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Raven De Garde | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Northern France inspired strong pale hybrid has gone through a six month secondary fermentation with the “wild” yeast strain brettanomyces lambicus, then dry hopped in order to meld bright fresh hop aroma and accent with aged wild yeast character. Pear and citrus hops play with tropical fruit, smooth earth, and light hay flavors from the wild yeast.

Added by HuskyinPDX on 12-24-2012

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Reswald
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gandres
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tap to glass @ brewery tap [email protected] Redmond, WA
Appearance: Light amber/golden, clear, medium white head disappears slowly, lacing
Aroma: coconut, initial scent of hops, sugarcane stalks
Taste: medium bitterness, long follow through
Feel Palate:
Overall: Good beer,
Drank April 5, 2015 9pm"

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Photo of winningthrough
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classy product: great flavor, good color, nice bottle. Overall, one of my standout picks.

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Photo of DamienI
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DucksFan16
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage, consumed 02/12/2016.

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Photo of ssgunbond
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woemad
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz foil-wrapped bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $6.99. First time I’d seen it – Black Raven in general has only recently shown up in my neck of the woods. According to the label this is a “Pale Ale” brewed “Belgian Style with Brettanomyces.” I thought a Biere de Garde was a French style. On the back of the bottle (which doesn’t seem to have a freshness date), it does say it’s a style from northern France, but the front says Belgian. Seems this beer has an identity crisis.

Opened with a resounding “pfft!”, when poured into a snifter from Iron Goat, this was a mostly clear or slightly chill-hazed (depending if you’re a glass half-full or half-empty sort) copper, with a moderate-sized beige colored head that dropped quickly, leaving a thin foam collar. A quick flourish of the snifter recreates headly things, but said head disappears again just as quickly. Streaky, spotty lace is left on the sides of the glass ever so briefly, then slides back down into the beer, leaving no trace.

Malty and fruity in the nose, with a slight whiff of sour funkiness. It’s not unlike some glasses of white wines I’ve sniffed.

Not that much going on, flavor wise, and what’s there isn’t that great. It’s like a slightly unpleasantly tart and slightly fruity blonde ale. In addition to the vague similarity to white wine, it’s also a bit like tonic water. In his review, Draheim refers to a crushed aspirin-like quality. I concur. There’s definitely a chalky-dry medicinal thing happening that seems to dominate things. The flavors seem to balance a little bit better as it warms, but not by much. Things still don’t meld together all that well. The finish is bone-dry and bitter.

Medium bodied, with both a slightly sluggish level of carbonation AND a crisp, dry mouthfeel. Weird.

Aspects of this beer are interesting, but the overall end-product is underwhelming. Everybody on the west side has been raving about Black Raven since practically day one, and I’m mostly not getting it. Maybe what’s finally being distributed here was sitting in a warehouse for a while

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Photo of Taybeh
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

into an imperial pint from a single
a: rosy peach with 1 finger off-white head
s: faint bretty musty hay, pear, light mandarin, yeasty pepper...combination of the Brett and the dry hopping did this one right.
t: like the nose at the very start, then some more toasty and biscuit notes as well as some crystal malt in the front to middle, and it finishes with some decent brett that is well-integrated into the other flavors (including an interesting blend of hops that I didn't pick up as well in the nose); pretty dry. Nice use of Brett...not entirely sure I would guess the style if I was tasting blind, but regardless, it's nice and interesting.
m: pretty light and dry, well-carbonated, some prickly hops...wouldn't guess the abv.

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Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppySeb
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boozecamel
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ninaturner
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BMESSER88
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Michael_Miller_206
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Houser
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gouettn
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Farnswurth
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head in a thin layer of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly tart with just a dash of grassy funkiness. There's a very light toastiness and a little sweetness to the malt; it's a tiny bit light but still a very well-composed aroma.

Taste: very mellow, but I really like the composition. Flavors are lightly toasty, a hint of sour/farmhouse and a surprisingly thorough bitterness at the end. It really works for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess that is just a tad rocky. Still, very enjoyable.

Overall: this beer rather appeals to me. The bitterness gets to be just a little rasping, but I kind of like its juxtaposition to the regular bière de garde character.

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Photo of rab53
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DOCRW
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of draheim
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear copper color w/ a 1-finger off-white head.

Aroma is bready, fruity, funky. Green apples and Belgian yeast, a touch of hay.

Taste is likewise a blend of pale bready malt and fruity esters from the Brett yeast. I'm picking up a crushed aspirin quality I've detected in a few other Brett beers. Has a nice vinous quality too. Floral hops give it a bitter finish. This could be classified as a saison. Earthy.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, finishes semi-dry. Drinkable. Carbonation a bit low.

Overall a decent Belgian pale/Bière de Garde but the crushed aspirin taste detracts from the overall.

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Raven De Garde from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 33 ratings
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