Garde Dog | Flying Dog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by letsgopens on 03-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 352
Reviews by mixedbrewer:
Photo of mixedbrewer
2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eh... a little let down by this one.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

The color was a nice deep gold. Poured a one inch head that fizzled into a thin lace.

The smell threw me for a loop, a little too sweet and fruity for what I was expecting.

The taste was almost too complex for me. It tastes like a belgian wheat mixed with a high-life. Then add a little orange juice, and some black pepper... viola'

Medium body, not much to say here...

Just drinkable for me... I dont think I will drink it again.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a wide mouth glass.

A: Pours mostly clear with a darker orangish gold color. There was practically no head on this after the initial bubbles from the pour calmed down. There is just the slightest ring of fine white bubbles that hang in there but there is really no lacing to speak of.

S: There is really nothing noteworthy about the aroma of this brew. Even after a vigorous swirl, there isn't much released. The only thing mentionable is really just a faint floral hop aroma - but you have to damn near snort the beer to get it!

T&M: Malty but mild, with a hop presence that stops short of balance. Although there isn't a specific flavor component that particularly stands out, the mouthfeel is relatively full and satisfying without being too sweet with malt. There is plenty of light to caramel malt presence here to stand out but still leaves a slightly dry sense on the palate. The finish is fairly long and lightly sweet with a finish of spices and citrus fruit.

D: Enjoyably smooth with a light carbonation that works well with everything else in the brew. For a lighter tasting beer this is rather satisfying stopping just short of heaviness. Not bad, but there is something that just seems a little "unrefined" about it. I'd drink it again but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz'er pours into my glass a golden yellow color with great clarity and a small fizzy head that almost instantly disappears. Aromas start out with toasted cereal grains and a light spiciness underneath. Mellow herbal, grassy almost skunky hops. A touch of fruitiness and that's about it. I'm not really inspired by this one at all, boring and reminds me of a macro lager.

First sip brings a light, toasted cereal grain malt upfront that moves into a mellow spicy flavor. Light fruit tones come through along with some herbal, grassy hops. It flows down with just a kiss of bitterness on the finish. Quite bland over all, I was hoping for more flavor here but it doesn't come through. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a fast paced carbonation that adds the effect of creaminess as it flows down. Fairly refreshing, but overall it just ends up boring me. I can't find the substance to this beer and compared to ever other Biere De Garde I've sampled it's a real dud. I won't be going back.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to this beer, and have to say it came up a little short of my expectations. Poured into my tulip glass, t was an orange color with a small white head, and very little carbonation. It was very still. The aroma was pretty much all fruit. Taste was a little muted, but at least there was a malt presence to balance out the fruit. It stood up well in the mouth, but didn't have the presence I wanted.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.06/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden with a medium white head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is wheat, a little fruit, and some vegetal malts with some metallic floral hops.

The flavor is rather macro-ish. It's sweet corny malts with a slight bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, a cool name and label, but not a very good beer. It tastes like an above average macro.

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Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Guden
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A slightly clouded pale gold with a few small bubbles coming up. No head, just a hint of white bubbles around the edge of the top. Not too impressed.

S- A lot going on. Some definite belgian yeast characteristics (pear, apricot, melon) a bit of bready malt and a lot of candy like sweetness. A bit of clove spice comes through too. A bit much but enjoyable none the less.

T- Not quite as strong as the smell with the clove like flavor showing off more and the fruits taking more of a back seat. There seems to be some bitterness here too which seems off putting and medicinal. Theres a bit of alcohol somehow creeping in despite the low abv as well, but this seems to accentuate the fruits a little bit so I'm okay with it. The fruitiness and alcohol seem to accentuate as the beer warms which is greatly appreciated.

M- A bit thick with low carbonation which doesn't help in its drinkability as the fruitiness don't burst on the palette the way it should.

D- I've liked this beer before in the past but it no longer seems up to snuff however, making me question Flying Dog's consistency. At best I'm content to not have another one.

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Photo of RPMazzi
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of merlin48
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed orange body with a skimpy white head that quickly vanishes with only a trace of wispy lace. Aroma has caramel, floral hops, white pepper, and a hint of fruity esters. Light medium body has plenty of carbonation. Taste is disappointing. Fruity and caramel sweetness becomes tiring quickly and the bitter grassy hops are not up to the task of providing balance. Maltiness is bready. Not a bad drinker, but not very true to style.

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Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer with no freshness info, but they get points for typical Steadman art and HST quote. Pours clear honey amber, minor and quickly departing head, next to no lace left behind. Equally unimpressive nose. No real improvement tastewise, just some light fruit, and perhaps a hint of pepper. Not an impressive performer, crushed by so many other more tasty and interesting offerings in the style.

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Photo of nem2006
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. Pours a nice golden, clear, light head.

Smell is hoppy, slight malt sweetness. Nose is floral, but also a little spicy. Has a hint of Czech hops maybe.

Taste has a slight malty sweetness, but definitely finishes with a nice hop bite. Light to medium bodied. A little spicy on top of the hop bitterness. Easily drinkable, but nothing really sets this beer apart, almost like a light flavored pale ale.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big multi size bubble white head. Clear golden color body quite nice in appearance. Smells of juicy light fruits, pear, apricot, green apple, maybe sour apple. Somthing is a bit off in the smell, a bit of musty grains, earthyness. Tastes initially like dry grainy malts, some juicy fruits, touch of carmel, lemon pepper. Maybe some wet hay or cardboard. My wife says sogginess(maybe socks). Mouth feel is medium thin, medium high carbonation. The finish is medium dry with a light hop bitterness. Overall this is just ok for the style based on other's I've had. I think it hits many aspects of the style and is quite easy to put back a few of these.
$1.90 a single.

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Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of bsp77
2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Cloudy light orange that resembles a Hefeweizen, only without the billowing head. Looks completely flat with no lacing. Cloudy apple juice maybe?

Smell: Sweet, musty and grainy fruit, with very slight Belgian yeast characteristics of clove and banana.

Taste: Slightly sweet and musty grains upfront with some herbal qualities. Ends with clove and pepper-like hops. Not a fan of the aftertaste, almost reminds me of malt liquor.

Feel: High carbonation (despite the lack of head), medium body, somewhat dry and tingly but something is off.

Drinkability: Well, it is fairly light, but the flavor isn't that great and the aftertaste is horrid. I usually defend Flying Dog, as I think they make a lot of fine beers; this is definitely not one of them.

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Photo of rob133
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of beerkittycat
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a brilliant gold with a miniscule white head that barely makes an appearance then settles in to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Moderate aroma of graham-cracker like malts, however, a dominating presence of flowery hops lingers over the malt aroma. Not to style there. Taste has some interesting flavors of lemon peel upfront and more graham cracker as I let it roll across my tongue. Hop bitterness a little on the heavy side, again not to style, but it's got great mouthfeel and finishes slightly sweet but dry enough to not be cloying. A tad under-carbonated as well. This beer grows on me after a while and I would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours brilliant gold to amber under a rich 2” off white head that dclings to the glass leaving sheets of lace.
S: Spicy nose with a touch of very ripe fruit.
T: Fruit, malt and a touch of sour.
F: Very good medium to medium full body, highly carbonated.
O: Very drinkable Biere de Gaarde that would go very well with a sausage.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle at cellar temp into pint glass. pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow color. small white bubbly head that faded almost immediately. almost no lacing.

the aroma is full of a belgian like yeast. fruity, citrus, bubblegum.

the taste is that of a very light belgian ale. lots of belgian like yeast(i am to understand 2 kinds of yeast were used in this brew). some fruitiness, citrus bubblegum, some wheat detectable, and light grains.

light body, medium to high carbonation. not too familar with the biere de garde style, but definately tastes like a belgian ale, or a wheat ale. very nice to drink on a hot summer day or while playing some disc golf. not the best flying dog, but sorta worth a try.

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Photo of amstokesdb9
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Soonami
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer would be better labeled as a Saison and not a Biere de Garde. Garde Dog, is a golden, slightly hazy ale that pours with a bit of foam that very quickly dissipates to nothing. This to me is a little too light and cloudy for the style, and the quickly diminishing head tells me that this is going to be light bodied. The smell is earthy, with a bit of noble hop aroma and musty yeast. This beer is murky in flavor with a bit of barnyard character, the toasty malt is definitely missing. The mouthfeel is thin and dry which helps make it easy to drink but not as enjoyable. This beer is below the normal range for alcohol content, which would indicate that Garde Dog does not quite have the complexity and malt body that one would expect.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very appeasing look to it slightly hazed with fine bubbles and a mist of yeast particles spiraling with my pour. Bright deep honey comb golden body with a bright white head which forms quite nicely and dwindles at a moderate pace. Lacing is thin and speckled, not very lackluster. Aromatics are one dimensional bready dough yeast with muted spices and a touch of green apple malt liquor esque qualities. Flavor is upfront honey sweet with apple juice and some kind of fruit jelly. Bitterness arises mainly from the lacquer of spices thrown in with only 25 IBUs hops really don't play much of a role. The overtly sweet spiced bread trick isn't working for me, mouthfeel is pretty horrid as well. A bit cloying with residual sugars and the coating of spices they added may induce a scraping of your tongue when your done with your sample. Drinkability as a whole is very pour, definitely a beer I'm not going to grab any time soon, pass on this one.

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Photo of LaurensDeJong
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of glid02
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this on-tap at Pauley's in Athens, GA.

Pours a color that can best be described as biege with a half-finger white head. The head dissipates quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

Smells mostly of grass, barnyard funk, and mild sweet malts. There's some metallic aroma as well.

Tastes about the same as it smells. A good amount of grassiness to go along with sweet malts and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. The carbonation is alright, but this doesn't go down very smoothly.

Drinkability is not that great. There's nothing about this beer that makes me want to drink more.

Overall I was not impressed. I can't see myself every buying this again. It's not terrible, but it's below average.

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Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 497 ratings