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

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Bière De GardeBière De Garde

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BA SCORE
84
good

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Kronenbourg 1664 Weizen Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees
22 Oz. Bomber

Nice almost perfect clear amber color. Not too light or too dark. 1/2" head that becomes a thin foamy layer leaving minimal lacing.

Smells of sweet malts and yeasty bananas. Some spicy floral thrown in for good measure. A light hint of apples and pears.

Taste is very good. The apples come to the front on this one. Maltiness follows close behind bringing pears, caramel, and spices with it.

Nice tight little bubbles help create a very nice feel. Like lightly bubbled velvet.

Very good drinking to be done with this bottle. Light enough to enjoy many, and often. The alcohol can creep up on you, though, so watch yourself!

coldmeat23, Jun 10, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Sammy, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of dbossman
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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

dbossman, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Apples & strawberries? Some brown sugar when warm

T: Apple skins, white grape, caramel & dryness as this warms. Oakyness, toffee, tobacco, & apple cider & pears as this warms. Finishes with brown sugar, apple peels & dryness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Light/medium bodied, sticky & spritzy

Drinks great for the style, a very good stab at the style! Nice & refreshing, I'm guessing this one checks in slightly under 5.8% ABV

russpowell, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -21.9%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of bashiba
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice slightly cloudy orange, with a light thin head.

Smell is light with a bit of yeast, sugar, and apricots.

Very sweet and fruity up front with some hints of molasses, toffee, apricot, and orange finishing with a musty and yeasty tartness.

Mouthfeel has a nice bit of bubbly zest with a clean dry finish.

Overall pretty good, if it were available in my area I would pick it up from time to time.

bashiba, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of Supertrader Wolfman17. Thanks Bro!!! Pours a perfect amber honey with tight a creamy head. It thins to a light foam covering. Initially almost clear but the second pour brings a touch of yeast and a light cloudiness. Gentle and microscopic carbonation working to decorate the top and leave spots of lace.

Smell is inviting. A deep malt sweetness with light banana and clove. Subtle yeast esters with light fruits, ( apple and pear ) and a hint of grape and wine like alcohol. A touch of hops.

Taste is world class. Like the nose, a deep malty palate and smooth yeasty fruitiness. Finish is semi dry with a perfect hop closing. A light crackers with butter lingering in the back. No trace of the alcohol, even as it warms. Superb.

Mouthfeel is super creamy. Tight carbonation is a delight to my senses and tongue. Liquid velvet.

Drinkability is above reproach. A quintessential session beer. The abv is medium-high and hidden, so watch out 'cause you will want to have a few bottles of this excellent brew.

scootny, May 06, 2008
Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Beertracker, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GRG1313, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Ek0nomik
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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.

Ek0nomik, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of EagleTalon
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

EagleTalon, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

akorsak, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jaydoc, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of thehand
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been saving this one for about 6 months or so. Poured from 22oz bottle into McChouffe tulip, a rich medium golden-orange amber color, with 3" of dense frothy head. Lots of fine bubbles continue to rise. Head sticks around for a while, leaving a little thin lacing. Aroma is fruity, a touch funky, with apricots and bananas in the mix. Tastes a little spicy, fruity, lots of nice complexity, more than I can identify. Long lingering finish with a little bitterness and touch of alcohol heat on the back of the tongue. Feels medium-light bodied, smooth, very refreshing, medium carbonation. Overall a great beer, easy to drink. Went well with the pasta and salad I made. Probably my favorite of the Choc lineup.

thehand, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wolfman17 for the beer.
Amber in color with a quick burst of 1/2 inch head that recedes and holds a tight lace on top. Wet lace drips down the sides of the glass.
Burnt caramel in the aroma with some pepper spice.
Toasted caramel malts in the flavor with fruity Belgian yeast characteristics. Nice peppery finish. Kind of taste like what I'd imagine an American Amber Ale brewed with Belgian yeast would taste. I'm not real familier with the style but it is a tasty beer with some nice complexity.
Mouthfeel is medium with some pop from the the Belgian yeast and peppery flavors. The high carbonation on the pour does not show up in the mouthfeel.
Easy to drink. It's complex yet not very filling. Kind of bridges the gap from session beer to sipper.
Good beer that I recommend.

wcudwight, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

TheBishopco, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

twiggamortis420, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Cresant
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Cresant, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

aasher, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of apples, caramelized malts, spices, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste has a lot going on and is malty and a little sour up front, with flavors of Belgian yeast, apples, caramel and some spice. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, even though it may not be one of my favorites, this is a good, complex beer to relax with.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Listers
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Listers, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of jmbranum
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The big 22 oz. bottle says this is #1 of the new "Brewmaster's Signature Series," and if this is a sign of things to come, I am very thrilled.

Probably the best beer currently brewed in Oklahoma. This is the first beer I've had of the style, but according to what the BA style guide says this beer is spot on. Lots of glorious malt, nice roasted sweetness with some very slight but refreshing fruity tang. Reminds me of fresh baked brown bread. In fact, it almost reminds me just a touch of Aventinus (a very different style) but much less intense. The aroma is heavy on the malty notes. Extremely drinkable (I wish I bought more than one bottle of this one) and the mouthfeel is just right.

Beautiful in the glass. Nice amber colored with generous white head. Maybe just a tiny bit of haze.

I like this beer a lot. I suspect I'll appreciate this beer even more on the second try and will pick up a lot more complexity than this first try. It truly is a world-class beer. Way to go Kreb's Brewing! You do Oklahoma proud!

jmbranum, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

JRod1969, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 20, 2010
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Bière De Garde from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
84 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.