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Garde Dog - Flying Dog Brewery

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Garde DogGarde Dog

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492 Ratings
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 14
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:
Beer added by: letsgopens on 03-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 492 | Reviews: 351
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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.