Summit Bière De Garde | Summit Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
72 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
summitbrewing.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 10-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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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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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---

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

Smell
Brown sugar, cherries and plums – very inviting.

Taste
The dark malt shines here, smoke and cherry.

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

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