Le Woof | Off Color Brewing

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Brewed by:
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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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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 +20.8%
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 Skabiski
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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 atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MartyIU13
2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Jordanmtate
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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 ConradKenney
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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 puboflyons
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 27, 2015.

The pour is your basic amber-orange with a modest head. Moderate clarity.

Aroma: Overripe fruit, crackers, cantaloupe, a grainy malt mash, vegetable oil. and a little yeast.

Medium body.

The taste has the same toasted breaded/biscuit character as the nose suggests but those overripe fruits really have their say at end. Low to modesty bitterness here.

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Photo of emerge077
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bière de Garde is traditionally a French style, not Belgian. This is pretty much what one tastes like, malty with an earthy yeast profile, and light fruity esters. Not far off the mark at all. Seems like some are just going along with the crowd here...

Pours a hazy orange with a compact layer of white foam on the surface, steady streams of rising carbonation visibly feeding into the surface skim. Minimal lace, spotty at best.

Aromas of earthy yeast, light phenolic clove and melon esters. Yeast dominates, though there's a trace of toasted maltiness behind it.

Taste is seemingly lightly tart at first, yeasty and rustic with a malty middle and dry phenolic spice in the aftertaste. Lingering honeyish malt. Tart crabapple, wheat toast. Medium bodied with a fullness and persistent carbonation, somewhat astringent. Overall it's a good Bière de Garde, worth trying.

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Photo of Trevor11
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This biere de garde has crazy carbonation. I only poured half of the bottle cautiously and the glass filled half with a growing, fluffy head. This is not quite a saison, it has more alcohol come through and earthy tones. Worth a try some time, but not a go to necessarily. I prefer their Apex Predator or Troublesome.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Thick and rich creamy controlled, just ballooning head on the pour. Slow decant gives a thick creamy rich, off tan to white like head, billowing at an easy three fingers. The body color is a simple slightly muddy but nice dark orange rust color, with excellent white lines of bubbles coming to meet up in the head. A real nice looking beer.

Aroma is real interesting mix of caramel, almost oat like grains and herbs. Floral senses with a real big chewy malt quality as well, this is real interesting and different.

Palate is quite enjoyable. Creamy malt depth, with a chewy and warming sense of grains, light caramel, and oatmeal cookie like sweetness. Interesting mid palate tonic like quinine and dry qualities, and a touch of pepper. That warming cream filling really hits the spot on the aftertaste, with warming touches of dry earthy heat as well.

This is real nice tasty de Garde, which has excellent creamy and malt sweet character, to go with those classic yeast qualities. Very nice.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy amber/orange, with a long lasting half inch head, and not a lot in the way of lacing.

This smells like toasty malt, vanilla, creamy banana, some clove, caramel, and grassiness.

This is a really nice surprise. It's got a great yeast character, with creamy banana and clove, and a slight fruitiness, that melds well with the tightly constructed malt backbone, toasty and slighty caramelly. There's a bit of vanilla here, too, not sure where that's from, but I like it.

This is medium bodied, with a creamy and clean mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

I absolutely love this brewery, and most everything they do. This was wonderful.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. This was just released, however, so I know it is fresh. Per the label "Secret Ingredients: Territorial Aggression, Je Ne Sais Quoi".

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a coppery orange body, a touch on the dark side. Just over a finger of thin bubbly white head that leaves mild spotty lacing. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks pretty nice.

S - An interesting aroma: sweetened & malty. A Belgian-esque sort of yeast is definitely present. Fairly tame.

T - Sweet, slightly syrupy, sugary, malty. No detectable hop presence or alcohol fumes / heat. Sweet, syrupy, and malty above all else. The yeast is in there, but it is not the main player.

M - Feel is sweet & crisp. Again, slightly syrupy, but very drinkable for the moderate abv.

Overall, a drinkable effort, but as others have said it leaves much to be desired.

Off Color Brewing Le Woof -----3.5/5

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warpedrevolution
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of FreshHawk
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mntlover
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy murky burnt orange color with a thumb sized white head. Nice looking coloring head falls too fast and not much lace but love the color.

Aroma is fruity pear seems to dominate, good earthy yeast notes, some spicy earthy alcohol notes with hints of coriander. Seems little fruitier then most of this style but smells good.

Taste is nice and tart with fruity notes pear mostly with good earthy yeast. Finishes dry almost as if aged in wood with a little coriander.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation is little too peppy but not enough to ruin the brew.

Overall little fruitier and funkier then most of this style, but its enjoyable enough and tasty enough to stand on its own. Defiantly worth a try, probably be a little better with a less carbonated batch.

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Le Woof from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 121 ratings