Schlafly Bière De Garde | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-31-2007

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of washburnkid
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sanford for this delicious beer. Enjoyed in a tulip.

A: one finger frothy ivory head over an opaque amber with hues of red throughout. A cap and ring retains, leaving behind loose webbed lacing. Really gorgeous.
S: aromas of wheat, spice, fruit like faintly tart apples and apricot. Malts provide a distant sweetness. Refreshing and inviting on the nose.
T: I've been craving sours, and this one is tart enough to satiate my taste buds. Plenty of granny smith apples to make my mouth pucker (thinking and writing about it makes my mouth water instantly). There's a big wheat profile, and spiciness thrown in to boot. The tart and bitters battle for attention at the end of each sip. With warmth, a mellow earthiness rings in, and a bitter vinegar evens out the tart kick from the beginning. Absolutely delicious and complex.
M: medium body with higher carbonation, which brings out the puckering flavors a great deal.
D: I can sip on this beer all day, every day. I drank the whole 750mL bottle and still wanted more. A great farmy style that I will actively seek out now.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Initial pour is mostly clear and a dark golden color, but with the yeast added it turns a very cloudy glowing pumpkin orange color...nice. Has a thick cap of light tan foam and displays average retention and does not leave much lacing behind.

Interesting nose on this beer. Rotting apples bordering on cidery, caramel malts, red grapes, starfruit and an autumn leaf pile. Leans towards that nice, funky farmhouse aroma we all love so well. Good, bordering on great smelling beer.

Taste is tart fruitiness with hints of sourness and even a touch of vinegar and barrel staves. Malts are toasted caramel and even could be described as earthy. Hops are there for a bit of balance, but pretty much just along for the ride. This is quite tasty, surprisingly sour (in a good way) and slightly funky. Carbonation is creamy and smooth and adds another layer of complexity to the drinking experience. Different from most farmhouse ales as it has a darker, heavier malt presence. I will look for this one again, for sure! I have been pleased with most of the offerings I have had from Schlafly so far.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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Photo of paxchristi
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Schlafly Tap House. I've got to say, this one impresses me. Don't know why it hasn't gotten way better reviews than it has.

Appearance: Pours a deep burnt orange color with a luscious amount of fluffy off white head that settles at the top. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass as I drank. Very appropriate for a Biere de Garde. Suds and more suds. Looks outstanding!

Smell: Very soft, welcoming, earthy and yet fruity nose. The nose reflects the mouthfeel in this one-- very fluffy! Pear, peach, sweet breads, some dry hops, and a mild, moderately bodied sweet malt. Its important to know that the fruits don't make it smell exceptionally sweet but they complement the breadiness of it to make its own flavor.

Taste: One of my favorite things about Biere de Garde is the first sip of fluffy white head before I dive into the body of the beer. Sweet yeast breads and a sweet malt backbone. I catch some definite banana notes in the distance as well as some fruit characters I suspect are from the yeasts. For as many sweet flavors that it has, its still only mildly sweet. A slightly dry finish from some slight dry-hopping I assume.

Mouth: A moderate amount of carbonation appropriate for a farmhouse ale. Its a, once again, very fluffy feel in the mouth. It gives the flavor of the beer a very intoxicating feel to it. It consumes the mouth. One of my favorite mouth feels I’ve had in a long time.

Overall: This is one of my favorite offerings from Schlafly. I talked to one of the brewers while at the tap house and he says that the Biere de Garde settles and ages a bit quite nicely. In fact, he recommended it. I’d say this is one of Schlafly’s top 3-4 offerings. A totally responsible representation of the style. The beer is one of those beers that when you want some real suds, you ask for this one. This is one you crave. This is one for the cult followings. I could drink this one every day. I’ll have another please!

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4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- coppery orange color, ample head, large and frothy.
s- grainy, malty, slight sourness in first whiff.
t- just right! malty, sweet tartness, some graininess, grassy-herbal hop flavor.
m- light, but some creaminess. fairly pronounced co2 bite at beginning, smooths as the biere warms.
d- could have easily had more.

p(price) 7 bucks for a 750 ml. a little steep for me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ML orange capped bottle:

It pours a cloudy orange with about a 2 finger head of billowy foam. There's lots of lacing and the foam isn't shrinking very quickly, if at all. A beautiful looking brew in my Chimay glass.

The smell has earthy notes with some orange fruit smell, some light pepper, and a light note of funk. It's not a big and bold nose but what's there is nice.

The taste..mmm. Big earthy and yeasty notes start off followed by some notes of orange peel and pepper and more fruitiness that leans toward the tart side and some hop bitterness that I notice mostly near and through the finish. Very flavourful and an easy drinking son of a gun.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation just crosses over into medium territory.

Bottom line: This is my 6th encounter with Biere de Gardes and, judging from my reviews, I guess I favour the style. Actually, I'm not guessing at all. I love 'em.

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4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Extra special thanks to gemutlichkeit for hooking me up with this in a trade!

A: Pours a honey-amber, burnt-orange color with a creamy and fizzy, eggshell, one-finger head that quickly transforms itself into a thick and bubbly ring with a faint skim. Carbonation was ample but couldn't keep the head alive for long to leave much, if any, lace in the glass.

S: Fruit smells run the gamut from sweet to tangy. Loads of green apple, pear, grassy hops, sweet grains, and a touch of lemon. Spiciness becomes really apparent after the second pour.

T: See above. Tastes sweet and fruity with excellent balance from the grassy hops, peach, pear, white pepper, dry/toasty malt, and tangy fruit in the finish. The sediment swirled second pour netted some fantastic spiced apple and black pepper flavors.

M: Right out of the fridge, this is a bit thin. However, as it warms it thickens considerably. Seems to become spicier as it warms. Pretty cool how at the same time my tongue sensed sweet but my lips tasted a bit tangy and fruity.

D: This is an extremely enjoyable beer. Thank you Matt for setting me up with this great beer!

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4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from the first bottling of this beer, so its about a year and a half to two years old approximately. Pours a slightly hazy orangish yellow color with a small white head (though towards the finish of the bottle it is very murky). Aroma features some tart fruit and a slight funkiness and some spice.

Taste is of candied sugar up front along with some spice. There is a faint funkiness in the background and towards the finish along with some refreshing tart fruit and peaches. Mouthfeel is very smooth and on the heavier side of medium bodied. A wonderful stab at the style from Schlafly.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful auburn/orange color w/ a perfect two finger eggshell colored head. Excellent carbonation and lacing. Opaque w/ amazing orange highlights when held up to the light. I'm tempted to give this a 5, but I'll leave it where it is. Totally amazing looking beer.

S- Peaches, apricot, some spices, and maybe a little funk? Malt in the nose as well. Not sure... But it has a slight 'farmhouse' smell to it. Nice smelling beer which improves w/ some warming. The only thing I can ding it for is that the nose is a little weak.

T- Wow. This is one tasty beer. Again, bordering on 5- but I haven't had the style enough to do that. Still, Malt, fruit, sweetness, some yeast. This is one of those beers that is greater than its parts. Everything works really well together, and is just super balanced and tasty. I'd love to pick up a bottle of this and age it for a few years.

M- Let me say that again, this is close to being a 4.5... but it's the aftertaste feel that lets it down a little. Still, it's really good, smooth and decadent. If the aftertaste smoothed out just a touch (and aging would probably do it), it's a 4.5...

O- Super impressed by this beer. I don't have a lot of experience w/ this style, but that doesn't matter- this is a fantastic brew. If you get Schlafly where you live, go pick this one up- it's really worth it!

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Photo of DCon
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from tap #40 at the iTap House (Chesterfield) and poured into a Wide Chalice.

Appearance- Bronze color and shiny cloud with great retention. The head was very minimal but then became a small circle in the middle of the beer.

Smell- Fruit from the first whiff, and then smelled an entirely different smell of hops.

Taste- A great flavor of fruit, and almost sour like a sour kriek. There was a sweetness that overpowered all senses but discovered this to be a more complexed biere than I thought. Maybe could be classified as a Saison?

Mouthfeel- Sour taste at the end of experience with a Medium Bodied base.

Drinkability- I enjoyed every part of this beer and will be promoting it to other curious drinkers from the iTap house. Now this is my favorite beer from Schlafly! Could enjoy 3-4 more but had to leave the bar because of our blizzard scare throughout St. Louis' news and television station interruptions.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, light amber color with a small, white, bubbly head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit and subtle spices. A sweet malty nose.

T - This was well balanced. A nice blend of dried fruit and malt. The spice presence was very mild.

M - It was smooth and crisp with a slight warm alcohol presence. It was medium bodied.

D - This is a very nice Biere de Garde. I was quite impressed with it. I'd like to try one that has aged a little more.

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Photo of phergy
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark amber, almost orange, with a thick, full head that dissipates relatively quickly leaving a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. It has a hint of citrus on the nose, with a bit of yeasty sweetness. It has a sharp bite in the front of the mouth. I also noticed the yeast flavors coming out as well. It has a bit of hop bitterness that nicely balances the sweetness.

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Photo of KI9A
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Burnt orange, puffy head, nice lacing.

S: Fruit, spice, musty yeast.

T: Dried dark fruit (cherry, prunes?), yeast, a bit of citrus.

M/D: Very refreshing. Light, about right carbonation. I am going to try aging one, really can't wait for the results. THe "fresh" one on tap was damned decent.

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4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

September 2007 release (orange crown). Rusty tangerine with butternut borders and close to Champagne-like carbonation. A gentle pour has created three fingers of ecru foam that picks up a hint of orange from the beer beneath. This is a lovely looking ale that would look better if it wasn't crystal clear. Modest lace on the first pour becomes extensive lace on subsequent pours.

St. Louis Brewery/Schlafly must have some experience with beer of this style because they've nailed the nose. Either that or they did their homework. The beer is tart and fruity, with a sprinkle of spice from the yeast and a small shot of funk.

While the beer isn't quite as impressive on the palate, it's still a delicious biere de garde that veers just a bit toward wild ale territory. It would be surprising if there wasn't at least a few exotic bugs swimming around in this bottle.

Whatever malt was used doesn't provide much sweetness or flavor. It's probably mostly pale with a modicum of something more toasted and earthy. Like the aroma, the flavor is primarily derived from hops and yeast. Let's go with sour peaches and pears sprinkled with lemon zest and assorted herbs and spices.

The mouthfeel score could just as easily have been one notch higher. That's all the more amazing because this release was the brewery's first foray into bottle-conditioned beer. It's at least medium for the style, stays creamy through the swallow, and is lightly mouthcoating in the aftermath. What the hell... 4.5 it is.

Schlafly Biere De Garde is the real deal and is one of the best versions in recent memory that didn't hail from either Belgium or France. If you're sitting on an orange crowned bottle (2007), it's drinking mighty fine right now.

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