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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

209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

DonFrap, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ColdOneKev, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +6.1%

bobv, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of pixieskid
3/5  rDev -20.4%

pixieskid, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

angrybabboon, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of fmccormi
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

fmccormi, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of rderedin
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

rderedin, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of HopChef44
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

HopChef44, Jun 29, 2013
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.

JMScowcroft, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

tommyguz, Jun 25, 2013
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 Psychmusic
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Psychmusic, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of comfortablynirm
4/5  rDev +6.1%

comfortablynirm, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of TobiasG
4/5  rDev +6.1%

TobiasG, Jun 17, 2013
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 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.

jondeelee, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

liamt07, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of WeisGuy
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

WeisGuy, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of SHCC
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

SHCC, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

iL0VEbeer, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Andrew041180
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Andrew041180, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

JMS1512, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of geocool
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

geocool, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of wburch1967
4/5  rDev +6.1%

wburch1967, Jun 03, 2013
Private Rye Bière De Garde from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.