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Private Rye Bière De Garde - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Private Rye Bière De GardePrivate Rye Bière De Garde

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205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This lager is brewed in the French farmhouse style. We add our own twist by adding 30% Rye Malt, locally grown Triticale from MA and amber Belgian candy sugar. We leave this beer slightly hazy to accentuate the mild fruity yeasty character. Copper in color, a spicy Rye flavor emerges in a dry yet malty finish after lagering for five weeks near freezing.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: taez555 on 03-16-2012)
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New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -47.1%

09-26-2013 00:26:35 | More by Mikeypnh
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4.19/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance: high carbonation, orange-brown in color, 1/2 inch head, hazy

Smell: caramel and rye--not the strongest smelling beer

Taste: big rye that is present but never overwhelming, hay, and citrusy hops

Mouthfeel: crisp, medium bodied, high carbonation, bitter with slight sweetness

Overall: I think this is one of Jack's Abbey's better brews. The rye is nice and spicy but never overly bitter. The rest of the beer is malty and complex. Split a four pack with a friend in no time at all.

04-15-2013 13:30:50 | More by tigg924
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Private Rye opens to a malty nose, the most obvious aroma a good copy of yeasty rising wheat dough, this followed by peppery rye bread, then floury baguette, biscuit, and toast crust. A good measure of citrusy grapefruit hops adds a nice counter to these yeasty bread notes, and small touches of grape, fig, orange, berry, and cherry fruit esters bring further complexity and balance. Faint hints of nut mix well with caramel and candy sugar, lending the beer a light, but very sweet overtone. As a whole, the nose is very nice, with the strong emphasis on yeasty breads and peppery rye making for an enjoyably earthy experience, the rest of the beer very nicely balanced to play off of these notes without overwhelming them.

On the tongue, the beer is divided almost equally between yeasty, peppery breads and sugars. The former brings the heavy yeasty rising wheat dough and peppery rye bread from the nose into instant play, with lesser notes of Grape Nuts cereal, biscuit, and toast crust. The sugars add orange, berry, cherry, and white grape fruit esters, as well as fine threads of candy sugar. A thin runnel of citrusy grapefruit from the hops adds welcome balance, preventing the yeast and sugar from becoming overpowering. Touches of toasted nut add further complexity. The aftertaste is a continuation of the yeasty, peppery breads, with a few sugars, and an increasing (but light) pine resin note from the hops, lingering for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very nice beer. The interplay between yeasty, peppery breads and sugars is superbly balanced, and the hops are kept tame enough to catalyze the rest of the flavors without overwhelming them.

06-13-2013 17:43:11 | More by jondeelee
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-20-2013 01:07:57 | More by Janeinma
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14%

03-24-2013 00:21:50 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-06-2013 20:59:57 | More by JMS1512
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-21-2013 18:36:28 | More by LiquorsInc
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

02-28-2013 04:00:27 | More by Gonzoillini
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-16-2013 23:23:31 | More by tenacioustomato
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Had on tap a bukowski- pours a golden copper color with a creamy white two finger head with decent retention and lots of great lacing.

Smell is pretty mild- pale malts, a good dose of yeast, and a little rye sharpness.

Taste is consistent- pale malt sweetness up front, followed by a little rye and some yeast, finishes with some hops and it's nice, long and dry. A little grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is good- light body, moderately carbonated. Definitely like it.

04-21-2012 23:46:49 | More by Hopdaemon39
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3.13/5  rDev -17.2%

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange, verging on amber. A few bubbles. Thin collar.

Smell - Strong caramel. No sweetness. Some spicy rye. A little bit of fruitiness.

Taste - A bit of fruitiness before a dry caramel kicks in. Fairly bland. Bitter rye in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and clean. Low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Kinda uninteresting. Nothing truly special coming out of this.

06-25-2013 01:16:06 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-08-2013 22:41:35 | More by tjarrett
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Bottle poured into a large tulip glass.

A - copper / caramel color with a beige head with light lacing. Hazy.

S - can really smell the yeast and the malt, backed by the rye spiciness.

T - light tasting lagerbeer with a good malt backbone. Spicy from rye. Not choppy really, but the hop presence is evident. Earthy and kind of fruity.

M - medium body. Not a lot of carbonation but the bubbles are bigger.

O - very enjoyable. Its like a regular drinking lager but a bit offbeat.


03-05-2013 00:54:21 | More by tkelley
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-22-2014 03:34:36 | More by Denzo
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4.28/5  rDev +13.2%

S: Rich, grainy maltiness, some black pepper, earthiness, slight papery notes, perhaps a touch musty.

L: Amber with a light tan head with decent retention. Ok lacing.

T: Slight fruity malt up front, estery. Medium low earthy bitterness, with a crackery rich maltiness. Finishes slightly spicy with white pepper notes. Rye graininess comes through more as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Great beer with nice complexity. Love what this brewery is doing.

07-30-2013 23:58:31 | More by bum732
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-19-2014 19:11:46 | More by Bjlps
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-03-2013 16:46:12 | More by Kmlund
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-05-2013 04:22:39 | More by kirkse
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-20-2013 03:12:16 | More by trevorpost
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-18-2013 03:30:20 | More by wesley14
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle: Poured an amber color lager with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt with light spicy rye notes with light rustic cereal notes. Taste is also a mix between some cereal notes with some light spicy rye notes and some chewy light caramel malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting experiment from a brewery that I would wish to know more about.

07-17-2013 02:29:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-21-2013 02:51:57 | More by Psychmusic
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-06-2013 00:33:47 | More by WhitmansNiece
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New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%

Cheers to Bilco for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 6/30/13

Appearance: Mostly clear, lightly hazy, somewhere between dark orange and dark copper - pours with an above-average sized, creamy, off-white head - retains an impressive amount of head, leaves some nice gobs of lacing

Smell: More or less smells like a lager with some Belgian influences - clean, crisp, malty lager aromas (the typical quality aroma from Jack's Abby) - some rye aromas - some citrus and other fruity esters, I'm guessing from the yeast - light, sugary and malty sweetness - smells more like a Biere de Garde as it warms up, with some light funk, earthy, and musty aromas

Taste: LIghtly sweet, lightly malty, and lightly funky - pale, lightly grainy malts with some bread and some rye - some sweetness - lightly fruity, with oranges - some yeasty notes, lightly phenolic, with some spice - earthy and a little musty, with a touch of funk, just enough to keep things interesting

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, very smooth

Overall: Bros with Sergeant Wheat... or something

I must admit I haven't had many beers of this style, but for what I've had, this seems like an above-average Biere De Garde. It's refreshing, very drinkable, and interesting. I may seek this out again in the future.

06-30-2013 06:20:25 | More by angrybabboon
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-21-2013 00:04:27 | More by st9647v3
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Private Rye Bière De Garde from Jack's Abby Brewing
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