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Bière De Garde - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

Bière De GardeBière De Garde

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BA SCORE
86
very good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%


Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
25 IBU

(Beer added by: jmbranum on 11-11-2007)
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly and light tan head into a willi becher that settled to a thin ring. this was almost a gusher due to bottle-conditioning. the body was a bright amber color.
s - yeasty, floral hops, some fruitiness.
t - floral hops, bready, green apples give it a hint of tartness.
m - bubbly and coating.
o - this bottle is approximately a 2011.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 16:18:26 | More by GPHarris
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Murky copper body with floating specks. Looks like a swamp bog. A bountiful display of dense cream colored pillow top head. Great retention leaving behind rocky cliff ledges and a smooth, melted icecream like, sea of beauty.

S: Sweet prunes, toasted caramel malt, soapy grains, musty fabric covered furniture, wood rot and moss. Crystallized sugar and tannins. Aroma is really malt forward with subtle musty notes.

T/M: Taste follows the nose and introduces cherry alcohol, grapes, and strong brewed tea. Medium creamy body with delicate carbonation.

O: Super malted and nice sweet palate. I would like to age this and see where it goes. I would have liked to have more funk and musty notes but overall it a well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 00:57:41 | More by Hopswagger
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impending

California

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-

22oz into a tulip. Pours a hazed orangeade, clumpy froth, dense, nice lacing.

Rich yeasty grainy aroma with light skinned fruits and a touch of flora.

Taste delivers what the nose knew. Delicious fairly traditional Bière De Garde. Not overly sweet, touch of bitter touch of dry, pleasantly fading aftertaste. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 23:26:33 | More by impending
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was rich golden colored with a modest head. The second pour was more opaque.

The smell was 7-Up and apple juice.

The taste was tangy and yeasty. Fruit, crisp apples. Biscuits and maybe nut bread. Salty. Interesting beer, lots of flavor going on here.

The mouthfeel was maybe a bit undercarbonated for the style. There was a light scrubbing zestiness and amedium bodied heft.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 14:53:09 | More by Cresant
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle busted out by Deuane.

A - Pours murky amber brown with a small half finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of light spice, graham cracker caramel malt, candied sugar, and some dulled fruit like pears and apples. Not too bad so far.

T - Starts off with a bit of candied sugar sweetness quickly giving way to a mix of graham cracker caramel malt, dulled fruit, and some light spice. A bit too thin for my liking. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light fruitiness, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A bit thin in the feel with some lingering sweetness in the finish.

O - I am not sure how old this one is but either way it was not too bad but it isn't something I would go seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 19:31:37 | More by orangesol
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing. A Bière De Garde from Oklahoma. What's this world coming to?

A: The ale is an amber brown color, dark dirty copper even, with a thin band of white head. Still translucent too.

S: Pleasantly spiced with candi sugars and biscuity malts sharing the spotlight. The malty base seems like a good foundation for the sugars and yeast.

T: Lighter fruits, a sweet presence, register immediately. Not a fruit beer, the flavors still come through quite nicely. Lightly toasted grains add more of a malty finish, a denser cousin to the saison. Lighter apples and pears are the primary fruit flavors that come out of the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is a little thin, too quick to fly away. The assertive malts and lighter fruit flavors are a nice reminder of the BdG style.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 13:18:14 | More by akorsak
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber split 2 ways between Unibroue Tulips

A ~ Translucent peach with a nice soft head with very tightly clustered bubbles

S ~ White grapes, booze, peaches, chardonnay

T ~ Subtle spiced peaches... Orange zest, candied lemon, Prairie grass & apricot follow. Nice sour yeast flavor subtly floating through the whole time. Little very faint hint of banana bread and clove

M ~ Warm on the throat with A fantastic spice
palette that just gets better and better.

D ~ I love the balance and how consistent this one improves. So drinkable and with the 7.00 abv, I don't have to worry about not being able to have a few more bombers.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 04:42:16 | More by chocosushi
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy and deep orange/amber with a thin cream-colored film; lacing is okay

S: Lots of yeasty fruitiness: Lemon, pear, apricot, apple--especially apple cider--some boozy alcohol as well as some wood characteristics

T: A bit too sweet--fruity especially; apples and pears but it just doesn't quite enough of a malt backbone to support it--sweet and dry and a bit too much; in the end far to sweet

F: A bit thin when it comes down to it; nice carbonation up front

O: The beer smells great but the sweet apple cider in the flavors make it a bit tough to drink though it does get better as it warms

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:14:52 | More by dbossman
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Biere de Garde. I picked it up while in Florida last week (definitely didn't expect to find Krebs there). It poured a dirty, mop water like copper in color with a one finger off white head that laced the glass. The aromas are interesting. The first thing I think of is oatmeal. It smells like dry oatmeal just after you open the package. It also gives off honey, yeast, pale malt, and some Dortmunder like qualities. It tastes pretty good. It features a good amount of yeast and honey, pale malt sweetness. It kind of has a sweet saison thing going on. I keep thinking of oatmeal with honey. It's pretty tasty. It drinks medium in body and is pretty drinkable. The alcohol isn't present at all and the aftertaste is appealing as well. I found this to be a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 02:54:05 | More by aasher
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous trader for sending this my way. Served in a wine glass with some rustic French-inspired soup courtesy of Jared.

Pours a very light copper color. It initially has a white head, but can't hold it at all. There is very, very little lacing. Even a goo, heavy swirl won't bring the head back. The nose has some subtle light malt and a bit of faint earthiness. There is a small quantity of dry caramel in there as well. The taste has some light earth and slight hop dryness along with some bread. Pretty basic, but okay. Light body with moderate carbonation. Drinks fairly well; this was enjoyable, though not terribly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 18:17:32 | More by Thorpe429
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Jonas!)

Appearance: The pour is a very cloudy cinnamon, saffron and amber color with a finger of head. The head retention is moderate. I can't see very far into the beer to see how effervescent it is. With every single pour I can see yeast just dumping out. It's actually pretty surprising how much yeast is in this bottle. Lace is for the most part non-existent.

Smell: The nose is full of yeast which is adding some pepper and a bit o' clove. Raisins and dark cherries come through as the beer warms up.

Taste: The tasting starts out with some bready malt, but the yeast quickly takes the beer in a different direction. More spices including pepper and clove come out. The fruit flavors come out at the back-end of the tasting bringing banana, raisins and cherries.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, the carbonation was right on the button as soon as I cracked the bottle.

Drinkability: This was an interesting beer, though it's such a yeasty beer it makes it hard to drink. I mean, I don't mind yeast. I always finish the bottle, yeast included, but this was perhaps a bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 03:04:16 | More by Ek0nomik
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As Bier de Garde style ales are difficult to assess and even more difficult to understand, Choc Biere de Garde is a nice beer but lacks the unique and indigenous flavors that make authentic Beglian Ales so characterful and inviting.

Biere de Garde pours a modestly hazy amber color and forms a froathy off white head of loosely knit bubbles. Retention falls to a thin sheet and a lace around the glass, but lacks in true Belgian lace. A great color, and the haze doesn't bother me, but the head character and retainage could be better.

Bready, biscuity, caramelly aromas emit from the glass with a fruity focus on raisons, cherries, and apples. Light must gives glimpse into the flavors of aged ales, but overall the Belgiany character is slight.

Flavors of caramel malt govern the sweetness while the bulk of the taste covers fruity esters and spicy alcohol, hops, and peppery notes. Earthy flavors of straw/grass and a delicate herbal presence bounce off of the apples, raisons, and cherry notes. Again, the beer is going in the right direction but the clean caramel taste and lack of complexity leaves the beer somewhat simplified.

The creamy up start has a quick transition to effervescent dryness, hoppy bite, and a fleeting caramel stickiness. The mouthfeel of the beer might be the attribute that best represents that of the style.

Overall, this beer is on the right path but it is way too one-dimentional and lacks the punch of estery/spicy balance, dry malt character, and aged must notes. Still, it's a clean beer and pleasant enough to drink.

Thanks BlueOkie!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 04:34:30 | More by BEERchitect
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into founders snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a hazed brown hued gold.

Aroma: Reminds me a bit of a saison. Some lemon zest and cloves. Bready malts. A bit biscuity.

Taste: Floral hops. Bready/biscuity malts. Kind of buttery. Some grassy notes with spices. Lemon zest and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this one reminded me a lot of a saison, but had some other flavors going on. Decent. I think this is better than the bells jazz series and they were all BdG.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 03:34:27 | More by mothman
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a slight off white head that collars arouns the glass. The aroma is very biscuity with some real nice highlights of belgian yeast with spice and banana. Some fruit notes as well. Medim mouthfeel. Sweet type flavor up front with some clove and babana belgian yeast flavors. Slight lingering bitter type flavors. No real lace to speak of. Alcohol is not real evident. Overall, pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 03:30:46 | More by kbutler1
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed orange with two fingers of slightly off-white, soapy head.

Big fruit presence with apple peel, pear, and even some banana. Malt is warm bread crust with some graininess that fits in perfect with the style. Hops are mild, actually they're nearly absent save for a bitterness that almost balances the malt.

Nice, especially for the price. The fruit gets a little too big, even for the style. Paired well with some nutty Jarlsberg.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 17:09:58 | More by bump8628
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Thin off white head and orange-amber hazy color. Aroma is fruity, spicy phenolic...well. Belgian. Flavor is a balanced blend of toasty malt, spiciness, fruit esters. mouthfeel is fizzy and light bodied. Boring finish. Overall, a good experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 21:55:37 | More by EagleTalon
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up a clear amber. I finger off white head that sinks into a razor thin island.

S - Over ripened pears, sour apple, cider, toffee, spicy Belgian yeast.

T - Sour/tart fruit-apples, a moderate spiciness, Belgian yeast, a mild tart cider shows up more and more as it rests.

This beer is strange. The longer it sets the worse it gets. Even with different temperatures. It's great right off the pour. Weird.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 00:31:20 | More by StaveHooks
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a golden copper/amber color with a fluffy off-white head.

S: Lots of sweet, light fruits in the nose--mostly apples and pears with a slight bit of spice to them. Sweet and bready malts and a bit of yeast.

T: The same pronounced fruitiness is present on the tongue. Great apple, pear, and maybe banana notes with a touch of spice and yeast. Really nice, actually.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation that has a great feel to it.

D: I was not expecting much from this beer, but it was quite enjoyable. Light and easy to drink with good fruit character.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 05:44:44 | More by womencantsail
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hwwty4

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk's cellar cleaning for this one.

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a slightly hazy toffee amber with a decent 2 inch white head that leaves just a slight bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma starts off as slightly grainy. Warms up with over ripe apples, pears, and almost a vinous character. Mild caramel and toffee notes. The flavor is very similar. Over ripe apples, yeasty biscuits, a bit of toast, and toffee. There is a slight bakers chocolate bitterness at the very tail of the flavor profile. The one thing that slightly bothers me, is a mild tartness that lingers in the middle/end of the profile. Why I do enjoy it and think it adds a whole level to it, I don't know if its supposed to be there. The mouthfeel is very dry. Finishes leaving the palate craving another sip. Over all this is a mid to upper mid range Biere de Garde. I'm glad to see a brewery in OK trying their had at traditional styles that don't get brewed enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 02:59:24 | More by hwwty4
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber without a freshness date but purchased not long ago at Goebel's in Wichita. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a decent tan foam that fades pretty quick and leaves minimal lacing behind. Surprised at the poor head retention, especially considering the style.

Smell is cidery...like a caramel covered apple. That is about all I can get and has me wondering about a possible infection.

Taste has some nice maltiness to it, a bit caramely and toasty. Belgian yeast strain is prevalent, but still seems a bit cidery and sour (assuming there was no lacto added on purpose). That said, it is still strangely enjoyable and drinkable even with the off-flavors, I easily finished the bomber. Not bad, and I would like to try it on tap to see if it was meant to taste like this.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 18:35:14 | More by twiggamortis420
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joe1510

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Another big thank you goes out to russpowell for this brew, thanks Russ! Pete's Signature Biere de Garde shows off a caramelized golden body with polished copper hues when backlit. Two fingers of creamy bone head snap to attention and fade painfully slow to a creamy cap and leaves behind sheet lacing. Tiny carbonation explodes to the surface and is visible through the impressively clear body.

The nose is richer and more expressive than I expected. A soft note of graham cracker graininess combines with slightly overripe green apples to make for a dessert type of smell off the bat. Clean, freshly husked grains follow closely with a touch of sweetness and earthiness. Light earthy honeydew brings up the rear. The first couple whiffs led me to believe this would be a little sweet but the more I keep my nose in the glass the more my mind changes.

Each drink seems to follow the nose closely which is exactly what I was hoping. The overripe apple joins forces with gritty pear and the soft graham cracker graininess. There's a touch more caramel in the flavor than the nose and a clean graininess brings up the rear. Melon earthiness follows up the clean grain. This is a fairly complex and enjoyable biere de garde. I'm happy to have found a good American version.

The body is spot on with a lively carbonation that manages to remain soft across the tongue. The weight is moderate on the front of the tongue and ultra creamy from the expressive carbonation on the swallow. A slight sweet green apple note flourishes on the aftertaste.

This is a refreshing summer sipper with a super mouthfeel. The flavors come together in a nice way and keep this beer flowing easy. I could drink more than a bomber of this in a sitting, no problem.

I don't come across many good Biere de Garde, much less American versions of the style. This is a gem from OK that I would love to drink again. A soft but noticeable maltiness, fruity yeast esters and a touch of earthiness make for a good brew. Thanks for the bottle, Russ!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 04:22:27 | More by joe1510
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to stephens101 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice golden amber color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger foamy/creamy off-white head, with some very nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty, fruity/flowery. The taste is awesome, one of the best of this style I've had to date, malty, yeasty, fruity, with some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink this afternoon, thanks Lane.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 21:45:34 | More by Wasatch
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RodBurg

Missouri

2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beertracker and thehand for bottles of this Choc brew. Pours a clear amber color with a thick white head. No lacing.

Weak smells of stale bread and malt, yeast and spice.

Watery mouthfeel produces little carbonation. Malty bread, a little spice and some weak plum notes are all I can gather from the taste.

I had heard great things about this and was pretty let down. Not very flavorful or complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 00:22:14 | More by RodBurg
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheHand. Unknown abv, it certainly is above 6% and could be in the high 7% plus. Large off-white foamy head on medium yellow body. Some lace. Malty, and lightly spicey aroma, pleasant. Very easy mouthfeel and drinkable. I have had better of the style, yet still a better than average beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 23:53:51 | More by Sammy
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with ruby highlights. A foamy, off-white head left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled funky and sour. It had an earthy, peat-like aroma.

T - It was sour and earthy tasting with a mild spiciness. A light roasted caramel malt flavor came through, as well.

M - It was soft, smooth and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good American version of the style. Pete's/Choc makes some very fine brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 03:09:31 | More by zeff80
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Bière De Garde from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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