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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

60 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 02:25:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 22:02:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 20:26:03 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 20:19:15 | More by bashiba
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timbro81

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 03:52:55 | More by timbro81
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Pitmonkey

Minnesota

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 01:59:23 | More by Pitmonkey
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escapements

Oklahoma

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 02:40:33 | More by escapements
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 19:29:55 | More by stephens101
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 23:16:23 | More by tronester
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 04:49:37 | More by jmbranum
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Bière De Garde from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.