Bière de Garde
Fox Farm Brewery

Bière de GardeBière de Garde
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Style:
French Bière de Garde
ABV:
6.6%
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Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 3.49%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
7
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Fox Farm Brewery
 
Connecticut, United States
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 7
Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Matt for his unrivaled generosity. Thank you for this fine looking bottle, and for many others you have sent to me.

500ml bottle - Batch 1 - dated Jan2019 - poured into a long stem tulip at 45F.

Pours a brilliant mahogany hue with ruby highlights - hazy - with a finger of dark khaki head, with excellent retention. Head eventually settles to a thick collar and cap, fed by visible streams of effervescence. Absolutely stunning appearance.

Nose: A bouquet of berries that have just begun to ferment. Strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry, as well as grape pomace, green apple, pear, lime, and a hint of watermelon. There is this subtle rainbow sherbet note if you dig a little. Lots of white oak, earthy l, farmy funk, musty brett, wet hay, wine barrel, and a touch of pedio sharpness. There is a thin thread of mapty sweetness beneath everything, which pairs nicely with the fruity elements. Complex.

Palate: Spoiler alert: I usually take two or three sips before proceeding to begin writing my thoughts, but this one has caught me so off-guard with how good it is, I had to take a minute to enjoy it. First sip reveals a sourness that is much more subdued than one might believe after nosing this. There is a wonderfully integrated malt sweetness that perfectly counteracts the sourness, ramping down on the acetic pediococcus, but allowing the lacto tang to fully shine. Flavour presents notes of berries, wine grape, oaky wine barrel, musty brett, Apple, pear, lemon zest, apricot, raisin, along with sweetener notes of dark bread, and subtle caramel and toffee. The brett lends a faint touch of bitterness, and the finish is a delicate balance of tart berries, sweet toasted grain, and woody tannins. It's beautifully complex, while remaining incredibly balanced with neither the tartness nor the sweetness becoming overbearing or cloying.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is on the light aode of medium-bodied. The beer itself is quite light, but the saturated flavour and mild sweetness give it just a little extra weight, which works very well. The overall delivery is still fairly dry, becoming mostly dry in the finish as the sweetness fades away. The effervescence is lively and plentiful, withiut being prickly or fuzzy. It's crisp and easy to drink, and the tartness never accumulates or becomes distracting or unpleasant, as it's quite restrained.

Overall: There is so much that can be said about this one. It's complex enough that i could delve deeper and deeper and go on and on with tasting notes, but the most simple and effective way to wrap this up is simply by saying that this is one of the finest aged farmhouse ales I've had. I have had a plethora of barrel and foeder-aged farmhouse ales, saisons, grissetes, wild ales, Flemish reds, Belgian pales, etc...etc... This easily and duly earns a spot within the top two or three. It's so refined and cohesive - balanced and complex, with an amazing pairing of delicate malt sweetness, and a touch of its wild side. This is a special beer. I hope to one day have the privilege of trying it once more.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch No. 1 (Bottled 1/19)

Pours a deep rusted maroon body, with remaining pours integrating sediment to a murkier dingy brown; topped with a tight head of beige foam that holds well before receding to an intermittent smattering of soapy lacing around the glass, thick collar of froth, and paper-thin cap.

Aromas of heavy wild berry/dark fruit funk with a touch of vinegar upfront; wine tannins and earthy, semi-sweet caramel integrate smoothly as it sits.

Taste opens with a balance of tart, semi-sweet cherry and Concord grape must; funky oak chips and bright wild berries pop on the mid-palate, while blackberry and blueberry come in through a more lactic funk on the swallow.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body, moderate, creamy carbonation beneath a funky, drying tartness that hangs from start to finish with great consistency and never really overwhelms; light woody grist guides into a gently puckering, refreshing finish.

Plenty of robust funk matched with subtle malty sweetness brings an earthy balance of its own to a refreshing, quietly punchy Bière de Garde; another upper-tier farmhouse offering from Fox Farm.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a nice golden brown color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells pretty great, with caramel, brown bread, red wine, oak, lemon, and dark fruit.

This is absolutely spot on for the style, I feel. There's a nice sweet and bready maltiness, plus the requisite wine-like funkiness, lots of oak, and some dark fruits.

This is medium bodied, slightly creamy, and well carbonated, with a good level of carbonation.

This brewery continues to be quite impressive. I haven't had a bad beer yet from them.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle. Batch 1. Pours a chesnutty brow color with a half inch of head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is funky with some grapes, green apple, caramel malts and a bit of oak. The taste has more of the oak upfront followed by some grapes, raisins and caramel apples. Bready malts with some more green apple and funk at the finish. Lots of carbonation with a mild alcohol presence and light to medium body.

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Bière de Garde from Fox Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7 ratings