Schlafly Bière De Garde | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Bière De GardeSchlafly Bière De Garde

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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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Ratings: 251 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of Daniellobo
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite the forgettable Biere de Garde, and unfortunately even though somewhat decent and drinkable, this is one of the lesser brews that Schlafly has to offer.

Presentation: 750 ml capped brown bottle. Simple and forgettable screen-printed design around a crest/emblem with the name of the ale and brand. Back narrative notes main intent and characteristics of the brew, alongside food pairing recommendations, and cellaring/serving instructions. Does not show bottling or freshness date, shows Alc. by Vol. (7.0%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pale to deep golden hazy pour, nice head, short retention, and poor lacing and surface memory.

S - Nose is close to non-existent but what one finds is disappointing with a moldy touch, and a couple of sweet notes.

T - Taste is slightly better but not much. The moldiness is luckily gone but there is a one-dimensional sweet tone, remotely fruity, with some forced and agonizing spicy touches.

M - Medium to light body, off carbonation, rather flat...

D - Not dreadful but really far from being remarkable.

Notes: Pity, this could be an off bottle and/or a lesser offering from Schlafly. I typically like their brews quite a bit with some among my favorites but this one is far from the cut. Supporting the idea of a bad bottle or a badly crafted brew I had an intense last pour. Unapologetically I poured the end including all yeast and sediment. Very hazy final serving with ugly to average presentation but at least the flavor picked up a richness close to what this should be like: timidly fruity, very sweet, spicy with cinnamon and sugar dominating. At least it had some aroma with character... Still no tartness, sour or complex earthy notes at any point.

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

Nice screen-printed mag bottle. Bottle conditioned, and the pour was appropriately slightly turbid. Aggressive tight head required a careful pour. Some yeast flavors, with predominant caramel malt body. Slightly vinious finish - not sure if this is the best example of the particular style, but a well-done beer in the general Belgian realm, like those of Unibroue.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a thick, tan head that shows great retention and lacing.

Aroma has sweet, toffeeish, bready malts, light perfume, and fruity belgian yeast.

Chewy and malty in the mouth with sweet toffee dominating the flavor. Tastes like a bock with a belgian twist. Too sweet to be very drinkable for me. Overall, pretty good, not really engaging at any point.

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Photo of bheilman
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer tastes of the earth. It is very clear and a light brown color. The head was fair and lingered for a while. The taste is a little too sour for me. It could use a bit more malt sweetness. It makes me think of a flemish sour or something of a similar style rather than a bier de garde. Overall it's a good beer, but not my favorite of this style.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A - clear light amber color with a thick ice cream like head; nice lacing as it drains

S - sweet malt with fruity esters, no perceptible hops

T - light caramel malt flavor; some fruity yeast character - perhaps not as much as expected - some tartness; alcohol noticeable but not unpleasant

M - medium to light body, high carbonation

D - This is a decent attempt at the style, but it's a bit rough around the edges. It's done to style, but not really outstanding.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden orange color. Two finger white head that dies down rather quickly. Nice spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice rotting fruit (grapes and apples) smell. Light caramel malts in the background. Yeasty bready smell. Light barnyard funk here and there in the aroma.

T- Nice fermented fruit taste to this. Caramel malts and hops blend together nicely. Light barnyard funky sourness to this one. Some acidic overtones to this one.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Drying on the mouth. Crisp tastes through and through. Bready yeast and apples is left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Light acidic tones as well.

D- This is a very nice drinkable beer. I enjoyed the sourness and funk in this. Nothing too over the top but this beer is great for what it is.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first of this style and I wasn't sure what to expect... I was pleasantly surprised...

A burnished amber appearance with a fairly small head, the aromas here are that of apples, yeast, and a sweet maltiness that sort of smells saison-like but more tart... There's a funkiness here that I like...very light and refreshing...

Sweet maltiness backed by those apples and yeast blend together quite well and although its quite sweet, its good and I like it... This seems more of a spring or summer offering to me though...

Overall, I liked it and would love to revisit this one when the temp is closer to 100 than 0...

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a gentle amber color with some light cloudiness, great head with differing size bubbles and good lacing. Aroma is light with some Belgian hints but primarily of apples. Tastes good very tart and slightly sour with apples being the primary flavor. Mouthfeel is a crisp medium body very slightly oily. Drinkability is good for the style though a little tart for my tastes.

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Photo of Cresant
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this 1 pint 9.4 oz. brown bottle into a Guinness tulip. No date but I have had this one in the cellar about one year. A hard pour created a zesty, three fingers of head, manilla envelop in color. The body was clear, rich golden.

Smell was interesting - stewed apples. Malty. Mild Belgian yeast aromas.

Taste was tart apples. Spicy. There was a good balance of tart and sweet. Rich but not especially complex.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with tiny carbonation bubbles. There was a smoothness to this one. I wont seek it out again, but it was worthwhile.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: The aroma has a strong barley malt scent. It is mainly grainy.

Appearance: It pours picture perfect. It has a two-tone frothy head that gets darker towards the bottom. The body is a bronze color with not much carbonation.

Tastes: Grainy and grass like. A little blander than what I thought it would be. There are some wheat and metal tones. Also it is herbal and spicy.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a medium body.

Drinkability: It has a good warming feeling without being too warm.

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Photo of gpogo
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark golden color with a large off-white head. Very lively carbonation bubbles.

A- Sweet malty aroma with some fruit smells. Small touch of alcohol and farmhouse funk.

T- Sweet malty taste with an acidic funk. I also get a fruity taste, consisting mostly of apples. Finishes semi-dry with a pleasant aftertaste.

M- High carbonation with medium body. Extremely smooth.

D- This is incredible. Reading the back of the bottle Schlafly suggests this ages well. The bottle I tried was about a year old from cellaring. I now wish I had more of these cellaring.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of skrib09
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

brew poured a copper hue and is pretty cloudy. white foam up top, not very dense, but with good lacing on the glass.

smells sweet and fruity, some twang on the nose, and a hint of floral spice. detectable maltiness in there as well.

sweet flavors reminiscent of candied fruit. bright candy and fruit mixes with the alcohol and a bit of something sour.

good drinkability. crispy mouthfeel but with good body.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy burnt orange color. I mean, I really can't see through it, but I can see bits of yellow around the edges in the light. The head that form is great, nice and white, rises up about an inch, then falls back to a nice ring, leaving bits of lacing around. It looks about right. The smell has quite a bit of tartness, like raw, underripe berry fruitiness. Smells a bit yeasty, maybe a little strong with some fruity alcohol - quite a bit of that fruity fermentation smell thrown out there. I'm not sure how much I really like it. But then again, there isn't just one way a biere de garde should smell. The taste keeps it up with the fruity frementation flavor - the raw yeasty taste. It kind of hides the rest of the beer, as well as the peachy alcohol flavor. As far as everything else, there's a distinct graininess, way more than barley, but it just tastes like raw crushed grain, maybe some oatmeal and/or other cooked grains. I think it has the kind of stuff that you expect, but I think I'm wishing that it was just lighter all-around - it hides some of the things I was looking for. As far as the mouthfeel goes, the beer is a little too heavy, and the carbonation is a little too sharp. Overall, this kind of reminds me of a first attempt at something that a homebrewer tried. I've tasted something surprisingly similar made by a friend. A few of my beers have had this taste. I think it needs work, maybe it should be lightened up, aged a little more, so that the flavors that the yeast should impart can come to the front. The ABV on this seems a little higher and harder than I want too, so it's harder to drink than I'd want as well. I'd be interested to try this again with some improvements. I want to see what kind of yeast character this has.

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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 coldmeat23
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a clear, golden orange color, with a light brown cast to it. About three-fingers of off-white foam make the head. Retention is great and lacing is in clumps and quite sticky.

Very nice nose that is full of tropical and citrus fruits. Big bready yeastiness. Smells lightly spiced. A light appearance of malty sweetness.

Taste follows the nose closely. The malts and yeasts are a bit more pronounced and the fruitiness is not quite so in your face, but still very good.

Solid medium-body with a high carbonation level. Fairly smooth, just a touch of sharpness around the edges and a nice, minor level of creaminess to it.

Very good flavor and easy-drinking make this one a winner.
I'm not huge on Schlafly as far as their 'everyday' offerings go, but I am loving their seasonal and one-off releases. Way to step it up, Schlafly!

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Photo of maximum12
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent to me last fall as a trade extra from the gentlemanly jtrockschalk. After mowing the lawn came in & looked for the lowest ABV bomber in the fridge; good a way as any to start a holiday weekend!

Bomber split with my marvelous wife. Pours an unclear orange with evident carbonation bubbles running the sides of my pint glass. Smell is heavy on yeasty tartness, which gives me pause.

This Biere de Garde tastes better than it smells. Lots of crazy summer stuff in here. First impression is of a zesty, tangy, citrusy drink that doesn't go overboard on any of the components. Then comes the tartness, again not too much, but enough to bludgeon away some of the sweetness from the front end.

Light, lemony, tart, & refreshing. If this is indeed a fall release, Schlafly has missed the mark, this is a spring/summer brew for me. Very easy going down, although the tartness would limit the consumption quantity for me.

Very good brew. Only my second biere de garde (after Weyebacher Foxtrot) & I've enjoyed both. Might seek out others if I get the chance.

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Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A big thank you goes out to Vancer for this brew, thanks again Vance! This bottle has been tucked away in the cellar for 15-18 months now. Schlafly's Biere de Garde is a tarnished copper brew with faint rusty red highlights when backlit. The off white head is dense and grows to two fingers in height rather easily on the pour. Each gulp leaves behind some impressive sheet lacing clinging to the glass.

The nose starts out with a solid caramel maltiness that manages to lay down the base of this brew. Orchard fruit quickly comes along quickly; mostly musty green apples and overripe, gritty pear. The mustiness brings along a touch of tart that in the form of green apple. The backend brings hints of rosey floral qualities. This has a pretty good nose that follows the lines of Biere de Gardes from the mother country (ies).

Each drink shows the same aspects as the nose with a little tweaking here and there for good measure. The caramel maltiness lays down a base for the orchard fruitiness I mentioned in the aroma. The floral qualities are more forward than the nose suggested and there's a dash of peach tartness on the swallow. This is a nicely complex Biere de Garde.

The carbonation is fizzy but soft, pushing the beer through at a quick pace and making the moderate body feel slightly airy. The finish shows some dryness which accentuates the slight tartness of the orchard fruits.

This is an easy beer to put away. I had a hard time setting the glass down actually. The minor tartness brings a much needed refreshing quality that makes this a good summer sipper. The active carbonation and lighter body also keep this beer flowing easily.

There aren't a lot of Biere de Gardes out there and it's hard to find good ones from those that are available. It's nice to see there's a quality Biere de Garde brewed as close as St. Louis. Thanks again for the bottle, Vance!

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Photo of washburnkid
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
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 hckyfn9999
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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 birchstick
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orangeish/amber with a pretty large head. Smells very fruity, malty, and earthy. The taste, as nose suggests, is very sweet and malty. Starts off with some light fruits, which blends with caramel malts and a touch of clove. I am still unfamiliar with this style, however The mouth is a bit thin but it goes down very smoothly.

Overall, it reminds me a lot of the saisons I have tried. In all honesty, I would rather have Schlafly's saison to this, especially for the price (although the saison is a seasonal release). Glad I tried this and I am looking forward to trying the rest in Schlafly's Belgian series.

Tried a bottle purchased in August 2010 in August 2012. Note that despite the bottle recommending aging it, this one is much better fresh than old.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this 750 ml bottle via a trade with Erik in Indiana. It poured a hazy orange to brown with very little head. Nose of oranges, clove, and some grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is fairly complex with ripe fruits dominating. Lightly bitter finish. Most enjoyable.

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Photo of Vancer
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking amber brew, like a banana was blended in with the mix. Spicy and fruit (mostly apple and pear) in the aroma and the taste. No hints of any farmhouse funk - this seems to be a kissing cousin of the saison.

Very tasty brew, "light" on the alcohol as this brew weighs in with 7% - and no appearance of it in the sampling. Another Schlafly goodie.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Snazzy lookin' bottle art.

Opaque halloween orange. Large off-white head that thins to a swirly skim vortext. Impressive, thick collar leaves lace aplenty.

Upon sniffing my immediate reaction was "peach fuzz funkenstein!" I stand by that.

Tastes like sweet pumpkin pie filling mixed with green apples, sour apricots, and yeasty OJ. Fizzy, ebulliant mouthfeel like my tongue was going to go numb...but didn't.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Schlafly Bière De Garde from The Schlafly Tap Room
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