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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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very good

44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 65
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
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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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 65
Photo of jmbranum
4.8/5  rDev +25%
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!

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Photo of escapements
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is a keeper...
Pours a very nice golden orange/brown only slightly cloudy from a settled pour. Malty goodness abounds with many complexities and flavors. Cloves, bananas, some tangy lemon. Bread, yeast and honey in the nose. Hops present, but only in balance. Overall on the sweet side, but in a good, not overly filling, way.
Very good mouthfeel, carbonation is just right...very smooth. Letting it warm up is a good idea also as the flavors expand.
ABV (info direct from the Brewmaster, Michael Lalli) is 7%.
This beer is, overall, very awesome. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it. It is very drinkable for session, or with a nice grilled steak.
A very real drawback for most reading this is that Choc/Pete's Place hasn't yet achieved a large distribution area.
I have put back several to see how they cellar...

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Photo of Pitmonkey
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of tronester
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Going to try and be unbiased with this one, as it seems it has some high ratings, but only done by locals so far. Really hoping this to be a good one, as Oklahoma is a bit barren in the craft brew department. Let's see what we got. Pours a dark golden brown with a tan one-finger head that dissipates in a fairly quick fashion. Swirl it around in the tulip a bit and then smells of bready, somewhat spicy malts and some apples. Tastes malty and a bit bready and fruity as well. Full-bodied and quite drinkable as it goes down smooth with a hint of alcohol heat at the end. Am very curious to see the alcohol content. My guess is 6-8%.

No bias here. This is a very good beer, and the Kreb's bunch should be very proud of this one. I'm in the mood for a little road-trip and a bit of Italian food to pair this one with now!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of thehand
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Goliath
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich hazy amber color with a large inch and a half off white head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is quite nice on this brew. A fruity bouquet with a touch of spice and a nice malt sweetness.

Taste is quite nice. A nice touch of fruit with a little spicing, and a malt forward attitude. Dry finish, light, crisp, and refreshing. At times it's almost tart, but not really. Does that make any sense?

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Great flavor makes this brew an enjoyable experience. Smooth drinking. The best thing ever to come out of the entire state of Oklahoma.

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Photo of timbro81
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic addition to the Choc lineup. I wish I could try more examples of the style. Pours a spectacularly clear light amber topped with a 3/4 inch fluffy white head that settles to a ring in a minute or so. The nose is all malts, nice light sweetness to it, maybe some sour green apples too. Mouthfeel is very silky. Well balanced, malt forward with an ever so slight tease of what I presume to be hops at the tail end. Maybe it is the power of suggestion but I do pickup a some of the muskiness that is expected with this stlye beer. I consider myself a "hop head" yet I am drawn to this beer.

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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

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Photo of joe1510
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of impending
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy dark orange with a slight creamy white head and little carbonation.

Aroma is extremely sweet and fruity character with plenty of caramel maltiness. Mild underlying earthy spices.

Taste is initially sweet. Grainy toasted malt and strong pear, apple and plum flavor. Earthy with a slight nutty quality. Finish has a mild bitterness, turns slightly sour with a yeasty quality, and a spicy bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

This is a pleasant, and well rounded brew. Sweet and fruity, with a mild character. Certainly worth a try.

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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!

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Photo of bump8628
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

pours bright orange. Initial glass is very clear; second glass is cloudier despite leaving most the yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Most of the head is fizzy and fades to a thin off-white cap quickly, however this small cap was very creamy and would remain until the bottom of the glass, leaving spotty lace in its wake. Really good-looking beer, and with a little better head retention I'd seriously contemplate a perfect "5" in appearance.

Nose is pretty good, not outstanding. At initial pop of the cap - well before pouring - I'm struck with a noticeable spicy apple aroma, almost like cider. After the pour I'm left with a light coriander, yeasty aroma above fruity sweetness - a little more citrus than the apple noted earlier. Just a bit of what I'd call floral.

Just a bit too sweet; could use a little more of the lemony tartness I detect in the finish. Caramel malt is everpresent as is sweet orchard fruit. Not that spicy - I suppose this is better than overspiced, but it could use a bit more spicy kick. Restrained sweetness in the finish.

Light body and smooth, carbonation a little lower than ideal but very easy drinking.
Can't say that I've had a lot of beer from Oklahoma, but perhaps I've been overlooking the state. This is not bad, not bad at all. I'll be picking this up again.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orangey body with a small white head.

Smell: Aroma of caramel malts, a handful of grains, a handful of field flowers, with a bright golden delicious apple fruitiness and a pinch of yeasty spice.

Taste: Light caramel maltiness with a bit of graininess. More of the fruity apple character from the nose. Light floral hoppiness with just a touch of bitterness. Peppery, tartish finish and then it's over.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! It's a treat to finally try something from the great state of Oklahoma.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Bière De Garde from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.