Raven De Garde - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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very good

26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 12-24-2012

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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 5
Photo of Taybeh
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

into an imperial pint from a single
a: rosy peach with 1 finger off-white head
s: faint bretty musty hay, pear, light mandarin, yeasty pepper...combination of the Brett and the dry hopping did this one right.
t: like the nose at the very start, then some more toasty and biscuit notes as well as some crystal malt in the front to middle, and it finishes with some decent brett that is well-integrated into the other flavors (including an interesting blend of hops that I didn't pick up as well in the nose); pretty dry. Nice use of Brett...not entirely sure I would guess the style if I was tasting blind, but regardless, it's nice and interesting.
m: pretty light and dry, well-carbonated, some prickly hops...wouldn't guess the abv.

Photo of flagmantho
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head in a thin layer of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly tart with just a dash of grassy funkiness. There's a very light toastiness and a little sweetness to the malt; it's a tiny bit light but still a very well-composed aroma.

Taste: very mellow, but I really like the composition. Flavors are lightly toasty, a hint of sour/farmhouse and a surprisingly thorough bitterness at the end. It really works for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess that is just a tad rocky. Still, very enjoyable.

Overall: this beer rather appeals to me. The bitterness gets to be just a little rasping, but I kind of like its juxtaposition to the regular bière de garde character.

Photo of draheim
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear copper color w/ a 1-finger off-white head.

Aroma is bready, fruity, funky. Green apples and Belgian yeast, a touch of hay.

Taste is likewise a blend of pale bready malt and fruity esters from the Brett yeast. I'm picking up a crushed aspirin quality I've detected in a few other Brett beers. Has a nice vinous quality too. Floral hops give it a bitter finish. This could be classified as a saison. Earthy.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, finishes semi-dry. Drinkable. Carbonation a bit low.

Overall a decent Belgian pale/Bière de Garde but the crushed aspirin taste detracts from the overall.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium burnished golden amber with nice active carbonation and a fine white head with good retention and lacing. Head continued to slowly grow for minutes after the pour. Aroma of sweet bready malt, light brett, light fruit and citrus hops. Flavor unusual with dry light fruit and brett up front, but lightly toasted and bisuit malt and hints of light pear juice developing in the middle before finishing with a more standard bretty, semi-dry farmhouse beer finish with moderate hop bitterness. Medium bodied with pleasant peppery carbonation. An interesting hybrid between biere de garde and a lightly malty pale ale which worked for me. I think the level of brett would have been more than I prefer in farmhouse beers except it is nicely counterbalanced by the malt in the middle of the taste. I liked this, which is uncommon for brett conditioned beers; I usually prefer just a touch of brett. Black Raven continues to amaze.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle opned on 12.4.12

A - Pours a clear golden-dark orange with a 1 and a half inch cream colored foamy head with good retention.

S - Bret, fuits - red apples, pears, welcoming.

T - Dry earthy tones, mild Bret, fruit peel, kinda let down here.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body. Dry finish.

O - Smells fruity and nice, but tastes earthy and dirty. Dry, and dissapointing.

Raven De Garde from Black Raven Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.