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Biere De Garde - Oast House Brewers

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BA SCORE
85
very good

23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ecoastman on 06-02-2013)
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle at Tequilla Bookworm. Cherry brown coloured body with lace and some head. Above average carbonation. Aroma of malts and mild spice. Belgian yeast, coriander,licorice, chocolate. Only a hint of hops, which is why it was true to style from the sample I have had from the style.

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a medium size off-white foamy head with medium retention. Aroma of caramel malt is dominating which is not what I was expecting considering the style. Taste is dominated by loads of caramel malt with some light grainy notes and a dry finish. Body is light with good carbonation. Big time disappointment as this is not close to the style guideline which I would have expected considering the labels plus I really don’t care to drink this much caramel malt.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75 cl pour

Pours a slightly hazy brown, red tint, with a fine off-white head that retains well.

Smells of biscuit malt with a bretty tartness and some grape sweetness.

Flavor is of molasses, fig, wine grapes, esters, and grassy malts.

Full body with a stinging carbonation on the tongue.

A very good Belgian style ale with a lot of complex flavor and a great aroma. Probably the best of my samples at Oast and worth seeking out for my money.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

600th review!

Appearance - Pours a deep copper brown with two fingers of cream coloured head.

Smell - belgian yeast, clove, peppery spicy hops, bready caramalts, touch of fruity esters

Taste - Starts off with the belgian yeast, clove, and goes into the spicy hops, bready caramalts, and touch of fruity esters.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes clean with a light spiciness as it warms.

Overall - Oast House delivers an excellent representation of the Bière de Garde style. This is by far the best example of the style I have had to date. A must try if you are down in the Niagara area or to take a bottle or two with you back home.

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4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well done Oast... well done. I've been waiting for a local Ontario brewery to give a Belgian style beer a try and you've done us proud.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a decent head and some lacing as the beer goes down.
Aroma is sweet and malty with banana bread and cherries. Tastes of sweet Belgian candy malts, cherry, light rum soaked fruits... great stuff. Easily competes with some of my other favourite Unibroue and Belgian-style beers.

Refreshing considering the 9% abv. Mouthfeel is smooth...Some light bitterness in the dry-like aftertaste.

An excellent beer... I just wish the price also competed with some of my other favourite beers... at $11 for a 750mL bottle, I won't make this my go-to beer, but I'll keep a couple of bottles for special occasions.

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3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a massive three fingers of head into my Duvel tulip with carbonation that simply would not quit, with average lacing. The body is a dark near opaque brown with red highlights that has a very high carbonation.

Smell: Fruity yeast with notes of berries, figs and raisins lightly veiled behind with a heavy molasses and caramel malt presence. Warming doesn't seem to really help it either way.

Taste: Plenty of molasses and caramel malt throughout the entire beer that holds dominance through the entire experience. Starts with the Fig and raisin notes, with dark cherries and currants and ending with cloves and touches of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation helps out the entire beer, but it's really aggressive. The light malt makes for a nice aftertaste. The transistioning is a little rough which is odd because of the consistent malt taste.

Drinkability: Really high carbonation which doesn't quit, even when it's in your stomach, so it's gassy. Heavier end of medium body which isn't quite what I expected. It has a slight dryness but it's not overwhelming.

Final Thoughts: There's so much malt and carbonation, that it actually starts to hurt the beer. It's a great beer, but it's really rich. This drinks more like a quad. If you love malt, this is up your alley. Give it a shot.

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Biere De Garde from Oast House Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.