Brett Bière De Garde | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Brett Bière De GardeBrett Bière De Garde

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 18
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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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of parris
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 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 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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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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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