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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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 65
Photo of taez555
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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Photo of Hopdaemon39
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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Photo of cbutova
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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Photo of jaasen64
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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Photo of FosterJM
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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Photo of jlindros
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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Photo of MasterSki
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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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a slightly hazy redish amber orange with a bout half a finger of slightly off white head after a somewhat gentle pour. A very nice amount of lacing.

S: spicy rye and a light sour bite, oak witha light vinous/vinegar note, a nice light barnyard Brett funk in there as well along with a lightly sweet caramel note.

T: wild sour Lemon up front then earthy Brett funk and spicy rye along with oak and white wine notes, a nice light caramely/sugary note on the finish along with some light citrusy dry hop notes. Great complexity and balance here.

M: nice medium body with a slightly creamy drinkablility , goes down very nice. Nice medium gentle, but nicley crisp on the finish carbonation.

O: delicious, as always with these guysthis brew is wonderfully balanced.... And delicious... Deffinatly give this one a
Go.... It seems like you just can't lose with jacks abby.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 liter bottle "July 2012"

Pour is hazed amber under a thick lite tan head. Leaves well developed rings and webs of lace.

Nose is softly fruity and earthy. Nice

Flavorful and quite enjoyable brew. Notes of honey flowers rye. Any sour is quite muted with barnyard just mildly expressing it self.

Soft on the palate with carbonation on the lower side

I'd like to see how this one fares with some more time in the bottle

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Photo of IPAnderson
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It looks like the other couple biere de gardes I've had, but is very different and more complex (never had a Belgian example, though). Very rich head, that retains a thin cap, and fine, medium-light carbonation. The aroma develops a lot while warming: a little juicy fruit, rye, tart cherry and hint of toffee at first, not to mention the slightly vinegary brett funk. The oaky barrel-aged odor becomes more apparent later. The taste follows the smell closely with a nice dryness and a slowly pervading smoky, woodiness almost like scotch. The tartness is mostly like that of dark fruit, maybe some half-ripe plum with the cherry. I'm having trouble deciding if I think the all the flavors create a slightly messy combination or just an awesomely complex beer. Only slightly boozy after some sips. I wonder if anyone more familiar with the Flanders Red style would find this one similar. It feels great on the tongue, very drinkable but the complexity is still forcing me to savor each sip. Almost full-bodied, creamy with the perfect prickles of carbonation. Very unique, very worthy of savoring.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/18/12 notes. Bottle picked up at the brewery and shared by jslot38; thanks Justin. Poured into a pint glass, bottled in July 2012.

a - Pours a hazy orange amber color with one finger fluffy of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, toasted malts, roasted malts, some burnt malts, and light fruity malts. Not too funky but the brett is there and nice.

t - Tastes of of roasted malts, fruity malts, brett, earthy notes, spices, grains, wheat. Taste has a little less brett and more roasted malts. Pretty nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is super smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice, lightly bretted beer. I didn't think it was funky at all, and the brett is not overpowering, but glad I have a bottle of it so I can see if it gets funkier. Worth checking out as it is still a good beer, though not my favorite from them.

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Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden hue with a thin head that leaves lots of nice side lacing as I drink my beer.

S - Aromas of nice and funky light cherry notes with some light spice. Theres some gentle brett barnyard notes. Quite inviting.

T - Taste is nice, lightly funky with cherry notes, soft, spicy rye. Maybe a light chocolate note slight odd bitterness, not sure where thats coming from.

M - Mouthfeel is good as always, crisp and funky.

O - Overall I felt this was a solid beer from Jack's Abby that will definitely bloom and benefit from age. Should become alot more funk as time goes on.

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Photo of flexabull
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Patrick, thanks again!

Pours a hazy and bright orange color with a huge white head.

Aromas are of white wine, light vinegar, cut grass, and lemon zest.

Taste is lighter than the nose suggests, but still quite pleasant. Light sweetness, clean, with some cream, nuttiness, and a light sour and tart finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, with nice body,

Overall an enjoyable and unique beer. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Dope
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle dated July 2012.

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a huge fluffy white head adorning it. Fades very slowly, leaving fluffy lacework everywhere.

S: Fairly prominent rye with some funky/tart fruit notes. Mostly sour apple. A bit sugary here and there, almost brown sugar.

T: Rye with again some tart, funky flavor. Seems like sour apple and leather. Fairly mild tartness, especially with this being so fresh. Finishes with a sugary and lightly hoppy flourish. Drying oak lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and drying on the back end.

O: Meh, not a horrible brew but pretty simplistic and brett never really seems to help anything. I enjoyed it enough but it doesn't stack up against Jack's other stellar offerings which are usually world-class. Drinkability is pretty good at least.

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Photo of koopa
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5L bottle purchased at the brewery today for $6.00
Dated "bottled in july 2012"
I was told they do 5 months of brett fermenting on this one.

Appearance: Pours orange to tawny copper with a 1 finger slightly off white (creme) crown that displays modest retention and medium lace.

Smell: Slightly musty / funky / wheaty mixture with a few drops of urine mixed in for good measure. Not much sulfur happening here but a tiny metallic tinge exists.

Taste: Same as the nose but more tame.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with smooth and creamy medium carbonation.

Overall: Nothing offensive going on here but nothing noteworthy either.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Big thanks to cbeer88 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7. This stuff pours a hazy orange topped by two fingers of cream-white foam. The nose comprises mild orange zest, sweet flowers, a vague notion of wheat, and a touch of perfume-y white wine grapes. The taste holds notes of blood orange/tangelo zest, mango, light lemon peel, light coriander, light wheat, and a good portion of Brett funk (though I couldn't rightly identify this at first...I blame prior drinking and tiredness...). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, an interesting beer, to say the least. I believe I summed it up best for me by saying that though I would not purposefully buy this one myself if given the opportunity, but I wouldn't turn one down if given to me in some manner. Suffice it to say: I generally enjoyed it, but I didn't revel in it by any means.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
1.83/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Frothy pour. Pale amber color with a tightly packed white head.

Smell is just straight sulfur. Like someone with lactose intolerance engaged themselves thoroughly at an ice cream festival, relieved their intestinal misfortune into the bottle and capped it. I really don't know what else to say here.

The smell carries into the taste. Over barreled. Unpleasant finish. Dull malt.

Both bottles I've had were exactly the same. Am I drinking the same beer as everyone else? It has the same label as the picture. This is a joke right?

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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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