Schlafly Bière De Garde - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 241
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 6.11%
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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Photo of washburnkid
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sanford for this delicious beer. Enjoyed in a tulip.

A: one finger frothy ivory head over an opaque amber with hues of red throughout. A cap and ring retains, leaving behind loose webbed lacing. Really gorgeous.
S: aromas of wheat, spice, fruit like faintly tart apples and apricot. Malts provide a distant sweetness. Refreshing and inviting on the nose.
T: I've been craving sours, and this one is tart enough to satiate my taste buds. Plenty of granny smith apples to make my mouth pucker (thinking and writing about it makes my mouth water instantly). There's a big wheat profile, and spiciness thrown in to boot. The tart and bitters battle for attention at the end of each sip. With warmth, a mellow earthiness rings in, and a bitter vinegar evens out the tart kick from the beginning. Absolutely delicious and complex.
M: medium body with higher carbonation, which brings out the puckering flavors a great deal.
D: I can sip on this beer all day, every day. I drank the whole 750mL bottle and still wanted more. A great farmy style that I will actively seek out now. (1,088 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Initial pour is mostly clear and a dark golden color, but with the yeast added it turns a very cloudy glowing pumpkin orange color...nice. Has a thick cap of light tan foam and displays average retention and does not leave much lacing behind.

Interesting nose on this beer. Rotting apples bordering on cidery, caramel malts, red grapes, starfruit and an autumn leaf pile. Leans towards that nice, funky farmhouse aroma we all love so well. Good, bordering on great smelling beer.

Taste is tart fruitiness with hints of sourness and even a touch of vinegar and barrel staves. Malts are toasted caramel and even could be described as earthy. Hops are there for a bit of balance, but pretty much just along for the ride. This is quite tasty, surprisingly sour (in a good way) and slightly funky. Carbonation is creamy and smooth and adds another layer of complexity to the drinking experience. Different from most farmhouse ales as it has a darker, heavier malt presence. I will look for this one again, for sure! I have been pleased with most of the offerings I have had from Schlafly so far. (1,092 characters)

Photo of paxchristi
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Schlafly Tap House. I've got to say, this one impresses me. Don't know why it hasn't gotten way better reviews than it has.

Appearance: Pours a deep burnt orange color with a luscious amount of fluffy off white head that settles at the top. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass as I drank. Very appropriate for a Biere de Garde. Suds and more suds. Looks outstanding!

Smell: Very soft, welcoming, earthy and yet fruity nose. The nose reflects the mouthfeel in this one-- very fluffy! Pear, peach, sweet breads, some dry hops, and a mild, moderately bodied sweet malt. Its important to know that the fruits don't make it smell exceptionally sweet but they complement the breadiness of it to make its own flavor.

Taste: One of my favorite things about Biere de Garde is the first sip of fluffy white head before I dive into the body of the beer. Sweet yeast breads and a sweet malt backbone. I catch some definite banana notes in the distance as well as some fruit characters I suspect are from the yeasts. For as many sweet flavors that it has, its still only mildly sweet. A slightly dry finish from some slight dry-hopping I assume.

Mouth: A moderate amount of carbonation appropriate for a farmhouse ale. Its a, once again, very fluffy feel in the mouth. It gives the flavor of the beer a very intoxicating feel to it. It consumes the mouth. One of my favorite mouth feels I’ve had in a long time.

Overall: This is one of my favorite offerings from Schlafly. I talked to one of the brewers while at the tap house and he says that the Biere de Garde settles and ages a bit quite nicely. In fact, he recommended it. I’d say this is one of Schlafly’s top 3-4 offerings. A totally responsible representation of the style. The beer is one of those beers that when you want some real suds, you ask for this one. This is one you crave. This is one for the cult followings. I could drink this one every day. I’ll have another please! (1,958 characters)

Photo of scruz
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- coppery orange color, ample head, large and frothy.
s- grainy, malty, slight sourness in first whiff.
t- just right! malty, sweet tartness, some graininess, grassy-herbal hop flavor.
m- light, but some creaminess. fairly pronounced co2 bite at beginning, smooths as the biere warms.
d- could have easily had more.

p(price) 7 bucks for a 750 ml. a little steep for me. (372 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ML orange capped bottle:

It pours a cloudy orange with about a 2 finger head of billowy foam. There's lots of lacing and the foam isn't shrinking very quickly, if at all. A beautiful looking brew in my Chimay glass.

The smell has earthy notes with some orange fruit smell, some light pepper, and a light note of funk. It's not a big and bold nose but what's there is nice.

The taste..mmm. Big earthy and yeasty notes start off followed by some notes of orange peel and pepper and more fruitiness that leans toward the tart side and some hop bitterness that I notice mostly near and through the finish. Very flavourful and an easy drinking son of a gun.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation just crosses over into medium territory.

Bottom line: This is my 6th encounter with Biere de Gardes and, judging from my reviews, I guess I favour the style. Actually, I'm not guessing at all. I love 'em. (910 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Extra special thanks to gemutlichkeit for hooking me up with this in a trade!

A: Pours a honey-amber, burnt-orange color with a creamy and fizzy, eggshell, one-finger head that quickly transforms itself into a thick and bubbly ring with a faint skim. Carbonation was ample but couldn't keep the head alive for long to leave much, if any, lace in the glass.

S: Fruit smells run the gamut from sweet to tangy. Loads of green apple, pear, grassy hops, sweet grains, and a touch of lemon. Spiciness becomes really apparent after the second pour.

T: See above. Tastes sweet and fruity with excellent balance from the grassy hops, peach, pear, white pepper, dry/toasty malt, and tangy fruit in the finish. The sediment swirled second pour netted some fantastic spiced apple and black pepper flavors.

M: Right out of the fridge, this is a bit thin. However, as it warms it thickens considerably. Seems to become spicier as it warms. Pretty cool how at the same time my tongue sensed sweet but my lips tasted a bit tangy and fruity.

D: This is an extremely enjoyable beer. Thank you Matt for setting me up with this great beer! (1,181 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from the first bottling of this beer, so its about a year and a half to two years old approximately. Pours a slightly hazy orangish yellow color with a small white head (though towards the finish of the bottle it is very murky). Aroma features some tart fruit and a slight funkiness and some spice.

Taste is of candied sugar up front along with some spice. There is a faint funkiness in the background and towards the finish along with some refreshing tart fruit and peaches. Mouthfeel is very smooth and on the heavier side of medium bodied. A wonderful stab at the style from Schlafly. (596 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful auburn/orange color w/ a perfect two finger eggshell colored head. Excellent carbonation and lacing. Opaque w/ amazing orange highlights when held up to the light. I'm tempted to give this a 5, but I'll leave it where it is. Totally amazing looking beer.

S- Peaches, apricot, some spices, and maybe a little funk? Malt in the nose as well. Not sure... But it has a slight 'farmhouse' smell to it. Nice smelling beer which improves w/ some warming. The only thing I can ding it for is that the nose is a little weak.

T- Wow. This is one tasty beer. Again, bordering on 5- but I haven't had the style enough to do that. Still, Malt, fruit, sweetness, some yeast. This is one of those beers that is greater than its parts. Everything works really well together, and is just super balanced and tasty. I'd love to pick up a bottle of this and age it for a few years.

M- Let me say that again, this is close to being a 4.5... but it's the aftertaste feel that lets it down a little. Still, it's really good, smooth and decadent. If the aftertaste smoothed out just a touch (and aging would probably do it), it's a 4.5...

O- Super impressed by this beer. I don't have a lot of experience w/ this style, but that doesn't matter- this is a fantastic brew. If you get Schlafly where you live, go pick this one up- it's really worth it! (1,345 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from tap #40 at the iTap House (Chesterfield) and poured into a Wide Chalice.

Appearance- Bronze color and shiny cloud with great retention. The head was very minimal but then became a small circle in the middle of the beer.

Smell- Fruit from the first whiff, and then smelled an entirely different smell of hops.

Taste- A great flavor of fruit, and almost sour like a sour kriek. There was a sweetness that overpowered all senses but discovered this to be a more complexed biere than I thought. Maybe could be classified as a Saison?

Mouthfeel- Sour taste at the end of experience with a Medium Bodied base.

Drinkability- I enjoyed every part of this beer and will be promoting it to other curious drinkers from the iTap house. Now this is my favorite beer from Schlafly! Could enjoy 3-4 more but had to leave the bar because of our blizzard scare throughout St. Louis' news and television station interruptions. (927 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, light amber color with a small, white, bubbly head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit and subtle spices. A sweet malty nose.

T - This was well balanced. A nice blend of dried fruit and malt. The spice presence was very mild.

M - It was smooth and crisp with a slight warm alcohol presence. It was medium bodied.

D - This is a very nice Biere de Garde. I was quite impressed with it. I'd like to try one that has aged a little more. (485 characters)

Photo of phergy
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark amber, almost orange, with a thick, full head that dissipates relatively quickly leaving a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. It has a hint of citrus on the nose, with a bit of yeasty sweetness. It has a sharp bite in the front of the mouth. I also noticed the yeast flavors coming out as well. It has a bit of hop bitterness that nicely balances the sweetness. (386 characters)

Photo of KI9A
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Burnt orange, puffy head, nice lacing.

S: Fruit, spice, musty yeast.

T: Dried dark fruit (cherry, prunes?), yeast, a bit of citrus.

M/D: Very refreshing. Light, about right carbonation. I am going to try aging one, really can't wait for the results. THe "fresh" one on tap was damned decent. (297 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

September 2007 release (orange crown). Rusty tangerine with butternut borders and close to Champagne-like carbonation. A gentle pour has created three fingers of ecru foam that picks up a hint of orange from the beer beneath. This is a lovely looking ale that would look better if it wasn't crystal clear. Modest lace on the first pour becomes extensive lace on subsequent pours.

St. Louis Brewery/Schlafly must have some experience with beer of this style because they've nailed the nose. Either that or they did their homework. The beer is tart and fruity, with a sprinkle of spice from the yeast and a small shot of funk.

While the beer isn't quite as impressive on the palate, it's still a delicious biere de garde that veers just a bit toward wild ale territory. It would be surprising if there wasn't at least a few exotic bugs swimming around in this bottle.

Whatever malt was used doesn't provide much sweetness or flavor. It's probably mostly pale with a modicum of something more toasted and earthy. Like the aroma, the flavor is primarily derived from hops and yeast. Let's go with sour peaches and pears sprinkled with lemon zest and assorted herbs and spices.

The mouthfeel score could just as easily have been one notch higher. That's all the more amazing because this release was the brewery's first foray into bottle-conditioned beer. It's at least medium for the style, stays creamy through the swallow, and is lightly mouthcoating in the aftermath. What the hell... 4.5 it is.

Schlafly Biere De Garde is the real deal and is one of the best versions in recent memory that didn't hail from either Belgium or France. If you're sitting on an orange crowned bottle (2007), it's drinking mighty fine right now. (1,728 characters)

Photo of t420o
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Schlafly Biere de Garde

A- pour yields a 2 finger tan head receding and leaving some beautiful lacing. Beer is a beautiful deep gold color. 4.25

S- nice grain, lemon, fresh cut grass, doughy yeast, and strangely I get some chocolate ice cream 4.25

T- grain, slight spice, peppery, lemon, doughy yeast, pear, earthy, excellent. 4.25

M- great mouthfeel. Medium-above medium body and medium carbonation. 4.25

O- excellent beer that was a complete pleasure. Great Biere de Garde 4.25

Low A (491 characters)

Photo of gpogo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark golden color with a large off-white head. Very lively carbonation bubbles.

A- Sweet malty aroma with some fruit smells. Small touch of alcohol and farmhouse funk.

T- Sweet malty taste with an acidic funk. I also get a fruity taste, consisting mostly of apples. Finishes semi-dry with a pleasant aftertaste.

M- High carbonation with medium body. Extremely smooth.

D- This is incredible. Reading the back of the bottle Schlafly suggests this ages well. The bottle I tried was about a year old from cellaring. I now wish I had more of these cellaring. (560 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium hazy orange with a great big white fluffy head. Always had some spotty splashy lace no matter how much the head reduced.

Some nice yeast and tart stone fruit in the nose. Hint of alcohol.

Nice complex brew. Bitter and surprising alcohol flavor up front, with sweet toasted malt, some fruit, some vanilla notes, yeast, maybe bruised/browned apricot/fruit nectar. Alcohol clear the palate, but this is never a hot brew. Smooth and balanced with a nice toasty light bitter finish.

Medium body, nice carbonation.

Love this style, and love this take on it. Added element to this that make you think of fruit and malt and wooden casks. Worth drinking one of these bombers right to the last drop. (706 characters)

Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of Wheelinb
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is a bottle conditioned French farmhouse ale. I like everything about this beer - the smell, the appearance, the taste. It is slightly sweet yet still earthy. I always stock up on it when it is available. A quick checks shows I have eight 750 ml bottles on hand. Which is fine since this one gets better with age (though it rarely has a chance to so). I love the citrus taste and every time we pair it with food, not matter what type of food, it is always a good compliment. (477 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, orange/amber color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus, yeast, hops, and slight alcohol. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus (banana), tart malt, yeast, hops, and alcohol. Overall, a great body, blend, complexity, and aroma. Not quite as good as the cask version, but still a very good beer especially for only around seven dollars. (471 characters)

Photo of meatmallet
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A golden amber color. I can see chunks of sediment in the bottom of my glass. It leaves a huge fluffy white head.

Smell: Has a sweet yet earthy smell. Carmel malt and yeast are kind of subtle.

Taste: Sweet in the beginning and very tart on the end. I kind of makes your mouth water a bit. Sour apple taste mixed with grapes and a little lemon flavor. It changes as you drink it.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: A little creamy and slick this is a very good beer. Has a champagin feel to it. It is my first of the style though and now I will be looking for others for sure. (579 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

4.0 A: Hazed medium orange color. Three fingers of pillowy off-white head. Retention is average and a good amount of irregular lacing is left.

4.0 S: Doughy/bready maltiness with a hint of unfermented wort. Toasty with caramel. Quite fruity with peach, apples, and pear. Light apple orchard type funk. Peppery with subtle phenols. Quite pleasant.

4.0 T: Fruitiness is most prominent with apple, pear, peach, and orange in descending intensity. Doughy malts with breadiness coming from the yeast. Again, toasty with light caramel notes. Apple orchard and hay funkiness.

5.0 M: Lighter medium body. Perhaps a touch more carbonation than I would have expected but it works well. Extremely creamy. Perfect here.

4.5 D: Tasty beer throughout. All flavors complement each other extremely well. Solid. (820 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a hazy amber gold with a creamy off-white head with little lacing.

Aroma is very musty and earthy with a background of light sweet malt and banana.

A nice combination of slightly tart fruits, spice, malts, and banana. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

I really enjoyed this beer from Schlafly. It was my first Biere de Garde, but definitely not my last. I'm going to pick up a few more of these and trying aging one for a while if I can resist drinking it. (530 characters)

Photo of onewetpaw
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of daftafne
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (347 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the clear bright copper brew. Head lasts and lasts, constantly replenished by the streams of tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is sporadic but chunky when present. Aroma is clean and citrusy, with a light earthiness. Taste begins lightly sweet, quickly turns to the lemony citrus, which carries through but recedes somewhat at the close to let the sedate mustiness peek through. Mouthfeel is small-bubbled and smooth, and drinkability is nice. Crisp thirst-quencher here, with alcohol warmth that sneaks up over time. (673 characters)

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