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Private Rye Bière De Garde - Jack's Abby Brewing

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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 03-16-2012

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
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Ratings: 209 | Reviews: 40
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Photo of tigg924
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of jondeelee
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tkelley
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers!

Photo of bum732
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of mountdew1
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. When opened, a slow rise of foam that would have overflowed if not poured. When poured, head disappeared almost immediately. Color was a nice dark golden copper color. Aroma was a slightly sour fruity smell, that mellowed and developed a bit of malt over time. Flavor was a floraly fruit, with a bit of hoppy bite in the backend. Felt ok in the mouth. A bit of coat, with some tongue tingle going on. Overall, not a bad beer. A bit more complex than I was initially expecting.

Photo of fmccormi
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 500ml / 16.9oz pry-off bottle to my Duvel Single tulip. Bottling date of March 7, 2013 printed in black ink on the side of the label (“MFG 03.07.2013”), making this bottle a tad under four months old. Not bad, for the style.

Appearance (3.25): A bit over two fingers of meringue-colored foam rises from the pour, capping a rich, ruby-amber body that is nearly clear. The head fades to a thin cap, leaving little to no lacing. Great body, very nice head, poor lacing.

Smell (4.25): A rich, malty body of toffee, caramel, spiced apple cider, and fruit cake . . . all mixed with lighter, brighter spice tones of white pepper and clove. Most definitely fits for the style, in the classic sense—not the kind of funky bière de garde that you might come across today, but the malty, smooth, spicy farmhouse ale I’ve read about.

Taste (4.0): The balance between malt and spice shifts toward the spice, if only a bit: clove and pepper, following the nose, with some dried herbs (like basil and oregano, maybe?) . . . it very icely complements the malt body, which follows the nose a bit with its toffee and fruit cake, which in turn meld very smoothly with the beer’s yeast component: plums, lemon zest, pear juice, mulled apple cider, etc. . . . just a touch of booze, but it meshes so, so well with the malt / yeast interface.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Sooo smooth, with a lush carbonation that foams quickly and fully without tingling or prickling at any point. The body is on the full side with a nice viscosity but not too much weight. It almost perfectly sits the fence between dry and, I guess, off-dry(?) . . . either way, very, very well balanced and very fitting for the style.

Overall (4.0): This is a very, very good bière de garde in the classic style. Of the farmhouse spectrum of beer style, I definitely gravitate more towards saisons but still feel that bières de garde are under-appreciated. This beer, like other Jack’s Abby beers, offers some very pleasing nuance and balance, if you let it—drink it at the right temperature and take your time, and you will be rewarded as the beer unfolds nicely. This is a well-crafted bière de garde which represents the style well and stands up to age.

Photo of MRsojourner
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

aroma is a little light and somewhat musty and metallic ...maybe?
color is copper and fairly clear and a little hazy when pouring the rest of the bottle.
the taste is a marriage of rye spiciness and light fruit. almost white grapes and melon and pepper and a little caramel sweetness. very little hop presence. It drinks really easy and seems appropriate for the coming springtime. enjoyable

Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a snifter from the 16oz bottle with a dark golden-orange, coppery body. A foamy, creamy head forms atop of this to a finger or two in size and has fairly good retention. A frothy ring stays around the sides of the beer and leaves a lot of legs and some patchy lace.

S- Spicy and yeasty are probably the two words that would describe this best for me. Raisin, citrus zest, peppercorn and spicy rye bread are prominent notes. Caramelized sugars, banana, clove and some herbal hints as well.

T- Rye is noticeable right off the bat, the malt character is very nice overall. Rye spice, cereal grain, caramel and some dark brown sugar notes from the grains. The yeast used in this beer is also quite interesting especially with some warmth. Raisins, spice, banana, clove, fig and citrus zest hints. Some herbal and spicy notes in the finish that could come from both yeast and/or some hops.

MF- Very silky smooth as one would expect from a beer with 30% rye in the grain bill. Carbonation is high but the creaminess of the beer offsets any harshness and allows everything to blend together nicely. Slight bit of warmth is quite nice with the flavors present.

I once made a rye beer with about 30% of the grain bill as rye, the mouthfeel and rye flavor present resembles that beer a lot actually. Beyond that the yeast is quite nice and I am curious as to what kind of process or strain they used. Another solid offering from this great local brewery.

Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass with a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy coppery amber brew. Head fades promptly down to a solid layer of froth, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is nutty fruity wort.

Taste follows the nose, nutty sweet to start, fruity in the middle, with a balanced close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Yet another nice brew from these guys.

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sometimes enjoy a biere de garde when done right, but most of the ones I've had before are meh. However, one of the few breweries I would trust outside of Northern France to do it right is Jack's Abby.

Pours a nice fizzy almost 2 finger head that gets kinda thick and fluffy and fades fairly slowly, nice fluffy lacing too, quite clear slight amber autumn-leaves orange auburn color, quite a few bubbles streaming up from the bottom. As the head fades and collapses it turns to a very thick frothy head.

Nose has some nice farmhouse funk, wheat grass, straw and a bit of wet hay even, plenty of wheat itself, grassy herbal dried straw and a touch of herbal spices, a bit of dried grass, light leafy herbal but mostly grassy hops, which gives way to the spicy rye in the middle, distinct spicy grainy rye aroma, and a little bready yeast with a fruity touch.

Taste starts with the lager qualities, a little fruity lager yeast flavor, light grainy bready yeast taste, etc. Then quickly comes the farmhouse flavors, farmhouse funk, grainy malts, wheat-grass again, dried grass, straw, plenty of wheat flavors again. The grassy malts get juicy even, toasty grainy malt, etc. Rye is there as well, spicy and bready, that even adds a light fruitiness like the lager yeast does. There are light grassy hops too, a little herbal and spicy, just a bit, but mostly grassy again. The mild sweetness blends in well, and continues onto the finish although it dries quite a bit, a nice big rye spicy flavor on the finish, with more farmhouse funk that's much lighter, bit more grassy hops and some grainy grassy malts and straw.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, nice carbonation, fairly soft feeling.

Overall a nice beer, good farmhouse flavors and aromas, a nice rye kick, grassy grainy straw wheat malts, and a light grassy hop character even. Overall a nice beer quite drinkable and tasty, would be much better in late spring, but still a well done beer to be done in U.S. However, if I could complain, maybe a bit too sweet and sticky.

Photo of davey101
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spring 2013 vintage, .5L bottle into a snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark red/burnt orange body. Not as hazy as the description led me to believe. Visible carbonation slowly rises from below. Two fingers of fluffy off white foam. Lasting and sticky lacing.

S - Its a sort of a spicy rye with a caramel malt/Belgian yeast finish . Just a touch of fruit and subtle skunked lager notes. Not particularly exciting, but its nice enough.

T - Clean Belgian yeast and caramel malts with a light spice and fruitiness. Hop bitterness is apparent on the end. Tasty and unique.

M - Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

O - A pretty unique beer. I'm not too familiar with biere de gardes, but this does come off as Americanized saison with a nice rye spice and hoppy finish. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.19.13

A - Pours a cloudy light orange-dark brown with a one inch mixed tan head with decent retention.

S - Rye, sweet malt, toast.

T - Rye, sweet toast and cereal, almost carmel-like.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Rye, sweet and toasty. Pretty damn tasty.

Photo of Maxwell
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an ambered copper with a huge yellowing white head of creamy bubbles. The beer’s body is lager clean but with a darker haze, and tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen racing up to replenish the fat head. The beer leaves behind a lovely network of dry sticky lacing, almost like the layers of the earth with tree roots running between them. On the nose, the beer smells of light spicy bread with a touch of saison funk, but with a very clean feel on the nose. The rye malt is the most prominent thing in the nose, and gives some wonderful spicy rye bread notes. On the tongue, the beer tastes clean with a light flavor palate of bitter and salty dry bread with a faint touch of sweetness. The beer begins with muted bread notes that slowly open into spicy rye bread with a nice hit of grassy hops. The finish is strong with the grassy and hay-like hops, while the aftertaste lingers with very muted rye spice. On the mouth, the beer feels medium light in body and leaves the mouth slightly astringent yet wet on the sides of the tongue and dry on the roof of the mouth. Overall, this isn’t a bad beer. I haven’t really had a Bière De Garde , so I don’t know for style how to grade this beer. I can say that it is very muted in flavor compared with other Jack’s Abby beers. It’s tasty, just not as in your face as others. I like this beer, but it didn’t blow me away.

Photo of thebigredone
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to jaasen64 for including this as an extra in a recent trade. Always love to try new beers.

Poured from the bottle into a Brewery Vivant tulip.

Smell is slightly funky, slightly sour. Gives the impression that this will have a nice sour bite.

Wow, the taste is just a hot mess. I get very little of the sourness I was initially expecting. Instead, the palate is overwhelmed with a spicy, barnyardy funk that competes with the tinge of sourness in this beer. Also has a weirdly medicinal, off-putting finishing taste. No cohesiveness in the flavors of this beer whatsoever.

Overall, this was a very, very big dissapointment to me. I disagree with all the other reviews, the spiciness of the rye and hops do not play well with slight sourness, and the flavors simply clash. In addition, this brew is a lager, but there is no cleanliness or crispness to this. IMHO, a fruitier ale yeast may have been able to pull the seperate elements of this beer together. In the end, I took about three drinks of this, kept trying to like it, and then drainpoured the rest of the bottle.

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Acquried in a trade with the gracious ICCULIS - thanks again, buddy! Label identifies it as a biere de garde; I'm reviewing a such. 30 IBUs. Original Gravity: 14.5. 6.0% ABV according to my bottle. Spring 2013 vintage. Expectations are very high; I've heard great things about Jack's Abby and this is my first beer from them. .5 litre bottle with appealing label art and standard silver pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger white-khaki colour head of fair cream and thickness. Retention is average (~2 minutes). Body colour is a pleasant dark orange. Lacks the vibrance I'd expect from a good biere de garde, but it's appealing. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lightly hazy. Looks pretty good for the style, but I've seen far better. Not unique or special, but inviting.

Sm: Delightfully evocative malts. Brown sugar, spicy rye malts, and some bready graininess. Redolent of wood syrup of some kind. Candi sugar doesn't quite match the style, but it seems to work here. Pleasantly toasty. Toffee. Caramel. A bit biscuity. Nicely sweet. Vaguely fruity. It's certainly not what I expect from a biere de garde, but it does come off unique - and most of all, appealing. Not much in the way of spice, yeasty character, or hop character. Incidentally, hopping seems minimal in strength and floral in character. A pleasant aroma of average to above average strength.

T: Hm. Getting the wood syrup just after the open with some well integrated caramel and surprisingly neutral rye - i.e. it's not all that spicy - especially for the style. The candi sugar lends a rounded pleasant sweetness, but does come off like it doesn't belong in the flavour profile and shifts the balance and focus away from the subtle toasted character it'd otherwise possess. Biscuit malt, some pale malt, caramalts. Bready grains form the even-keeled backbone, which isn't as supportive as I'd like. No cream, yeasty character, or alcohol comes through. Vaguely fruity - perhaps apple skin?

Constructively, it does come off a bit homebrew-esque; there's something about the generic malty taste in the early second act that reminds me of many unfocused homebrews I've tried. I expected at least some yeast character. It feels a bit forced and clinical for the style; it doesn't have the natural cohesion of a more traditional example of the style and I think the candi sugar addition may be to blame. Looking at the label, I'm beginning to get an idea of what the problem may be: they combine "the strict standards of traditional German brewing with the innovative approach of American craft brewers" - and this a traditional French farmhouse style. Something's getting lost in translation.

The balance isn't ideal, but in spite of my criticisms I do like the beer. Sure, the complexity and subtlety I want aren't there, but it's tasty in spite of its flaws.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some tingly coarseness on the finish, which lightly encourages the next sip. Pretty good carbonation. A bit too thick for the lack of depth and diversity of flavour. A bit weak, especially in the second act. Should be crisper and softer. Presence on the palate is pretty decent otherwise.

Dr: Admittedly, I expected better given the reputation of the brewery. It's actually somewhat difficult to drink considering the relatively manageable ABV; I certainly couldn't quaff it. A redolence of homebrew qualities coupled with a problematic balance brings it down for me, but ultimately I do like it. It's not among the best beers in the style I've had (even from American breweries), but I'm thinking this may not be the ideal Jack's Abby beer on which to start constructing an opinion of the brewery as a whole. Looking forward to trying more from then and I'm glad I have a couple in the fridge for that very reason. I'm grateful I got the opportunity to try this, but I wouldn't want another one. I applaud the experimentation, but it misses the mark for me.

High C

Photo of Andrew041180
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep copper with about as much head as I could possibly allow. It retained well, but when it was gone, it was gone. There was very little carbonation (I'm not sure if this is typical for the style or not) and no lacing to speak of. Still the color and thick haziness of this one warrant the high marks!

S - Classic Belgian-Style smell, with notes of spice and banana.

T - Farmhouse style at the start, that gradually grows more bitter as the hops kick in. I can clearly detect the rye presence in this one. Oddly enough, I think this might be a case of too much going on. That, combined with the fact that this isn't really my favorite style, yield slightly lower marks than most might give.

M - These guys do such a good job on mouthfeel, although this one seems little lighter and less velvety than the others I've had, maybe due to lack of carbonation.

O - Another solid from Jack's Abby. Even on styles that I'm still learning to appreciate (like this one) I still truly enjoy these beers.

Photo of Chico1985
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jack's Abby - so many new beers, so little time...

Cool color on this one, a hazy light brownish-orange. White head retains as a thick ring and a partial cap with some lace left.

The saison feel really comes through in the scent. Tart, farmy yeast and lager graininess combined with some spicy and lemony notes.

Taste once again brings a nice combo of saison yeast and lager flavor. Light crisp Belgian yeast that is fruity with a bit of tartness to it, grainy and bready malts, a bit buttery. Light fruit, rye, and earthiness there as well but hops are kept on the down low.

Light, crisp mouthfeel with highish carbonation and a full body.

A very interesting beer, not very familiar with this style and this was definitely a cool experience. A little on the simple side, but quite unique and enjoyable, a nice change up for Jack's Abby as well.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slight haze on a rich orange-copper color. Head is white and creamy with some large bubbles. Moderate retention on a small, clumpy, creamy cap and collar. Some spots of lacing.

Smell: Some mild esters. Fruity and yeasty. A solid hit of clove and banana with some underlying damp basement and grass. Almost floral on the edges. A bit of caramel malt sweetness. Nice building spiciness in the back. Pretty mild overall. Some apple and lager yeast.

Taste: Mild rye spiciness. Some backing lager yeast. Faint esters. Some apples skin and flower petals. Light caramel malt sweetness. Vaguely bready. Grass, hay, damp earth. Vaguely musty. Some minor hints of citrus from the hops layered over the top. Toasted, but lightly. Candi sugar sweetness is mild but works as a nice compliment to the light spicy rye.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation, but not by much. Medium body with a clean finish.

Overall: I don't see a promotion in your future.

Not the best beer from Jack's Abby, but it has that distinct quality I expect from Jack's Abby. A unique blend of esters and rye and lager yeast.

Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy brown body with a nice fluffy white head.

Nose is a mix of fresh grain and some typical saison or Belgian farmhouse sort of funk and spicy
hops.

Taste is medium to light bodied and very smooth. Starts off with some very mild Belgian farmhouse funk and then a very firm bitterness that really takes hold almost immediately. There’s actually this fresh malty, almost 6 row malt, type undertone that runs throughout, which is probably more to do with the Lagering. There’s a nice strong Rye flavor that sits almost on top of the Biere de Garde, that sort of tastes like your normal Biere de Garde or Saison, but leans much more towards an American style Rye. The bitterness of the rye though really works well as a compliment to the style, which normally is more of a hoppy leafy sort of flavor. The bitterness isn’t overpowering at all, but it’s definitely very prominent.

Another unique and stylistically complex beer from JA. The rye malt is the perfect complement for the Biere de Garde style. The mild funk and sourness of the Belgian farmhouse style combined with the bite and bitterness of the hops and rye. Seriously, tasting this is one of those “AH HA” moments, like it must have been when someone tasted chocolate and peanut butter for the first time. It just works, and it works really well. It’s like someone made a black and tan using De Ranke XX and Founders Red Rye. It’s such a cool combo.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jack's Abby Brewing - Private Rye Bière De Garde, poured into a Lawson's Tulip

Look - Pours a hazy caramel amber with a small soapy head that dissipates quickly, chunks of lacing.

Smell - Sweet malty lager & apple aroma with a hint of spice. Candied and mouth-watering. Obvious rye presence.

Taste - Snappy and sweet fruits, full flavored and rich rye, but dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Dry and crisp with no booziness. Light-bodied and super drinkable. Almost like drinking an unsweetened candied apple. Slightly bitter.

Overall - Solid as hell brew, this is smooth, drinkable, and a treat, enjoyed and 100% recommend but I will say that fans of their hoppier beers may be thrown off a bit, research the style a bit before deciding if this is really what you want, it is a somewhat muted style to begin with but I am a huge fan of the rye aspect so I couldn't say no.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Red-orange in color with only the slightest haze. The creamy off-white head stands at a solid two fingers and looks very appetizing. Great retention. Spotty lacing.

S: Yeasty aromas waft out of the glass. Banana, tropical fruits, pepper and spice. Layered malt scents are a deft balancing act of creamy and coarse rye. Peaches and cream. Very slight musty scent. Perhaps a slight suggestion of spicy hops.

T: Coarse wheaty taste up front gives way to a wave of dry, spicy rye. Slight phenolic bite of clove. Creamy impression; banana, peaches and cream. Subtle tropical esters. Subdued notes of white and black pepper. Supporting grassy/herbal hop bitterness. Dry finish of spicy rye and fading yeast.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Lush and filling in the mouth. Extremely creamy. Small amount of prickling carbonation slightly accentuates the spiciness. Very smooth.

O: An interesting combination of flavors. Not a hard beer to drink, but the rye doesn't quite seem to fit the rest of the flavor profile. In fact, it starts to dominate after a while and wears on the palate just a little bit.

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Private Rye Bière De Garde from Jack's Abby Brewing
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