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Brett Bière De Garde - Jack's Abby Brewing

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 19
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged in white wine barrels for three months with the wild yeast brettanomyces. Light notes of oak counter an intense funkiness from the wild fermentation. The base lager for this beer was brewed in the French farmhouse style. We added our own twist by adding 30% Rye Malt, locally grown Triticale from MA and amber Belgian candy sugar. We left this beer slightly hazy to accentuate the mild fruity yeasty character.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-22-2012)
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Photo of BearsOnAcid
1.85/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Frothy pour. Pale amber color with a tightly packed white head.

Smell is just straight sulfur. Like someone with lactose intolerance engaged themselves thoroughly at an ice cream festival, relieved their intestinal misfortune into the bottle and capped it. I really don't know what else to say here.

The smell carries into the taste. Over barreled. Unpleasant finish. Dull malt.

Both bottles I've had were exactly the same. Am I drinking the same beer as everyone else? It has the same label as the picture. This is a joke right?

BearsOnAcid, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Dburke
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Dburke, May 10, 2013
Photo of jwps214
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

jwps214, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Horbar
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Horbar, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Gonzoillini, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

WhitmansNiece, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of ThrashMaster
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

ThrashMaster, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Boston_Steve
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Boston_Steve, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Big thanks to cbeer88 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7. This stuff pours a hazy orange topped by two fingers of cream-white foam. The nose comprises mild orange zest, sweet flowers, a vague notion of wheat, and a touch of perfume-y white wine grapes. The taste holds notes of blood orange/tangelo zest, mango, light lemon peel, light coriander, light wheat, and a good portion of Brett funk (though I couldn't rightly identify this at first...I blame prior drinking and tiredness...). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, an interesting beer, to say the least. I believe I summed it up best for me by saying that though I would not purposefully buy this one myself if given the opportunity, but I wouldn't turn one down if given to me in some manner. Suffice it to say: I generally enjoyed it, but I didn't revel in it by any means.

TMoney2591, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -6%

kaelingirl, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6%

spycow, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of LloydXmas
3.75/5  rDev -6%

LloydXmas, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of RummyRedbeard
3.75/5  rDev -6%

RummyRedbeard, May 30, 2013
Photo of sdaly3
3.75/5  rDev -6%

sdaly3, May 14, 2013
Photo of AdamP
3.75/5  rDev -6%

AdamP, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Twal
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Twal, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of wdarcy77
3.75/5  rDev -6%

wdarcy77, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of koopa
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5L bottle purchased at the brewery today for $6.00
Dated "bottled in july 2012"
I was told they do 5 months of brett fermenting on this one.

Appearance: Pours orange to tawny copper with a 1 finger slightly off white (creme) crown that displays modest retention and medium lace.

Smell: Slightly musty / funky / wheaty mixture with a few drops of urine mixed in for good measure. Not much sulfur happening here but a tiny metallic tinge exists.

Taste: Same as the nose but more tame.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with smooth and creamy medium carbonation.

Overall: Nothing offensive going on here but nothing noteworthy either.

koopa, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle dated July 2012.

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a huge fluffy white head adorning it. Fades very slowly, leaving fluffy lacework everywhere.

S: Fairly prominent rye with some funky/tart fruit notes. Mostly sour apple. A bit sugary here and there, almost brown sugar.

T: Rye with again some tart, funky flavor. Seems like sour apple and leather. Fairly mild tartness, especially with this being so fresh. Finishes with a sugary and lightly hoppy flourish. Drying oak lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and drying on the back end.

O: Meh, not a horrible brew but pretty simplistic and brett never really seems to help anything. I enjoyed it enough but it doesn't stack up against Jack's other stellar offerings which are usually world-class. Drinkability is pretty good at least.

Dope, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of flexabull
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Patrick, thanks again!

Pours a hazy and bright orange color with a huge white head.

Aromas are of white wine, light vinegar, cut grass, and lemon zest.

Taste is lighter than the nose suggests, but still quite pleasant. Light sweetness, clean, with some cream, nuttiness, and a light sour and tart finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, with nice body,

Overall an enjoyable and unique beer. Well worth trying.

flexabull, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Phished880, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

hoppymcgee, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Massbmx, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Bilco, Dec 02, 2012
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Brett Bière De Garde from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.