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Garde Dog - Flying Dog Brewery

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481 Ratings
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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%


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)
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Reviews by ALESwhatCURESya:
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Burnt orange body with light, but dissipating, white head. Very clear body and no lacing.

S-A nice root cellar rawness to this beer. Heavy lager overtones with a sweet biscuit notes. The slightest touch of fruitiness is detected.

T-Big, clean kick of crisp malt with a slight hop bitterness rounded out by a present, but subdued yeast characteristic. The taste is similar to a fresh euro lager, but a little fuller tasting. Small touch of skunkiness, but overall a nicely balanced and flavorful beer.

M-Nice medium to full body a bit of a coarse and gritty mouthfeel. A metallic aftertaste is noticed.

D-Ok, not a great example of an artisinal farmhouse ale, but a nicely flavored lager in an ale's body. A bit to clean for me to consider it a true Biere de Garde, but hey, flying dog is not your typical french farmhouse either. This is one style that I would love to see more breweries experiment with.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 23:55:48 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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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".

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Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.