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Schlafly Bière De Garde - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 243
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 22
Gots: 25 | 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 DavoleBomb
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of paxchristi
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

medium amber color that had a slight bit of haziness to it. Intresting tone here for sure as it was bordering on being a bit brighter. There was a nice head of white that came up over the top and settled down gradually into a little pillow.

The aroma was light, hints of grian, light hops and a touch of light peach and pear fruit notes. Subtle would be the ideal word here. There was a very nice flavor here, nothing really huge, just very light and drinkable. Nice touches of light grains and small doses of light fruit, mixing well and with subtle yet adequate carbonation, the whole thing seemed to come together quite well.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ralphs66 for this extra extra! 750mL brown glass pry-top bottle. I can't find a date on there. Orange cap.

Pours a hazy warm orange amber with some thin, off-white head. Nose smells like dried orange peels, herbs, honeysuckle, wildflower honey and fields of high grass. Like a field in fall.

Palate is sharp with alcohol burn/prickle around the palate. Flavors are nice though with that preserved orange flavor and tree bark, honeysuckle again and maybe something like grapes. Mouthfeel looses points of being angular and sharp.

Notes: An almost-lovely beer. The nose and the flavors are beautiful, it's just the mouthfeel is sharp and prickly. So close to being great. (Wish I knew how old this was to say weather it needed more time or less.)

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Schlafly tulip at the Global Brew Taphouse in Edwardsville, IL. Very hazy light orange body with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Interesting aroma. I get mostly light fruit, especially pineapple. A light note of earthy hops seem to balance in the background.

The sweet flavor follows the aroma in the prominence of pineapple. A slight hop note follows but no real bitterness at all. The other fruit flavors add just a touch of tartness

Medium mouthfeel that finishes fairly dry. A little too sweet for my tastes to be a regular in the rotation, but would be an excellent dessert beer or after dinner drink.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from the Wine and Cheese Place via mail order.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with moderate amounts of leafy hops. Also present are slight amounts of pear and green apple aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet light malt flavors up front are joined quickly by mild amounts of pear and green apple flavors. Midway through slightly musty hops and breadiness from the yeast come into play, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a solid beer but was a bit on the fruity side for my liking for the style. Still, it’s worth a shot.

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Photo of tchenery
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-brown with bone white head. Looks very appealing.

Smell is malty and slightly fruity with a little bit of pepper/spice in there.

Taste is more the same as the smell. It's almost like a light Belgian Dubbel. Very enjoyable and balanced.

Mouthfeel is full, almost sticky on the end. Maybe a bit too full.

Overall very enjoyable brew!

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Photo of mmva321
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Thought I was getting a Saison when I saw this at the store. This style, this being my first taste of it, is part farmhouse and part fruity Belgian Pale Ale. A great mistake.

A: A great copper colored body is let down by the light-brown head that dissipates too quickly and the lack of carbonation. Nothing exciting here.

S: Great tart fruits (strawberries especially) are the highlight of a busy aroma that is just a little too faint for so many characteristics. Hearty grains, some light malts and even a hint of noble hops create a great balanced base.

T: A beautiful surprise! The faintness I expected from the smell is instead a bold taste that maintains the great balance of the smell, differing from it only slightly. Those tart fruits still shine, but this time the great counterpoint are some bitter noble hops. Beneath it is sweet malts to give it sweetness. No funk really, but there is an earthy grain flavor that's a nice addition.

M/D: Perhaps the actual surprise here is the feel. It is thin and carbonated, just fine, but man is it dry. It highlights the strong and tart tendencies of the taste and actually makes the beer seem a whole lot better than it probably is. It isn't the most inviting, but the smack in the face when you do try it makes it a worthwhile experience.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden amber with a decent head that slowly dissipates into a substantial ring of lace.

S- Very malty; sweet caramel and ripe strawberries with fresh basil. I don't know, that's what I'm getting from it. Very interesting, I only wish it were stronger.

T- More caramel and herbs, this time oregano along with the basil. The caramel upfront gives way to a doughy malt with a touch of clove. Finishes with a decent amount of residual sweetness and a light bitterness.

M- Rather thick but with a good dose of carbonation. Based on the body alone I would put this at more than the listed 7.5% ABV.

Very interesting ale. I was expecting more of a dry, refreshing Saison-type beer. This was actually quite rich and malty. I haven't had many Biere De Gardes (Bieres De Garde?), so perhaps this is par for the course. Whatever the case, this is a very good beer and I certainly recommend it.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Henlopen City Oyster house in Rehoboth Beach.

A: Was served in a nonic glass. The beer was a slighty hazy golden/orange color with a 1/2 finger white head on top. Nice head retention, and decent lacing was left on the sides.

S: A light fruity aroma with some orange, orange peel, and a little bit of pineapple. There is a toasty/bready malt undertone and a little bit of spice, mostly cloves.

T: Surprisingly sweet. Granted, this is my first Biere de Garde, and was not sure what to expect. Very nice fruit flavor with some light spice. Orange, pineapple, and a little bit of banana as well as cloves. It has a a light grassy/earthiness and a touch of caramel.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Very crisp drinking.

O: Quite nice. I was very impressed with this beer, and look forward to have another in this style. Had there not been other beers I wanted to try the night I had this, I would have gotten another one.

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Photo of musicforairports
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip.

Deep golden/amber, lots of bubbles. Nice thick, off-white head that shrinks quickly but leaves a ring and some lacing.

Smells very malty and earthy. Strong caramel, figs, a bit of a toasted, nutty quality and some earthy, musty yeast aromas.

Taste is rich malts, with a dry, malty, funky, musty basement-like finish.

Medium mouthfeel, creamy flavors left on the mouth.

I haven't had many of them, but this strikes me as a very good example of the style--like a malty, earthy saison. Not one of my favorite styles, though, I'll admit. 750ml is more than enough.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of obywan59
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 into my Duvel tulip. My first of this style.

Held away from the light, it is a nice coppery color with a 3 1/2 finger off-white head. Towards the light it appears more like a thick apricot syrup. A tower of bubbles rises in the center.

Sweet toasted malt and sprightly fruit in the nose. A whiff of alcohol. A bit of Farmhouse, but cleaner than the taste.

Predominately sweet malts with tartness of grapefruit or green apples. Somewhat funky or earthy, Saisson-like. The 2nd glass tasted more lemony than grapefruit-like.

Medium-thick in body with plenty of peppery carbonation and throat burn.

The sweet-tart-earthy-thick combo was a bit off-putting at first, but later seemed to settle down. The 2nd glass was easier to drink.

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Photo of DCon
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of bbeane
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my DFH laser etched chalice... starts with a nice finger thick somewhat creamy head with nice retention. Beer is a very cloudy amber color and leaves some spotted lacing as its drank

S- Smells very bready... straw, biscuits, little sweetness

T- Not that its really malty sweet, but more so than the smell leads on to believe. Most of it comes through in the finish after a very mild hop bitterness

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation

D- Very tasty. Cant put price into the picture here as I didnt pay for it, but definitely worth giving a try as long as it's not ridiculously priced. Probably be a nice summer beer


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Photo of John_M
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce exquisitely painted bomber with a gigantic yeast cake hanging out at the bottom of the bottle. Poured into my Tank 7 glass. Full and frothy white head. Color is a deep copper, darker than I was expecting. Aroma isn't as strong as I would have hoped, though it is certainly there. Notes of barnyard are the first thing I notice. There's some residual sweetness just under the surface as well. I get some light cereal notes followed by cherry and white grape. This is highly carbonated. The mouthfeel is very bubbly and effervescent, and bubbles go on for days in my glass. The taste starts off tart (almost mouth puckering so) and then leans towards the sour end of the spectrum. Again I think of really tart cherries chased by pear juice. The fruit flavors give way to a brief bit of grainy maltiness. Some alcohol is definitely present in the beer, as it is most likely accented by the esters given off by the yeast during fermentation, and as the beer warms these alcohol notes are accented, which can be good or bad depending on your point of view. This has somewhat of a chewable vitamin finish. The Biere de Garde style is a cousin to the Saison, one of my favorite styles of beer. I've had some very good Saisons, and while this one isn't quite top notch, it's not bad, and the flavor profile is certainly in my wheel house.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange in my Tripel karmeliet glass, nice head with solid lacing.

Deep stone fruit nose with caramel, a deep smelling flavor.

A bit sweet for the style, but the fruitiness and deep caramel malt come through. An easy drinker and well paired with any food really, or even by itself. Not overly sweet finish, but I like this style when it's dry.

Medium and full mouthfeel, not overly carbonated. It is very drinkable and hides the abv well. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a thick 2"+ of foam. There is some moderate lacing that paints the glass.

Smell: fruit sweetness, yeast, and some spiciness create a pleasant aroma for the nose.

Taste: caramel, yeast, sweet grapes and apples, and a late spiciness are the main components. Bitterness is moderate but noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short lived aftertaste as the flavors leave the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: not a quick drinking beer, but there is some overall refreshment with this. Worthy of giving this one a try.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium red and tan to copper overtones accent this cloudy brew with lots of effervescent bubbles rising rapidly along the sides. Decent head and fair lacing that slides down and rejoins the brew.

Smells yeasty and fruity, bready, with plums and apricots as the fruit aroma background, a smidge of watermelon, spicy and malty, very malty.

Spicey, yeasty, and heavily malty with strong fruity flavors, I'm noting plum and apricot and maybe a tinge of purple grape. It's a little like a dubbel or quad, but still with a saison backbone. A little off for the style but I won't count against it for that. Solid.

Feels deliciously thick, rich, peppy and tangy. Nothing wrong with this beer in this category.

Drinks pretty good, but not outstanding for the style. Not amongst the top of the line 750 mL premium crafts tho.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Originally poured a flat muted orange with a light misty haze that didn't do much to conceal the medium strong effervesce. The second pour of the night yielded all the yeasty goodiness into the glass producing a thick turbid affair and an milky orange juice coloring. An ivory colored head showed good retention (4-5min) while laying the groundwork for a good lacing composed of large spongey patches of generous coverage. On the bottom of the glass lied a dozen or so milky chunks of particulate matter. Mmmm good.

S: The nose was light in strength with some fruity character, honey dew and melons, set against a malty backing.

T: The flavor started out fruity with melons and red grapes set against a generous residual malting. Some spiciness occurs, perhaps that of goldings, that adds a nice spicy and bright zing to the heavily malt accented palate. Slightly dry and of powdery malt sugars, think dme, definitely adds some body and substance to the overall experience. There is also a bit of alcohol spiciness of dry cinnamon and nutmeg with some juicy apple fruitiness rounding things out all with a bit of warmth.

M: The mouthful was thick luscious creamy malts upfront, turning fluffy with a bubbly creaminess on longer holds. Lots of residual sugars and grainy substance from the lack of attenuation sits well per style here coating the tongue with a powdery, silty feel upon the swallow.

D: At 7.0% this probably sits at the lower end of the drinkability spectrum per style. Residual maltiness, slightly dry and powdery with a nice start of frutiness makes for a solid example with a bomber sitting well here.

4 3.5 4.5 4 3.5

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

n8dietz is da man!!!

Clear copper color with maybe one finger of head and residual foam after the pour. Nice bubbling though. Slightly funky grass hop aroma mixed with some wet toasted malts that add a sourdough bread aroma.

Sourdough and and old fashoined white bread Grandma used to make. Nice malt and super earthy hop flavor profile. The taste makes me think of a Spring meadow near an orchard.

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Schlafly Bière De Garde from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.