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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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85
very good

206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.13/5  rDev -17%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Durge, Feb 14, 2013
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.

Jwale73, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ColForbinBC, May 13, 2013
Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +6.1%

AngusOg, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

outoffocus, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Reagan1984, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

VelvetExtract, Feb 26, 2013
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.

tigg924, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +6.1%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

tom10101, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

AlexFields, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev +6.1%

st9647v3, May 21, 2013
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.

cbutova, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

tommyguz, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +6.1%

bigred89, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Dope, May 08, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +6.1%

oldp0rt, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ncaudle, May 28, 2013
Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Davepoolesque, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

kaelingirl, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

OtherShoe2, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

DonFrap, Jul 10, 2013
Private Rye Bière De Garde from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.