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Schlafly Bière De Garde - The Schlafly Tap Room

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86
very good

210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 17
Gots: 19 | 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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eclaycamp

Kansas

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce exquisitely painted bomber with a gigantic yeast cake hanging out at the bottom of the bottle. Poured into my Tank 7 glass. Full and frothy white head. Color is a deep copper, darker than I was expecting. Aroma isn't as strong as I would have hoped, though it is certainly there. Notes of barnyard are the first thing I notice. There's some residual sweetness just under the surface as well. I get some light cereal notes followed by cherry and white grape. This is highly carbonated. The mouthfeel is very bubbly and effervescent, and bubbles go on for days in my glass. The taste starts off tart (almost mouth puckering so) and then leans towards the sour end of the spectrum. Again I think of really tart cherries chased by pear juice. The fruit flavors give way to a brief bit of grainy maltiness. Some alcohol is definitely present in the beer, as it is most likely accented by the esters given off by the yeast during fermentation, and as the beer warms these alcohol notes are accented, which can be good or bad depending on your point of view. This has somewhat of a chewable vitamin finish. The Biere de Garde style is a cousin to the Saison, one of my favorite styles of beer. I've had some very good Saisons, and while this one isn't quite top notch, it's not bad, and the flavor profile is certainly in my wheel house.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 02:28:08 | More by eclaycamp
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Bottle: Poured a clear deep orangey color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of grainy cereal notes with quite a bit of residuals sugars. Taste is also a mess with an overload of residual sugars and some grainy cereal notes with some funny ester. Body is semi-full with medium-to-low carbonation. Incredible mess with a definite lack of attenuation.

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Schlafly Bière De Garde from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.