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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
Photo of birchstick
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orangeish/amber with a pretty large head. Smells very fruity, malty, and earthy. The taste, as nose suggests, is very sweet and malty. Starts off with some light fruits, which blends with caramel malts and a touch of clove. I am still unfamiliar with this style, however The mouth is a bit thin but it goes down very smoothly.

Overall, it reminds me a lot of the saisons I have tried. In all honesty, I would rather have Schlafly's saison to this, especially for the price (although the saison is a seasonal release). Glad I tried this and I am looking forward to trying the rest in Schlafly's Belgian series.

Tried a bottle purchased in August 2010 in August 2012. Note that despite the bottle recommending aging it, this one is much better fresh than old.

Photo of rkuhnel
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this 750 ml bottle via a trade with Erik in Indiana. It poured a hazy orange to brown with very little head. Nose of oranges, clove, and some grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is fairly complex with ripe fruits dominating. Lightly bitter finish. Most enjoyable.

Photo of Vancer
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking amber brew, like a banana was blended in with the mix. Spicy and fruit (mostly apple and pear) in the aroma and the taste. No hints of any farmhouse funk - this seems to be a kissing cousin of the saison.

Very tasty brew, "light" on the alcohol as this brew weighs in with 7% - and no appearance of it in the sampling. Another Schlafly goodie.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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 meatmallet
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to bort11 for this one.

Pours a very nice cloudy dark golden orange/yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, with lots of nice thick/creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with a good dose of yeast, with some spices. The taste is malty, yeasty, spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is another nice one from Schlafly.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a near clear, golden-amber body with a fine, white head.

Smell: Gentle toasted caramel malts alongside aromas of fresh fruits, flowers, and, to a lesser degree, spices.

Taste: Lightly toasty, subtly sweet maltiness yields to tangy, fruity flavors of pears and apricots. Minute hint of alcohol. Thin trace of aniseed. Floral, herbal hop character with a light bitterness. Fruity, semi-dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, engaging carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, that's fairly nice; a real, honest thirst quencher. Deep down, we're all striving for a great Bière de Garde. Schlafly's offering comes pretty close.

Photo of Wheelinb
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 TexIndy
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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 htomsirveaux
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 8 Jan 2009.

Poured in 0.4 L tulip. Huge light pinkish white head fills most of the glass and lasts almost as long as the beer does. Well carbonated. Barely cloudy golden peachy color. Aroma of yeast and tart fruits. Starts sweet with flavors of grapes, apples and potatoes. Almost champagne like. Turns dry in the middle and finish, aftertaste is lightly sweet. Ethanol is not very strong. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel.

Refreshing and well balanced.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Bitterbill
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Goliath
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color and was presented to me with no head.

Delicious aroma. Citrus, typical yeast, and a nice spicing.

Taste is ok. Malty, reminds me of several American Bocks I've had but with a bigger yeast qualiy and some spice.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, fairly thich with good carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Great flavors and moderate alcohol make this easy to consume. A nice brew for sure.

Photo of daftafne
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly seems to pull of these complex Belgian styles effortlessly. This beer pours with bright rust color, moderate haze, and fantastic off-white head formation, retention and lacing-- an overall impressive look. Aromas are part-malt / part fruits with an emphasis on toasty, bready notes. Bruised oranges, lemon rinds, apples, and appricots round out the estery aromas. Mild plastic and peppery phenols also add to the complexity. Woodsy and musty late. Flavors of malt and fruity esters continue their balance. A light toasty flavor is accentuated by herbal hops, and light acidic flavors. Remaining spicy and citrusy til the end. Body is quite full for the style, but lifted off the palate by an airy carbonation. A well attenuated character helps to keep the beer palatable, but it still has a weight that seems high. Finishes with a hit of appricots, lightly grassy-citrus notes and a musty cellar-like quality.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Onibubba
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard pour into a Duvel gives a somewhat cloudy orange / amber hue. Vey nice foamy head that crests the glass. Nice looking beer, and I can tell that this is going to be a creamy treat. It is. Mouthfeel is smooth and very lightly carbonated. Tastes great too. Mild yeasty funk, not quite sour - never really goes into that territory. Smells are grassy with some green apples - quite mild though. Very drinkable - ABV is on the nose. I like this one a lot. Another homerun for this brewery along with their great Saison. Will buy again for sure.

Photo of KI9A
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of phergy
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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