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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
86
very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 4
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:
Beer added by: jmbranum on 11-11-2007

25 IBU
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by scootny:
Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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

Photo of bashiba
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.77/5  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.

Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  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.

Photo of thehand
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of wcudwight
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of Cresant
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of jmbranum
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
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!

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Pitmonkey
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from thanks to trade with Timbro81.

First taste of this beer and a new style for me.

A: Hazy copper amber, didn't pour entire bottle so no sediment in glass. THe more I drink the more the aroma grows on me, I am bumping from 4 to a 4.5

S: malty, bready, fruity apricot wine like, yeast

T: malty sweet, finishing dry and slight bitterness

M: light, good carbonation, refreshing! A little alcohol warmth becoming noticeable as I continue down the glass.

D: Very good, can see how refreshing this would be after working in the garden in the hot early days of summer. For me its the middle of winter, but it still hits the spot.

This is a pretty good rating for my first beer of a style, but I will be looking for more of these in the future. Hopefully the compare.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Damian
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fluid ounces/22 fl oz bottle
Served in a tulip
Thanks to Beertracker for including this in our trade

The beer poured a crystal clear, deep, glowing, orangey-amber color with a one-finger, frothy, light tan head that deposited some sticky lacing along the glass.

The aroma was smooth and enticing. Malty rich, spicy and rather sweet smelling. Apple notes (apple cider) came through strong. As the beer warmed, some booziness appeared as well.

The taste however was rather thin a bit harsh. As with the aroma, the malts dominated. Rich and somewhat caramel-like up front. Slight metallic notes came through initially but these soon disappeared. As the beer moved along the palate, the smooth, maltiness of this brew seemed to fade. Quite spicy in the center with some tart apple notes. The spiciness intensified in the harsh, alcohol rich finish. A touch of hops were noticeable as well.

The mouthfeel was light and fluffy on the palate with a lively, sprightly carbonation.

Drinkability was severely hampered by the big alcohol bite on the finish.

This beer was a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting a much richer, smoother and more complex flavor profile from this brew.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

Photo of chocosushi
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of tronester
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with a small, off-white head. Slightly cloudy due to the bottle conditioning and perhaps some proteins? Seems to have the signature hefeweizen aroma. Taste is malty and sweet, with a bit of bananas and cloves as well as a slight lemony flavor. Perhaps they have a little wheat malt in here? The hop bitterness is there and rounds things out, but is somewhat faint. Rich mouthfeel, full bodied. Good carbonation. This is a very good beer, it would be very easy to drink the entire 22oz bottle by myself. Not too overpowering, would make a good session beer.

Photo of orangesol
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Bière De Garde from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.