Garde Dog - Flying Dog Brewery
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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.
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2013 19:22:20 | More by woodychandler
3.61/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A nice slow pour into my over-sized wine glass delivered two fingers of very noisy foamy head. Body is a muted gold color, with a lot of fizz going on.
Yeast and spice scream at the nose. Smells of very earthy and gardeny hops, with slight breadiness and pepper.
Wheat, yeast and peppery spice start her off. This transitions with a spiced bread flavor into a grassy hop taste that ends with a bit of clove. Dry but has just a hint of sweet in between flavors.
This one is very drying, and leaves a bit of film on the tongue.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2013 22:00:31 | More by CFHMagnet
Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.