Page 24 Biere De Printemps | Brasserie Saint-Germain

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Brasserie Saint-Germain

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by ballewblake on 07-13-2009

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 32
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a truly enormous head which eventually died down to 1/8" but it really took it's time. Hazy tan in color. The flavor bursts forth not unlike the head - it's a sweet and fruitiness hard to put a finger on but generally like citrus, comes across highly refreshing, and has an oppulent mouthfeel you usually only encounter in beers with twice the alcohol (this was only 6%). Great stuff.

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Photo of malmquna
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, tasted from the bottle on a sunny day in Paris. Still, light in color yet cloudy. Smells of fruity hops, some vegital and grassy notes.

Tastes immediately of mild roasted malt sweetness, turns to hop bitterness with very present floral bouquet. Possibly similar to a more hoppy Kölsch style. MF is very full and round, almost more than expected for a spring beer.

On second thought, this might be the perfect transition from heavy winter to light summer beers. This is very delicious and highly drinkable. I'll have a few more of these.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this at State Line this past weekend. I haven't had too many beers of this style, but it came with high praise.

The beer explodes from the bottle gushing over my checkbook before coming to rest in my Hopleaf tulip. Gorgeous, clear light orange with a thick, off-white head with great retention. Apart from the floaties stirred up by the gusher, this is mostly clear.

What a spicy, phenolic nose! This really is quite saison-like. Bready with honey, mild perfume, along with a little spice and some hay, this is quite a complex beer that's exceedingly delicate. Mildly estery, I get some fruit character in the back as well with some banana noticeable. The beer evolves in the glass, with some mild apple character appearing too. Excellent stuff.

The palate doesn't live up to the nose, but is still great. Opening with a very bread-like sweetness with honey and dough, there's a mild floral character along with plenty of ester character. Mineral character is strong too, balancing the sweetness just a little.Drying on the finish with the dough-like character shining through. Medium light in body with high carbonation, this beer is pretty great on the palate. This beer is quite beautiful, the low ABV and lowish price make for one very enjoyable beer that will pair quite well with delicately flavored food.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip from a flip top 750 bottle.

Low head on aggressive pour that had some retention, golden clear body, minimal lacing. Nose is lots of Duvel like yeast with loads of fruit and sweetness, super mild bitterness. Ultra smooth mouth feel, medium carbonation. Very easy to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a clear light amber with a 2 finger thick fluffy white head; a few rings on the glass. Smell: musty grain, floral. Sweet with apricot and herbal in the back. Taste: lots of semi-sweet and grainy pale/pils with notes of toasted grain and honey. Juicy peach with spicy and herbal hopping. Active pillowy carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly sticky with peach skin and a note of earth. Excellent!

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A traditional Biere De Garde may be the most underrated beer in the world,at least in my opinion.Poured into a stemmed glass a honey orange color with a large blooming white head atop.A great mix of vanilla tinged pear, and overripe pineapple in the nose,there is a toasty pilsner malt note as well.Flavors are pretty hefty for the abv%,caramel mnalt mixed with that overripe pineapple,a big drying,toasty,pilsner malt dominated finish.I agree with the other BA who suggested it was maibock influenced,just not as hefty.Couldnt be more food friendly,had it with some applewood smoked chicked and brown rice pilaf.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled the other night at Slatetank's (Matthew) place. Great beer to start the evening off with.

The beer pours a slightly orange, honey color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get an intriguing aroma of butter, honey, white pepper and some light orange citrus. On the palate this beer is moderately sweet, with honey, clove, cherry and a touch of orange citrus in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty much medium bodied, with a fairly long finish. Alcohol is not the least bit noticeble and drinkability is very good.

A very nice beer from this new to me brewery.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml swing-top bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours heady and alive, with a crackling, large-bubbled head of white that eventually effervesces itself into nothingness. Body is a deep copper gold colour, but very clear. It actually looks rather lively, even when the head has fizzled out. And that's pretty suitable for the style.

Nose is slightly rustic and acidic, with some earthy tones and a slightly savoury honey tone. Some hay comes through, along with a fragrant sandalwood character. Nice.

Taste is bright and light, but masters the acidity with a crisp bitterness so that it's really not that noticeable. Instead, we get more of the earthy overtones, and a late wet grain character that suggests bread dough. Feel is very light, which is suitable—but there's enough complexity to the palate that I'd like a little bit more heft.

Nice brew. Drank in a very spring-like autumn in Santa Clara, CA, and it suited it nicely. Light and drinkable and fresh, but with interest and complexity there when you go looking for it.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at State Line, poured chilled from the large pop-top in my Duvel tulip.

A - A very attractive golden amber w/ thick cap of off white. The clarity is good as is retention w/ very fine beading.

S - A malty aroma, light toasted grain and fruit in the nose w/ gentle mineral yeast scent

M - The feel is lighter bodied, with slight creamy texture mild breadiness w/ smooth and light nuttiness, very light bitterness if any

T - The taste is much like a maibock with the light grainy, toasted notes. The yeast flavor is pretty high but within range for the style. I found it to be smooth, bready and substantial. the flavor is creamy w/ the yeast accenting the toasted malt and it fits the biere de garde/biere de mars bill well

D - A tasty biere de garde, very drinkable kind of like a french maibock if you consider taste overall a quenching beer and did not seem like 6% a nice everyday malty french lager.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL swing-top bottle into my Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock glass. BBD of 07/2010.

Tangerine-yellow body with a touch of apricot, some haze (this is an unpasteurized ale, with a tertiary fermentation in the bottle) but otherwise nice clarity - revealing a steady yet lazy stream of bubbles which help sustain the half-finger of off-white foam. Lip of lacing recedes quickly riding down faint legs.

Pleasant malty aroma with light grain characteristics (though not heavily processed adjunct). Hints of toast, turbinado sugar, and apples. I've read Saint-Germain is differentiating itself from its peers in French Flanders by giving a more prominent place to hops in their ales. Printemps seems to be the exception, as the hops are hardly detectable in this beer (and if they were, this might start to resemble a Saison more than a Bière de Garde).

The base of this beer brings to mind German lager in some ways, though this impression is complicated by the ale yeast and fruitiness that appear mid-palate. Faint bitterness and a light herbal savory note, almost like mire poux - though I don't think this is DMS (I suppose, per the BJCP guidelines, some might call this "cellar-like"). The high carbonation and attenuation helps dry out the finish, though it remains doughy.

Light bodied but creamy, sweet (due to malt) but still refreshing.

Overall this is a little too grain focused (hints of adjunct) compared to some of the better examples of the style but still a decent selection for a hot day.

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Photo of Travlr
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color, very effervescent, thin white head, evaporates quickly to leave moderate lacing.
S: Aroma of apples and citrus.
T: Flavor is malty, lots of sour apples, slightly bitter with a few lager-like elements.
M: Light body.
D: Good, solid example of the style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly sweet, rich flavored, and spicy beer. Hazy light amber in the wine glass. Long lasting head and quite spritzy to the last half glass. Rather fruity with hints of pineapple along with a spicy bitter tang. Medium body. Quite yeasty-- you would not call it "crisp." Mouth-filling with a touch of caramel along with the tangy flavors.

This whole style is quite interesting and I would benefit from tasting more examples. Richer than most Saisons but has a family resemblance with the Belgian yeast flavors and touch of acidity.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, white grape juice, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with white grape juice, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of number1bum
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to krisandajt for a bottle of this.

Pours a clear light copper color with with about two inches of ivory head. Keeps a very full, nice lace, and leaves some stick too.

Smell is very floral and grassy, with a light sweetness of honey and flowers. Has some grain, lightly toasted bread, grass, hay, subtle fruit aromas. Bit of very light spicing too, and a dash of must.

Taste isn't quite as interesting as it smell,s with a sweet grainy base and some grass, light floral and fruit flavors. Not as much grass as in the nose, and it's a bit one dimensional with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but isn't quite as crisp as I'd like. A bit too sweet; would like it crisper and drier.

This is pretty good, although a bit sweeter than I'd like. It's smooth enough and has some good flavor, but I wish it were crisper, drier and with more grassy and yeast character. Not too bad.

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