1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Garde Dog - Flying Dog Brewery

Not Rated.
Garde DogGarde Dog

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

489 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 489
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: letsgopens on 03-20-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 489 | Reviews: 351 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Colin32
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%

Colin32, Tuesday at 07:26 PM
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Robyn
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Robyn, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

wrightst, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of PTEdelman
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

PTEdelman, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of xJMFCx
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

xJMFCx, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

duceswild, May 09, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

XmnwildX12, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -12.8%

ejimhof, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Ian_Hammons
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Ian_Hammons, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Jackal
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

harpus, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +9%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of civicm87
3.75/5  rDev +9%

civicm87, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of GABrew
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

GABrew, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I have been curious about both this beer in particular and its style in general ever since my local, in-person trader, tone77, dropped it off for me. I would hope that by the end of today's tasting session that I will have become smarter since that is the underlying idea.

From the bottle: "Wee wee (insert dirty French laugh here). Biere de Garde is a traditional French farmhouse ale brewed in March for drinking during the spring and summer months. Like another great French tradition, surrender your taste buds to Garde Dog's toasted aroma and spicy, malty sweetness. Wee wee. Haw haw haw."; "Good people drink good beer. - Hunter S. Thompson".

My initial, heavy-handed and wrong-headed, pour caused it to overflow the top of the glass. I recommend a gentle extended pour with this beer as a result. Crisis averted, I was left with two foamy fingers of tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose was sweet, fruity, almost vinous. There was an underlying earthiness to it, but that was not prevalent. Mouthfeel had the same thin wateriness as its saison brethren, but here the emphasis was clearly on the malt and its interaction with the yeast. It had a very fruity, berry-like, grape-y flavor in the mouth along with a slight mustiness on the tongue. Finish was semi-sweet with the yeast leaving a lingering dryness in the back of the throat while the fruity sweetness remained in the mouth. A very different drink from what I am used to and I am very glad that I asked for clarification on the style before I began.

woodychandler, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of jmslade7
3/5  rDev -12.8%

jmslade7, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of kjmass
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

kjmass, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of firecrack0r
4/5  rDev +16.3%

firecrack0r, May 22, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

InspectorBob, May 22, 2013
Photo of CanisMajor
3/5  rDev -12.8%

CanisMajor, May 16, 2013
Photo of Bill235
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Bill235, May 11, 2013
Photo of twenty5
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
Photo of bmur112
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

bmur112, Apr 17, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.