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Bière De Garde - The Commons Brewery

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Bière De GardeBière De Garde

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BA SCORE
86
very good

22 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dirtylou on 05-02-2012)
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-30-2014 05:33:42 | More by Kurmaraja
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abrethanson

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Whole Foods - looking to try some new up and coming Saison / Biere De Garde styles.

A: pours a nice (1-2) finger light tan head that unfortunately disappears instantly and leaves minimal lacing on glass when swirled. Color is a fairly clear deep copper and seems spot on for the style. Looks lean.

S: wife says metallic - i have no sense of smell

T: toasty (toffee) malt sweetness characteristic of style is right up front and carries through flavor. Some nice raisin bread, stone fruit laced, maybe even some orange hiding in there, and minimally noticeable hops at end. Typical of style it tastes of rustic and earthy flavors . The metalic smell comes through in flavor as well. A little heat that holds on and what seems to be some spices - from Strisselspalt hops. Mouthfeel is medium and also very lean.

O: Did not like the first couple sips, but the beer grew on me after the first glass. Not my favorite flavors but does well to hit the style spot on from appearance to flavors. Personally would like a little more complexity, fuller flavor, and less toffee / toasty. That said, the style is typically fairly lean like this beer. The more I drink and think about style the more it continues to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 22:37:19 | More by abrethanson
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rowbow

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

07-10-2014 18:41:28 | More by rowbow
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-18-2014 16:04:55 | More by ZachT
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-11-2014 04:02:11 | More by GRG1313
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mactrail

Washington

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Handsome amber color in the Maredsous goblet. Streaming bubbles with a modest white foam and plenty of spritz on the tongue. Creamy carbonation is a nice feature. There is a very light grainy aroma with a whiff of the manger.

There is some appley malt with a touch of sweetness, but mostly this is very dry and yeasty. The finish is rather austere but the exceedingly dry taste is subdued by the sudsy mouthfeel. A little malty substance.

This seems like a real Bière de Garde with that softer, yet Saison-seasoned flavor. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego for $9.99.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2014 05:15:51 | More by mactrail
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popery

California

3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly deep amber orange color. Looks a bit murky but easy to see through. I'm guessing there's a fair bit of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The head is small to medium in size, white and relatively sticky. Aroma is light caramel malt, herbal hoppiness, mint, grapes, apple cider and some earthiness. The malt seems sweet with a fair bit of caramel and a somewhat bready character. Lots of that grapey, appley sweetness, which is not entirely pleasant. The taste is sweet, herbal and earthy. More apple cider sweetness. The malt flavor could be a lot fuller. It's a bit stale and lifeless. It's slightly too sweet. Something about it needs to be cleaned up. It's a touch cloying, though too thin to really go too far in that direction. The mouthfeel is fairly effervescent and almost light but the sweetness gives a sense of body in a funny way. I don't much like this one. I wouldn't call it a very clean beer, which is advertised on the label. That apple cider sweetness gets to me and kills most of the refreshment that I was expecting. That said, it's not bad. The hops seems nice - wish they were a bit stronger - and I appreciate anyone attempting a Biere de Garde.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 04:24:37 | More by popery
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PG2G

California

3/5  rDev -22.7%

05-04-2014 20:05:09 | More by PG2G
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PZBREW

Oregon

5/5  rDev +28.9%

04-14-2014 18:28:53 | More by PZBREW
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jason_nwx

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +16%

03-31-2014 05:30:55 | More by jason_nwx
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16%

03-29-2014 02:04:34 | More by slimntubbs
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TaborTime

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-15-2014 20:49:34 | More by TaborTime
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-13-2013 02:00:22 | More by chickenm
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-22-2013 01:41:57 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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tehmogue

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-12-2013 20:05:20 | More by tehmogue
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CoryR

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-27-2013 19:16:13 | More by CoryR
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jconrick1 for this bottle. Served in a cervoise. Pours a slightly-hazed caramel-bread color with a good white head. Nice retention and good lacing on the way down, along with a thin collar throughout. The nose has a nice initial breadiness plus just a touch of earth. Flavor is similar with some added hop bitterness. A bit of a leafy quality to it. Medium body; a bit chewy. Carbonation is appropriate. Finish is fairly-dry with a bit of alcohol warmth, which is surprising for a 5.3% beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 19:29:55 | More by Thorpe429
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared with a buddy on 8.4.12.

A - Pours a hazy, dark orange with a crazy off-white head that fills the glass and seems to never fade.

S - Spices, malts, subtle yeast.

T - Smooth spices, dark oranges, and some wheat.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Smooth and spicy at the same time. Nice refresher for a 90 degree Seattle day.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 05:40:13 | More by HuskyinPDX
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to James (cavemanbeerlawyer) for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a slightly hazy, vibrant tangerine color and about three fingers of off white head that dissipates slowly leaving big chunky lacing.

Smell – Slight funk, earthiness, floral and grass notes, bready malts and a hint of green apple.

Taste – Quite similar to the aroma. A slight fruity sweetness up front, musty earthiness next, a nice peppery bite, then roasted grains, dough, and slight malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, plentiful carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – An extremely quaffable beer and one I am rather enjoying. I would like to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 00:04:29 | More by SpdKilz
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vkv822

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml : tulip snifter

Pours a clear copper with a foamy off-white head.

Aroma is fruity, almost cider like notes, with sweet bready malts.

More fruity apple notes blend with floral and sweet bread malts.

Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Balanced, easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 09:17:25 | More by vkv822
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-09-2012 05:52:25 | More by bluckbeyes
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dirtylou

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, purchased @belmontstation in portland

split, paired with seared wild salmon and asparagus

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Biere de Garde was inspired by the farmhouse beers brewed in Northern France and brewery friend Steve Jones, proprietor and cheesemonger at Cheese Bar. Steve was lamenting the dearth of food-friendly Biere de Gardes and we took that as a cue to develop a beer that would fill the gap. Traditionally, Biere de Garde was brewed in Winter and early Spring while the climate was cooler, then garded (lagered) during the cool months, and reserved for consumption during the summer. This beer offers a soft and clean, malt forward flavor with a reserved hop profile.

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, hazy auburn body, light tan lace

smell: sweet dough, earthy malts, grassy

taste: a nice subtle biere de garde - earthy and rustic, toasted grain, doughy malt, biscuit, black pepper

mouthfeel: light and well balanced

overall: nice beer - versatile and balanced

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 16:27:46 | More by dirtylou
Bière De Garde from The Commons Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.