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Garde Dog - Flying Dog Brewery

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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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Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap. Pours a bright straw color with a 3 finger bright white head. Smells mostly of sweet biscuit malt and some floral hops with a touch of coriander and lemon zest. Taste

is mostly the same. Highly carbonated with subdued flavors. Finishes slightly sweet but extremely clean. Slight soap like taste, very minor. Some fresh melon. Fruit flavors

don't play off the hops that great giving a real weird mouth experience. Works like a pallete cleanser.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 05:08:11 | More by jtierney89
Photo of Rifugium


3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Prohibition Taproom, Philly, PA

Poured a clear, golden yellow with a small cap of white head; minimal retention and lacing. Aroma contained hints of grass, grains, light fruit. Taste has some yeasty breadiness, apple skin, light citrus, with floral and herbal notes, slightly acrid. Light-medium body, and pretty easily drinkable, though not amazingly flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 12:55:23 | More by Rifugium
Photo of ne0m00re


3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from some old notes at Yellow Brick.
A: Crisp clear golden, good one=finger white head and some lacing.
S: Yeasty and bready, slight lemon and orange citrus, strong banana with floral and slight pepper.
T: Well-rounded Belgo pale with banana and angel food cake, lemon citrus. Good.
M: Thicker to crispy and frothy.
O: Good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 01:54:34 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of bwiechmann


2.42/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Tav on the Ave in Mankato, served in a pint glass. (From notes)

Pours a rich gold with a very small head which diminishes instantly leaving no lacing. Smell is muted- primarily fruits. Taste is unremarkable- mainly grains with a small amount of hop bitterness. Carbonation is high and drinkability is low because I just don't like how it tastes.

This beer is drinkable but I was disappointed with how it played out. If someone handed me one I would probably quaff it but I won't be spending my money on this lack-luster offering from Flying Dog again. It just isn't very good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 19:55:12 | More by bwiechmann
Photo of Dogbrick


2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sample at Barley's Smokehouse. The beer is a clear yellow-gold color with a thin and foamy white head that fizzes away steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Sweet aroma of malt with a bit of grass. Light-bodied with flavors of toasted malt, hay and fruit. The finish is short and dry with sweet malt aftertaste. Slightly below average overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2009 15:48:57 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of glid02


2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this on-tap at Pauley's in Athens, GA.

Pours a color that can best be described as biege with a half-finger white head. The head dissipates quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

Smells mostly of grass, barnyard funk, and mild sweet malts. There's some metallic aroma as well.

Tastes about the same as it smells. A good amount of grassiness to go along with sweet malts and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. The carbonation is alright, but this doesn't go down very smoothly.

Drinkability is not that great. There's nothing about this beer that makes me want to drink more.

Overall I was not impressed. I can't see myself every buying this again. It's not terrible, but it's below average.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2008 22:42:09 | More by glid02
Photo of BEERchitect


3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, this beer is kind of a let down, and I'm trying to figure out why. The beer opens with a very pilsner-like appearance, but with darker, nearly golden malts. Abundance of CO2 give life to the dull, almost clear complexion and feeds the head formation and retains til the end. Aromas begin with a very sweet pilsner flavor that begs to be attenuated longer. Fruity esters, dominant with pears, apples, peaches, and pineapples, give some variey, but still feels like an off-track pilsner. Light on hops fit the style, but the sweetness keeps the beer from balancing out. What's missing is a descernable Belgian character; a little dusty, cellar-like character, or a bit o' funk would help sell the beer for me. Light acidity helps give a bite to the beer that it despirately needs. This beer makes for a great, sweeter alternative to a Stella.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2008 20:00:04 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Larrytown


3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's very little head sitting on top of this light gold beer and we end up with very little lacing, as one might expect. The nose has some hints of honey and some malt, but not much going on.

The taste is interesting, almost like a really light maibock. It has more complexity that you might expect from the appearance, but it can't quite pull it off. The tastes just don't come together in a complementary way. It's not bad; it just doesn't click.

On the other hand, the mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing. I could see some people liking this, but it just isn't working for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2008 22:33:38 | More by Larrytown
Photo of supercolter


3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interesting beer but not much to it. Appearance is decent with some head and lacing.
Smell is not very present, but the malt smells nice.
Taste is a bit more existent, some malt and a bit of hops is all.
Mouthfeel is light but carbonated.
Drinkability is good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2008 03:16:38 | More by supercolter
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a pretty, clear golden with a substantial, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is richly fruity and malty, demanding a taste. The well-rounded malty flavor has a little bitterness and a lagerish feel with a hint of fruit. Garde Dog is rough and edgy going down the pipes.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 03:09:51 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow with fluffy white bubbly head. Neutral smell. High carbonation. Some creaminess on tonge, lace, above average mouthfeel. A tad of grassy hop. But fairly weak taste for the style, something like a malt liquor. sweetish aftertaste. Nothing special at all.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 03:35:13 | More by Sammy
Photo of BretSikkink


3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off white head, about one inch. Clear, golden color with some copper lighting. Head retains well, and leaves decent lace down the clean glass.

The aroma is a bit meek in character; less so than I was expecting. Slightly spicy, earthy hops with a pale, sweet malt flavor.

Just a little too bland for me to love. Nothing wrong or off here, not even out of the style, but to me it just doesn't jump. Light body, with a mild crispness. Hops add an herbal touch, occasionally dipping into a citric note.

Again, nothing wrong, just not an outstanding example of style or particularly enticing to me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2008 01:20:32 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So..I finally made it down to Barleys to try this one. I had been waiting since I did not make the release. I was just a bit curious to see what Flying Dog was going to do with this one to be honest and that is why I wanted to stop in. So I felt it was a nice light one to start the evening off with. The pour came out a very light golden amber, very bright with an almost golden hay like color. Very nice looking I have to admit. More then ample carbonation reached up through from the bottom of the glass, and really did a nice job of reinforcing the head that had formed on top. Decent looking upon first pour as the white head reached a nice height of around three inches before falling back down and just becoming a thin veil of lace across the top. Fairly typical for the style.

The aroma was very light, with a light fruity grain like smell taking up the bulk of the profile. Some light touches of grass, and perhaps some apricots mixed in as well, but nothing terribly dramatic in this aspect. Light touches of yeast mixing in as well, but nothing to write home about. The flavor was very light, as to be expected, with nice apricot and apple like flavors coming through quite clearly. Nice grain like background really pushing forward now and offering you a glimpse of what had lain underneath. Great carbonation with an extremely light feel and really a nice airy quality about it. I literally could have drank this all night long as there was just no hint of anything harsh or big about it, just a solid light French style ale through and through.

Overall, this definitely did not wow me by any means, but then again the style really is not one of my favorites, however it was certainly a more then decent session ale and a nice introduction maybe to someone who is hooked on the Macro stuff. Not a bad offering but I will stick to something a little heavier next time around.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2008 11:24:43 | More by mikesgroove
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 19:22:20 | More by woodychandler
Photo of CFHMagnet


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
Photo of rangerred


3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a one finger white head. Tons of carbonation leads to good head retention but the lacing is pretty poor.

Aroma of yeasty spiciness with a little bit of toasted malt and a somewhat earthy note.

Flavor has some clove and pepper up front along with banana. Just a very small amount of toasted malt but it all fades away too quickly. The finish is dry but all in all, the flavors are just bland.

Overall, a nice attempt at the style but I feel that it falls short. A very refreshing beer and the champagne-like carbonation is nice but I would have preferred bolder flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 22:33:28 | More by rangerred
Photo of TheBrewo


3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a hearty, golden brew. On even a relatively easy pour it puts up a massive three finger head of foamy, creamy tan bubbles. This retains for ages, leaving patterned lacing all around the glass. Carbonation appears champagne-like, and no sediment or haze is noted. The nose is heavy with wet wheat and toasted pale malts. This is very warming, with plenty of clove, grassiness, licorice, kiwi fruit, and airy banana esters. There is a bit of stinging booze on the back, and some cooling minerals. The nose is wonderfully fresh!! Our first impression is that the flavoring is nice and light, with a fat metallic bite on the back. As we sip, bittering and souring pale malts hit first. These are down and dirty, with big metallics, but it never quite reaches the threshold of being an adjuncty mess. Through the middle things sweeten with light lemon and orange fruitiness, while that wet wheat from the nose helps to soften the initial bittering blow. The finish shows a return of the bitterness in the form of clovey phenols, with more of that same souring grain from the onset. The last drops are sweeter of grain, distant grassy hops, and a curious soy sauce saltiness, leaving the palate on a good note. The aftertaste breathes of fusel alcohols, mineral, honey sweetness, light musk, and faint grassy hops. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is higher end, as it conjures a thick foam as we swirl the beer, trying to split the flavors. There is nice slurp and smack with each sip, and a huge frothy-mustache finish. The abv is fair, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. The notes were crisp yet soft, and robust yet smooth. The nose was cooled by the refreshing scents. The flavor followed nicely, but it didn’t seem to possess the balance we were hoping for from that nose. Otherwise, everything was nice for the style, and it was certainly invigorating in this heat.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 21:39:11 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of kojevergas


2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Not paired with food. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Liquid surged out of the bottle and spilled on me floor upon opening. Bleh.

A: Pours a four finger beige head of fair cream and thickness and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, background floral hopping, clean malts, some lemon peel, and must. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Biscuity yeast is somewhat restrained. Floral hopping and clean malts add body. There's herbal and lemony notes about the body and climax. Simple but enjoyable. Lacks complexity and subtlety. Decently balanced. There's just not enough going on here.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Good carbonation - though it might be overcarbonated judging by the opening earlier.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from ideal. Not unique or special. I might try it on draught, but elsewise I wouldn't get it again.


Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 01:45:04 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first of this style.

A- Pours a light to golden color with a hazy chill, huge foamy head that reduces to a constant white layer on top with evidence of lacing after the head subdues.

S- sweet malts with a bit of musk, earthy and a bit funky, just a bit of noble hops and fruity esters.

T- Sweet malts up front and earthy, quickly followed by a biting sourness, almost like a cider. Finishes sour, but dry. Im not sure what to make of this!

M- medium-light body, spritzy carbonation and a bit foamy.

O- this is an interesting style, I like the sweet maltiness of it but the balance seems just a bit off for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 00:05:41 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Had this back in April. Reviewed from notes. This is my first of the style. I know this isn’t the best representation, but it sure is the most accessible. Poured into a white wine glass.

Pours a translucent dark gold. A large inch-thick white head tops it off and retains extremely well, as it is constantly fed by the ever-rising bubbles. The nose is ripe with floral tones, buttery bread, yeast, subtle spice. Really lively mouth. Bubbly pop at each sip. The flavor profile really reminds me of a mild Saison, which I guess is sort of the point. Yeast-y, but not overly so. Actually, there’s some nice pale fruit flavors pulling through, mixing well with the husky dry back end. This is a decent drink right here. My interest is only piqued now. I enjoy a Saison here and there, and I will add this to the list of a style I will revisit time and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 16:27:44 | More by Onenote81
Photo of schoolboy


4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this style a few times so I think I know it. This one has a near perfect appearance but he head is to foamy, and this detracts from the experience on the aftertaste.

The taste is the right combination of yeasty and hoppy goodness for the style. And the
aroma is very full too.

I would recommend this as a good example of the style, but others might be better examples.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:41:13 | More by schoolboy
Photo of DoubleJ


3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

French-styled beer for lunchtime, brought to you by the folks of Flying Dog. On to the beer:

Bless thy chalice with a beer that is cloudy, washed out orange colored, and topped with a small creamy head that retains more than decently. Pleasant nose, dry yasty aromas, peach, rustic, balanced and not over the top.

The bière de garde style isn't one of my favorites, but I do like the way Garde Dog is going. It's relaxed, dry but not too dry, and offers a little sweetness. Apples, bread, touch of white pepper, rye. All with a medium mouthfeel and a texture that's is almost like velvet....with a few springs of carboantion.

This was a pleasant surprise out of Flying Dog. And as a bonus, is less expensive than others of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 19:41:13 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Zachtheporter


4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

A- Pours a rich golden yellow with a fat bubbly white head. Ample light penetration and very visibly carbonated.

S- yeasty and sour with a strong aroma of green apple and pear.

T- Sweet like a saison but with more of a sour finish and body. Has a biting candy sweetness and first that almost immideatly morphs into a sour "attack" so to speak. Tastes of apple as well as sour fruit blend well with a yeasty and grainy malty body.

M- Crisp with a biting carbonation.

O- A good beer and a delicious sipper for a hot summer day. Would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 23:26:43 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of flagmantho


3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: moderately hazy light-gold hue paired with a very active effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. I think it looks great.

Smell: lightly spicy, funky aroma; overall, it's pretty darn light in intensity, but I do rather like the composition.

Taste: nice malt character with the right amount of farmhouse funk; there's a bit of buttery diacetyl here, which is normally not my favorite at all but seems to work damn well with the rest of the composition here. Bitterness is low but is present; it creeps up slowly toward the end. I rather like this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a great big carbonation yielding a very big creaminess. A hint more body would do wonders here, but even so I find it highly satisfying.

Overall: this is a very tasty farmhouse beer. I'm glad a brewer like Flying Dog bothers to make a Biere de Garde that you can buy in a sixpack.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 18:36:50 | More by flagmantho
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this may be my first biere de garde. Bottle poured into Bruery tulip. Appearance is nice. Hazy golden straw color. Very well carbonated. Smells like champagne. Some white grape and apple notes on the nose. A little bit of lemon zest. Taste is pretty nice! Similar to the nose but with a very faint hop presence. It reminds me of a saison (obviously).

Mouthfeel is really nice due to the carbonation and light abv. Overall this is a very drinkable beer that is quite pleasing. I would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 00:36:47 | More by UnknownKoger
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Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.