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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
85
very good

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 10-22-2013)
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

tbone64, Jun 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

TS057, Nov 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

ChicagoNick, Nov 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Danegerous123, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of ballenc
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a Surly tulip glass.

A: dark brown with a small head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing whatsoever

S: nothing overly noticeable, a bit of dark chocolate and dried fruit (figs) with a faint touch of allspice

T: hint of dark chocolate maltiness and a bit of hoppy zing but nothing that stands out, was expecting some Belgian yeastiness but I'm not picking any up

M: Odd, almost dull on the tongue, thinner than expected, balanced

O: overall, a disappointment. I've had the Jolly Pumpkin versions of this beer style and I've loved them. This one from Summit doesn't measure up IMO. Nothing about this beer would make one think it's a Belgian style beer. It may be leaning towards a lighter (at least in terms of mouthfeel and ABV) winter ale than a biere de garde.

ballenc, Nov 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

deebo, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

bismarksays, Jun 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

larbush, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

fuzzcherry, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jera1350, Nov 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bière da Garde
Summit Brewing Company, Minnesota
---bottle to pint glass---

Appearance
Dark brownish/red, thick head dissipates to thin ivory head, very little lacing.

Smell
Brown sugar, cherries and plums – very inviting.

Taste
The dark malt shines here, smoke and cherry.

Mouth-feel
More carbonation than I expected, complex flavors evolve between sips.

Overall
Generally not my type of beer, but as a Minnesotan I had to try – summit rarely disappoints. Less carbonation would give the malt more time to shine, but I like it.

Kevin-Wieken, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

morimech, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear cola color with a frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates.

Soft caramel malt, toasted nuts, and burnt sugar form the aroma. There's a metallic character that's offputting.

Flavor reveals slightly burnt malt, sweet initially, then becoming very bready and toasted, with a toffee finish. There's some underlying floral hop character and a hint of yeast funk sourness. The balance is bready malt. The aftertaste is a little bitter.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with a slightly astringent finish.

Decent malt character. It reminds me more of an English brown with a touch of funk. Very drinkable, but nothing extraordinary. Hides the alcohol well.

barczar, Dec 13, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Jason, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of zeledonia
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 5 December 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep rusty brown, clear at the edges but dark enough that it's not see-through. One finger of light yellowish-tan head. Good retention, decent lacing.

Smell is toasty and mildly herbal. Has a pleasant contrast between the biscuity warmth and the gentle green herbal bite. Nice.

Taste is fine, though I find it a tad dull. It's grainy, a touch spicy with a light bitter zip (reminds me of rye, but probably noble hops).

Feel is excellent. Medium-bodied, with delightful carbonation, like prickly cactus dancing lightly on my tongue the whole time.

Haven't had many beers in this style. This one's a pleasant diversion from what I normally drink. Tasty; not mind-blowing, but not every beer needs to be mind-blowing.

zeledonia, Jan 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Eaglefan344, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jaydoc, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

bigbeers84, Nov 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jmilo64, Apr 27, 2014
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Summit Bière De Garde from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.