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Schlafly Bière De Garde - The Schlafly Tap Room

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86
very good

219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-31-2007)
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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

htomsirveaux, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Hullabaloo2, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Bitterbill, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

ppoitras, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Goliath, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of daftafne
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

daftafne, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

merlin48, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Onibubba
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Onibubba, May 17, 2008
Photo of KI9A
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

KI9A, May 11, 2008
Photo of phergy
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

phergy, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of scruz
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

scruz, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

zeff80, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of bort11
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

bort11, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of becktone
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

becktone, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Monkeyknife, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass at cellar temperature. Bottle conditioned. Poured a reddish gold. Lots of carbonation, two fingered fine bubbled white head. Spicy aroma with some sweet malt. Light to medium body. A very drinkable beer. Some malt sweetness, spicy yeast flavors.
There are some hop flavors in the finish. Dry finish with more spice.
Very refreshing.

homebrewhawk, Nov 04, 2007
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Schlafly Bière De Garde from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.