Garde Dog - Flying Dog Brewery

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Reviews: 352
Hads: 495
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: letsgopens on 03-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of confer
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid gold and fairly cloudy. Dense white head that sticks around.
Smell is like a banana dominant hefe with a touch of lemon.
First is the wheat taste and then the sour/slightly funky taste takes over in the finish.
Lost of carbonation but still has meat to the feel. Overall it's a pretty good refreshing beer. For the price it's definitely a go to beer in the future. (378 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single 12 oz bottle purchased from Price Chopper last night (2/29) for $1.49.

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is golden-orange with a small white head.

S: Some funkiness along with florally hops and lemon zest. Nice nose.

T: Grainy malt foundation, with a touch of funk and spice. Fruity - overripe apples come to mind. Finishes with lingering fruity sweetness that coats the palate.

M: Interesting - there's a good amount of fine-prickled fizziness, but also a bit of slickness to the feel. Not sure it works well together, to be honest, as the fizzy carbonation wants to work as a palate cleanser, while the slickness wants to coat the palate with a lingering sweetness - which ultimately prevails.

O: This isn't bad. (744 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -41.7%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

body is bright gold. fizzy head tops it. very carbonated.

Smell is grassy. Ful of yeast. Fruity esters from the yeast. I think it smells great.

Taste is very bready. Crust of the bread to be exact. Chewy belgian yeast lingers for a while. Crisp at first, but fades into chewy bready malt and a nice Belgian yeast. Lemon and lemongrass add to a nice flavor profile. (366 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale amber in the tulip glass. Lots of foam that carries through into a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Slight yeasty nose with pear and biscuits. A touch of butter in the aftertaste. Fairly bitter as it melts on the palate. Reminds me of a Saison crossed with a Wit, minus the spices. In other words, tangy, a funky bitter twang, slight malty sweetness on the lips, and hops on the back end. The yeasty, bitter flavor takes over the aftertaste.

Whatever deficiencies this has for the style, it's a highly drinkable beer with a pleasant Belgian tang. From the 12 oz bottle available in sixes. (590 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is a hazy golden color with a rather large white head. Just an overdone spiciness. Smells overwhelmingly of coriander and grass. A bit of paper/cardboard and maybe some pale, cracker malts. Hints of spicy hops in the background. The flavor is lemony and mildly spicy, sort of like a bad witbier or hefeweizen. Spicy hop notes and quite a lot of water. Very grassy on the palate as well. Meh. (400 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

It's been a while since last I tasted this pup, so it's almost new to me now... It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light clove, black pepper, strong wheat, lemon zest, cardamom, and a touch of sourdough. The taste brings in more of the same, with the spiciness really coming through pretty strongly. The citrus isn't exactly a shrinking violet itself, and it comes complete with a nice bit of sweetness, mostly Belgian candi sugar-style. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a surprisingly very nice BdG, one I could stand to have on a fairly regular basis. (712 characters)

Photo of BottleOfPills
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well I'm sitting here deciding how to bore myself for the eve and thought I'd try this beer out for size again and reveiw it here at beerAdvocate and my blog (www.bottleofpills.com)

Forget when I purchased this six pack, a few weeks ago I'm sure, there's a few still left, and well there is now one less.

Appearance - I poured this from a bottle into a glass, and like the style - Biere de Garde - says it did leave a nice head with a golden color. The color is more of a burnt gold color, but easy to see through.

I think I should have probably spelled this out of the bottle as once in my glass it's hard to smell with openness of the glass. However my bluetick senses detect fruit, maybe cherry with a hint of lime or lemon and almost peppery. Lemon Pepper!

The taste is tight, it's crisp, not hoppy in my opinion but I guess its the malt that I'm tasting that is standing out. It's good, but I don't know if I'd want many back to back, I'm going with slightly better than average.

Mouthfeel - well I like crisp this has that. It's almost like putting pop rocks on my tongue as the beer splashes over it. I'm going with 4.5 only because the beerAdvocate guys say 5's should be rare.

Overall a pretty damned decent beer. 4 (1,230 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Off white nice and very foamy head, forms very much like a soapy bath, not much retention, sits on a slightly hazy mostly opaque body that is golden yellow.

A nice faint juicy lemon rind, zesty on the nose, just a faint hint of diacetyl. Slightly floral, not bad, fairly good actually.

Taste is relatively light in flavor, but with a full feel in the palate. Mild malt with an almost butter tasting and buttery feel. Mild citrus lemon on the finish, but a nice dry malt crispness at the end with a yeast punch blast.

Overall, it's not an aggressive one for the style, but it's real super easy drinking and a good starter Biere de Garde I think. For that I score it well. (717 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, no clear bottling code.

appears cloudy dark golden color with bright white head that fades. very spicy and yeasty aroma.

taste is similar. pale malt, bitter citrus rind, belgian yeast. thinner body, fizzy carbonation.

overall - I don't see much difference between this style and a Belgian Pale Ale. not the flavors I like. (342 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bière de Garde more or less French Saison.

Clear gold colored beer with a medium sized white head.

Smells sweet with a strong toasted grain aroma. Hops are grassy and herbal to the nose. Fruity in a general way, the scent matches overripe plums the closest.

Starts out sweet with a strong taste of fruity wood. Toasted grains and a slightly sour flavor like lemon. Honeysuckle malt flavor. Sort of a funky beer, something Bière de Garde is known for.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is weird but sort of OK. Not a first choice but I will finish the six-pack.

Addendum: I second what brentk56 said " Drinkability: This must be the Blue Moon of Biere de Gardes; easy to drink but a pretender to the style" (709 characters)

Photo of DapperGrowler
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer at home in a bottle, served in a glass.

A: The beer poured out of the bottle a cloudy golden color. There was nice head retention and mild lacing.

S: The beer had a standard farmhouse smell: yeasty with earthy tones and a slight malt smell.

M: This beer tasted very carbonated but had a light mouthfeel

O: This was a good beer, but not one of Flying Dog’s best.
Although they get credit for attempting a French Farmhouse beer. (454 characters)

Photo of beerme626
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It tastes like a farm!

Being from the rolling farmlands of central Maryland (like Flying Dog), this beer reminds me of home.

A: Gold, with a giant head that stays strong
S: Delicious farm-y malt smell, very grassy
T: Tastes like a farm! Grassy, with a bit of citrus
M: Decent for a relatively pale beer
O: A very good offering from the great Flying Dog. Not quite the caliber of Raging Bitch or Snake Dog, but still great. (424 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with a brilliant white head,fast receding to a fresh collar very little lacing

S- malt/wheat and hay with yeast and white wine

T was wheat and barnyard with sour wine,champagne notes,melon.apple and other light fruits a touch of hops

M- well carbonated fruity and light sour notes

O- french style farmhouse that is well done (383 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow with a two finger head that doesn't last long but well carbonated.

S-Wheat, cloves, banana and yeast.

T-Similar to the nose, almost like a saison or some witbiers. Clove and Banana are the main flavors.

M-Light but not very carbonated.

O-First venture into the style but it seems to be similar to a few other styles. (336 characters)

Photo of taigor
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Poured slightly hazy copper color with medium white head that quickly dissipated leaving very light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly grains and hay with light scents of spices, bananas and other fruits.

T - Very close to saison. Starts off with grains and some earthy flavor followed by fruits and a slight hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Nice BdG but just about average and nothing impressive. I would not recommend it. (499 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks slightly clouded honey amber with orange shading around the edges, one finger of head in my tulip glass leaves medium-heavy amounts of clingy lacing, nice appearance! Smells full of bright fruity esters with fresh sweet malt scent and a light scent of lemony citrus hopping. Taste is the same story as the aroma but also includes a decent initial belgian-yeast styled spicing that moves out of the way in time for the lemon and malt flavor to shine through. Body is medium thick and well carbonated, I can't really find much of anything to complain about with this one. (575 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.44/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though stylized as a farmhouse ale, this is not a typical farmhouse ale. In appearance it shows a golden straw color that certainly makes one think of a farm. The aroma was powerful with hints of sweet cinnamon. While farmhouse ales generally make one think of an easy drinking summer beer with hints of citrus of lemon, there was only a mild bitterness. Expected emon or citrus flavors were hard to detect. The sweetness of the flavor brought various weaker Belgian ales to mind. Particulary for a farmhouse ale, the taste was beyond expectation. This one did not disappoint. (576 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a straw yellow color with a haziness to it. The head was fluffy and white at first, but it settles down shortly after the pour. The smell of the beer has some fresh grainy aromas and a little touch of some hoppy citrus. The taste of the beer has a pretty nice balance between sweet and bitter. The mouthfeel is pretty light and refreshing. Overall this brew is ideal for summer in my opinion. I enjoyed it but wouldn't ever buy a case of it. (465 characters)

Photo of magine
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

Pours a clear gold straw color, has a fluffy white head with some tight bubbles. Brew settles to a patchy lace island. Minimal lace remains and the head all but vanishes, but some nice carbonation action is going on as it sits. Decent looking brew.

Brew smells of toasted malts, estery yeasts and spices. Apples and fruits. Some earthy vibe as well. Has a decent nose. Very much like a Belgian ale. Good nose.

Brew is spiced and yeasty; balanced body. Creamy maltiness initially, then a nice spice in the middle. Very good carbonation. Can pick up the bready toasted malts, and some sweet apple and fruity yeasts. Kind of like a Belgian pale ale but with more going on. Finishes somewhat dry. I like this brew; tasty and drinkable. Good.

This is my first experience with this type of brew. Somewhere between a saison and a Belgian pale ale. Good stuff. (878 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe that this is my first Biere de Guarde. So I reviewed the handy, dandy guide on the website. I think that I am giving a good review. Feel free to call me on this if you think that I am wrong.

The beer pours coppery with minimal head. The head dissipates quickly and doesn't leave lacing on the glass.

This has decent seasoning on the top. The flavoring is almost like a light saison. As the flavor lets off, then it drops into a bitterness.

It is a decent beer, but I really don't think it was good enough to purchase in the future. (544 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: the beer pours light copper-orange color with a tiny head
Smell: Malts, grains, lemon, caramel, apple and some floral hops
Taste: Orange, citrus, grain, some caramel malts and very minor hops in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Dry finish, thin watery body and low carbonation
Overall: Well, will not buy this one ever again (323 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. Best by 18 May 2011. Two months old? My buddy claims it's been in the fridge for at least that long. We'll see...

A: Very thin head atop a lovely golden beer. Translucent, but not properly clear. Some bubbles within. Pretty colour.

S: Smells alright -- that's a relief. Malty sweet with buttery toast.

T/M: Rather nice! Very light and spritely, with drying, bready malts that are seriously fruity around the edges. Overall, quenching, carbonated, and very appropriate for the summer. There is an almost funky/barnyard character on the endtaste, which gives the impression of Belgian yeasts. Interesting and worthwhile.

O: Reviews and usual predilections be damned, I like this beer. Not my usual style, but it's very drinkable, very pleasant, and very apropos for the season. Recommended. Might not have another. (870 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a golden yellow and is partially translucent. I'm generally not a fan of being able to see through my beers. There's a little foamy head that's still resting across the top.

Smells of bananas with a touch of lemon citrus. The yeast comes through here and it almost reminds me of a "muscular" hefeweizen by nose.

Tastes quite similar to the nose but there's a noticeable pepper flavor that comes through that wasn't present in the nose. Slight breadiness comes through as well.

Mouthfeel is big and full. Pepper and citrus and banana all alternate with a slow fade out.

I'm happy I finally tried this but I'm not sure if I really enjoy this genre so much more than a hefeweizen which has all the same attributes without the black pepper bite. (799 characters)

Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.