Schlafly Bière De Garde - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 21
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-31-2007

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
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Reviews by onewetpaw:
Photo of onewetpaw
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Sweet maltiness and a hint of cider. No barnyard funk or sourness. The rich molasses flavors I associate with dark belgian candi sugars.

A- Golden. Brilliantly clear with a egg-shell head and a large amount of lacing along the glass.

F- Sweet rich maltiness. Light spice and some vague alcohol warming.

M- Light and crisp carbonation. No cloying sweetness.

O- A fun beer that makes me sit up and pay attention. This has a lot of complexity and makes me smile to drink. Like any complex beer, its difficult to put this into words. I'l revisit this one and seriously consider trying to brew the style in an attempt to get similar results.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of daftafne
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Originally poured a flat muted orange with a light misty haze that didn't do much to conceal the medium strong effervesce. The second pour of the night yielded all the yeasty goodiness into the glass producing a thick turbid affair and an milky orange juice coloring. An ivory colored head showed good retention (4-5min) while laying the groundwork for a good lacing composed of large spongey patches of generous coverage. On the bottom of the glass lied a dozen or so milky chunks of particulate matter. Mmmm good.

S: The nose was light in strength with some fruity character, honey dew and melons, set against a malty backing.

T: The flavor started out fruity with melons and red grapes set against a generous residual malting. Some spiciness occurs, perhaps that of goldings, that adds a nice spicy and bright zing to the heavily malt accented palate. Slightly dry and of powdery malt sugars, think dme, definitely adds some body and substance to the overall experience. There is also a bit of alcohol spiciness of dry cinnamon and nutmeg with some juicy apple fruitiness rounding things out all with a bit of warmth.

M: The mouthful was thick luscious creamy malts upfront, turning fluffy with a bubbly creaminess on longer holds. Lots of residual sugars and grainy substance from the lack of attenuation sits well per style here coating the tongue with a powdery, silty feel upon the swallow.

D: At 7.0% this probably sits at the lower end of the drinkability spectrum per style. Residual maltiness, slightly dry and powdery with a nice start of frutiness makes for a solid example with a bomber sitting well here.

4 3.5 4.5 4 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL from Yogi's in Morton, IL.

Significant pressure released from the cap as it was opened.
Poured into a Zum Deutschen Eck stemmed goblet/wine glass.
Served at 50º cellar temperature.

Attractive burnished orange/burnt umber coloration, very saturated, with a steady column of carbonation rising from the center. Creamy foam that leaves irregular sheets and rings of lace all around. Retention is good, the head never dissipates.

Aroma is odd, lemon lime soda and initial dankness, somewhat malty in the background.

Tart and malty, a little off putting at first. Lemony, citrusy, musty yeast and bready malt. Definite citrus and a well defined sweet malt character in the middle. Finishes with some white grape sweetness. The tart astringency from the yeast doesn't mesh with the bold maltiness as much as i'd like. Body is full, a little spritzy from the carbonation. Something here just doesn't jive though. Feels just plain weird, and I like weird. Frankly it reminds me of some of the maltier offerings from Fantome, which some will certainly appreciate.

Begs to be paired with cheese or cured meats, as the bottle says. Paired nicely with Les Frères, a farmhouse cheese from Crave Bros. in Waterloo, WI.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle (2007 bottle, orange crown and 7.0% ABV). Served in a Gulden Draak tulip glass, the beer pours an amber/orange color with a 2 inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. (The first glass poured clear, the second was cloudy from the yeast that settled on the bottom of the bottle.) It smells like yeast, Belgian candy sugar, slightly tart orange, peppery spice and a bit of funk. Taste is similar to the aroma, I can taste pepper, earthy malt, yeast, citrus and some funk. It also has a spicy, dry finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with zippy carbonation that goes down and smooths as the beer warms up. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and quite refreshing. I think this is a good overall brew, it's a good example of why Schlafly is becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a gentle amber color with some light cloudiness, great head with differing size bubbles and good lacing. Aroma is light with some Belgian hints but primarily of apples. Tastes good very tart and slightly sour with apples being the primary flavor. Mouthfeel is a crisp medium body very slightly oily. Drinkability is good for the style though a little tart for my tastes.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.81/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of fourstringer
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Label on the base reads "bottled with love 3 1913".

A: Hazy, caramel-colored body with 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet malt with a bit of spice, honey, brown sugar. Light noble hops. Some fruit - I detect apple, tangerine/orange. Faintly floral with some touches of earthy funk.

T: Lightly sweet, fruity malt up front with development of a moderate hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish. No significant alcohol presence. Slight tang on the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a nice moderately-full body. Nice creaminess on top. Fills nicely.

O: Pretty well balanced all around with some nice flavors/scents happening. A bit malty, a bit fruity, a bit hoppy. Solid take on the style, although the hopping feels distinctly American. Better than I remember - I feel some age has improved this one. Good stuff.


Photo of TexIndy
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my DT glass. Bought this one in Missouri during Xmas drive to Indy and back. No date but had orange crown which some other reviews say signifies a 2007 release date. Was a hazy orange color with a little bit of carb and quick sliding lace. It had a 2 finger fizzy white head that quickly settled into a thin collar.

The aroma was yeast, tart farts and peppery spice. Similar to saisons but not as strong. Was a tad too subtle. The taste was pretty good but was also a bit subtle. Sweetness from the fruit and malt was the main player with the spice hitting right at the end for a slightly bitter and spicy finish. Was good but just needed to be amped up a bit. Mouthfeel was good. Carb level was right and the spicy aftertaste was pleasant.

Overall, a solid but not spectacular beer. Easy drinking and goes down smooth but just not enough flavor to it to make it stand out. Do recommend. For me, one and done unless I could try on tap.

Photo of musicforairports
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip.

Deep golden/amber, lots of bubbles. Nice thick, off-white head that shrinks quickly but leaves a ring and some lacing.

Smells very malty and earthy. Strong caramel, figs, a bit of a toasted, nutty quality and some earthy, musty yeast aromas.

Taste is rich malts, with a dry, malty, funky, musty basement-like finish.

Medium mouthfeel, creamy flavors left on the mouth.

I haven't had many of them, but this strikes me as a very good example of the style--like a malty, earthy saison. Not one of my favorite styles, though, I'll admit. 750ml is more than enough.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

medium amber color that had a slight bit of haziness to it. Intresting tone here for sure as it was bordering on being a bit brighter. There was a nice head of white that came up over the top and settled down gradually into a little pillow.

The aroma was light, hints of grian, light hops and a touch of light peach and pear fruit notes. Subtle would be the ideal word here. There was a very nice flavor here, nothing really huge, just very light and drinkable. Nice touches of light grains and small doses of light fruit, mixing well and with subtle yet adequate carbonation, the whole thing seemed to come together quite well.

Photo of eclaycamp
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - A tart grape aroma comes through at first. The esters in this beer are not terribly complex, but they're very pleasant. Under the fruity esters is a malt sweetness. There is little to no hop aroma. Almost no musty or "barn yard" aroma like I had anticipated.

Appearance - This beer pours a hazy amber with a white head that barely covers the top of the beer. Little to no lacing. The carbonation level appears high.

Taste - A dry tart flavor is the dominate characteristic of this beer. Earthy/yeasty. Following this are the fruit esters, and a caramel malt sweetness on the back end. There is a slight mustiness, but not really "barn yard."

Mouthfeel - Smooth medium body with high carbonation. Tart with a lingering dryness.

Overall Impression - Much to my surprise this little St. Louis brewery made a pretty good farmhouse style beer. Who would have thought? I drink many Belgian beers, but I'm not as familiar with Bier De Garde and farmhouse style. To my taste this is a really nice beer. I looked up the BJCP 2008 style guide for Bier De Garde, and I don't find anything out of place or missing. It's a solid beer. I could easily put down several of these.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is somewhat hazy light amber orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense off white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chunky yeast are present in the nose (similar to the large clumps of yeast you taste near the bottom of a glass) along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of chunky yeast along with hints of sweet toasted malts and fruity yeast. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied (and faintly chewy from the yeast) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have as much earthiness compared to other beers in the style but is a really nice beer if you like smelling and tasting yeast. No traces of alcohol are present in the taste.

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