Tier De Garde
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Belgian IPA
3.95 | pDev: 10.13%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of jmasher85
2.36/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sweet and thin, like a watered-down barleywine. Also had a weird smell like a mix of yeasty funk and some garbage. Bad bottle maybe, but probably just gross.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tier De Garde | Southern Tier Brewing Company. 2 fingers thick, with secular lacing, and a hazy medium-to-straw golden body.

I smell the apricot mentioned on the labeling,but it's not very sweet. Along with a mellower citrus hop note.

Tastes like, again, less aggressive hops accentuated with grapefruit. Then, the apricot brings the flavor to a refreshing finish. Nothing here is overwhelming and is quite refreshing.

The mouthfeel here is medium-light with fair carbonation.

I'll rate Tier De Garde | Southern Tier Brewing Company with a 4.5. I hope Southern Tier revives this brew for future enjoyment.

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Photo of EMV
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Pours a hazy golden apricot color... three fingers of creamy white head with ridiculous lacing. Fair amount of sediment.

S: Herbal hops, freshly cut grass, citrus.

T/F: Belgian character up front... citrus and hay, grapefruit... slightly spicy and giving way to a relatively mild hop bitterness. Just sharp enough to keep it honest, with citrus and herbal character. Well carbonated... zesty mouthfeel and a bit sticky at the finish. Warming.

O: A very nice Belgian style IPA and a good mashup of the styles. Taking care of a bomber was absolutely not a problem, and Southern Tier definitely hit on a winner here.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle vintage 7-28-14
Deep apricot in color, with a big, billowy head of off-white foam. Nice looking beer.
Aroma-Apricot, faint Belgian spice
Taste-Apricot, pear,underlying spiciness and subtle hop bitterness. Very tasty and would be a fine match for lighter spicy dishes or a hunk of artisan blue cheese.

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Photo of oldn00b
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus notes are big - lemon and orange. Bitter hop profile with some nice alcohol sweetness. Nice play on the style. definitely something different I'd gladly try again.

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Photo of HiWire
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours Amber color with lots of floating buts throughout. 2 finger head with decent lacing and retention. Smells a tad bit higher in alcohol with citrus. Tastes of bubble gum and mildy hoppy. Almost no bitterness and good mouthfeel. Delicious.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A sweet smell with moderate hoppy notes of spice and earth throughout. Taste of Orange, Elderflower and yeast spice notes. A Belgian IPA I woundlt hesitate to have again. Phenomenal lacing and head btw.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! Look at the head on that one! I'm not usually too big on IPA's, but this one was really good. A monstrous head (4 fingers min.) that lasts forever and has lots of lacing that is there to the last drop. A very citrusy taste and the hops are not overbearing. Would love to have the opportunity to have this one again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is pretty good and a full finger of matrix-like lacing.

3.75 S: Fairly hoppy with lemon, peach, orange, and mango. Peppery spiciness. Biscuity malts with bready yeastiness. Wildflower herbalness.

4.25 T: This tastes pretty good while being interesting. Sugary - dried pineapple, lemon, orange, mango. Again peppery and biscuit. Wildflowers even more potent in the taste.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch chewy with nice creaminess.

4.0 D: Really tasty. Too bad this is retired.

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Photo of sammorito
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a very opaque golden orangish/yellow with a pretty thick head that from the top almost has a consittancy that looks like whip cream. but very bubbly down the sides of the glass. it sticks around for ages and leaves a nice lace down the glass. The smell has big with the herbal notes and very light light citrus smell. smells more like a blegian than an IPA. The taste wasvery light bitterness to it and has no alcohol taste. tatste some hops and lots of citrus fruits through out with a hint of spice. taste more like a belegian than an ipa. tis very crisp and very enjoyable.

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Photo of tigg924
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste is lemon, coriander, peach, and plenty of bittering hops at the end. The aftertaste is a dry and bitter punch. A decent day time sipper. Not a bad beer, but not one I am likely to revisit either.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, semi-sweet, dry Belgium IPA that finishes quite bitter and again, very dry. It kept me wanting the next sip and kept my attention through the whole bomber. Nicely done and would have again.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. Lands a bit more on the IPA side than the Belgian side, but both are represented well here. The grapefruit component is detectable but pleasantly subtle, just enough to counter some of that Belgian maltiness. Hop character is bright & light, lending just enough bitterness to complete the package.

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Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fairly mild Belgian IPA. Pours a hazy apricot color into a Grape and Gourmet store flute. Nicely carbonated, average head retention and spotty bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is fairly weak. Some bitterness and grapefruit. Flavor is more pronounced. Fairly nice balance between citrus (grapefruit) hops, light fruit (slightly sweet) and a bit of Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is both sweet and tart, a little boozy and rich. Not bad, but I have had better Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Bière de Garde style is not my favorite, nor the funky musty fruity Belgian sour beers quite up my alley, but this beer was on sale at Ithaca's Green Star for a great price, and called itself a "Belgian Style IPA," which seemed a real curious oxymoron what with the Belgians never to my knowledge into serious bittering, and I do love grapefruit and tandem bicycling and the label just sold this beer from one of my favorite nearly local breweries.
Poured a bomber into a couple pint glasses gently, as the head on this critter is humongous, stiff, prodigious, nearly like styrofoam. Color a very turbid white SRM 3. The head lingers so long you wonder: supernatural? Fine and persistent lacing. I wondered if the glass would be hard to clean afterwards, but not noticeably. Smell was ethanolic, damp cellerish, not at all floral hoppy. Taste very wonderfully bittered, but with a strange sour yeastiness that may have had something to do with grapefruit rind, but not so you'd understand that citrus was involved. Carbonation and mouthfeel crisp and tingling, but just a tad too acid, on the verge of acrid, though after a few more swallows my palate decided maybe I could learn to like this strange taste. The hops IPA bitters come through most respectably in the long bitter aftertaste. This peculiarly adventurous brew is definitely worth drinking: something like a difficult but engaging piece of music you need to listen to a few time to figure out and thoroughly enjoy. I've gone halvesies on a couple bombers with friends so far, and have liked it enough to get more for cellaring. I don't think I'll be able to leave them there long, they're so strange yet worth getting to know. . . .

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Photo of teromous
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Fantastic brilliantly transparent light golden body with a very thick (if overly large) fluffy white head. Perfect lacing.

Aroma: It has a massive spicy and herbal aroma.

Taste: There is a cedar flavor and a similar spice flavor that is found in the aroma. A hint of alcohol comes through at times. If the grapefruit peel added something to this beer I don't notice its distinction.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a nice bitter touch.

Overall: It's a good beer with a focus on spicy noble hop flavor and aroma. I didn't get anything from the grapefruit peel. It certainly is an interesting beer but it felt very one-dimensional but that didn't stop me from enjoying the beer. It's not one I would pick up again.

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Photo of Jjski
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good for the style. Thought it might be a Bier de Garde, but more a blonde or BPA . In upstate NY we home turf for Southern Tier, and I feel fortunate.

Crisp, saison like yeast, bittering hops, citrus elements dry finish. Perfect balance and mouthfeel.

Yum. Bottle Conditioned at 8.1%. I'm gonna get 2 more, and let one age a bit.
Definitely worth a try

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Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a huge pillow white head that sloooowly settles into a rocky cap with chunky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is spicy from the yeast. Very much the Saison DuPont yeast aromas. Big clove and juicyfruit. The aroma is not that strong but its enjoyable.

The taste is big on the yeast. Again big clove and juicyfruit. The grapefruit naturally pairs well with the yeast. It is subtle but noticeable. The hops are grassy and provide a bitter offset to the yeast and malt. Very European feel to this one. Can't say the hops stick out or the grapefruit zest but it works.

Light feel with active carbonation. Great balance. Slightly sweet slightly bitter. Very drinkable.

Nice beer from Southern Tier. Its been a while for me with this brewery but they nailed this. Not a biere de garde but a real good Belgian blonde.

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Photo of Walruzz
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Drank it out of my trusty Duvel tulip topper. Bitter finish, but in the grapefruit bailiwick. Think Live's Belgian cousin, in the spirit of the citrusy American style. (80 Acre, Gumballhead, Yum-Yum play in this ballpark.)

Nothing notable about the look, yellow hinting orange, minimal lacing after a minimal buzz-cut white top. Nose of grapefruit, and hint of apricot and coriander. Drinks lighter than an 8.1.

Caveat - I'm a sucker for Southern Tier.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: golden ale, faintly hazed, pillar of white foam left lotsa slim lacing down the glass

S: lotsa grapefruit citrus right off the bat, accented with a Belgian-esque edge, though I don't know if Belgian yeasts were used; fresh grain and additional floral and citric impressions continue...

T: bright and crisp hop action on the palate, full of citrus, pith, and grapefruit; flowery and slightly herbal, with wood tones and grain undercurrents - comes off very fresh and clean

M: medium-light and tingly, mild bittering effect, ample carbonation, more herbal finish with slight drying oak-like aspects

O: real nice stuff, running together similarly styled Belgian and American IPAs - citrus is appropriately represented, overall impression was of elegance and class, without being overdone or pretentious. Recommended.

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Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, maize color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, yeast, slight citrus hops, hint of pine, hint of pale malt, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of pale malt, slight pine, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, very well blended, complex, not too bitter, but a little too sweet.

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle

Lighter/golden amber, frothy high cap and leaving nice fine lace

Mild fruity nose

Fruit/citrus/yeast/pungent hops

Love the style...this is a better then average version

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Photo of VonSteinhoist
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Yellow-amber color with a little foam. Nice hop and spice but nothing overwhelming. No funk and no boozy finish. This a rather nice neutral Belgian style brew that does not repel the taste buds, but does not whet them either. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Color is a clear amber yellow with long-lasting froth in the tall Blanche de Chambly glass. Lovely aromas of yeast and over-ripe fruit.

This starts out like a Saison, rather rich. Pleasant aromatic flavors of apricot and pear. Bitterness that tastes like hops takes over, only to be curshed by the bitter grapefruit pith taste. Why not just use some hops that give you that grapefruit sting instead of the relentless citrus burn? Very yeasty and still more bitter from the Belgian yeast.

The flavors are interesting but wear out my palate after half a glass. From the capped (thank you) 750 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a clear orange body with two finger head and a nice lace ring.
Citriusy, grapefruit (peel), and something like tangerine (which I guess is the apricot that is supposed to be in there) fruit flavors in aroma.
The hops come across a little sour and are balanced with some yeast which helps keep beer smooth and easy.
Minimal fruit sweetness contrasts with a bitter, dry hoppiness for a beer that is kinda hoppy, kinda lowkey on the fruit sweetness and pretty interesting.

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Tier De Garde from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 217 ratings