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 Phyl21ca
1.81/5  rDev -53.9%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (1,714 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (1,770 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the December iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours dark bronze with a small white head. Aromas of bruised apples and old caramel/stale bread. Unfiltered apple juice in the flavor, bready and honeyed, tart fruitiness, medium bitterness. Tastes old. (276 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this 1 pint 9.4 oz. brown bottle into a Guinness tulip. No date but I have had this one in the cellar about one year. A hard pour created a zesty, three fingers of head, manilla envelop in color. The body was clear, rich golden.

Smell was interesting - stewed apples. Malty. Mild Belgian yeast aromas.

Taste was tart apples. Spicy. There was a good balance of tart and sweet. Rich but not especially complex.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with tiny carbonation bubbles. There was a smoothness to this one. I wont seek it out again, but it was worthwhile. (565 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a good clear, orangey amber. Two big fingers of head form up quickly in a Maudite Belgian glass. Some light lacing as the head falls back to a partial cover and thick collar. The second glass is a very clouded, dirty reddish peach color, not a bubble to be found.

Aroma - light grain, a little farmhouse funky, but light in both dapartments.

Taste - a general sweetness, some Belgian association there via the yeast. Light funkiness as expected, kind of in the vein of some spoiled beers I've had this year (far too many, btw), but the flavor and effect is controlled woth a far better balance. The swallow brings on some floral fruity flavor, a bite of sourness, and more Belgian yeast. Finishes on the lightly sour side. Not my favorite kind of flavor but intriguing enough to stay with it.

Mouthfeel - crisp, moderately light in body, elements of both smoothness and wateriness at times.

Drinkability - I'll try more of the style as I see it, but more for posterity's/education sake. (1,009 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Seeing that this is a fall brew, hopefully this isn't spoiled.

Poured this into a 3 Monts tulip glass, and it looks pretty much par at best. There is a good amount of fluffy off white head, and the body is copper in color but a bit too hazy.

Aroma wise it's peppery, metallic, and slightly aridly dry.

The taste is correct for the style. A little earthy, a hint of orange and vanilla mixed together. Not too bad.

A fair amount of carbonation, dry powderiness from the beginning to the end.

Compared to 3 Monts this is a step down, but a decent interpretation altogether. (580 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.46/5  rDev -12%
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. (1,222 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into a New Belgium globe.

Golden with ruby highlights, decent lacing and a head that sticks around for the duration of the session but this is most likely attributed to the nucleation point etching.

Crisp with granny smith apples and pears at first, then moves into a malty backbone of sweetness similar to caramel and pale malt.

Opens with subtle fruity flavors but quickly moves into the malty aspects of the beer. Pale malt and caramel again dominate with highlights of granny smith apples and pears. Some yeast quality to it in the aftertaste

Medium body and crisp.

Fruity nose with a malty backbone, but not too much fruit on the tonge. Would like more tartness and drying in this one to be honest... An okay attempt at a biere de garde. (756 characters)

Photo of bheilman
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer tastes of the earth. It is very clear and a light brown color. The head was fair and lingered for a while. The taste is a little too sour for me. It could use a bit more malt sweetness. It makes me think of a flemish sour or something of a similar style rather than a bier de garde. Overall it's a good beer, but not my favorite of this style. (353 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent biere de garde. Frankly, it seems more like a Belgian ale that has a tart aspect to it. Thankfully that seemed to calm down over time. But it's still there more than I would like. Thicker feel and flavor on this one. A good stab at the style, but I think I have had better. Though most of those would be from across the pond. (342 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Snazzy lookin' bottle art.

Opaque halloween orange. Large off-white head that thins to a swirly skim vortext. Impressive, thick collar leaves lace aplenty.

Upon sniffing my immediate reaction was "peach fuzz funkenstein!" I stand by that.

Tastes like sweet pumpkin pie filling mixed with green apples, sour apricots, and yeasty OJ. Fizzy, ebulliant mouthfeel like my tongue was going to go numb...but didn't. (412 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of becktone
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of the style I've ever drank:

Eye: Not much to look at. Head formation and retention are near non existent. Color is a hazy tan/light brown.

Nose: Sweet malt character dominates the aroma of this beer. Not much potency to this brew's nose. Lots of fruity esters, not much from the hops.... I can smell a bit of the alcohol... Spiciness, whether its from the hops or alcohol I can't tell. There are a lot of things in here that I can't quite put a finger on. I definitely think that a lot of the aroma is coming from the yeast...perhaps some light banana and clove aromas here?

Tongue: This brew reminds me of a witbier. It is similar in taste but not far enough from it that one can tell that this is a different style. Alcohol (or perhaps its the hops) comes thorough as a spicy undertone. Lots of flavor is coming from the yeast and there are also fruity esters-mostly a big orange type of flavor. Overall this is a beer that I find quite intriguing and tasty. Alcohol warms the mouth once the beer has been swallowed. This is a beer I'd not be opposed to drinking again, however, I would really like to sample some others before I come back to it.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium in body with lower levels of carbonation this brew feels pretty good in the mouth, its pretty smooth. Alcohol warms the mouth once the beer has been swallowed. This is a beer I'd not be opposed to drinking again, however, I would really like to sample some others before I come back to it. (1,487 characters)

Photo of skrib09
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

brew poured a copper hue and is pretty cloudy. white foam up top, not very dense, but with good lacing on the glass.

smells sweet and fruity, some twang on the nose, and a hint of floral spice. detectable maltiness in there as well.

sweet flavors reminiscent of candied fruit. bright candy and fruit mixes with the alcohol and a bit of something sour.

good drinkability. crispy mouthfeel but with good body. (410 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml handsome looking silk screened bottle. I hope Schlafly starts putting out more of these bottles. Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale tulip. Frothy bright white head that jumps to the rim of the glass and recedes to a solid cap on the surface. Each drink paints the walls of the glass with lacing. color is a hazy copper/orange, with quite a bit of carbonation activity.

Smell has an interesting mild funk aroma. A bit like wet hay, grass, and earthy. Not bad at all, just different. Taste is a dry grass, mixed with a moderately sweet fruit flavor. There is some apple skin, peaches, all a bit tart.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. The carbonation is very crisp. The bottle info says that this can be aged well. I'll have to give it a shot. (755 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A - clear light amber color with a thick ice cream like head; nice lacing as it drains

S - sweet malt with fruity esters, no perceptible hops

T - light caramel malt flavor; some fruity yeast character - perhaps not as much as expected - some tartness; alcohol noticeable but not unpleasant

M - medium to light body, high carbonation

D - This is a decent attempt at the style, but it's a bit rough around the edges. It's done to style, but not really outstanding. (510 characters)

Photo of jacobseyb
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of areich6
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this brew in honor of Mardi Gras with my good friend and beer advocate pschul4.

A: Pours smoothly with little head. Looks like a murky copper color while in the glass.

S: Smells somewhat lager-esque with slight hints of fruit such as pears or plums. However, overall it does not eminate a very strong scent.

T: Tastes somewhat like alcoholic apple juice to me. Slightly sweet at the beginning and the taste of alcohol becomes more dominant at the end. It has the faint taste of sour in a way.

M: Smooth overall, with a little bit of prickly carbonation. Slight pleasant, creamy feel.

O: Not bad. I find the sweet and slightly sour taste to be quite palatable. As stated earlier, it somewhat resembles apple juice, and c'mon, who doesn't like apple juice. (773 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent to me last fall as a trade extra from the gentlemanly jtrockschalk. After mowing the lawn came in & looked for the lowest ABV bomber in the fridge; good a way as any to start a holiday weekend!

Bomber split with my marvelous wife. Pours an unclear orange with evident carbonation bubbles running the sides of my pint glass. Smell is heavy on yeasty tartness, which gives me pause.

This Biere de Garde tastes better than it smells. Lots of crazy summer stuff in here. First impression is of a zesty, tangy, citrusy drink that doesn't go overboard on any of the components. Then comes the tartness, again not too much, but enough to bludgeon away some of the sweetness from the front end.

Light, lemony, tart, & refreshing. If this is indeed a fall release, Schlafly has missed the mark, this is a spring/summer brew for me. Very easy going down, although the tartness would limit the consumption quantity for me.

Very good brew. Only my second biere de garde (after Weyebacher Foxtrot) & I've enjoyed both. Might seek out others if I get the chance. (1,060 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice red color with just a hint of orange. Forms a decent sized tan head, and a lot of bubbles from carbonation.

Very malty and bread like smell. Reminds me a bit of the smell of warm bread dough. There is a hint of sweetness in it, almost a citrus smell.

Fairly malty up front, also has citrus notes and some peppery spice at the finish.

Decent feel, and a lot of carbonation. The carbonation made my tongue tingle for a bit after drinking it.

Pretty decent beer here. Seems to me to be closer to a Belgian pale ale, as the flavor profile puts me in mind of the Belgian style. Not quite a blow me away beer, but a pretty decent one I'm glad I picked up while at the brewpub. (688 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a light, honey amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showing light cherry, honey and underlying spice. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but is a bit odd. In addition to the honey and cherry, I get some brown sugar and cinnamon as well. It's not bad, just a bit unusual. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol not the least bit intrusive or obtrusive.

Nothing extraordinary here, but I thought this a solid, enjoyable beer. (585 characters)

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