Foxtrot | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Birdiebeagle on 05-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by Budinetz:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown clouded body with a light beige head this one was poured at Fathead's...looks great retention and lacing are intricate. Spicy nose with roasted malt and a nice deep fruit complexity going on with dried raisin and prunes kissed with some lively alcohol. Flavor had more spicy yeast complexity with a roasted brown ale like flavor very nice but different from the typical biere de garde more fruits soaked with alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation nothing here was overdone just an enjoyable brew from the folks at Weyerbacher. Drinkability was easy as pie one of those beers that enjoyed with friends and we actually talked about the beer we were drinking, those known beer friends were captivated by this brew.

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Photo of Varkias41
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of asabreed
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's in Baltimore. Poured into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter brownish in color, good white head on the top of the glass that sticks nicely.

Smell: I keep thinking "Christmas" for some reason. Definitely some malty caramel notes, but there seems to be some possible cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of birthday cake almost. That said, there seems to be a bit of muddling and just hints of these, as interesting as their aromas seem to try to get through.

Taste: Caramel, bready malts, and some earthiness. Again, seems like a bit of spice too that I like and compliments it well. A bit of hoppiness to curb the sweetness. This isn't a style I'm super familiar with, but I could definitely have more and be more than fine with that.

Mouthfeel: Prickly and bubbly and medium bodied. Nice.

Drinkability: Not sure if they're making this again or not, but is nuanced, interesting, and complex. I feel like there could be an imperial version of this has the potential to be outstanding. What do you think, Weyerbacher?

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Photo of mikey711
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had on tap today at the roadhouse in brookline. these notes were on a napkin so may not be the best. it was a transparent dark brown, with slight copper tint in the light, that did not have much lace.

it smelled very fruity and chocolately. i thought it was chocolate and cherries. very pleasing in the senses.

it had a nice tart bite when sipping and the chocolate and fruitiness both came through. could have had another one but probably not too many. definately an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericwo for sending this one along. Pours a nice deep reddish brown with a thick beige head that dissipates rather quickly. Lots of sweet malt in the nose as well as the taste. Almost reminds me of a quad. Some fruitiness in there as well. Medium body, pretty dry in the finish. A very drinkable, enjoyable beer on this cold and rainy day.

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of chunky light caramel colored head... Solid retention, but head ultimately fades leaving a milky way like lacing... Dark brown color with slight burgundy accents... Very slight traces of carbonation around the sides of the glass... Slight stickiness on the sides of the glass...

S - Rich malt... Cola... A vague nuttiness... Yeast... Some spiciness... Dark fruit...

T - Robust mix of wonderful flavors... Dark fruit in the form of cherries, plum, and raisin... Woody character... Cola... Some minor yeast notes... Just a faint hint of ginger... Also some very faint maple syrup notes...

M - Good carbonation with a slight aggressive bite on the tongue to start... Medium bodied... Crisp... Slightly chewy... Quite delectable...

D - Wonderful complexity... I'm not sure this is the best representation of the style, but it is a mighty tasty and intriguing brew none the less...

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden copper or amber color was clearly evident from the first pour.Very cloudy and hazy, but minimal sedimentation, this was truly a fantastic. I was thoroughly pleased with the overall look to this one,

fresh citrus hop aroma. Loads of grapefruit, grass like smells, even a touch of lemon going throughout this.Some apple and pears, and even some peach aromas coming though. Some light grain and yeast Some sour strains becoming apparent as it warmed, bite that was the last possible thing it could have used to make it any better. fresh orange and grapefruit flavors were dominant here, even hints of pineapple and lemon rolling through here as well. Very complex, and yet very light and the same time. Lots of fresh earthy grass like flavors now rolling through and mingling with the grainy cereal like underbelly here

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from spacecoyote. Thanks man.

Hazy dark amber in the pour, nearly opaque dark brown in the glass. Two fingers of tan head forms and sustains fairly well, slowly settling to a quarter-inch cap. The nose is heavy on the dark fruits; dates, prunes, figs. Yeasty and estery, a bit of toasted malt shows itself but this is very fruity on the whole. A faint mineral aroma comes out as it warms. On the tongue it's surprisingly watery and bland up front, with a bit of cocoa, dried fruit and iron appearing mid-palate. Very sweet, the prune and date flavors are rather cloying to me despite the fairly light body. Chocolate graham cracker finish, lingering and too sweet. This is decent, but not something I'd drink again.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored one of these badboys when my brother went up to NJ for a trip, then hit their brewery and brought a few different beers back. I must say that I am quite impressed with Weyerbacher, and this beer is no exception.

Also, I was unable to clarify this brew's exact style until now, when I see it on BA. Interesting because I was under the impression that it was a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and after tasting this brew, I can kind of see that.

A: Pours a rich, opaque, stained mahogany color that produces a nice two-finger head that fades away quickly, leaving a spotty lacing along the glass. Very nice color to this one.

S: Smells like a cross between a Belgian strong ale and a witbier...Spicy notes (nutmeg, coriander), yeast, bread, chocolate malts, and some molasses in the back. Also, I'm picking up on some brown sugar very faintly.

T: COMPLETELY thrown off by the taste! I was expecting a spicy/yeasty brew here, but instead we have more malts than the nose predicted. Very nice. Still spicy, still bready and yeasty, but a little maltier and sweeter, with more molasses.

MF/D: Medium/heavy for the style, smooth carbonation, nice oily texture

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 1/14/2010 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, dark fruit, caramel, dark malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with sweet flavors of dark fruit, caramel and a little chocolate up front. There's a bready Belgian yeast backbone and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but that's expected for this kind of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style or just something a little bit different.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this from my notebook from a while back, had on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

Big frothy head, super dark brown color with no opacity, nose has lots of candi sugar and caramel alcohol and wood and touch of raisin, taste starts with candi sugar and burnt brown sugar, it has quite a belgian taste to it, slight alcohol fades as the raisin pokes through, very thick mouthfeel, it finishes with a slight dry bitterness, a sticky and tangy hits the back of the tongue, very like its description of Belgian brown ale, pretty sweet to start but finishes dry, bitter, and a slight tang.

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Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium to deeper brownish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of bananas, chocolate, and spices. Tastes of bananas, spices, earthy, and chocolate.

I enjoyed this one and am glad I have some more!

Notes from and tasted on: 5/22/09

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Photo of dborginis
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a saison, so I was very surprised at the dark brown ale color. The standard sweet belgian smell, but add a dark smoky malt to it, intriguing!
First taste is like a brown ale, but afterwards, the sweet belgian taste comes through. Light mouthfeel, and the darker malt flavor lingers. My only other experience in the bier de garde is LA's Avant Garde, and this seems very different. Nonetheless, very drinkable, and one of the better smelling beers I've had.

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Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of donniecuffs
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a reddish brown, with a finger of tan head that laced spottily. Smelled like very sweet dark fruit (raisins, dates), some cloves, caramel, herbs, grass, and yeast-funk. The flavor was dominated by sweetness, hinting at the need for more balance. Dry & spicy finish, but again, way too sweet.Maybe aging would help? The mouthfeel was a little thicker than expected for this style, with modest carbonation. I couldn't imagine sessioning this brew.

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Photo of Deuane
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper brown, hazed with a thin off white head that vanishes to nothingness and leaves zero lacing.

S-Sweet biscuit malt and a little spicy zing---but not much going on.

T-Caramel malt up front, followed by nice zippy Belgian yeast spiciness and some earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Touches of raisin like dryness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied fairly sharp with good lingering spicy notes..

D-A touch too sweet for my liking and the aroma is lacking but overall this is a fairly solid brew. Became more interesting with some warming.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to Beerloco for the extra!

Pours a clear chestnut brown, some reddish highlights, thick off white head forms, drops to a solid lace ring around the glass, lace spirals stick. Smell is neat, sweet and caramelized, barnyard, hay, raisin, dry and biscuity, sugary, nice maltiness, smells nice. Taste is similar, dry biscuit and toast, sweet sugary middle, caramel and honey, lightly smokey sweetness, hay and grass, corn syrup, maybe a bit too sweet. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty interesting take on the style, not too bad. Thanks Alan!

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Photo of sholland119
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a caramel brown, fairly opaque with a very thin off white head which does not last long. No Lacing.

S-Sweetness is the main note with some biscuity malt in the background. Not what I would expect of a biere de garde.

T-Surprisingly (after the nose) this tastes pretty good and much closer to the style. The sweetness from the nose does not really carry through to the taste, which is a good thing. Some nice caramel malt at the front, followed by a nice zing of Belgian yeast and some hop bitterness in the finish. Very nice.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-Tasty. A nice interpretation of the style.


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Photo of mikereaser
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep almost solid brown with not much foam, just a layer of fine bubbles on the surface

S - dark fruit, nutty earthy aroma

T - caramel malts, roasted nuts, cloves and some bitterness

M/D - good carbonation & mouthfeel, a bit heavier in the mouth than i was expecting, good flavor overall.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First, gorilla-sized thanks to beerloco. If you ever have the opportunity to drink with, trade with, or otherwise encounter this BA, take it. This was a gift from beerloco that will be repaid in due time, no doubt about it.

Seriously dark red streaked with midnight black, & a very still, quiet beer. Smell is dark fruit & a blast of sugary sweetness.

First out of the box/glass is a tart cherryness, coupled with a serious ooze of black cherry cola sugar-rush. The Belgian notes of candiedness & yeast are both present underneath the two domineering tastes.

Drinks much lighter than its color suggests, which is a touch disconcerting. This would make both a nice summer patio beer, & would be a great intro to a non-BA type. With its sweet & fruit notes, it's a far cry from a "normal" person's vision of what a dark beer might taste like.

Very nice! I'm an ardent collector of Weyerbacher brews & was afraid I might miss out on this one. One of my first tastes of the style & I'm looking forward to more.

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Photo of mhatters
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at Rons in Exton in a tulip pint glass

Pours a deep brown with amber highlights and a thin white-to-off-white head

Dark fruit, cherry, chocolate, and an overall earthy scent in the nose.

The choclate and cherry come through in the flavor, as well as a bit of spice and a light malt feel. Lightly carbonated, it was not a beer that I would want to have too many of in one setting.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my standard shaker glass. Appears a clear chestnut brown color with about two fingers of fluffy tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of caramel malt sweetness, fruits such as raisins, clove, licorice, a bit musty, biscuits, some alcohol and spicy yeast. Nice medium to full body with ample carbonation. Decent overall.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery the day of its release, a very good dark mahogany brown with a pleasant taste all around. The flavors consisted of wood, dark fruits and some citrus. I was really impressed by the flavor of this beer. The smell was more along the lines of a Quad to me, I felt like that it what it was going to be at first. The mouthfeel was actually quite good one this beer too. It was medium to medium heavy. Overall I just thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I should have picked up a 6 pack but it's too late now. One of Weyerbacher's best in the special releases.

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