Schlafly Bière De Garde - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
3.05/5 rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a very hazy burnt orange color. I mean, I really can't see through it, but I can see bits of yellow around the edges in the light. The head that form is great, nice and white, rises up about an inch, then falls back to a nice ring, leaving bits of lacing around. It looks about right. The smell has quite a bit of tartness, like raw, underripe berry fruitiness. Smells a bit yeasty, maybe a little strong with some fruity alcohol - quite a bit of that fruity fermentation smell thrown out there. I'm not sure how much I really like it. But then again, there isn't just one way a biere de garde should smell. The taste keeps it up with the fruity frementation flavor - the raw yeasty taste. It kind of hides the rest of the beer, as well as the peachy alcohol flavor. As far as everything else, there's a distinct graininess, way more than barley, but it just tastes like raw crushed grain, maybe some oatmeal and/or other cooked grains. I think it has the kind of stuff that you expect, but I think I'm wishing that it was just lighter all-around - it hides some of the things I was looking for. As far as the mouthfeel goes, the beer is a little too heavy, and the carbonation is a little too sharp. Overall, this kind of reminds me of a first attempt at something that a homebrewer tried. I've tasted something surprisingly similar made by a friend. A few of my beers have had this taste. I think it needs work, maybe it should be lightened up, aged a little more, so that the flavors that the yeast should impart can come to the front. The ABV on this seems a little higher and harder than I want too, so it's harder to drink than I'd want as well. I'd be interested to try this again with some improvements. I want to see what kind of yeast character this has.
Serving type: bottle
09-24-2009 02:08:45 | More by taylorhamrick
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3.99/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2014 03:32:54 | More by fourstringer
Schlafly Bière De Garde from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.