Bière De Garde
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Bière De GardeBière De Garde
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French Bière de Garde
Ranked #44
Ranked #18,290
3.86 | pDev: 12.18%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Bière De GardeBière De Garde
Notes: Our Bière de Garde invokes the tradition of the farmhouse ales of Northern France, renowned for their subtle aromas of apricot and allspice. Four different types of malt create a toffee sweetness, while French Strisselspalt hops add a subtle spice flavor. The beer is fermented with a distinct French farmhouse ale strain, then bottle conditioned with extra sugar and yeast for at least two weeks.

Bière de Garde translates to “beer which has been kept or stored”. This traditional, artisan farmhouse ale from Northern France was brewed in early spring and stored in cold cellars for consumption in warmer months. While related to its spicier, tarter Belgian cousin Saison, Bière de Garde is a richer, sweeter beer.

20 IBU
Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 252 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of DaveMaciolek21
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Amber color, very little head, quite malty for a Biere De Garde. Overall, found the beer flat and unimpressive. It wasn't unpleasant, but it was unremarkable.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown to copper in color with exceptional clarity. There's a fingernail of tan around the rim and covering over three fourths of the top. Light lacing. The aroma is earthy and also reminiscent of toasted oats. The taste is along the line of toasted oats and lightly sweet bready malt. The mouth is moderately carbonated, dry, and dense.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, cloudy with lots of fine bubbled carbonation. A 3 finger yellowish candy glass looking bubbly head that fades fast. There was an overflow of foamy mass moving upwards, first protruding up the neck of the bottle and then finally out the top after the first pour.

S: An iron like quality, green herbs, a freezer burn like quality, a hint of lemon candy, caramel, crème brule, toffee, nail polish remover, Belgian yeasts, aged musty cellar quality.

T: Crème brule, caramel, toffee, nail polish remover, musty cellar, iron, light sweetness, very little lemony quality, a solid malty backbone, little bittering hops.

M: Medium light syrupy body, lots of fine bubbled carbonation.

O: My first in this style, I am really liking this beer. Got it in St Louis, drinking it in Rolla, MO, Aug 5th, 2014. Visually impressive with the initial overflow of carbonation, the first American Beer I’ve had that has captured that sometimes found Belgian aspect.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.81/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a clear deep orangey color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of grainy cereal notes with quite a bit of residuals sugars. Taste is also a mess with an overload of residual sugars and some grainy cereal notes with some funny ester. Body is semi-full with medium-to-low carbonation. Incredible mess with a definite lack of attenuation.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Label on the base reads "bottled with love 3 1913".

A: Hazy, caramel-colored body with 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet malt with a bit of spice, honey, brown sugar. Light noble hops. Some fruit - I detect apple, tangerine/orange. Faintly floral with some touches of earthy funk.

T: Lightly sweet, fruity malt up front with development of a moderate hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish. No significant alcohol presence. Slight tang on the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a nice moderately-full body. Nice creaminess on top. Fills nicely.

O: Pretty well balanced all around with some nice flavors/scents happening. A bit malty, a bit fruity, a bit hoppy. Solid take on the style, although the hopping feels distinctly American. Better than I remember - I feel some age has improved this one. Good stuff.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent biere de garde. Frankly, it seems more like a Belgian ale that has a tart aspect to it. Thankfully that seemed to calm down over time. But it's still there more than I would like. Thicker feel and flavor on this one. A good stab at the style, but I think I have had better. Though most of those would be from across the pond.

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Photo of t420o
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Schlafly Biere de Garde

A- pour yields a 2 finger tan head receding and leaving some beautiful lacing. Beer is a beautiful deep gold color. 4.25

S- nice grain, lemon, fresh cut grass, doughy yeast, and strangely I get some chocolate ice cream 4.25

T- grain, slight spice, peppery, lemon, doughy yeast, pear, earthy, excellent. 4.25

M- great mouthfeel. Medium-above medium body and medium carbonation. 4.25

O- excellent beer that was a complete pleasure. Great Biere de Garde 4.25

Low A

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is somewhat hazy light amber orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense off white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chunky yeast are present in the nose (similar to the large clumps of yeast you taste near the bottom of a glass) along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of chunky yeast along with hints of sweet toasted malts and fruity yeast. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied (and faintly chewy from the yeast) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have as much earthiness compared to other beers in the style but is a really nice beer if you like smelling and tasting yeast. No traces of alcohol are present in the taste.

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Photo of Vixie
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice red color with just a hint of orange. Forms a decent sized tan head, and a lot of bubbles from carbonation.

Very malty and bread like smell. Reminds me a bit of the smell of warm bread dough. There is a hint of sweetness in it, almost a citrus smell.

Fairly malty up front, also has citrus notes and some peppery spice at the finish.

Decent feel, and a lot of carbonation. The carbonation made my tongue tingle for a bit after drinking it.

Pretty decent beer here. Seems to me to be closer to a Belgian pale ale, as the flavor profile puts me in mind of the Belgian style. Not quite a blow me away beer, but a pretty decent one I'm glad I picked up while at the brewpub.

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Photo of hardy008
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a one finger white head, with good retention and lacing. Has a sweet and tart aroma with apricots, peaches, toasted malt, toffee, yeast and spice.

Tastes sweet with a light amount of tartness. Has apricots, toffee, yeast, toasted malt, spice, and some funk. Also has a light hop bitterness. Well balanced, with no hints of alcohol in the taste.

Medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink, with soft carbonation. A nice beer, which I will buy again, if I get the chance.

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Marble Brewery snifter

A - pours as an opaque creamy peach color, nice topper of white foam retains. A little bit of lacing. Really good looking beer.

S - a lot of apple cider type notes, some cinnamon and clove, other pear/apple type notes. Good, but not knock your socks off good.

T - nice fruit and spice, leads with a rich red apple and clove taste, followed by some nice mild tartness. No really buttering to speak of lots of mild malt brings the flavored across the palate quite well. Nice dry character to the flavors. Finishes with a rich spice and tart note. Again, good, but not knock your socks off good.

M - very nice feel, thick without being overly so. Medium carbonation, feel lends itself well to the favors going on.

O - good beer that I would purchase if it ran into it again, but probably wouldn't seek out. Well done rep of the style (from what in know about the style, which admittedly isn't much). I liked it, nice fall/winter beer with the kind of apple/cinnamon thing it had going on.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three finger head with some retention on a hazy amber orange body. Little lacing. Aroma of orange peel, pungent Belgian yeast and light herbal hops. Flavor is just a little watery, especially in the finish. Up front pear and orange for citrus, Belgian yeast, Understated sweetness and breads. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Semi dry finish. This is a very nice representation of the style. It has all the right belgin character with the right body.

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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apricot color with a dense one inch cream head that lingers as a thick pool of foam.

Aroma is tangerine, coriander, and underlying grassy barnyard funk. Bready malt comprises the backbone, with floral notes at the finish.

Bready malt underlies the flavor throughout, with subtle earthy, minerally tones adding complexity. Candied orange and tapioca carry into a slightly woody, confectioners sugar finish.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the slightly high side. There's a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, an excellent example of the style. Subtle, malt dominated, earthy, with slight funk.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date. Purchased at the brewery in June 2012.

Beer is amber, translucent. A small off-white head dissipates quickly.

Toasty caramel malt scent is most immediate. Fruit scents are there as well, pear and apple. A bit of booze.

Taste is just like the smell. Toasty caramel malt, apple and pear, a bit of yeast, very slightly tart. Alcohol is pretty noticeable for 7.5%.

Full bodied, moderate to low carbonation. Bready.

Overall, quite good.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Town Hall tulip.

Opaque burnt orange liquid capped by and vague ivory collar. No lacing; inferior retention.

Asian pear, apples, and fruity yeast in the nose.

Very sweet and full on the palate - coming across like a malty, mildly bitter/grassy cider. Dries out a little bit in the finish, but the caramel apple impression remains. Unfermented candi sugar and large amounts of crystal malt seem to be present.

Insufficient carbonation, full yet pond-water-like mouth-feel.

One gets the impression that the brewers of this ale never actually sampled a French farmhouse-style ale...though there is some similarity to a malt (rather than yeast) driven ale brewed by Fantome on an off day. Flavor and aroma are mostly pleasant none the less.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfumed mildly spicy, with a soapy headed medium golden body. Very smooth drinker, that went well with a multi-course dinner. The citrus and pleasantly spicy taste was excellent on a hot night. Soft mouthfeel.Solid biere de garde, picked up in Madison about 9 months back.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium hazy orange with a great big white fluffy head. Always had some spotty splashy lace no matter how much the head reduced.

Some nice yeast and tart stone fruit in the nose. Hint of alcohol.

Nice complex brew. Bitter and surprising alcohol flavor up front, with sweet toasted malt, some fruit, some vanilla notes, yeast, maybe bruised/browned apricot/fruit nectar. Alcohol clear the palate, but this is never a hot brew. Smooth and balanced with a nice toasty light bitter finish.

Medium body, nice carbonation.

Love this style, and love this take on it. Added element to this that make you think of fruit and malt and wooden casks. Worth drinking one of these bombers right to the last drop.

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Photo of onewetpaw
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Sweet maltiness and a hint of cider. No barnyard funk or sourness. The rich molasses flavors I associate with dark belgian candi sugars.

A- Golden. Brilliantly clear with a egg-shell head and a large amount of lacing along the glass.

F- Sweet rich maltiness. Light spice and some vague alcohol warming.

M- Light and crisp carbonation. No cloying sweetness.

O- A fun beer that makes me sit up and pay attention. This has a lot of complexity and makes me smile to drink. Like any complex beer, its difficult to put this into words. I'l revisit this one and seriously consider trying to brew the style in an attempt to get similar results.

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Photo of scratch69
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Clear, orange color with a two finger, bubbly head. Nice retention with a fair amount of sticky lace.

Smell- Sweet malt and citrus with some spice. Aroma is a little faint.

Taste- Sweet malt and fruit at the start that turns faintly tart at the finish. Very subtle yeast and spice notes.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied. Very smooth and slightly creamy. Nice prickly carbonation.

Overall- This is the first of this style for me and I enjoyed it a lot.
I would love to get a few bottles of this and cellar them for a year or two.

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Photo of daledeee
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A large 750 bottle.

Pours pretty dark for a saison. Dark orange and clear. Good bubbling head wasn't a lot and left a thin layer on top

Nose is typical farmhouse. Funk, citrus and some pice.

Taste is rich and even has malty. Pretty strong spice and orange and also rather sweet. Heavy body but not lots of carbonation. This has some categories that match a farmhouse ale but is somewhat like a tripel as well. Pretty good but I have had better.

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Photo of areich6
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this brew in honor of Mardi Gras with my good friend and beer advocate pschul4.

A: Pours smoothly with little head. Looks like a murky copper color while in the glass.

S: Smells somewhat lager-esque with slight hints of fruit such as pears or plums. However, overall it does not eminate a very strong scent.

T: Tastes somewhat like alcoholic apple juice to me. Slightly sweet at the beginning and the taste of alcohol becomes more dominant at the end. It has the faint taste of sour in a way.

M: Smooth overall, with a little bit of prickly carbonation. Slight pleasant, creamy feel.

O: Not bad. I find the sweet and slightly sour taste to be quite palatable. As stated earlier, it somewhat resembles apple juice, and c'mon, who doesn't like apple juice.

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Photo of pschul4
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this in honor of Fat Tuesday (it has the Schlafly logo on the front which reminds me of the Saints logo who are from NOLA, get it?)

Sharing this bottle with areich6

A- Pours a murky brown with a 1/4" off white head. Definite sediment at the bottle of the bottle, I did my best to keep it out of our glasses. Honestly this looks a lot like apple cider with a head

S- Faint apple/pear citrus notes, smells almost like a sour

T- This tastes like an apple sour. By no means is it bad but it's simple an apple sour that's pretty well done. If you've had the Schlafly Grand Cru then you have basically had this one there is minimal difference

M- Prickly carbonation in the mouth, which is fine for an apple sour (which I reviewed this beer as)

O- If you go into this expecting an apple sour you will be delighted because in that sense it's quite well done. I'm not a huge sour fan but this is one I can certainly finish

Happy Mardi Gras!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours anice copper color with some slight haze and nice strong honey edges. There is a nice thin ecru head that recedes slowly and has some nice dense bubbles.

Slight tart hints and funk with some mild yeasty chalk. There is a nice fruity aroma as well with some slight grassy hop notes. There is some nice toasty pal malt notes with some slight bread and a bit of sweetness.

Starts off with some nice tasty pale malt and some bready notes. The flavor is quite grainy and earthy. Very little in the way of hops. Just enough to impart some slight bitter finishing touches. The brew is very smooth and the malt notes are very present. They dominate the palette but they don't overwhelm. There are some slight fruity notes to the beer and some pear and apple notes. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Pretty good beer. Definitely done well for the style.

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Photo of soju6
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a fluffy head that fades to good lacing.

S: Mild aroma of fruit, bit of spice and caramel to round it out.

T; Initially tangy with a mixture of fruit and bit of caramel. There is a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, Crisp and refreshing with a bit of alcohol warming. Very well balanced.

O: Very nice for the style. I can see having this from time to time. I would like to try this after it has aged for a while.

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Photo of jrenn
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from the bomber.

smell is yeasty. but subtly yeasty, like most 'Merican takes on the almighty belgian styles. But, dude... there's some fruit in there.
Look for it: peach, pears and honeydew melons. Would be so, so amazing for a spring or summer session.

taste is comparable to smell. not that spicy, but pears and yes, I swear to god, melons.

Light, reminds me of drinking apple cider.

Overall? I'm having a good time with it. Consider it recommended.

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