Summit Bière De Garde | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Bière De GardeSummit Bière De Garde

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerFMAndy on 10-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 72
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. L: The beer pours brilliant chestnut under a 2” foam cap. It is lacy S: Grainy malt aromas spread out from the bottle as soon as you pop the cap. T: Several layers of grain and malt flavors evoke harvest time. Malt, fresh bread, sugar, spice, traces of anise, a hint of cocoa, and hops in the background. F: Creamy, medium high carbonation medium body. The carbonation is very fine and soft. O: Full flavor and delightful to drink.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, mahogany brown coloring, big, lasting, creamy tan head. Looks great.

Malty nose, lightly spicy, bready. Absolutely inviting. Ooo, la, la.

Taste: Spices hit the palate first, followed by malty flavors, bread-y, biscuit-y. Lean bodied, with a slightly alcoholic bent. Spice and malt flavors meet with hops in the mouth, for a pleasurable menage-a-trois. Tres chic. Voulez-vous avez avec moi, c'est soiree?

Long, spicy finish, from hops and malt. Ever so tasty. Magnifique.

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Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Deep brassy brown, thin lacing. Smells of leather, brown bread and spicy esters. Deep bready maltiness, toasty with dried hay in the back. Floral and spicy in the middle with some dark fruit and faint broth. Very layered, each sip opens up a new complexity. Dry finish.

Very well done, easy to sip with a ton of flavor that sticks around longer than expected.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-02-09 in Columbia, PA

A - Fairly clear dark brown with a ruby tinge. 1-finger tan head that fades quickly leaving a bit of lace.

S - Medium roasted malts, dried dark fruit, earthy spice. Reminds me of a Yards Brawler. Nice. Not very strong.

T - Dark molasses, medium roasted grain with a bit of char, dark fruit, nice hop bite, pepper, earthy spice. Finishes with some lingering roasted and hop bitterness with a heavily toasted brown bread (not sweet) malt for balance. Pretty tasty.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial. Smooth. Seems right for the style.

O - I enjoyed this. Reminded me of a cross between a Yards Brawler and a good Doppelbock if you can imagine such a thing. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this off tap at Hopcat in East Lansing. Served in a tulip.

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with a ruby tinge. Has a 1/4 inch frothy tan head with small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of dark fruit, cherries, plums, malts, vanilla, yeast

T: Good, smooth flavor. Sweet up front, good maltiness, yeast. Good fruit profile, cooked plums and cherries.

M: Ample amounts of carbonation, medium bodied, smooth finish, an easy drinker but a little lacking in volume.

O: Overall this was an excellent random pick and the pricing was quite reasonable. My first brew from Minnesota.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 5 December 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep rusty brown, clear at the edges but dark enough that it's not see-through. One finger of light yellowish-tan head. Good retention, decent lacing.

Smell is toasty and mildly herbal. Has a pleasant contrast between the biscuity warmth and the gentle green herbal bite. Nice.

Taste is fine, though I find it a tad dull. It's grainy, a touch spicy with a light bitter zip (reminds me of rye, but probably noble hops).

Feel is excellent. Medium-bodied, with delightful carbonation, like prickly cactus dancing lightly on my tongue the whole time.

Haven't had many beers in this style. This one's a pleasant diversion from what I normally drink. Tasty; not mind-blowing, but not every beer needs to be mind-blowing.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance- Dark with amber hues when held to light, white head

Aroma- Toasted bread, dark fruits, a mustyness, slight roast, herbal hop presence

Flavor- Toasted bread, dark malts, bigger dark fruit here, fig, date, sweet but balanced well, herbal hops present at the end, finishes dry

Mouthfeel- medium, good carbonation

Overall- Really like this beer, although I could have used more peppery notes for the style, but solid, and nice to see this style in a sixer for a change. Fits the season, worth trying

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Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear cola color with a frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates.

Soft caramel malt, toasted nuts, and burnt sugar form the aroma. There's a metallic character that's offputting.

Flavor reveals slightly burnt malt, sweet initially, then becoming very bready and toasted, with a toffee finish. There's some underlying floral hop character and a hint of yeast funk sourness. The balance is bready malt. The aftertaste is a little bitter.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with a slightly astringent finish.

Decent malt character. It reminds me more of an English brown with a touch of funk. Very drinkable, but nothing extraordinary. Hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good malty aroma with qualities like a scotch ale and a brown ale. Hints of spice but really in the background. Also a hard water quality.
Quite dark with highlights of garnet. Dense tan head. Attractive.
Firm malt flavors with moderate drying on the finish. Still has some fresh hop bittering and soft hop flavors. As with the aroma the yeast characteristics are mild and very much in the background. Good hit in the gut of alcohol, but I'm drinking on an empty stomach.
Fullness from ample carbonation (a little too much for my tastes), but a nice moderate feel.
This has a nice winter drink feel and goes with the weather quite nicely.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bière da Garde
Summit Brewing Company, Minnesota
---bottle to pint glass---

Dark brownish/red, thick head dissipates to thin ivory head, very little lacing.

Brown sugar, cherries and plums – very inviting.

The dark malt shines here, smoke and cherry.

More carbonation than I expected, complex flavors evolve between sips.

Generally not my type of beer, but as a Minnesotan I had to try – summit rarely disappoints. Less carbonation would give the malt more time to shine, but I like it.

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Photo of Mdog
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep red, big head. Very pretty beer.

Smell: Floral at first, shifts to more earthy and dark fruits.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Fruity, tangy cherry and berry flavors with a very tingly mouthfeel. Fruits shift into a earthy finish.

Overall: Biere de garde is an interesting style. To me they seem like fruitier dubbels and usually have a higher carbonation/tingly feel. This one checks those boxes for sure. A good beer, worth checking out.

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Photo of ballenc
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a Surly tulip glass.

A: dark brown with a small head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing whatsoever

S: nothing overly noticeable, a bit of dark chocolate and dried fruit (figs) with a faint touch of allspice

T: hint of dark chocolate maltiness and a bit of hoppy zing but nothing that stands out, was expecting some Belgian yeastiness but I'm not picking any up

M: Odd, almost dull on the tongue, thinner than expected, balanced

O: overall, a disappointment. I've had the Jolly Pumpkin versions of this beer style and I've loved them. This one from Summit doesn't measure up IMO. Nothing about this beer would make one think it's a Belgian style beer. It may be leaning towards a lighter (at least in terms of mouthfeel and ABV) winter ale than a biere de garde.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says enjoy by 03/08/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark brownish mahogany with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty, yeasty, and sweet malt driven aroma with hints of dark fruits. French and Belgian yeast upfront. Toasted malts with hints of biscuit, grains, sweet toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, cracker, and slight smoke. Big dark fruit presence with hints of dark cherries, figs, dates, plum, and raisin. Subtle hints of spice and earthy hops. A pretty solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very yeasty and toasty malt forward taste with good notes of dark fruit. Good taste of the French and Belgian yeast upfront with a little spice. Toasted malts with a taste of biscuit, grains, toffee, caramel, and cracker. Roasty notes of chocolate, coffee, and little smoke. Good dark fruit presence with notes of dark cherries, figs, dates, raisin, and plum. Slight taste of brown sugar and some subtle earthy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a nice light touch of spice. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good take on the Garde style. Good use of yeast with some really nice dark fruit and chocolate notes.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unchained series #14

A-pours a dark brown color with a khaki colored 1 finger head spotty lacing on the glass
S- hint of toffee and fig some cherrywood spices
T- spice and hops on the front then some nice malts a Belgian sweet/funky one biscuit French malts some fruit caramel and toffee
M- sweet and malty nicely carbonated
O- tasty with many layers of flavor

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Photo of morimech
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark, crimson brown color with just over a finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma would lead me to believe this is a Scottish style rather than a beer inspired from Belgium. Notes of toffee, caramel, toasted bread, fruity esters, and a hint of smoke.

Knowing that Jeff Williamson was the brewer I could almost taste some Flat Earth qualities. A type of beer one would of found in a Flat Earth bomber. Very malty flavor with hints of toffee, raisins, caramel, wood smoke, a lot of fruity esters, and an ever slight tartness. A bit more hops would of been appreciated to balance the sweetness.

Unlike the Flat Earth beers of old, this is appropriately carbonated. Quite a robust body with a nice mellow carbonation that allows the flavors to develop on the palate but still giving life to the beer.

Perhaps Belgian styled in name only. The smoke makes this a unique beer. Still a good beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass (I don't have my Tulip on me).

Appearance: Rich mahogany with initially strong light tan head that settles to a thin line.

Smell: Very fruity aroma, with some caramel, chocolate, smoke and light spiciness.

Taste: Exceedingly malty, with cherry, plum, caramel, biscuit, and chocolate. Very light spiciness and smoke on the finish.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly chalky. Slightly dry, but maybe not quite dry enough.

Overall: I know that Biere de Garde is a wide ranging style, but this still seems a little off-style, maybe because of the Scottish yeast. It has a nice malt character, but it could use a little more spicy notes and dryness. It also seems a little bit like a Scotch Ale; maybe I am making that up due to my knowledge of the yeast.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
7.3% ABV, 26 IBUs, Enjoy By 03/08/14 printed on shoulder.

A - Dark, dark brown, this beer's dark stained wood color only shines with clarity when held up to light. Fragile off white foam lightly clings to the glass' surface when the skim retires to a creamy halo.

S - Malt rich, this deeply complex beer has undercurrents of chocolate covered coffee bean behind thickly sliced, lightly toasted, spongy marble rye bread drizzled with a caramel and toffee blend. A delicate waft of smoked prunes rises through the finish of this Bière de Garde.

T - Hops remain absent, save for balance and earthy spice undertones found behind the beer's rich malt profile. Toasted rye bread with traces of sweetness following behind captivate the flavor with quiet notes of smoked nuts and cocoa-dusted coffee bean finish out.

M - Soft carbonation wanders through the mouth keeping the beer's overarching maltiness from becoming to sweet or full-bodied while dry, mildly spicy hops have the final say with a kiss of bitterness for balance.

O - Summit's Bière de Garde is a fine malt focused, dark representation of the style in that malt complexity shines with it's sweet, bready, and light chocolaty notes. The beer exhibits no yeast character or aged character though, and drinks somewhat like a stronger bock (though not doppelbock) perfect for the colder months ahead.

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Summit Bière De Garde from Summit Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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