Schlafly Bière De Garde | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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 BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly seems to pull of these complex Belgian styles effortlessly. This beer pours with bright rust color, moderate haze, and fantastic off-white head formation, retention and lacing-- an overall impressive look. Aromas are part-malt / part fruits with an emphasis on toasty, bready notes. Bruised oranges, lemon rinds, apples, and appricots round out the estery aromas. Mild plastic and peppery phenols also add to the complexity. Woodsy and musty late. Flavors of malt and fruity esters continue their balance. A light toasty flavor is accentuated by herbal hops, and light acidic flavors. Remaining spicy and citrusy til the end. Body is quite full for the style, but lifted off the palate by an airy carbonation. A well attenuated character helps to keep the beer palatable, but it still has a weight that seems high. Finishes with a hit of appricots, lightly grassy-citrus notes and a musty cellar-like quality.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.81/5  rDev -53.5%
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 emerge077
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL from Yogi's in Morton, IL.

Significant pressure released from the cap as it was opened.
Poured into a Zum Deutschen Eck stemmed goblet/wine glass.
Served at 50º cellar temperature.

Attractive burnished orange/burnt umber coloration, very saturated, with a steady column of carbonation rising from the center. Creamy foam that leaves irregular sheets and rings of lace all around. Retention is good, the head never dissipates.

Aroma is odd, lemon lime soda and initial dankness, somewhat malty in the background.

Tart and malty, a little off putting at first. Lemony, citrusy, musty yeast and bready malt. Definite citrus and a well defined sweet malt character in the middle. Finishes with some white grape sweetness. The tart astringency from the yeast doesn't mesh with the bold maltiness as much as i'd like. Body is full, a little spritzy from the carbonation. Something here just doesn't jive though. Feels just plain weird, and I like weird. Frankly it reminds me of some of the maltier offerings from Fantome, which some will certainly appreciate.

Begs to be paired with cheese or cured meats, as the bottle says. Paired nicely with Les Frères, a farmhouse cheese from Crave Bros. in Waterloo, WI.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a near clear, golden-amber body with a fine, white head.

Smell: Gentle toasted caramel malts alongside aromas of fresh fruits, flowers, and, to a lesser degree, spices.

Taste: Lightly toasty, subtly sweet maltiness yields to tangy, fruity flavors of pears and apricots. Minute hint of alcohol. Thin trace of aniseed. Floral, herbal hop character with a light bitterness. Fruity, semi-dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, engaging carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, that's fairly nice; a real, honest thirst quencher. Deep down, we're all striving for a great Bière de Garde. Schlafly's offering comes pretty close.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

medium amber color that had a slight bit of haziness to it. Intresting tone here for sure as it was bordering on being a bit brighter. There was a nice head of white that came up over the top and settled down gradually into a little pillow.

The aroma was light, hints of grian, light hops and a touch of light peach and pear fruit notes. Subtle would be the ideal word here. There was a very nice flavor here, nothing really huge, just very light and drinkable. Nice touches of light grains and small doses of light fruit, mixing well and with subtle yet adequate carbonation, the whole thing seemed to come together quite well.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazed caramel with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & very good head retention

S: Green apple peel & grassyness

T: Green apple peel, phenols, white pepper & some lemony hops. grainyness & brown bread up front. Apricot, pears & slight boozeyness are all there as this warms, plus a bit of coriander, white grapes & honey. Finishes with nice apple, pear & peach notes, plus a bit of honey

MF: Effervescent, medium bodied, semi-sticky, plus kind of warming

Drink pretty easy for the style & abv, a very good stab at the style, that I will try again in cooler weather to see if it is better or worse, This got a bit thick & boozey as the bottle drained

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Henlopen City Oyster house in Rehoboth Beach.

A: Was served in a nonic glass. The beer was a slighty hazy golden/orange color with a 1/2 finger white head on top. Nice head retention, and decent lacing was left on the sides.

S: A light fruity aroma with some orange, orange peel, and a little bit of pineapple. There is a toasty/bready malt undertone and a little bit of spice, mostly cloves.

T: Surprisingly sweet. Granted, this is my first Biere de Garde, and was not sure what to expect. Very nice fruit flavor with some light spice. Orange, pineapple, and a little bit of banana as well as cloves. It has a a light grassy/earthiness and a touch of caramel.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Very crisp drinking.

O: Quite nice. I was very impressed with this beer, and look forward to have another in this style. Had there not been other beers I wanted to try the night I had this, I would have gotten another one.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. I can find no freshness or bottling date info. Orange cap FWIW. Pours cloudy darker honey amber, with a dark orange hue. Lifts a large loose medium khaki head, gong to a 1/4 inch film and nice lace all the way up to where the top of the head was. Musty, fruity and malted up nose. Complex and inviting BDG, some spice, some mustiness, a Belgian yeasty note. More flavor notes floating across the tongue need to be mentioned, ripe pears, and light raisins, with earthiness abounding. Yeasty final pour, adds the expected cloudy light brown look and a hint of nuts. Really enjoyed this one.

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

Beer is dark yellow, forms a tight white head. Carbonation is high and lacing is really nice. Looks good.

Beer smells bready and yeasty. Nice spicy estery aroma.

Beer is medium in body and finishes nicely. Good spice in the middle and overall pretty good. Not sure how good a Bière de Garde this is but its a good beer overall.

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Photo of Tone
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, orange/amber color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus, yeast, hops, and slight alcohol. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus (banana), tart malt, yeast, hops, and alcohol. Overall, a great body, blend, complexity, and aroma. Not quite as good as the cask version, but still a very good beer especially for only around seven dollars.

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a thick 2"+ of foam. There is some moderate lacing that paints the glass.

Smell: fruit sweetness, yeast, and some spiciness create a pleasant aroma for the nose.

Taste: caramel, yeast, sweet grapes and apples, and a late spiciness are the main components. Bitterness is moderate but noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short lived aftertaste as the flavors leave the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: not a quick drinking beer, but there is some overall refreshment with this. Worthy of giving this one a try.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to bort11 for this one.

Pours a very nice cloudy dark golden orange/yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, with lots of nice thick/creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with a good dose of yeast, with some spices. The taste is malty, yeasty, spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is another nice one from Schlafly.

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Photo of John_M
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a light, honey amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showing light cherry, honey and underlying spice. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but is a bit odd. In addition to the honey and cherry, I get some brown sugar and cinnamon as well. It's not bad, just a bit unusual. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol not the least bit intrusive or obtrusive.

Nothing extraordinary here, but I thought this a solid, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Originally poured a flat muted orange with a light misty haze that didn't do much to conceal the medium strong effervesce. The second pour of the night yielded all the yeasty goodiness into the glass producing a thick turbid affair and an milky orange juice coloring. An ivory colored head showed good retention (4-5min) while laying the groundwork for a good lacing composed of large spongey patches of generous coverage. On the bottom of the glass lied a dozen or so milky chunks of particulate matter. Mmmm good.

S: The nose was light in strength with some fruity character, honey dew and melons, set against a malty backing.

T: The flavor started out fruity with melons and red grapes set against a generous residual malting. Some spiciness occurs, perhaps that of goldings, that adds a nice spicy and bright zing to the heavily malt accented palate. Slightly dry and of powdery malt sugars, think dme, definitely adds some body and substance to the overall experience. There is also a bit of alcohol spiciness of dry cinnamon and nutmeg with some juicy apple fruitiness rounding things out all with a bit of warmth.

M: The mouthful was thick luscious creamy malts upfront, turning fluffy with a bubbly creaminess on longer holds. Lots of residual sugars and grainy substance from the lack of attenuation sits well per style here coating the tongue with a powdery, silty feel upon the swallow.

D: At 7.0% this probably sits at the lower end of the drinkability spectrum per style. Residual maltiness, slightly dry and powdery with a nice start of frutiness makes for a solid example with a bomber sitting well here.

4 3.5 4.5 4 3.5

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle (2007 bottle, orange crown and 7.0% ABV). Served in a Gulden Draak tulip glass, the beer pours an amber/orange color with a 2 inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. (The first glass poured clear, the second was cloudy from the yeast that settled on the bottom of the bottle.) It smells like yeast, Belgian candy sugar, slightly tart orange, peppery spice and a bit of funk. Taste is similar to the aroma, I can taste pepper, earthy malt, yeast, citrus and some funk. It also has a spicy, dry finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with zippy carbonation that goes down and smooths as the beer warms up. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and quite refreshing. I think this is a good overall brew, it's a good example of why Schlafly is becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the clear bright copper brew. Head lasts and lasts, constantly replenished by the streams of tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is sporadic but chunky when present. Aroma is clean and citrusy, with a light earthiness. Taste begins lightly sweet, quickly turns to the lemony citrus, which carries through but recedes somewhat at the close to let the sedate mustiness peek through. Mouthfeel is small-bubbled and smooth, and drinkability is nice. Crisp thirst-quencher here, with alcohol warmth that sneaks up over time.

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Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, orange-brown in color

Smell: toasted malt, honey, fruit, and small earthiness

Taste: lots of caramel malt, honey, small earth, grass, lemon, and apple

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, very sweet

Drinkability: A super malty and earth beer that gets better as it warms. Very good but not my favorite in the style. A sipper that I may pick up again.

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