Le Woof | Off Color Brewing

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Le WoofLe Woof

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 09-07-2015

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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of SLeffler27
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The 1" tall, off-white creamy froth eventually settles to 1/2" for the duration, while the (SRM 6-8) almost clear shinny copper amber beer generates columns of fine carbonation. Clouds of lace gather with each sip.

The PBGC Aromatic glass showcases fruity apple juice and a modest funky yeast. Floral sweetness weaves throughout toasted sourdough.

The bitter sweet balance drifts toward a slight sourness. Modest acidity elevates subdued prepper, coriander, and mustard. The light lingering finish tends toward sour, while warmth also draws out sourness. A sweet white wine background draws out dehydrated apricots.

The syrupy texture matches a full body, and the 7.8% abv, while vigorous carbonation punctuates the dryness.

This is a good, relaxing beer, that is more suited to a cool, late summer afternoon, than the bitter below zero mid-winter day during which I enjoyed it. Fortunately, we have a house, with heat, from which to appreciate the bright blue sky above glistening white ground, and allow ourselves to be transported through time. By adding the yeast, this beer mellows, adding apple flavors and smoothness to the texture.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a bronzed semi-burnt copper color. A finger’s worth of white foamy head quickly dissipated. Barely any lacing. The smell had sweet bready/sweet biscuits roaming into a light citrus sweet/glazed floral qualities. The taste followed through for the most part. Sweet breadiness strolls on into the aftertaste with the citrus making a decent effort to balance. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Carbonation feels good, somewhat light allowing some pop from the citrus to hit in a nice harsh sort of way. Overall, nice Biere De Garde that I would come back to.

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Photo of DamienArk
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NickThePyro
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Parmesan
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Slightly Hazy yellow gold with a big head that dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a thin layer on top.

S: The nose is met by a bouquet of fruit, with strong notes apple, peach and a little cherry. Notes of spice and baked bread with some honey.

T: Apple and peach with a note of Cherry, followed by spice and sweet honey. Also some nice baked bread.

F: Light body and fizzy crisp carbonation.

O: Slightly sweet but a very good bier de garde. Easy drinking for the ABV.

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Photo of biegaman
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a dog person, I'm partial to thinking Le Woof is a charming name and that it has an adorable label. But as a certified beer judge, I can say without bias that this joyously sparkling, brilliant golden-blond ale is a damn fine looking beer in and of itself. And the well-formed, pristine white, tirelessly persistent head is figurative icing on the cake.

By now I think everyone is familiar with the zesty, fruity, aromatic qualities of yeast. If not, this bouquet provides a fantastic crash-course; there's plenty of mulled orchard fruit esters, fresh-cracked spice and oven-warm bread. The age of this bottle (roughly 1 year) also showcases an enhanced, more nectarous and honeyed maltiness.

Le Woof is dedicated to the brewery dog, Hops, and like man's best friend seems similarly eager to please; despite being 7.8% it drinks with ease and, in turn, offers a practically therapeutic experience. The graininess is scrumptious, the hops smooth and the alcohol satiating. It's one of those strong beers that drinks like a light one; the body is lean, crisp and pleasantly warming.

The flavour profile is understated but intricate - there's no shortage of overripe apple, apricot, pear, yellow plum flavour (with acidity to match) as well as a pinch of mulling spices, a corner of fresh baguette, one or two biscuits and a teaspoon each of raw honey, green roobois and chamomile. This makes quite the treat for the good boy or girl in your life.

Bière de Garde is a very broad, open-ended, and often catch-all category which makes it difficult to assess on stylistic guidelines. In other words, this review was more about subjective taste than it was objective assessment and this style is one of the few I don't typically care for. But I really enjoyed Le Woof. A lot. So that tells you something...

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Photo of cshaffer
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ristaccia
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light burnt orange color with a huge fluffy cream color head that just doesn't quit. Aroma is hay, earth, funk, citric acidity, lemon, floral and fruity. Taste is more of the same with sweet citrus and floral notes upfront, followed by hay, bread dough, earth, and lemon hints. An overall sweetness persists. Mouthfeel is light, and crisply carbonated, it scrubs the palate with every sip. Overall, this is a very nice biere de garde that lends both belgian farmhouse and saison characters, with a heftier malt backbone.

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

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeGude
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First foray into the biere de grade style. Poured from the bottle. Orange color. Kinda interesting. Almost like a lambic pale ale mix?

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Photo of musicsherlock
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/15
Tasted 8/16 from a snifter

Pours an opaque orange with two inch billowy, long lasting off-white, almost tan, head. Noticeable effervescence.

Smells of earthiness, yeast, grass, hint of lemon. Could be stronger and earthier.

First impression is sweet. Too sweet. Needs more earthy maltiness. After a couple of sips the palate adjusts, more balanced. Still a tad sweet for me. Hints of dark fruits mixed w lemony tartness.

Well carbonated, a little sticky at the back end

Enjoyable offering from an under-represented style here in the U.S. Will store a couple for cooler weather.

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Photo of hopley
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puftdank
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.72/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a generously clouded, pale amber body with a very thin, off-white head.

Smell: Sugar-encrusted, easily toasted breadiness, some spoiled stone fruits, a thin trickle of alcohol, slight spice and an odd, off-putting ferric, soiled note. Woof, indeed.

Taste: Bready, lightly toasty malts given a sweet, scantly caramelized glaze. Fruitiness of apples and apricots, though a mite bit past their prime. Minor spice. As with the nose, there's just a curious, unpleasant element to this one. Semi-dry, foul fruity finish, quite crisp (which, thankfully, helps to scour the taste off the tongue).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Overall: Fairly unappealing.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

7/13...dark cloudy amber, fast fizzy foam, high and white. Funky yeast nose, bubble gum hints. Lemon tart, high carbonation, sour citrus close. Fast finish with loads of citrus. Over carbonated; nice flavor but hard on the stomach. Needs better balance.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dewsby
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange with a very large, fluffy head. The aroma offers up toffee, orange peel, clove, cardamom, violets, plum, and cumin. The flavor offers up rich but dry caramel and toffee, followed by the floral violet tones, and then the spicy flavors of clove and savory cumin. The mouthfeel is creamy but very dry. Overall this is a really solid and interesting beer - the flavor is extremely layered, with new flavor rising to the surface all the time.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a lot of bubbles. Big two finger white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fruity Belgian style aroma with a scent of Belgian yeast and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with a scent of peppers, clove, and coriander. Malt scent of caramel, straw, and cracker. Fruit hints of banana, white grape, pear, and apple along with some mild citrus. Also some grassy hop hints. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity Belgian style taste with notes of yeast, spice, and fruit. Belgian yeast with notes of clove, pepper, and coriander. Malt notes of straw, caramel, and cracker. Dried fruit notes of banana, pear, apple, and white grapes along with some light citrus. Also some good notes of grassy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat slick.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a Biere de Garde. Nice spice and dried fruit flavor.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not too experienced with this style, but here it goes. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wine glass. Fairly deep golden color with a beautiful finger and a half head that leaves decent lacing and releases a beautiful grassy, and floral aroma. Tastes of grass, flowery flavors, a slight tartness, a touch of citrus (think lemony flavors) and a beautifully dry finish. Decently carbonated and fairly light in body. Relatively complex, but still quaffable and extremely tasty. Very good.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Le Woof from Off Color Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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