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Schlafly Bière De Garde - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 20
Gots: 22 | 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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Ratings: 231 | Reviews: 106
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1.81/5  rDev -52.7%
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.

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2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite the forgettable Biere de Garde, and unfortunately even though somewhat decent and drinkable, this is one of the lesser brews that Schlafly has to offer.

Presentation: 750 ml capped brown bottle. Simple and forgettable screen-printed design around a crest/emblem with the name of the ale and brand. Back narrative notes main intent and characteristics of the brew, alongside food pairing recommendations, and cellaring/serving instructions. Does not show bottling or freshness date, shows Alc. by Vol. (7.0%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pale to deep golden hazy pour, nice head, short retention, and poor lacing and surface memory.

S - Nose is close to non-existent but what one finds is disappointing with a moldy touch, and a couple of sweet notes.

T - Taste is slightly better but not much. The moldiness is luckily gone but there is a one-dimensional sweet tone, remotely fruity, with some forced and agonizing spicy touches.

M - Medium to light body, off carbonation, rather flat...

D - Not dreadful but really far from being remarkable.

Notes: Pity, this could be an off bottle and/or a lesser offering from Schlafly. I typically like their brews quite a bit with some among my favorites but this one is far from the cut. Supporting the idea of a bad bottle or a badly crafted brew I had an intense last pour. Unapologetically I poured the end including all yeast and sediment. Very hazy final serving with ugly to average presentation but at least the flavor picked up a richness close to what this should be like: timidly fruity, very sweet, spicy with cinnamon and sugar dominating. At least it had some aroma with character... Still no tartness, sour or complex earthy notes at any point.

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3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Schlafly Bière De Garde from The Schlafly Tap Room
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