Private Rye Bière De Garde | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Private Rye Bière De GardePrivate Rye Bière De Garde

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This lager is brewed in the French farmhouse style. We add our own twist by adding 30% Rye Malt, locally grown Triticale from MA and amber Belgian candy sugar. We leave this beer slightly hazy to accentuate the mild fruity yeasty character. Copper in color, a spicy Rye flavor emerges in a dry yet malty finish after lagering for five weeks near freezing.

30 IBU

Added by taez555 on 03-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. When opened, a slow rise of foam that would have overflowed if not poured. When poured, head disappeared almost immediately. Color was a nice dark golden copper color. Aroma was a slightly sour fruity smell, that mellowed and developed a bit of malt over time. Flavor was a floraly fruit, with a bit of hoppy bite in the backend. Felt ok in the mouth. A bit of coat, with some tongue tingle going on. Overall, not a bad beer. A bit more complex than I was initially expecting.

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Photo of bpk59
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Mikecap
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Sultz04
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of sommersb
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 04-23-2013
Freshness: Spring 2013 vintage
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Cervoise glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

A big thanks to DrewShal9 for this trade!

Pours as a semi-clear amber beer with an attractive head of off-white on top. Both lacing and head retention are very good.

The smells start with some Belgian yeast funk, with a musty character. I also pick up aromas of citrus orange and then the spiciness of rye grains.

The taste features a strong rye presence - very spicy and a bit harsh at times. Other notes are of bready malts (although this beer is quite dry) and some woodiness. The body seems average and carbonation is on the high side. The finish is very similar to the taste, with dryness and spicy rye malts featured.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, although I think scaling back the rye bill a bit would make for a better-tasting beer and one that was more in line with the style.

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Photo of takelondon
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of fearfactory
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slight haze on a rich orange-copper color. Head is white and creamy with some large bubbles. Moderate retention on a small, clumpy, creamy cap and collar. Some spots of lacing.

Smell: Some mild esters. Fruity and yeasty. A solid hit of clove and banana with some underlying damp basement and grass. Almost floral on the edges. A bit of caramel malt sweetness. Nice building spiciness in the back. Pretty mild overall. Some apple and lager yeast.

Taste: Mild rye spiciness. Some backing lager yeast. Faint esters. Some apples skin and flower petals. Light caramel malt sweetness. Vaguely bready. Grass, hay, damp earth. Vaguely musty. Some minor hints of citrus from the hops layered over the top. Toasted, but lightly. Candi sugar sweetness is mild but works as a nice compliment to the light spicy rye.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation, but not by much. Medium body with a clean finish.

Overall: I don't see a promotion in your future.

Not the best beer from Jack's Abby, but it has that distinct quality I expect from Jack's Abby. A unique blend of esters and rye and lager yeast.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of tigg924
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: high carbonation, orange-brown in color, 1/2 inch head, hazy

Smell: caramel and rye--not the strongest smelling beer

Taste: big rye that is present but never overwhelming, hay, and citrusy hops

Mouthfeel: crisp, medium bodied, high carbonation, bitter with slight sweetness

Overall: I think this is one of Jack's Abbey's better brews. The rye is nice and spicy but never overly bitter. The rest of the beer is malty and complex. Split a four pack with a friend in no time at all.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Private Rye Bière De Garde from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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