Brett Bière De Garde | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Brett Bière De GardeBrett Bière De Garde

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in white wine barrels for three months with the wild yeast brettanomyces. Light notes of oak counter an intense funkiness from the wild fermentation. The base lager for this beer was brewed in the French farmhouse style. We added our own twist by adding 30% Rye Malt, locally grown Triticale from MA and amber Belgian candy sugar. We left this beer slightly hazy to accentuate the mild fruity yeasty character.

Added by Jason on 04-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a mildly hazy amber body with a white head.

Nose immediately hits with a nice funky sour ale smell, followed by some waves from fresh ripe fruit. Oranges, lemons, yeast and citrus. Almost has a Saison Dupont kind of nose.

Taste starts off very chewy and medium bodied and immediately you’re hit with a firm funk and rich malt. The malt still has great rye malt bite and it’s balanced well with the nice caramel touch. There’s a natural farmhouse funk in it. Like that wet horseblanket and manure taste you get in good blue cheeses. Very clean and very fresh, almost as if you’re out on the farm. Love it. Bitterness is pretty big in this beer. Lots of citrus, orange peel, lemon peel, grapefruit, some mild resin. The more I taste it, I start tasting chocolate. I know that sounds insane, but I seriously taste chocolate. Not so much in the immediate front, but more of the smooth aftertaste has this beautiful lingering milk chocolate sort of flavor. Maybe I’m crazy. Anyway, has a very nice lingering funk finish. Very smooth, and very creamy.

The brett makes this a completely different beer than the original. In the same way the bourbon barrel aging changed the framinghamer into a beast, the brett aging has done the same thing to the biere de garde. Seriously, this to me is how this beer was meant to taste. Very nicely done!!

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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsener (I pour all their beers into a pilsener)- pours a hazy golden amber color, slow forming 1.5 finger head, decent retention, nice streaks and spots of lacing.

Rye punches out of the nose- also a little funk, some candi sugar. Nice nose.

Taste is exceptional- more of the funk, still a strong rye presence, some dry hops towards the end. A really earthy taste but well balanced by the candi sugar.

Mouthfeel is great as usual- medium light body, moderate carbonation, dry finish. This is an AWESOME beer, really interesting and well worth checking out.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden body into a pint glass. Big white head forms with good retention. Amazing lace forms nice and thick patterns down the glass.

S- Actually like a lambic. The sour funky Brett feel is pungent and quite nice. Some caramel and rye in the background.

T- The Brett comes through nicely with horse funk, cherry pits, barnyard and hay. The base balances it out with rye grains, caramel and some earthy, floral hops.

MF- Silky dried out body with lower end carbonation. Bitterness finishes it all of nicely.

Smooth and pungent Brett. This could be a go to funky beer. Combined great drinkability and funk.

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4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into HF glass. Aged with brettanomyces for 3 months in white wine barrels.

A- Pours a little bit hazy, slightly translucent copper (yellowish, orange brown), thin quarter finger of slightly yellowish yeasty head, fairly low carbonation of slowly rising bubbles. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Nice brett funk mixed with a bit of white wine, oak, and caramel rye backbone. Nice funk aromas of a musty basement, hay, grass, etc.. Slightly above average aroma strength, very nice smell for a Biere de Garde.

T- Sour lemons, white wine, a little bit of brett funk (a little bit less then I was expecting), some light oak, finishes with nice light lemon hops, caramel malts, and rye with a light lingering aftertaste. All the flavors are very well balanced in a pleasant light funky and a lemony taste.

M- Very easy to drink, refreshing, not too much carbonation- but fits well with the style, finishes very dry.

O- This was another very good offering from Jack's Abby. I'm still fairly new to the Biere de Garde style, but from what I can tell this is definitely pretty impressive for the style. Nice funky smell mixed with a nicely balanced lemony taste that was lightly funky and finished with a fairly dry yet easily drinkable mouthfeel. The rye and caramel malts left a nice light finish to the beer that made it slightly unique from other beers from this style.

Due to the barrel aging process this beer is fairly limited and only available at the brewery and select bottle shops. I'm definitely going to try to seek out another bottle and I recommend doing so too.

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4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1528th Review on BA
Bottle to Pinot Wine glass

July 2012 bottling
Thanks to BAs Rudzud & Jlindros

App- a nice medium colored orange with touches of golden and tan. A bit of a medium density with a good 1" head. Almost white and fell amazingly well. So pretty in the glass.

Smell- Well mainly I get the lager. Additionally the oak and tannins are there with some splendid rye under currants. A small amount of oak comes in and the brett brings that funk/must nose.

Taste- Why in gods name cant all lagers be turned into this. The brett brings a great funk and the lager is there but mellowed greatly. A little bit of spice from the rye and a lot of dryness from the white wine treatment.

Mouth- A more medium creamy body with a medium carbonation. Residual oak, brett and dry grassy funk. Lots of rye follows.

Drink- Are you sure this is a lager?? Wtf!! Why cant all lagers be like this. Rye, Brett and tasty as shit!!

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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge frothy almost 3 finger head forced by the tapered bottle, that fades at a med pace at first but slows to a crawl, with lots of sticky lacing, over hazy murky reddish hue honey orange color.

Nose start with some Bretty funk, a light horseblanket like funk, a light spicy rye, hints of sour fruit and lemongrass, a hint of a bready like aroma, but mostly just Brett.

Taste starts with more Brett, again the horseblanket funk, not crazy funky, but definitely big Brett funk, almost like a light White Birch like beer from the funky flavors. A light spicy rye comes through in the background, with a light tart lemon flavor and bits of floral spices in the background, hint of grassy flavors from probably hint of hops and the Brett, a hint of fruity crisp lager kind of. A hint of a sticky caramel sweetness in there, helping to prop up the Brett flavors. Finish is dry with a light caramel malt, hint of rye, and lots of Brett flavors lingering but much less funky on the finish.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good. I like the crazy horse blanket funk from the Brett, and this has some of it without going crazy. Nice malts underneath with hint of caramel, a bit of spicy rye, and bits of what used to be lager flavors. A decent funky Brett showing that I think will come out much stronger as it ages, so I'll be doing plenty of that with a few more bottles.

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4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Ryan for sharing this one. Served in a Half Acre taster glass.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind loads of lacing. Hazed orange-yellow body. Nice-looking brew.

S - Lots of brett presence, imparting notes of earth, funk, and mild sulfur. Not overly oaky, but somewhat vinous. Fairly neutral backdrop of bread and Belgian yeast. Don't get much of the rye or candi sugar.

T - The taste has more in common with the base. Similar to Private Rye, but with notes of white wine and tropical fruit funk. The sulfur I got in the aroma is thankfully gone, but there's still a mildly earthy character that lingers.

M - Smooth, medium body. Pleasant carbonation, chewy texture, pretty dry in the finish, with no perceptible alcohol.

D - I liked this quite a bit. The base beer lends itself to the barrel-aging and brett and enhanced the complexity without being overly heavy-handed. I hope they make this again, although I'm curious about what makes this a 'lager'.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep orange with copper leanings. Head is a dirty/off-white. Creamy, crazy sheets of lacing. Head drops to a small, creamy cap and stays there. Slight chill haze persists.

Smell: Powdery Brett. Mild funky sourness plays through the back. Some hay and grass. Powdery yeast. Mild sweetness. Mild spiciness from both yeast and rye. Obliterated crackers. Some mild roasted notes. Very yeast heavy. Almost nutty finish.

Taste: Clean sour. Mild building funk. Mostly hay and damp basement. Powdery yeast. Mild Brett funkiness adds a nice layer. Spiciness from the rye plays over the top. Mild sweetness. A touch toasted and roasted, but just barely. Plenty of rye. Hints of peaches and apples. Nice mild fruitiness. Grass and damp earth.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to light body with a moderate to strong carbonation. Powdery with a mild lingering dryness and spiciness.

Overall: Deft use of Brett and rye. Nice balance. Solid flavor. Highly drinkable. Might have to score a couple more bottles to age. Lovely yeast character.

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Brett Bière De Garde from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.97 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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