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Private Rye Bière De Garde - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 209
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 3.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (2,031 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Greg (Reagan1984) for sending a growler of this my way. Shared while filming the party scenes for Ale Obsession. Served in a tulip.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lacing. Hazed dark golden orange body.

S - I'm not clear on whether this uses a traditional Belgian yeast strain and is lagered, or if it actually uses lager yeast, but I'd guess the former? There's definitely fruity and lightly pheonlic yeast character here. Rye is present, with a bready malt backdrop, and a low amount of candi sweetness.

T - The taste is very bready, with a sharp and spicy grain character to it. Again, there's lightly fruity yeast notes and a touch of buttered biscuit sweetness as well. Less, overtly Belgian here, and a more of an American-style rye beer.

M - Slightly toasty and grainy texture, medium body, with moderate carbonation, and a dry, crisp finish. No alcohol of which to speak.

D - Solid stuff, and a good take on a style by which I've been largely underwhelmed. The lagering seems to have restrained the yeast presence and let the malt come through a bit more than other American Bière De Gardes I've had. A bit high ABV for a table beer, but this drinks like one - we finished the growler with minimal problems. (1,272 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 02/09/13 notes. had this on tap at Bukowskis in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a murky, deep orange-auburn color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, wheat, spices, lightly funky, earthy notes, floral hops, bready malts, light citrus. Nice nose; like the oranges and citrus mixing with light funk.

t - Tastes of wheat, oranges, fruity malts, spices, pepper, rye, bread, some earthy notes. No real sourness or funk like the nose, though still nice. More rye coming through here in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent biere de garde, though I liked their brett one better. Nose is a nice mix of light sour and funk and fruit, though the taste is less complex. Easy to drink, would give it another shot. (824 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber with a creamy, off-white cap. Good head retention. Lemony aroma, nutty, toffee, fruity and bready. Lemon bitterness with a spicy finish. Notes of mint, nuts, slight toffee and malt, with lingering herbal hops. Light bodied, slightly slick, creamy carbonation. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable. (307 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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! (722 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy dark orange hue. Head is a thin layer of foam. Thick sheets of lacing.

S-Yeasty with some underlying sweetness. Lightly funky. Some candied fruits. I am also getting some green grass too. Definite rye. Interesting.

T-Starts off full of lager yeast and light barnyard funk. The middle is predominantly where the fruity sweetness lies. The rye is long and spicy. The flavor finishes with a potent grassy hop bang.

M-Medium bodied. Mild bitterness. Drinks like a smooth lager. The rye adds a pleasurable element to the feel. Soft bubbles.

O/D-Another supremely unique brew by Jack's Abby. I prefer their hoppier offerings but this is a damn good brew.I could turn a bunch of people (even newbies) onto this beer. Will buy again. (744 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (1,491 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,463 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Spring 2013 bottle date (probably 2 months old).

A: A nice clear reddish-amber pour. Big fluffy offwhite head. Fades slowly with little swirls of lacing behind. Excellent retention.

S: Rye bread notes. Light fruits like pears and apples. Some wet grass in there too.

T: Heavy on the spicy rye for sure. Rye and black pepper in fact. Light fruits as mentioned in the aroma but much less here, mainly in the finish along with a touch of grass. More spicy rye and lots of black pepper in the finish and lingering aftertaste.

M: High carbonation, quite airy. Medium body.

O: Interesting biere de garde. Quite crisp and sharp, with lots of spiciness loaded throughout. I had this fresh and I actually prefer it this way with a few months on it. Seems a little more mellow and drinkable. (789 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - deep copper color with a off-white head that thinned to a layer leaving some spotty lacing.

S - sourdough rye bread with some citrus fruit.

T - sourdough bread, rye spice and a little lemon tartness on the finish.

F - light/medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O - a very enjoyable beer well worth a try. (351 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-light amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-bready malt, citrus, slight caramel, rye, little spice

T-malt, citrus, little orange, cramel, rye, hint of pepper, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-this was a pretty good beer, interesting flavor and easy drinking (328 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
2.77/5  rDev -28.4%
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. (1,082 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a decent rocky head on the pour, which dissipates to a ring. No lace.

Fruity malt aromas, with some rye spice, some biscuit and toasted grain, and a honeyed floral note.

What i like is this beer tastes fresh. Lively grain and yeasty notes, with some bread crust, whole grain cereal, a little orange peel. Beer bitters and dries simultaneously. A little spice bite, but more bitter as the palate clears. The over-browned crust and earthiness works, even if this one goes a bit out of balance on the bitter side.

Medium body ok carbonation.

Overall, mild flaws, but still dug it. A good interpretation of style. (636 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,153 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (1,111 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,284 characters)

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Private Rye Bière De Garde from Jack's Abby Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.