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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

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
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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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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

t0rin0, Dec 07, 2012
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 BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

BEERchitect, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GRG1313, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jaydoc, Dec 08, 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
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

zeff80, Oct 24, 2008
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 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 orangesol
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

orangesol, Aug 10, 2011
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 mothman
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

mothman, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Wasatch, Jul 25, 2009
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 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 PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +4.2%

PittBeerGirl, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Sparky44, Feb 08, 2014
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 JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

JRod1969, Jun 15, 2013
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!

joe1510, Jul 30, 2009
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 kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

kbutler1, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

StaveHooks, Aug 24, 2010
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Bière De Garde from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.