16:09:49 | More by NeroFiddled
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark peach colored with a pale beige tinted head. This dissapates to a fine persistant sheen. Herbal fruity nose. Inital taste of tropical fruit touched by metalic sweet malts and grapefruits. the finish also has hints of nutmeg, sour plums and cinnamon. Quite complex but quite medium bodied. A nice regal selection.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2004 01:03:01 | More by frank4sail
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Bottle Date, Sampled July 2004
Pours a hazy amber color. It has a well endowed thick tan head that is kept afloat by a pretty good amount of carbonation. There is an enticing aroma that is a mix of fruit and subtle spices. I get aromatic notes of pear, apple, fig, and a bit of bready yeastiness, though the fruitiness certainly dominates the aroma. This is definitely a very enjoyable nose.

The taste is much different than the nose, or at least I was lead to believe the beer would taste quite a bit different than it does. The taste is quite malty with a finish that reminds me of biscuits and lightly toasted whole-grain bread. There is almost a chalky quality to the palate of this one, it seems to boost the body and make this beer seem a bit fuller. This is certainly interesting, I was expecting much more yeast character; more fruitiness, and more spiciness. This is one of those Biere de Garde's that goes for the cleaner flavor profile and relies more upon the malt character. The malts in this beer really shine, without the amped up malts this would be a flabby beer because of the restrained yeast character. As this beer warms up I get some nice fruitiness up front, with notes of pear and apple.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2004 20:14:14 | More by Gueuzedude
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dwarbi

New York

3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, murky beer. Light brown in color. The aroma is weak. There's almost nothing there. If you whiff real hard, you can catch some hints of fruit, but it's a chore. Tastes primarily of cherry. Smooth. Good mouthfeel. As the beer drains, it creates a sour taste in the mouth. Kind of like drinking milk.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2003 04:51:54 | More by dwarbi
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joefuzz

New York

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Super gusher watch out....pours golden orange with a huge white head.

Smells of biscuit malt with a very belgian smell.

Tastes of white grape, apple and peach and a very nice sweet maalt aftertaste with some sort of saison yeast strain

Mouthfeel is light drinking with fairly hight carbonation

Overall another amazing offering from phil-era southampton. I can only hope they can continue this tradition of amazing beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 07:30:29 | More by joefuzz
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber courtesy of UncleJedi. 2008 vintage.

Cracked the day after Christmas because I was just too stuffed to drink it yesterday. Into my big goblet it goes!

Try as I might, I just can't get much of a head on this one... there's a slight light brown foam that dies immediately and then retreats to the edges of my glass, leaving just a little bit of lace behind. Pity, because most Biere De Gardes can do better... the beer is a fine Christmassy amber-orange, though.

Aroma is interesting - a decent amount of caramel and sweet, dense malt up front; all kinds of subtleties below, but they're tough to tease out. There is some booze and a hint of sourness. Sort of a wassail-ish apple thing going on, some orange and indeterminate spice, a musty sort of fruitiness that's neither easy to pin down nor unenjoyable (got all that?). The end of the bottle brings some yeasty bits that add even more character and roundness. Overall: Quite nice.

Flavor is a mixed bag, sadly. This has all or most of all the components of a great Biere De Garde but they never coalesce into something wonderful. There's a good amount of layered sweet malt with some toasty and caramel flavor: okay. Fruity esters (dates?) and some spicy notes (booze, pepper) work in here, as does some Belgian-barnhouse flavor, but the whole thing never really comes together for me... it's a bit hard to explain, but it's a bit of a a chore to drink. It's doesn't taste "complete" but rather like flavors are being checked off without any idea as to how they work as a whole, drinkable beer. Try it and see for yourself.

Mouthfeel? Medium. Carbonation seems a bit low for what this is. Finish is dry caramel, spice and warm, soured apple. Odd.

I really wanted to like this one, but (like a lot of Southampton Brews) this just isn't doing it for me. French Country Christmas Ale *seems* like this should work, but ultimately does not. Simply a fair Biere De garde, and that's a pity.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 03:52:49 | More by kkipple
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The French are known for having an impeccable taste of fashion - and their beers are no different. This French-inspired bière de garde has a dashing and lustrous amber colour, one readily associated with Egyptian amulets. It is clear and its surface accentuated by a thick white crown and a pond of fizzling bubbles. Christmasy? No. Classy? Yes.

The bière de garde aroma is rarely described as dynamic, so an average example of an average aroma doesn't give a lot to write about. There is some caramelization, a touch of must, but no real hops and only a very low amount of esters. It's a tad spicy and herbal but is really lacking in the richer, deeper aromatics. Still, with warmth it grew on me.

A lot of the distinct charm of this farmhouse French style comes from indigenous yeasts and molds, ones that commercial versions like this simply cannot replicate. There is a notable cork-like, very dry (and almost astringent) character but it's nothing near the must of an antiquated, authentic French example. Think watered-down Armagnac.

The flavour is comprised basically entirely of toasty, toffee-like malts. It is both sweet and dry. The body has a lean, medium-light volume with a slight tartness on the finish. The beer drinks smoothly, with no detectable alcohol what so ever. Its soft water certainly helps to enhance its subtle floral and herbal notes. I like it but have yet to lick my lips.

Southampton Bière de Garde (this brewery's standard release in this style that comes corked and caged) is arguably my favourite example of the style to date; after sitting down to review it last spring it spurred me into a deep, several month long love affair with all things French: their beer, their cuisine, their music, history and literature...

I don't think this bière de garde, although it was good, will have the same kind of effect (which is just as well, because nothing could possibly make me love Christmas more than I already do). Southampton is a great brewery but the best of their offerings come in the 750ml corked and caged bottles; given the option, grab those over the bombers.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 17:15:25 | More by biegaman
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The body is a rich copper color that looks like a nice penny. Not a brand new penny, but one that has been around long enough to be handled, although not long enough to be all nasty looking. An off-whtie head rises up quickly but fades rather quickly also, not leaving behind a whole lot of lace.

The aroma is pretty nice, a big sweet malt bill with notes of bread. A big aroma of dark fruits is in there also, with a spiced character in the background.

The flavor is everything one would expect from the aroma. The malt comes through with a lot of bread, but also a lot of caramelt sweetness that is rather nice. Dark fruit with a touch of apple is in there, and a nice hay-like flavor also. The spice character is noticeable also, but it lingers in the background for the most part. There is just a touch of alcohol warming in the back end of this one.

The mouthfeel is pretty good on this one. It starts out medium bodied, just enough to get the flavors, and then explodes ont he tongue like a good saison would.

Overall, I would say that Southampton's Christmas beer is pretty good, and the drinkability follows suit.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 01:17:39 | More by Hojaminbag
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a copper color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet crystal malt scent along with a slight, dry mustiness. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, musty flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some caramel sweetness. It's moderatly bitter with little in the way of yeast esters. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking Biere de Garde. It's true to style and full of character. Nice work.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 22:04:49 | More by WesWes
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a Duvel glass.

Pours a nice dark amber, with small carbonated head and minimal lacing.

Smells of sweet fruits and yeasts, some floral undertones. Spicy.

Taste sweet and spicy and has a nice balance of malts and yeasts.

This is a good winter beer with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 14:06:01 | More by magine
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, no date. poured into tulip.

clear, rich amber, on the darker side. silky off-white head soon fades to wispy layer and ring. lacing soon slides back down after each sip and doesn't stick.

ripe apples and caramel in the aroma, with dried orange peel, and maybe faint clove or anise. hops are mildly herbal.

flavorwise, light apple and malty caramel are met by a quick flash of acidity, then a gentle, herbal hop bitterness, further accentuated by mildly spicy phenols and carbonation. off-dry finish with lingering hints of apple, malts and phenols all together.

pretty smooth, but borders on thin towards the finish. moderate carbonation that doesn't provide much for body, but does accentuate the flavors.

not the most complex or robust, but the gentleness of the phenols and the lack of overly cloying sweetness typical of many bieres de garde, help with this beer's drinkability for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 06:33:23 | More by tai4ji2x
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French Country Christmas Ale (Biere De Garde) from Southampton Publick House
90 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.