La Dame De Peronne | The Tap Brewing Company

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La Dame De PeronneLa Dame De Peronne

Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by callmescraps on 12-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of ms11781
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Hennepin flute.

A--Golden tawny medium orange body with a one finger tannish fizzy head. Almost cola-like with lively carbonation. Champagne-like---nice for the style.

S--Uhh. Different. Lemon, honey, a little grass, but mostly granny smith appleskins. Like really tangy, "green" apple scent. Almost vinegary. Lager yeast? Smells deep and almost mineral, rather than bright and spicy like a Belgian ale yeast. Weird, but not bad weird. Just...different.

T--oh, ok. I think I'm getting. This is one of those platypus beers--a Marzen cross-bred with a Biere de Garde. Fair enough, but I don't see a lot of the latter's characteristics coming through. Almost zero earthiness. Malty toffiness? Nope. Just the carbonation and the lemony tanginess. If you consider Thiriez's Biere de Noel a Biere De Garde then maybe this matches up, but I'm not buyin it. Again, though, that punch of apple tanginess comes through the middle of the flavor profile stridently. More one-dimensional, I'd say, like a lager, which isn't a bad thing, except a BdG should have more going on.

M&D--Mouthfeel's spritzy, makes for a light and refreshing sip. Drinkability? Meh. I don't think I'll be revisiting this one. Frankly, this brew doesn't convince me the brewery can master a single style, let alone a hybrid like this. I'm all for innovation, but you gotta know the rules before you can break em.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the second in Haverhill's 22oz bomber series, the first being a Belgian IPA, and this one being a French-style country ale. Pours an amber honey color, with a minimal amount of white heading. Very sweet malts consisting of honey and cream come through in the nose. Certain earth notes make their way in as well. Taste has some estery fruit, more malt sweetness, and a medicinal taste in the end. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy compared to other renditions of this style I have had. Hops sit behind the malt throughout most of the drinking experience. One to sip for sure, as the sweetness sort of gets in the way of this being a session beer. Not a bad stab at the style for Haverhill, though I might like to see the sweetness tamed a bit. Worth a try.

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Photo of wdarcy77
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours medium orange with a light bubbly white head that ends up as a ring. No lace, nice clarity, no bubbles rising.

Some spicy malty notes and some honeysuckle sweetness with some funky yeast and alcohol.

This one changes as it warms. Some nice spicy notes, bitterness, dried out flavors (leading to bitter), chemical alcohol, and a big punch of honeyed sweetness. This beer is all over the place. The sweetness killed this for me, but funny enough, it seems less sweet as it warms -- which helped alot for drinkability -- it started to grow on me as I worked my way thru it. They got the spice, yeast, bitterness and funk right and then completely blew it with the sugar element. If they toned it down a bit, it would be pretty good.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. The beer is a bit cloying.

I give them props for trying the style, but they are miles away from perfection. The sweetness is too much. Right now, I have almost a full pint and about an inch in the bottle and I don't know if I'm going to finish this. If this is the first version of the style for anyone -- keep drinking and don't accept this as the norm. I have since edited my review, as this got better as I went along. Still, I wouldn't avoid but wouldn't chase this.

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Photo of number1bum
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to krisandajt for bringing this back from Julio's for me. You are a good man Joe. Bottled in August 09.

Pours a rich amber color with about two fingers of creamy beige head. Head keeps pretty well, with a mostly full lace and a splash coating the outside as well.

Smell is quite sweet, like honey, with some must, lemon zest and a bit of grass as well.

Taste is also on the sweet side, with a honey like flavor, plus some bready malt. It's quite earthy with a bit of must and a sort of "dirty" flavor too. I really don't get any of the grassy or lemony qualities that were in the nose, although they were subtle there to begin with. There is some bitterness and some of that earthy/dirty flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body, pretty creamy. I'd like it if it were a bit crisper and more smooth however.

This is a decent beer, and not a bad stab at the style. Worth a shot.

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Photo of u2carew
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Consumed 8/29/09
A) Creamy thin head. Quick settling. Lacing is sticky. A light haze. bronze to amber in color.
S) Light caramel sweetness. Some hop tones linger just below the surface.
T) Light caramel malt up front. Moves to a drier, less sweet mid section with more grain and a noticeable hop bite. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness.
M) Just about a medium body. A bit dry with some tannin feel.
D) A good brew. I'd have another.

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Photo of digr
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 Oz chilled bottle into Rapscallion snifter.

A- Pours a light amber with about 1 cm white cream head with small bubbles. Foam dissipates over about 4 minutes.

S - Not as mush smell as expected. No yeasty smells. Mild malty smell and just a touch of hops.

T- Definite showing of a complex malt bill here. Can taste the Caramel malts as well other grains. Hops are adequate, not over the top in anyway. Not a lot of floral or aromatic hops. The finish is clearly in the malts which seem to be empasized with the choice of Lager yeast. There is the linger esters, however very different from what is usual found in Belgian ales of this type.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me.

D - Actually quite an easy to drink beer even at 6.8 ABV. No touch of alcohol. Despite the complex malt texture, the final taste is dry, so leaving you looking for the next sip.

Overall a decent brew. Definitely an mix of styles but worth a try. Hope to see more of these types of endeavors from Haverhill.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to the guys at Haverhill for the sample. 22 oz. bottle, with A09 notched. Brewed with a blend of six imported malts, noble hops and fermented with lager yeast at ale temperatures; unfiltered. Kind of a burnished copper, chill-hazed, with medium carbonation that builds up a finger of loose froth. Clears up nicely once it warms. Smells earthy, with a grainy malt note and a bit of yeast. The flavor adds breadiness, floral/perfumy hops and a hint of alcohol. Mouth-filling, almost chewy, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Quite the malty bière de garde, backed with spicy/perfumy hops and yeast. Punchy, but tastes quite authentic and I feel it would age well.

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Photo of DrJay
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, light amber in colour, with a thin skim of fine, whitish bubbles coating the beer's surface. Malty and toasted aroma, slight caramel, a bit of fruit and grassy hops, earthy strawberry sweetness. Moderate bitterness, but with considerable malty sweetness swaying the balance. Light toastiness, more fruit character (pears), light alcohol and slightly spicy in the finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation, decent texture. Overall I liked it. The flavour was a bit more muddled in the malt department than in the aroma, but still hit most of the right notes.

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Photo of noremac423
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mlazzaro
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, with good clarity. Subtle smell, but a pretty complex nose to the beer. Very earthy malt/yeast flavors and aromas. Resembles an oktoberfest malt-bill with saisony yeast at the end of the sip. The carbonation works nicely in the mouthfeel. It does seem a bit tannic. The post sip mouthfeel is almost wine-like. I was surprised to see the ABV of this beer, alcohol is suiting to the beer. Interesting and unique beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold color with a tinge of haze. Moderate head level, but it has some good lasting power. The lace is half slippery and half sticky.

Soured malt aroma. Light citrus in the background. Seems like there's a touch of wheat to the nose.

Interesting flavor in a good way. Complex with a pleasant sourness and decent level of hop. Not quite a farmhouse ale from France--the taste is well blended and less extreme. The body is as expected with a relatively high level of carbonation.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the Publick House. Hadn't realized it was new, but tried it to send some lover Haverhill's way.

Appearance - A nice, deep copper color. A solid inch or so of head. Only moderate lacing.

Smell - A slight pine, but some definite malt follow. A nice balance.

Taste - It seems a little piney. It has a pretty good malt follow. The maltiness seems a little sweet, but sweet without adding depth. It's a little malt heavy on the follow, and it takes away from the sharpness, and seems to muddle the crisp flavors.

Mouthfeel - Pretty solid, a good carbonation, but once again the crispness is defeated by a little muddiness in the flavor and depth.

Drinkability - I had one, and enjoyed it, but chose something else after. It's a nice beer, but nothing special. That said, it's certainly inoffensive enough to have a couple.

The Haverhill website says that it balances six different malts. I believe that there are six different ones, but I'd argue whether it was really balanced. It had a lot going on, but it seemed more muddled than anything else. Certainly a nice beer, but it could be so much more.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured via 22ioz. bomber on 9/5/09. Thanks to mixylplik3 for sharing.

A - Hazy copper-colored body with a slim off-white head that settled into a thin film and patchy lace.

S - Sweet, malty and fruity with hints of spices and flesky fruit akin to apple and pear. There is also a hint of toasted grains in the background.

T - Crisp and fruity flavor suggesting sweet apples combined with caramel malt and a subtle floral hop character. Finishes with a toasted grainy malt character.

M - Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a syrupy texture. Crisp and clean finish with some residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Sweet and malty, this is a good representation of the style. Drinkability is great for a 7% ABV brew.

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Photo of nanertak
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Appearance: Amber, 1 finger head. lazy but persistent bubbles.

Nose: Smells malty, very light hops. Smells rustic.

Flavor: Roasty caramel malts up front, fading to an orange zest type light hop along with a bready flavor. Finishes sourish and malty, almost cloying a bit.

Mouthfeel: A bit heavier than I was expecting. Very round, sticks in the mouth. Medium carbonation. Any less carbonation and it would have left the mouth pasty.

Drinkability: It's interesting, and I appreciate the flavors. I wouldn't have these that often, but they have their place maybe in the fall near a wood fire.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the cloudy amber brew. Head fizzles down as I watch, with average to good lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, a bit of funk, and robust spiciness. Taste follows the nose, sweet, funk, then spicy, with a clean close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good. A little beefier than other reps of the style I have had, nice stuff.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Copper body under a small white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Caramel, malt, toasted, earthy, well balanced.

T: Sweet malt, slightly honey like, a bit earthy, floral, very mild bitterness, very faint alcohol.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is a touch high but not off putting. Good drinkability, very solid beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of August 2009, poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and fruit. Then a strong Belgian yeast breadiness comes in along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to UncleJimbo for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, nice spicyness. The is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, with some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of TLJ
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first experience with Haverhill Brewery - we found this bottle at a store in Allston, Mass. so we thought we would give it a try. Here are my notes:

This beer has a beautiful dark gold colour, cloudy, with light lacing and some carbonation. The smell is what I would describe as a very ale-like odour; I was made immediately aware of the powerful yeast and fermented grain in the aroma and it wasn't until I tasted the beer that I could at all detect other flavours.

The hops are very spicy, and increasingly present as you swallow. I tasted clove, allspice and pine amidst the strong caramel tone, which almost risked being syrupy if it weren't for the hops character.

The beer mellowed as it opened up and became much warmer; something you could drink in cool weather also. I found it to be a wonderfully balanced and smooth libation.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of ShogoKawada. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Ayinger Celebrator glass. Bottled August, 2009.

Clear (until the last pour when the yeast contributes a cloudiness), dark orange liquid with amber highlights. Tiny active off-white head replenishes itself with a flurry of ascending bubbles. Decent lacing, thin legs.

Nice depth of malt in the nose, backed by toasted sourdough notes. Faint lager-like sweetness as well.

Toasted and pale malts, caramel, and faint banana on the palate. Sweet and slightly grainy throughout - a touch of spice and a light bitterness in the finish balances out the sugars.

Almost medium-bodied, buttery, somewhat slick in fact. Refreshing, fairly crisp...

Complex malt profile, though I could use a little more balanace to dry out the finish.

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Photo of batty
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a little pumpkin-red, toasted brown sugar combo color in this.. slightly brown-ish head, minimal, leaving a wet laciness around a bit.

S: touch of alcohol and some light esters, kind of a bready caramel, kind of a slight pepper and citrus, along with a little pear.. very interesting.

T: light sugar sweet on the front, giving way to some caramel-y bread, finishing medium with pretty spicy hop finish and a bit of yeast spice reminiscent of saison earthiness. touch of orange peel.

M: smooth but a bit thin. low carbonation.

D: a bit strong on the finish for ease of drinking, but quite tasty.

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Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really complex malty beer. It pours a coppery amber color, quite clear, with low carbonation. The nose is sweet malt, maybe a touch of acerbic hop, some undefined florals, and a slightly strawberry fruitishness. The aroma is quite nice.

Then we get to the taste and this one is hard to pin down. The beer gives you a slightly different experience with each sip, and the composition changes quite a bit as things settle in. It is hard to precisely pin this one down definitively. The beer has the consistency and the caramal and toffee of a Marzen. There is plenty of interesting yeastiness to the beer and smooth sweet grains that are definitely in the Belgian family. There is also a very nice acerbic, slightly leafy hop bite with a touch of spiciness in the bittering qualities. There are some phenols, some flat caramel flavors, some smooth, slightly creamy, but again very flat, floral malt notes. This beer is very complicated, quite interesting, very good, worth seeking out.

According to the label, they use tons of variable malts, lager yeast that ferments at ale yeast temps, and probably other exotic hybrid techniques to make this all the more interesting. Needless to say, it doesn't really fit within any one style, but the Biere de Garde is a pretty good fit. L'Chaim.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Tap. Served up in pint glass.

Clean, copper body. Solid lacing from 1-finger head. Light visible carbonation.

Slightly Germanic malt profile with a nice carmel/light clove sweetness. Hops are on deep background today.

Quite comforting and soothing with amber malt and light syrup sweetness. Hop pine is faint but provides solid balance. Finish is crisp but long.

Nice carbonation bite with husky malt gives a little more spice on the palate. Finish, as mentioned, has a little bit of everything.

Borderline sessionable. Drinks extremely easily. Quite pleasant.

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