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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 aasher
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -12%

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 Ek0nomik
3.15/5  rDev -18%

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 BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 mothman
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%

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 kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

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 bump8628
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

bump8628, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of EagleTalon
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

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 StaveHooks
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

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
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 hwwty4
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

hwwty4, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%

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 joe1510
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

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 Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

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 RodBurg
2.88/5  rDev -25%

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.

RodBurg, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

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 Damian
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

Damian, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

Goliath, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of thehand
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

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 russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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 coldmeat23
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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
Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

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 05, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

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 paulthebeerguru
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%

From timbro81 as well.

22oz. brown bomber

A: poured into a snifter. It pours a beautiful amber color which leans more towards the red side. Good head retention and a decent amount of lacing.

S: A mix of sweet and sour. some sauerkraut, as well as some sweet breakfast malts. A hint of fruit and spices.

T: slight cabbage flavor. Very sweet malts. Very interesting biere de garde. Caramel and kind of fruity. A little too sweet for the style.

M: Very smooth and palate pleasing. Good carbonation level.

D: its drinkable, but not a good representation of style. Almost takes like a belgian blond.

paulthebeerguru, Apr 14, 2008
Bière De Garde from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.