Bière De Garde | Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
Oklahoma, United States
chocbeer.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
25 IBU

Added by jmbranum on 11-11-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
65
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
10.68%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheHand. Unknown abv, it certainly is above 6% and could be in the high 7% plus. Large off-white foamy head on medium yellow body. Some lace. Malty, and lightly spicey aroma, pleasant. Very easy mouthfeel and drinkable. I have had better of the style, yet still a better than average beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As Bier de Garde style ales are difficult to assess and even more difficult to understand, Choc Biere de Garde is a nice beer but lacks the unique and indigenous flavors that make authentic Beglian Ales so characterful and inviting.

Biere de Garde pours a modestly hazy amber color and forms a froathy off white head of loosely knit bubbles. Retention falls to a thin sheet and a lace around the glass, but lacks in true Belgian lace. A great color, and the haze doesn't bother me, but the head character and retainage could be better.

Bready, biscuity, caramelly aromas emit from the glass with a fruity focus on raisons, cherries, and apples. Light must gives glimpse into the flavors of aged ales, but overall the Belgiany character is slight.

Flavors of caramel malt govern the sweetness while the bulk of the taste covers fruity esters and spicy alcohol, hops, and peppery notes. Earthy flavors of straw/grass and a delicate herbal presence bounce off of the apples, raisons, and cherry notes. Again, the beer is going in the right direction but the clean caramel taste and lack of complexity leaves the beer somewhat simplified.

The creamy up start has a quick transition to effervescent dryness, hoppy bite, and a fleeting caramel stickiness. The mouthfeel of the beer might be the attribute that best represents that of the style.

Overall, this beer is on the right path but it is way too one-dimentional and lacks the punch of estery/spicy balance, dry malt character, and aged must notes. Still, it's a clean beer and pleasant enough to drink.

Thanks BlueOkie!

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with ruby highlights. A foamy, off-white head left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled funky and sour. It had an earthy, peat-like aroma.

T - It was sour and earthy tasting with a mild spiciness. A light roasted caramel malt flavor came through, as well.

M - It was soft, smooth and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good American version of the style. Pete's/Choc makes some very fine brews.

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Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into founders snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a hazed brown hued gold.

Aroma: Reminds me a bit of a saison. Some lemon zest and cloves. Bready malts. A bit biscuity.

Taste: Floral hops. Bready/biscuity malts. Kind of buttery. Some grassy notes with spices. Lemon zest and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this one reminded me a lot of a saison, but had some other flavors going on. Decent. I think this is better than the bells jazz series and they were all BdG.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous trader for sending this my way. Served in a wine glass with some rustic French-inspired soup courtesy of Jared.

Pours a very light copper color. It initially has a white head, but can't hold it at all. There is very, very little lacing. Even a goo, heavy swirl won't bring the head back. The nose has some subtle light malt and a bit of faint earthiness. There is a small quantity of dry caramel in there as well. The taste has some light earth and slight hop dryness along with some bread. Pretty basic, but okay. Light body with moderate carbonation. Drinks fairly well; this was enjoyable, though not terribly memorable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of apples, caramelized malts, spices, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste has a lot going on and is malty and a little sour up front, with flavors of Belgian yeast, apples, caramel and some spice. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, even though it may not be one of my favorites, this is a good, complex beer to relax with.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orangey body with a small white head.

Smell: Aroma of caramel malts, a handful of grains, a handful of field flowers, with a bright golden delicious apple fruitiness and a pinch of yeasty spice.

Taste: Light caramel maltiness with a bit of graininess. More of the fruity apple character from the nose. Light floral hoppiness with just a touch of bitterness. Peppery, tartish finish and then it's over.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! It's a treat to finally try something from the great state of Oklahoma.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Apples & strawberries? Some brown sugar when warm

T: Apple skins, white grape, caramel & dryness as this warms. Oakyness, toffee, tobacco, & apple cider & pears as this warms. Finishes with brown sugar, apple peels & dryness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Light/medium bodied, sticky & spritzy

Drinks great for the style, a very good stab at the style! Nice & refreshing, I'm guessing this one checks in slightly under 5.8% ABV

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

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a golden copper/amber color with a fluffy off-white head.

S: Lots of sweet, light fruits in the nose--mostly apples and pears with a slight bit of spice to them. Sweet and bready malts and a bit of yeast.

T: The same pronounced fruitiness is present on the tongue. Great apple, pear, and maybe banana notes with a touch of spice and yeast. Really nice, actually.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation that has a great feel to it.

D: I was not expecting much from this beer, but it was quite enjoyable. Light and easy to drink with good fruit character.

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Photo of orangesol
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle busted out by Deuane.

A - Pours murky amber brown with a small half finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of light spice, graham cracker caramel malt, candied sugar, and some dulled fruit like pears and apples. Not too bad so far.

T - Starts off with a bit of candied sugar sweetness quickly giving way to a mix of graham cracker caramel malt, dulled fruit, and some light spice. A bit too thin for my liking. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light fruitiness, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A bit thin in the feel with some lingering sweetness in the finish.

O - I am not sure how old this one is but either way it was not too bad but it isn't something I would go seeking out.

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

This is my first Biere de Garde. I picked it up while in Florida last week (definitely didn't expect to find Krebs there). It poured a dirty, mop water like copper in color with a one finger off white head that laced the glass. The aromas are interesting. The first thing I think of is oatmeal. It smells like dry oatmeal just after you open the package. It also gives off honey, yeast, pale malt, and some Dortmunder like qualities. It tastes pretty good. It features a good amount of yeast and honey, pale malt sweetness. It kind of has a sweet saison thing going on. I keep thinking of oatmeal with honey. It's pretty tasty. It drinks medium in body and is pretty drinkable. The alcohol isn't present at all and the aftertaste is appealing as well. I found this to be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to stephens101 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice golden amber color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger foamy/creamy off-white head, with some very nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty, fruity/flowery. The taste is awesome, one of the best of this style I've had to date, malty, yeasty, fruity, with some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink this afternoon, thanks Lane.

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing. A Bière De Garde from Oklahoma. What's this world coming to?

A: The ale is an amber brown color, dark dirty copper even, with a thin band of white head. Still translucent too.

S: Pleasantly spiced with candi sugars and biscuity malts sharing the spotlight. The malty base seems like a good foundation for the sugars and yeast.

T: Lighter fruits, a sweet presence, register immediately. Not a fruit beer, the flavors still come through quite nicely. Lightly toasted grains add more of a malty finish, a denser cousin to the saison. Lighter apples and pears are the primary fruit flavors that come out of the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is a little thin, too quick to fly away. The assertive malts and lighter fruit flavors are a nice reminder of the BdG style.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber without a freshness date but purchased not long ago at Goebel's in Wichita. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a decent tan foam that fades pretty quick and leaves minimal lacing behind. Surprised at the poor head retention, especially considering the style.

Smell is cidery...like a caramel covered apple. That is about all I can get and has me wondering about a possible infection.

Taste has some nice maltiness to it, a bit caramely and toasty. Belgian yeast strain is prevalent, but still seems a bit cidery and sour (assuming there was no lacto added on purpose). That said, it is still strangely enjoyable and drinkable even with the off-flavors, I easily finished the bomber. Not bad, and I would like to try it on tap to see if it was meant to taste like this.

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Photo of JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Damian
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fluid ounces/22 fl oz bottle
Served in a tulip
Thanks to Beertracker for including this in our trade

The beer poured a crystal clear, deep, glowing, orangey-amber color with a one-finger, frothy, light tan head that deposited some sticky lacing along the glass.

The aroma was smooth and enticing. Malty rich, spicy and rather sweet smelling. Apple notes (apple cider) came through strong. As the beer warmed, some booziness appeared as well.

The taste however was rather thin a bit harsh. As with the aroma, the malts dominated. Rich and somewhat caramel-like up front. Slight metallic notes came through initially but these soon disappeared. As the beer moved along the palate, the smooth, maltiness of this brew seemed to fade. Quite spicy in the center with some tart apple notes. The spiciness intensified in the harsh, alcohol rich finish. A touch of hops were noticeable as well.

The mouthfeel was light and fluffy on the palate with a lively, sprightly carbonation.

Drinkability was severely hampered by the big alcohol bite on the finish.

This beer was a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting a much richer, smoother and more complex flavor profile from this brew.

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Going to try and be unbiased with this one, as it seems it has some high ratings, but only done by locals so far. Really hoping this to be a good one, as Oklahoma is a bit barren in the craft brew department. Let's see what we got. Pours a dark golden brown with a tan one-finger head that dissipates in a fairly quick fashion. Swirl it around in the tulip a bit and then smells of bready, somewhat spicy malts and some apples. Tastes malty and a bit bready and fruity as well. Full-bodied and quite drinkable as it goes down smooth with a hint of alcohol heat at the end. Am very curious to see the alcohol content. My guess is 6-8%.

No bias here. This is a very good beer, and the Kreb's bunch should be very proud of this one. I'm in the mood for a little road-trip and a bit of Italian food to pair this one with now!

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Bière De Garde from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
3.84 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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