Chevalier Biere De Garde | Bridge Road Brewers

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Chevalier Biere De GardeChevalier Biere De Garde

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Bridge Road Brewers

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by belgbeerdrinker on 03-26-2007

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 16
Photo of heygeebee
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, not much head lace or film.
It's then all about a quite sweet experience, a lot of molasses, hint figs/dates. A little funk, but only a little.
I remember when Bridge Road were making quite a statement locally - sadly this beer does not make any kind of bold statement.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown without much of a head.
Nose shows nutty malt, caramel and some light fruit. Not particularly expressive.
Flavours include loads of malt with caramel, bready and toasty character along with some soft spices and a fair whack of booze.
Carbonation is pretty low.

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Photo of Stew41
2.14/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I’ve given this beer too many chances. Whilst it shows the base elements of BdG (spice and cinnamon) there’s too much piney hops and metals for this beer to actually be enjoyable. Seems faulty. Mind you this note is from a tasting from 2008 so to be fair ripe for a re-run.

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Photo of dgilks
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, dark chestnut brown. Small, tan head with poor retention.

Fairly malty aroma with hints of toast and a some caramelisation. Slightly musty and earthy. Not bad but it doesn't quite gel for me.

High malt flavour with big toffee notes. A little bit estery. This has minimal bitterness and would probably work better with a little bit more. Medium finish which is just a bit more cloying than it should be. Relatively smooth.

Medium-ligh body which is fairly silky. Moderate carbonation. I would prefer this with slightly more carbonation.

Somewhat strong, malty and just a little bit sweet to be something I want to drink a full 750 of.

ETA: After a year and a bit in the bottle, this is brilliant. I'm starting to get some mild cherry notes like from a good flander's red, mild tartness and some rounded complexity. Brilliant.

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Photo of CromDubh
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Surprising beer. First of all ,my preferred biere de garde being 3Monts, I wasn't expecting the dark colour. Frothing head that dissipated quickly. Like the smell, malt and fruit. Taste is a lot more fruity than I expected, very sweet. Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation which I don't mind at all in a beer.
I enjoyed it, but not sure that I'd have it again. Perhaps a little too sweet even for my tastes.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from Slowbeer and shared with my homebrewing buddies.

Pours a deep murky red; almost opaque and I didn't quite decant out the floaties from my glass - but that's alright, I like a good chunk of protein in my beer. Head is small with dense bubbles, not enough for a full crown. Lace is OK. Looks suitable and to style.

Nose is a fair funkatarium, with a lot of subtle barnyard characters. Sour and salty, with hints of sweat, leather and some underripe grape notes. Some more earthy notes come through behind it, slightly gritty but not a lot. Smells OK and again to style, but very standard wild yeast characters.

Taste is fairly rich for the most part, a fair amount of toffee and molasses providing the backbone which is quite thick and malty. Acidic notes give off soprano touches throughout the palate, quite citric on the mid and getting slightly vinous, like a young chardonnay, towards the end. Some hints of grapefruit bitterness, especially on the finish, and definite but slightly smothered barnyard funk flavour. Decent, but simple, lacking in complexity for a wild beer but with a nice blend and balance.

Some body on the feel but swills in the mouth like it's thin. I think it's a good texture though, certainly doesn't come across as syrupy. Finish is very dry thanks in part to the puckering effect of the tartness.

Certainly a decent drinking beer, but I think I've been spoiled for Bière de Gardes lately with a couple of amazing Jolly Pumpkin offerings. I'd call this on par with 3 Monts and a fair effort.

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Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thsi beer pours a very inviting non see thru dark sherry hue with nice carbonation that leaves a creamy two finger head that has good retention and leaves lacing everywhere,the aroma is plums,nectarines and belgian yeast,it has a nice mouthfeel neither thick nor thin and is quite easy to drink with tastes of banannas,dark plums and yeasty belgian bread filling the palette,its quite an interesting taste with lots of flavours all at once and will buy again.

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Photo of Macca
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another one of those beers that I am not sure I fully understand. So much going on that it all feels a bit mixed u.
Certainly a great looking beer. Pours a hazy golden colour. Throws a good deal of sediment. A very solid persistent beige head with good lacing. The aromas are dominated by yeast. This leads to tropical fruit (mango?) and perhaps a bit of clove in there. Taste is almost buttery with caramel. A wine like aspect to it as well. I know that is incredibly general but I had issues trying to tie it down. The flavours became somewhat cloying after the first glass and a bit. An interesting beer but not a style that really does it for me.

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Photo of vancurly
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a) Pours a cloudy amber, pale tan head. Murky,

s) Initially, almost creaming soda, some grape, ginger powder, yeast. Beguiling.

f) Gingerbread, clove.... "mulled" beer. Firm yeast note that's not unpleasant. Hint of juniper, and caramel.

m) Creamy, but not cloying. Not much at the back.

d) Good, if not idiosyncratic. Would arguably go well with French cuisine, or simply BBQ pork chops. For B-d-G's, this one has a distinctly different perspective, yet still adheres to what is a fairly broad style.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy green glass contains 750 ml of liquid goodness. Poured to a tulip glass after a hard day of yardwork and matched with several excellent cheeses. This is our third of five different bottles hauled from Australia to Portland, OR by way of BA willjansen.

7.5% alc/vol, 4.4 Std. Drinks.
Bottled conditioned.

A: Deep chestnut orange witha quick burst of effervescing carbonation. About a fingers worth of fizzy ivory head climbs quickly up the tulip's neck and drops suddenly and completely. Hazy, with good carbonation rising constantly.

S: Lots of fruit (raisins, dates, apple) and buttery rum - alcohol can be detected in the aroma. A slight woodiness, then cloves and spice (cinnamon, nutmeg - there's the Belgian yeast!). A curious but intriguing aroma that reminds me of some Belgian Dark Ales, even Dubbels.

T: Floral honey. Sweet, tangy fruit - notably, ripe cherries and dark raisins. Toffee and spice, tastes a little earthy and rooty - a combination (oddly) reminiscent of several of my favorite pumpkin ales. Yeah, PUMPKIN! Yeast has a clove and musty quality; this dries nicely after opening rather sweetly. Good flavors overall.

M: Crisp, tingly mouthfeel with a lasting dry spiciness. After an initial zip, this softens and grows a little syrupy. A little alcoholic heat.

D: Stretched this one out a while; it paired pretty well with a few of the tangy and musty cheeses, but on it's own it didn't shine. I'm quite grateful to have tried this and can't imagine another scenario (barring a trip to Victoria, Australia) where I'll have it again. A nice example of a Belgian/French style in taking a liking to this year. Certainly worth a try.

Thanks again, Will!

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Photo of brendan13
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a tulip glass a nice dark orange colour with a small, thick head that quickly falls away.
Toasted malts come to the nose first. With a bit of swirl the belgian yeast esters come up as well.
The toasty malt also stands out in the flavour with some light fruity flavours hidden in there.
The mouthfeel was quite good. Not too carbonated & a medium body.
Quite a flavourful beer that, for what its worth, seems pretty true to style. Hard to find so if you do then snap it up. Pricey yes, but how many Australian Biere de Gardes are there?

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: hazy orange, copper color with nice carbonation around the edges
s: had to try harder on this one, but made out belgian yeast with a hint of citrus
t: decent taste, but again had to try harder to make out much. citrus, yeasty flavor.
m: good amount of carbonation, medium body
d: all told, a good beer that's easy to drink. i think this may be a seasonal or one-off beer from bridge road & i think it only comes in 750 ml size, so it's pricey.

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Chevalier Biere De Garde from Bridge Road Brewers
3.57 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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