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Garde Dog - Flying Dog Brewery

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489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 13
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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Photo of sweemzander
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

120z. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled sometime in '09.
(A)- Poured with no head whatsoever. Had a nice goldenrod clear color though. Minimal lacing.
(S)- Sweet malts come through with a bannana & clay component. Smells more like a triple to me. Slight honey and a barnyard hay scent which might just be the yeast.
(T)- Slightly dry, yet sweet because of the malt. It is very yeasty. A corn husk component that kind of distracts me from the rest of the flavors.
(M)- Good balance of carbonation and malty sweetness. Pretty darn smooth going down.
(D)- Its pretty easy to have a few of these if you wanted to. A decent balance of everything. Overall, I would label this just a solid lawnmower beer if your looking for a bit more flavor and body than a Miller or Coors.

sweemzander, May 30, 2009
Photo of SuperSpy
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass the beer is a little hazy and golden with lots of bubbles rising to the surface to form a very lite and loose head. The head never grows to be more than 1/2 inch and dies off quickly despite a constant rise of fizzy bubbles.

The aroma is musty and a little spicy with a good bit of esters and only pinch of malt.

The beer is fairly light on the tongue and the immediate flavor is spicy with a hint of toast and a nice dry finish. No distinct hops stand out and as the beer warms the flavor gets stronger but doesn't change.

Overall this is a pretty good Biere de Garde and will probably find its way into my refrigeratorfairly often.

SuperSpy, May 28, 2009
Photo of dfillius
4.58/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet

A: Moderate pour yields thin head that quickly fades to a ring, more head please. Hazy golden straw liquid is nice looking.
S: Smells fruity with a little pleasant funk. Similar to saison aroma. Clove spiciness makes itself known fairly quickly. Smells tasty!
T: Great malt front with a subdued fruity character. Much more malty and less fruity than I expected from the smell and other BdGs I've had. Delicious nonetheless.
M: Great smoothness, perfect carbonation. Some tartness at the finish
D: Very drinkable. Sessiony and inviting. I keep wanting more. Yes I'd order another, and yes I'd buy a six pack of this.

dfillius, May 25, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer with no freshness info, but they get points for typical Steadman art and HST quote. Pours clear honey amber, minor and quickly departing head, next to no lace left behind. Equally unimpressive nose. No real improvement tastewise, just some light fruit, and perhaps a hint of pepper. Not an impressive performer, crushed by so many other more tasty and interesting offerings in the style.

Billolick, May 17, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 finger white head. Body is hazy dark yellow in color. Head retention and lacing are disappointing, almost non existant

Smell is of typical belgium. Fruity yeast, slightly peppery spice also. Not much on malt or hop side

Taste is similar to a Belgium pale ale though not as strong or flavorful. Phenols and spice dominate the beer. Very Faint malt is present but no hops

Beer is over carbonated. Very light body going down. Too fizzy

Over all beer has above average drink ability. Tastes like a simpler Delirium Tremens or Duvel. Would be a good choice if on a budget or looking for something lower in alcohol. Would buy again

angelmonster, May 17, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this one into a pint from a 12 oz. bottle w/ some bad ass artwork on the label(I love flying dog's illustrations)

Cloudy golden color w/ a very thin head that quickly dissappeared to nothing, no lacing to speak of.

Smells citrusy, lemon and orange mostly. also go some biscuit/yeasty malty action. some spice is also detected(pepper/corriander maybe?)

Pretty balanced beer, sort of reminds me of a wit. This is the quintessential spring brew(or style at least) very refreshing, slighty spicy, and just sweet enough, not overboard or lopsided in any direction. This is all punctuated by a crisp, tight light body which i found quite thirst quenching and enjoyable. I will definately be sessioning some of these this spring.

bonsreeb85, May 15, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my clean, clear Samuel Smith pint glass. Purchased for $1.70 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio as a single. "Best by date" of 152FX09 but I do not know what that means.

A Modest white fluffy head of about 1 cm (despite rigorous pouring) over a lager like clear straw yellow body.

S Love that nice grainy, malty smell of a Beire de Garde. This one has it nicely!

T Of course what beats the smell is the nice taste of a Biere de Garde and again, this is a nice example of it. Mostly barley it has a mild syryupy sweetness that reminds me of some Belgian dubbles (although not nearly as strong).

M Mild to moderate with that syrupy stickiness.

D Great! I could have several of these.

adamette, May 13, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle-conditioned. No best by date.

A: Light golden, clear. Thin white head with little to no lacing.

S: Ever so light scent of spices and sweetness.

T&M: Light to medium body and carbonation. Mild spiciness with a slighly dry-sweet aftertaste and mildly bitter. Very good balance between hops and malt. Not too complex but very tasty. Similar to more expensive high end beers with just a little less flavor, but very good for the price.

This is a great drinking beer and I hope it stays on the shelf through the summer!!

cdizinno, May 10, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle at cellar temp into pint glass. pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow color. small white bubbly head that faded almost immediately. almost no lacing.

the aroma is full of a belgian like yeast. fruity, citrus, bubblegum.

the taste is that of a very light belgian ale. lots of belgian like yeast(i am to understand 2 kinds of yeast were used in this brew). some fruitiness, citrus bubblegum, some wheat detectable, and light grains.

light body, medium to high carbonation. not too familar with the biere de garde style, but definately tastes like a belgian ale, or a wheat ale. very nice to drink on a hot summer day or while playing some disc golf. not the best flying dog, but sorta worth a try.

dogfishandi, May 06, 2009
Photo of dfolmste
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: With an aggressive pour into my snifter there was barely a head. The 1/8 of an inch of bubbly white fizz faded to nothing. The color is a hazy straw yellow. The appearance is very disappointing and is easily overshadowed by many macro brews I have had. No lacing what so ever.

Smell: Sweet Belgian yeast scent. This type of smell reminds me of bubble gum. As a farmhouse style biere de garde it has some funky earthy smells with some citrus from the hops.

Taste: Sweet and funky. Grassy, citrus and metallic flavors all products of the yeast. It's hard to pinpoint specific flavors, which makes the taste fairly complex, but considering the poor appearance the taste should have supported the beer but instead comes up just a bit better than average.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin but ends with a coating feeling. The aftertaste is not bad, but I could do without it. It reminds me of plum and grape. The real problem with this beer is the carbonation. The beer is essentially flat.

Drinkability: The lack of carbonation and unappealing appearance makes me thankful I only purchased a six pack. Flying Dog makes other great beers that blow this seasonal out of the water. Alcohol level makes this beer easy to drink, but I don't really want anymore.

dfolmste, May 03, 2009
Photo of lstokes
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light clear yellow with a sweet smoky malt smell--definitely some citrus in there, too.

Taste is something like a malted lager with small amounts of fruity yeasts (I could have done with more of these, but no mind) and a clean hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel is pretty thin to my palate, but medium level of carbonation is nice.

I really like farmhouse style ales, so I'm used to more complex and powerful versions of this style, but this was a light example of the style and incredibly drinkable, something I would happily buy and drink again. I could see myself enjoying it alongside non-beer-geeks, something I can't say for most Bier de Gardes.

lstokes, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a clean pale and Munich malt scent with just a bit of hop aroma. There is no mention of toasted malts here. The taste is decent as well. It has a sweet, malt flavor that boasts of Munich malts. It's pretty basic in make up and has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a poor representation of the style. Not their best work.

WesWes, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey blonde with a slight creamy fine head that leaves trace lacing on the glass. Green apple and belgian smelling yeastiness up front in the nose backed by toasted grain. Tastes of dry fruity yeast and bubblegum with coriander and lemon zest. Medium bodied with nice subtle carbonation. A tasty beer that doesn't really live up to the complex flavors associated with the style.

biggred1, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw with clarity unmatched. Head is small and short lived, bubbles rise the sides of the glass.

Aroma is light malt with a sweetness I can’t place. The wild yeast isn’t very detectable on the nose. Slightly fruity but not hugely present.

Flavor is straight up fruity yeast on the front. Sweet tart candies and candy sugar. Cotton candy malt and sweet bread, Fruity yeast gives a dusty bread flavor, like old fruitcake. Cherries and pineapple with a hit of fruit cocktail. Tartness from the yeast is very detectable. Middle is tart and slightly sour, with a nice sweet hit from the malt. Malt is toasty and well represented. This is a sweet tart beer, with citrus flavors in the middle and a great rind like sourness. Finishes very clean and slightly sweet. Hops come in the middle, just slightly, to let you know they are there.

Mouthfeel is thin and creamy, nice texture if a little watery. Carbonation is active and lively, which cuts the sweetness enough to keep it from being cloying.

wheatyweiss, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of storksonm
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint Glass

First thing I noticed about this beer was the smokey smell that crept out of the bottle as I opened it. Not overwhelmingly so but a sweet smokey smell. The first thing you tasted was the rich smoked flavor but more of the yeasty farmhouse qualities came out the more you drank it. It was an iteresting farmhouse style beer to say the least. Very smooth with a dry smoke aftertase. And it was quite drinkable.

storksonm, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, presents with a translucent gold color (you can see right through this), with about half-a-finger of head at first that settles to a thin ring. Moderate bubble action.

Scent marked by esters, a little bit of mustiness. Reminds me slightly of a tripel with the sugary, fruity ester smells, but not nearly as strong or complex.

The first sip revealed a cellar-like mustiness/earthiness that brings to mind some large-scale pilsners (Pilsner Urquel or even Beck's). That hits hard at first but disappears after about three sips, & what's left is banana, orange, & a subtle hop snap in the finish. Reminiscent of a wheat or some of the fruitier pale ales, but with the tiniest bit of musty funk. There's a bubble gum flavor that swells in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about -- sort of thin consistency, the sugars stick to the tongue. Not exactly the way I like to remember a sip, but nothing I can't live with. This is a pretty drinkable beer, & I can see finishing two or three in a row, but this is not something that excites me. Not a bad beer, but it seems to be missing the complexity that marks the style. It's on an unfortunate curve -- if it were intended as a more "pedestrian" style, I'd take it, but there are definitely more interesting Bieres de Garde.

OneDropSoup, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer seemed very average to me. The color was a light yellow. The smell was almost no existent with the smell of a cheap beer. The taste was very light. The wasn't much in the way of a hoppy taste or any malt to it. This is however a beer that you could drink alot of. For being a spring or summer beer it is very average however, with it not being harsh or bitter during the spring months it would be okay.

goblue3509, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of smibroncos
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear golden amber, with a sparce head and slight lacing clinging to the glass.

S. Orange, flowers, apple. The yeast was a little earthy, like leaves.

T. I thought the taste was this beers best attribute. Well balanced with the malt, hoppy bitterness, as well as the citrus flavors coming through.

M. Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D. I never had this style before, I really enjoyed this beer and I will definately drink some more, to bad it is only a seasonal brew.

smibroncos, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting offering from Flying Dog with some of the best label artwork I've seen from them. Never had a Biere de Garde either so looking forward to this.

Pours corn yellow with almost no head. The style description says that it should be copper to light brown so it's a little off. Little visible carbonation, some fizzy lacing. Lack of head is a serious issue.

Aroma is a mixture between that of a wheat beer, a flanders red, and a Belgian pale ale. Some light sweetness and sourness with some Belgian esters in there too. Very light though and all centered around the wheat.

Taste is a bit perplexing, but I like it. One of the lightest beers I've ever had in my life. Light wheat flavor with a nectar-like sweetness around the edges of the tongue. Finishes mostly clean but with a lingering noble hop flavor. Sort of seems like a Belgian Koelsch.

Mouthfeel comes off as flat at first and then gives you a little rush of fizzy carbonation. Medium, slick mouthfeel.

I think I sometimes forget how subtle a light beer can be. This would have been the kind of beer I would have thought was amazing right when I got into craft beer. It's a little off the style description, but I think there's definitely room in the craft beer market for more beers like this.

wiseguy142, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pure gold with lots of carbonation. Thin 1/2 finger head. No lacing.

Straw, banana, clove all in the nose.

Hits the tongue with a malty sweetness. Finishes sweet as well. Very little hop presence. Goes down easy, though. A little thicker than expected in the mouth with a little more syrup than I expected.

beer2day, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy golden-orange color, with an average-sized, creamy white head. Retention is below-average, with meager lacing.

S: Some spicy, musty, and yeasty notes are most noticeable - dusty and clovelike. Fruity as well - mostly lemony. Some herbal hops are also present.

T: Some sweet, toasty grain malt up front. Rather yeasty, lemony, and spicy - comes across a lot like a pale wheat ale. A dose of table sugar and herbal hop flavor into the finish.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is light, lending a decent creaminess.

D: This isn't bad, but it comes across as a derivative fusion of a pedestrian Belgian ale with a pale wheat ale. It's actually fairly refreshing, but it's not as focused or robust as I'd like.

Clydesdale, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden yellow color. with very minimal head that quickly dissipated. smell is a bit fruity, banana like. In the taste im getting a little of the banana flavor again. And has a yeasty taste to it as well, not getting much if any hop bitterness at all.

Overall this is okay, it has a good flavor, but its just lacking in the body, and mouthfeel for me. this is my first Bière de Garde so I will have to try some others to compare.

webbcreative, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of nem2006
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. Pours a nice golden, clear, light head.

Smell is hoppy, slight malt sweetness. Nose is floral, but also a little spicy. Has a hint of Czech hops maybe.

Taste has a slight malty sweetness, but definitely finishes with a nice hop bite. Light to medium bodied. A little spicy on top of the hop bitterness. Easily drinkable, but nothing really sets this beer apart, almost like a light flavored pale ale.

nem2006, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Chugmonkey
1.9/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Beautiful light golden with perfect white head and lacing.

Aroma is total stale, earthy, barnyard funky funk, nasty overused dishrag funk that should have been washed a week or two ago. And maybe some band aid too.

Taste is same as aroma. I can barely choke it down. I'm actually fearing for my health.

Choked down 1/3 of it and had to dump it. Yuck.

Chugmonkey, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clear golden color with a white head that starts thin and goes away quickly.

Aroma is a mix of a nice mild spice and sweet malt. I get no hops but they could be contributing to the spice. It is mostly ginger with a touch of pepper that I am getting though.

Taste is very nice, spiced but not overdone. Very mild sweetness with some banana notes, great spiciness. Light and refreshing, this is a good beer.

Has some body, lightly carbonated, great feel! Easy to drink and enjoy. Not a leap for a BMC drinker who thinks about branching out.

ZimZamZoom, Mar 12, 2009
Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.