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Summit Bière De Garde - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Bière De Garde
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BA SCORE
85
very good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 10-22-2013)
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%

Good malty aroma with qualities like a scotch ale and a brown ale. Hints of spice but really in the background. Also a hard water quality.
Quite dark with highlights of garnet. Dense tan head. Attractive.
Firm malt flavors with moderate drying on the finish. Still has some fresh hop bittering and soft hop flavors. As with the aroma the yeast characteristics are mild and very much in the background. Good hit in the gut of alcohol, but I'm drinking on an empty stomach.
Fullness from ample carbonation (a little too much for my tastes), but a nice moderate feel.
This has a nice winter drink feel and goes with the weather quite nicely.

12-08-2013 18:32:35 | More by garymuchow
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Deep brassy brown, thin lacing. Smells of leather, brown bread and spicy esters. Deep bready maltiness, toasty with dried hay in the back. Floral and spicy in the middle with some dark fruit and faint broth. Very layered, each sip opens up a new complexity. Dry finish.

Very well done, easy to sip with a ton of flavor that sticks around longer than expected.

03-13-2014 04:10:57 | More by Jason
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass (I don't have my Tulip on me).

Appearance: Rich mahogany with initially strong light tan head that settles to a thin line.

Smell: Very fruity aroma, with some caramel, chocolate, smoke and light spiciness.

Taste: Exceedingly malty, with cherry, plum, caramel, biscuit, and chocolate. Very light spiciness and smoke on the finish.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly chalky. Slightly dry, but maybe not quite dry enough.

Overall: I know that Biere de Garde is a wide ranging style, but this still seems a little off-style, maybe because of the Scottish yeast. It has a nice malt character, but it could use a little more spicy notes and dryness. It also seems a little bit like a Scotch Ale; maybe I am making that up due to my knowledge of the yeast.

10-31-2013 21:33:11 | More by bsp77
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deebo

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-15-2013 03:35:59 | More by deebo
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +12%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says enjoy by 03/08/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark brownish mahogany with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty, yeasty, and sweet malt driven aroma with hints of dark fruits. French and Belgian yeast upfront. Toasted malts with hints of biscuit, grains, sweet toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, cracker, and slight smoke. Big dark fruit presence with hints of dark cherries, figs, dates, plum, and raisin. Subtle hints of spice and earthy hops. A pretty solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very yeasty and toasty malt forward taste with good notes of dark fruit. Good taste of the French and Belgian yeast upfront with a little spice. Toasted malts with a taste of biscuit, grains, toffee, caramel, and cracker. Roasty notes of chocolate, coffee, and little smoke. Good dark fruit presence with notes of dark cherries, figs, dates, raisin, and plum. Slight taste of brown sugar and some subtle earthy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a nice light touch of spice. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good take on the Garde style. Good use of yeast with some really nice dark fruit and chocolate notes.

11-15-2013 08:32:45 | More by MattyG85
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optimator705

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-15-2013 23:20:59 | More by optimator705
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Cooper

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-09-2013 00:35:14 | More by Cooper
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-10-2013 14:22:00 | More by Bunuelian
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morimech

Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%

Dark, crimson brown color with just over a finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma would lead me to believe this is a Scottish style rather than a beer inspired from Belgium. Notes of toffee, caramel, toasted bread, fruity esters, and a hint of smoke.

Knowing that Jeff Williamson was the brewer I could almost taste some Flat Earth qualities. A type of beer one would of found in a Flat Earth bomber. Very malty flavor with hints of toffee, raisins, caramel, wood smoke, a lot of fruity esters, and an ever slight tartness. A bit more hops would of been appreciated to balance the sweetness.

Unlike the Flat Earth beers of old, this is appropriately carbonated. Quite a robust body with a nice mellow carbonation that allows the flavors to develop on the palate but still giving life to the beer.

Perhaps Belgian styled in name only. The smoke makes this a unique beer. Still a good beer that is worth a try.

11-10-2013 00:36:56 | More by morimech
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-04-2014 04:40:33 | More by Eaglefan344
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +13.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
7.3% ABV, 26 IBUs, Enjoy By 03/08/14 printed on shoulder.

A - Dark, dark brown, this beer's dark stained wood color only shines with clarity when held up to light. Fragile off white foam lightly clings to the glass' surface when the skim retires to a creamy halo.

S - Malt rich, this deeply complex beer has undercurrents of chocolate covered coffee bean behind thickly sliced, lightly toasted, spongy marble rye bread drizzled with a caramel and toffee blend. A delicate waft of smoked prunes rises through the finish of this Bière de Garde.

T - Hops remain absent, save for balance and earthy spice undertones found behind the beer's rich malt profile. Toasted rye bread with traces of sweetness following behind captivate the flavor with quiet notes of smoked nuts and cocoa-dusted coffee bean finish out.

M - Soft carbonation wanders through the mouth keeping the beer's overarching maltiness from becoming to sweet or full-bodied while dry, mildly spicy hops have the final say with a kiss of bitterness for balance.

O - Summit's Bière de Garde is a fine malt focused, dark representation of the style in that malt complexity shines with it's sweet, bready, and light chocolaty notes. The beer exhibits no yeast character or aged character though, and drinks somewhat like a stronger bock (though not doppelbock) perfect for the colder months ahead.

10-22-2013 00:27:54 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-20-2014 01:35:05 | More by jaydoc
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-20-2013 03:55:48 | More by bigbeers84
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jmilo64

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-27-2014 21:39:10 | More by jmilo64
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-05-2014 03:34:36 | More by bismarksays
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-15-2013 18:24:47 | More by MN_Beerticker
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tbone64

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -46.8%

06-21-2014 16:28:54 | More by tbone64
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drop6301

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-14-2013 00:50:02 | More by drop6301
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-27-2014 23:47:15 | More by MRsojourner
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CCutch

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-19-2014 22:27:05 | More by CCutch
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%

Unchained series #14

A-pours a dark brown color with a khaki colored 1 finger head spotty lacing on the glass
S- hint of toffee and fig some cherrywood spices
T- spice and hops on the front then some nice malts a Belgian sweet/funky one biscuit French malts some fruit caramel and toffee
M- sweet and malty nicely carbonated
O- tasty with many layers of flavor

11-10-2013 23:45:04 | More by gatornation
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-31-2013 04:50:08 | More by Cramerican
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-20-2014 20:51:13 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Wetenkamp

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13%

11-10-2013 03:19:16 | More by Wetenkamp
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billhelm

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

06-09-2014 14:59:42 | More by billhelm
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Summit Bière De Garde from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.