Private Rye Bière De Garde - Jack's Abby Brewing
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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
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
03-12-2013 03:38:23 | More by MasterSki
4.01/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
02-22-2013 02:29:31 | More by jlindros
3.84/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-12-2013 18:05:28 | More by mdfb79
2.94/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
05-25-2013 00:35:24 | More by kojevergas
3.78/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-09-2013 01:41:42 | More by ppoitras
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
01-03-2014 12:52:46 | More by DrJay
4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
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!
05-25-2013 15:16:40 | More by Brad007
3.93/5 rDev +4%
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.
05-20-2013 05:15:40 | More by HuskyinPDX
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
Private Rye Bière De Garde from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.