Private Rye Bière De Garde - Jack's Abby Brewing

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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of jbertsch
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Sunset in Allston. Poured into a tulip.

It sports a slightly hazy amber color. The pour I received had a sudsy white head about half-finger in size.

Loved the aroma. Slightly funky Belgian-like yeast is prominent, a little JuicyFruit gum, and a little hop spice.

As for the taste, I remember saying “wow, I’m really loving this” more than once as I drank it down. A little barnyard sits in the middle of the palate and is surrounded with notes of rye, spicy hops, and just a touch of citrus. It has a little saison character to it.

Mouthfeel was fine. A lighter feel to the body, without tasting light. Carbonation was normal. Extremely drinkable.

In my mind, JA’s batting average is sky high right now. I really loved this one - a low ABV brew with the flavor character of higher ABV Belgians, but with added drinkability that’s off the charts. I will be seeking this out again, and you should too.

Photo of Jsmick
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of bum732
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Brad007
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber hue with a nice frothy head into my glass. It has to be right because I had another example of the style with a similar hue.

Aroma is a mix of rye and candi sugar. Not sure if creamy is appropriate but it does give that impression on the nose.

Sweet and spicy. At first, it confuses my taste buds. Once it hits the back of the throat, it all seems to make sense. "Chewy" is another adjective that comes to mind.

The mouthfeel is reminiscent of what happens if you chew on a malt husk. Lots of lingering sweetness from the candi sugar.

I agree with the folks who say great things about Jack's Abby. I would love to see more collaborations as well. Also, I definitely want more rye in my beer!

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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 ErrandWolfe
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  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 tigg924
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a tulip. July 2012 indicated on the back label. This beer looks beautiful in the glass. Pours a hue that is slightly more orange than cider with a latte-like, creamy-colored half inch head embedded with ringlets and with clusters of raised craters within the froth. Thick, concentric bands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. I love the nose on this beer - tart, light fruity esters (perhaps grapefruit) as well as a suggestion of funk as expressed by some medicinal phenols that are revealed behind the initial citrus character. Taste reveals a sour mash quality, less citrus than anticipated, some more of the medical/funky qualities present in the nose, as well as a some oak notes expressed as a slight butteriness. Not as tart as initially suggested, but there is a slight citric acid quality in the flavor profile and some light, bitterness towards the finish that gradually dissipates between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even, effervescent carbonation and a slight acidity that light stimulates the sides and back of the tongue. Overall, I have to say that I am really impressed by the beer. There are many subtle nuances here, and as with all of their other brews, the pricepoint for the quality is exceptional. I'd be curious to see what some age does to this beer and hope to pick up a few more bottles to experiment with. Another observation I have to make is that there are definitely some Orval-esque qualities to this beer.

Photo of jondeelee
4.1/5  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.

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Private Rye Bière De Garde from Jack's Abby Brewing
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