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Garde Dog - Flying Dog Brewery

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 12
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)
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

08-21-2012 01:19:59 | More by slowdaddy
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
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

08-15-2012 05:17:01 | More by danthehopslamman
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

08-12-2012 23:12:01 | More by GaryMarkle84
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

08-11-2012 21:47:04 | More by Mikegsparks
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

08-09-2012 18:00:53 | More by jbear137
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

08-05-2012 15:55:27 | More by Mat_Rampson
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West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

08-03-2012 11:31:15 | More by wembly13
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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

08-01-2012 04:10:13 | More by js155306
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

07-27-2012 16:40:28 | More by WDJersey
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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
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

07-16-2012 04:01:02 | More by TastyIsBeer
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

07-14-2012 19:57:57 | More by brotherloco
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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
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

07-09-2012 02:46:07 | More by Gregwa
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

06-14-2012 02:24:22 | More by Turdman138
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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
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

06-07-2012 02:03:56 | More by amstokesdb9
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
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

06-02-2012 22:50:40 | More by Lee_Hancock
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

06-01-2012 04:00:56 | More by hickmancase
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5/5  rDev +45.3%

05-30-2012 14:01:56 | More by KevinTK
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
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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
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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
Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.