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Schlafly Bière De Garde - The Schlafly Tap Room

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86
very good

216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Bière de Garde invokes the tradition of the farmhouse ales of Northern France, renowned for their subtle aromas of apricot and allspice. Four different types of malt create a toffee sweetness, while French Strisselspalt hops add a subtle spice flavor. The beer is fermented with a distinct French farmhouse ale strain, then bottle conditioned with extra sugar and yeast for at least two weeks.

Bière de Garde translates to “beer which has been kept or stored”. This traditional, artisan farmhouse ale from Northern France was brewed in early spring and stored in cold cellars for consumption in warmer months. While related to its spicier, tarter Belgian cousin Saison, Bière de Garde is a richer, sweeter beer.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-31-2007)
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Ivegotmule

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-09-2013 15:56:39 | More by Ivegotmule
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Copper color with a thick, tan head that shows great retention and lacing.

Aroma has sweet, toffeeish, bready malts, light perfume, and fruity belgian yeast.

Chewy and malty in the mouth with sweet toffee dominating the flavor. Tastes like a bock with a belgian twist. Too sweet to be very drinkable for me. Overall, pretty good, not really engaging at any point.

02-04-2010 23:59:37 | More by brownbeer
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Dangerrangerjas


4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-06-2012 01:56:20 | More by Dangerrangerjas
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Served chilled into a Duvel goblet, we have a hazy amber body topped by a creamy looking almond head. Some island chain and sheet lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is herbal and minty hops with a hint of caramel. Some yeasty funk in the background.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium with a soft, but active, carbonation.

Taste opens dry, herbal, and slightly minty. Not a lot of funkiness. Caramel sweetness offers a solid malt backbone. Nicely balanced. Very nice, but nothing here reaches out and says this is a topnotch biere de garde. Perhaps, with some age this one might really impress. Still, quite nicely done and one I would be happy to revisit soon.

07-06-2008 23:30:43 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

Large bottle from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. I can find no freshness or bottling date info. Orange cap FWIW. Pours cloudy darker honey amber, with a dark orange hue. Lifts a large loose medium khaki head, gong to a 1/4 inch film and nice lace all the way up to where the top of the head was. Musty, fruity and malted up nose. Complex and inviting BDG, some spice, some mustiness, a Belgian yeasty note. More flavor notes floating across the tongue need to be mentioned, ripe pears, and light raisins, with earthiness abounding. Yeasty final pour, adds the expected cloudy light brown look and a hint of nuts. Really enjoyed this one.

06-18-2010 02:00:52 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, orange-brown in color

Smell: toasted malt, honey, fruit, and small earthiness

Taste: lots of caramel malt, honey, small earth, grass, lemon, and apple

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, very sweet

Drinkability: A super malty and earth beer that gets better as it warms. Very good but not my favorite in the style. A sipper that I may pick up again.

01-27-2011 16:14:53 | More by tigg924
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-01-2013 14:10:26 | More by doremite
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottle purchased from the Wine and Cheese Place via mail order.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with moderate amounts of leafy hops. Also present are slight amounts of pear and green apple aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet light malt flavors up front are joined quickly by mild amounts of pear and green apple flavors. Midway through slightly musty hops and breadiness from the yeast come into play, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a solid beer but was a bit on the fruity side for my liking for the style. Still, it’s worth a shot.

07-15-2011 01:37:32 | More by glid02
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cmwilliq

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-27-2014 00:25:46 | More by cmwilliq
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -22.1%

01-25-2012 13:57:13 | More by sgttibbs
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-26-2013 14:06:21 | More by Schlafly33
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Had on tap at Henlopen City Oyster house in Rehoboth Beach.

A: Was served in a nonic glass. The beer was a slighty hazy golden/orange color with a 1/2 finger white head on top. Nice head retention, and decent lacing was left on the sides.

S: A light fruity aroma with some orange, orange peel, and a little bit of pineapple. There is a toasty/bready malt undertone and a little bit of spice, mostly cloves.

T: Surprisingly sweet. Granted, this is my first Biere de Garde, and was not sure what to expect. Very nice fruit flavor with some light spice. Orange, pineapple, and a little bit of banana as well as cloves. It has a a light grassy/earthiness and a touch of caramel.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Very crisp drinking.

O: Quite nice. I was very impressed with this beer, and look forward to have another in this style. Had there not been other beers I wanted to try the night I had this, I would have gotten another one.

05-09-2011 15:22:36 | More by mdaschaf
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daftafne

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

I was able to have my first beer by Schlafly at the 13th annual indiana microbrewers fest yesterday....

Ap: Clear, gold liquid with a pale white head

Smell: Predominantly cherries and sugar

Taste: Begins with cherries then goes to hop and overall mild sweetness

Mo: Medium body with light carbonation

A very good beer, with good drinkability!

07-21-2008 00:32:28 | More by daftafne
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours perfumed mildly spicy, with a soapy headed medium golden body. Very smooth drinker, that went well with a multi-course dinner. The citrus and pleasantly spicy taste was excellent on a hot night. Soft mouthfeel.Solid biere de garde, picked up in Madison about 9 months back.

05-29-2012 05:46:27 | More by Sammy
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augustgarage

California

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Town Hall tulip.

Opaque burnt orange liquid capped by and vague ivory collar. No lacing; inferior retention.

Asian pear, apples, and fruity yeast in the nose.

Very sweet and full on the palate - coming across like a malty, mildly bitter/grassy cider. Dries out a little bit in the finish, but the caramel apple impression remains. Unfermented candi sugar and large amounts of crystal malt seem to be present.

Insufficient carbonation, full yet pond-water-like mouth-feel.

One gets the impression that the brewers of this ale never actually sampled a French farmhouse-style ale...though there is some similarity to a malt (rather than yeast) driven ale brewed by Fantome on an off day. Flavor and aroma are mostly pleasant none the less.

06-08-2012 22:39:48 | More by augustgarage
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mdvatab

Indiana

5/5  rDev +29.9%

11-20-2011 13:47:07 | More by mdvatab
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a semi-hazed caramel with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & very good head retention

S: Green apple peel & grassyness

T: Green apple peel, phenols, white pepper & some lemony hops. grainyness & brown bread up front. Apricot, pears & slight boozeyness are all there as this warms, plus a bit of coriander, white grapes & honey. Finishes with nice apple, pear & peach notes, plus a bit of honey

MF: Effervescent, medium bodied, semi-sticky, plus kind of warming

Drink pretty easy for the style & abv, a very good stab at the style, that I will try again in cooler weather to see if it is better or worse, This got a bit thick & boozey as the bottle drained

05-21-2009 02:48:43 | More by russpowell
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Sinatra716

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +29.9%

11-20-2011 16:39:28 | More by Sinatra716
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leinie13

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-16-2013 01:58:00 | More by leinie13
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Gmann

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a hazy honey brown color with a nice frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a very puffy cap. The aroma has a tart lemony twang along with some belgian or hefe yeast phenol characteristics. The taste takes a 180 from the aroma. The taste is of caramel malt with a rye like spiciness, and brown sugar all resulting in an earthy flavor. There is also some metal and lemony flavors along with some subtle yeast phenols. The flavor is pretty spot on for the style. The beer has a moderate body with airy carbonation, an almost creamy texture; sweet throughout with some sour/tart notes popping through. A good Biere de Garde. It showcases the malt, has a nice earty spice quality and drinks easy. This is a real quality style when made well.

05-28-2010 01:11:42 | More by Gmann
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Ursch79

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-20-2014 22:17:18 | More by Ursch79
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden orange color. Two finger white head that dies down rather quickly. Nice spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice rotting fruit (grapes and apples) smell. Light caramel malts in the background. Yeasty bready smell. Light barnyard funk here and there in the aroma.

T- Nice fermented fruit taste to this. Caramel malts and hops blend together nicely. Light barnyard funky sourness to this one. Some acidic overtones to this one.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Drying on the mouth. Crisp tastes through and through. Bready yeast and apples is left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Light acidic tones as well.

D- This is a very nice drinkable beer. I enjoyed the sourness and funk in this. Nothing too over the top but this beer is great for what it is.

01-06-2010 22:52:21 | More by alleykatking
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-21-2013 04:16:24 | More by Eaglefan344
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MCDub

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.1%

05-10-2013 14:34:35 | More by MCDub
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GoGators

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-25-2012 22:46:59 | More by GoGators
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Schlafly Bière De Garde from The Schlafly Tap Room
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