Bière De Garde | The Commons Brewery

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Bière De GardeBière De Garde

Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Biere de Garde was inspired by the farmhouse beers brewed in Northern France and our friend Steve Jones, Proprietor and Cheesemonger at Cheese Bar in Portland, Oregon. Traditionally, Biere de Garde was brewed while the climate was cooler, then garded (lagered) during the cool months. This beer offers a soft and clean, malt forward flavor with a reserved hop profile.

Added by dirtylou on 05-02-2012

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Reviews by SpdKilz:
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to James (cavemanbeerlawyer) for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a slightly hazy, vibrant tangerine color and about three fingers of off white head that dissipates slowly leaving big chunky lacing.

Smell – Slight funk, earthiness, floral and grass notes, bready malts and a hint of green apple.

Taste – Quite similar to the aroma. A slight fruity sweetness up front, musty earthiness next, a nice peppery bite, then roasted grains, dough, and slight malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, plentiful carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – An extremely quaffable beer and one I am rather enjoying. I would like to have this again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, purchased @belmontstation in portland

split, paired with seared wild salmon and asparagus

Our Biere de Garde was inspired by the farmhouse beers brewed in Northern France and brewery friend Steve Jones, proprietor and cheesemonger at Cheese Bar. Steve was lamenting the dearth of food-friendly Biere de Gardes and we took that as a cue to develop a beer that would fill the gap. Traditionally, Biere de Garde was brewed in Winter and early Spring while the climate was cooler, then garded (lagered) during the cool months, and reserved for consumption during the summer. This beer offers a soft and clean, malt forward flavor with a reserved hop profile.

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, hazy auburn body, light tan lace

smell: sweet dough, earthy malts, grassy

taste: a nice subtle biere de garde - earthy and rustic, toasted grain, doughy malt, biscuit, black pepper

mouthfeel: light and well balanced

overall: nice beer - versatile and balanced

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jason_nwx
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of rowbow
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of NRo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with some good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with light bready notes is OK. Taste is also dominated by bready notes with some dry caramel malt notes and a grainy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. OK for style but falls a bit short on complexity and I don’t think I would been seeking this on a regular basis.

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Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CurtisD
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tehmogue
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of DrMindbender
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of slimntubbs
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of timotao
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thorpe429
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jconrick1 for this bottle. Served in a cervoise. Pours a slightly-hazed caramel-bread color with a good white head. Nice retention and good lacing on the way down, along with a thin collar throughout. The nose has a nice initial breadiness plus just a touch of earth. Flavor is similar with some added hop bitterness. A bit of a leafy quality to it. Medium body; a bit chewy. Carbonation is appropriate. Finish is fairly-dry with a bit of alcohol warmth, which is surprising for a 5.3% beer.

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Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of vkv822
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml : tulip snifter

Pours a clear copper with a foamy off-white head.

Aroma is fruity, almost cider like notes, with sweet bready malts.

More fruity apple notes blend with floral and sweet bread malts.

Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Balanced, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared with a buddy on 8.4.12.

A - Pours a hazy, dark orange with a crazy off-white head that fills the glass and seems to never fade.

S - Spices, malts, subtle yeast.

T - Smooth spices, dark oranges, and some wheat.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Smooth and spicy at the same time. Nice refresher for a 90 degree Seattle day.

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a big fluffy head that settles to a thin collar.

Aroma is bready and fruity. Pear and toasty caramel malt.

Taste follows nose. Sweet, malt-forward, fruity. Bready, toasty. Somewhat reminiscent of a Märzen.

Mouthfeel is semi-dry, slightly prickly carbonation. Balanced.

Overall a really nice, tasty beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Handsome amber color in the Maredsous goblet. Streaming bubbles with a modest white foam and plenty of spritz on the tongue. Creamy carbonation is a nice feature. There is a very light grainy aroma with a whiff of the manger.

There is some appley malt with a touch of sweetness, but mostly this is very dry and yeasty. The finish is rather austere but the exceedingly dry taste is subdued by the sudsy mouthfeel. A little malty substance.

This seems like a real Bière de Garde with that softer, yet Saison-seasoned flavor. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego for $9.99.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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