Garde Dog
Flying Dog Brewery

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French Bière de Garde
3.46 | pDev: 14.45%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by nh2032:
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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Photo of Risser09
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - 2008 Release - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. The head rises 1" tall and is off white in color. Good retention, plenty of spongy lace.

Smell: Chardonnay grapes, sour apple, lemon, floral, spicy and slightly musty. Quite nice.

Taste: Tasting almost like a macro lager, this beer is very malty. It's so light and not much of the intricate aroma carries into the taste. Darn.

Mouthfeel: Smooth without much carbonation. I would expect this style to be more lively in the mouth. Subtle sweetness with a slightly drying finish.

Drinkability: I guess you could drink a lot of these and quench a thirst, but only if it were like $15 a case. Otherwise, get a case of Lionshead.

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Photo of Kristing
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a golden-coloured ale with much cloudiness, but barely no head to speak of. The aroma is very fresh with much citrus, as well as a bit of a flower tone.

When taking a mouthful, you get a refreshing taste in the mouth with a fair deal of carbonation and a tart fruit tone of green apples. This tartness is a definitive feature of the beer, which is reminiscent of a weissbier. This could be explained by the fact that it contains both malted barley and wheat. Their is also a small bitterness that lingers on the palate.

This is the first beer I have tried of this style, and I rather like it. It is a very drinkable and refreshing brew to sit and relax with.

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Photo of blackie
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: piraat chalice, the beer is a slightly hazed deep golden color, sporting only a thin ring of carbonation

s: the nose displays a clean pilsner malt structure with a malty pale sweetness and a touch of wheat, a dose of estery banana and yeast, a touch of phenolic spice, orchard fruits and blossoms, grassy noble hops, shares some similarities with the hefeweizen style

m: carbonation under moderate but slightly prickly, body light-medium

t: the body is a mix of clean pilsner malt and sweet pale malts, sugars hit mid-palate, banana ester, some doughy yeast, pear, belgian yeast and spice, grassy noble hops with a mild bittering, a little awkward but not a bad taste

d: a little on the sweet side, but it's got some decent flavors, not terrible

single from WF, Arlington

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head that fades. Decent lacing on the glass.

Malty and yeasty earthy aroma. Light fruity and spicy tones. Mild herbal hops in the background.

Rather clean and crisp maltiness upfront leading into a medium bitterness and herbal hop flavor. Very little of the yeasty/fruity/spicy tones detected in the smell actually come through in the taste.

Medium-light carbonation, light body.

Quite drinkable and refreshing, although not as complex as I had hoped. Rather tame example of the style, albeit enjoyable.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a subdued pale sunshine. Reminds me f the sun a about 4 pm on a summer day. Great bubbling plumming to the top of the beer. Good head ight ot of the bottle, but no retention. The aroma is an herbal hop and dry pilsner malt mixture with just a soft, fruity touch of Belgium. Juicey soft malts caress the palate upfront. The herbal hops take stage in the middle. With the dry pilsnery malts finishing off the show. Dry, bitter, with a melange of herbal flavors. Very easy to drink, just not as complex as other Biere de Garde's I've had before.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass

A: light golden color light haze not all the way clear a lot of carbonation here 1 and a half finger head

S: light and smells crisp light spice

T: light spice earthy and dirty notes nothing stands out very much its very light beer its a crisp and dry beer very refreshing

M: well some may say its over carbonated but I think its ok has a light summer beer feel

D: a summer brew it seems to me its very drinkable

overall a drinkable well crafted brew that is much more enjoyable then say BMC and I would buy this again

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear dark straw color with a smallish white head.

S - A bit funky, grassy hops, sweet maltiness. Not a lot of fruit in here.

T - Definitely on the sweet side. There's a hint of lemon and a very mild hop bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable and tasty.

M - Somewhat astringent, light bodied.

D - Not bad. Not terribly exciting I guess, but serviceable and refreshing.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. It has a date code on it but I can't really interpret what it means. Poured into a pint glass since that's what I had on hand. I've only had one or two biere de gardes, one of which was hardly to style (Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza) so take that into consideration while reading this review.

Look: clear golden body with a hint of orange, big carbonation bubbles visible, thin white head (about a finger thick) with decent retention and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell: floral hops with some spiciness and Belgian yeast inspired aromas, with some esters and phenolics you would expect. The hops are fairly forward and drown out the malt that I would've expected, but still pretty good.

Taste: floral hop character with some toasted malt, some fruitiness like apple and pear, and a little earthy hop too. There's some peppery spice and the finish is quite dry. The beer isn't as malty as I was expected, given what I know about the style. Still, I thought it was good.

Feel: medium to light in body with crisp carbonation with a dry finish. Its a good beer that you could have a few of except maybe that its a bit fatiguing on my palate for me to want several of them so I don't know how sessionable this is.

Overall: a decent offering from Flying Dog but nothing exceptional. If farmhouse ales are your thing, you might be left wanting as I was, but its not a half bad beer to try. Cheers!

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden,with a thin white head. Not much retention,and just a bod lacing. Aroma is of sweet fruits,and malts. Body is medium,and carbonated. Taste is of juicy fruits,and honey.I'm also tasting carmel apple. Very nice brew. Worth a try for sure!

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Photo of taigor
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Poured slightly hazy copper color with medium white head that quickly dissipated leaving very light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly grains and hay with light scents of spices, bananas and other fruits.

T - Very close to saison. Starts off with grains and some earthy flavor followed by fruits and a slight hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Nice BdG but just about average and nothing impressive. I would not recommend it.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Filtered and very, very clear. Pours a golden orange color, on the lighter side with a nice white foamy head that settles in a light cap. Very active carbonation

Aroma: Fresh and somewhat earthy with grassy notes. An over arching note of grains and cereals with some underlying sweetness and fruity grapeskin notes further down.

Taste: Fresh, crisp and clean;l almost pilsner in quality with more grain and hop profile. Bigger body and sweetness in the middle followed by a dry finish and hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with clean fresh feel; solid carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Not bad, but this style is hard to pinpoint. But in my opinion it's an OK rendition and not a bad beer to drink on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of sleazo
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a light straw yellow with a cacaphony of bubbles ascending to replenish the fluffy white head.

S_Rather mild. Some minor cirtus notes, and a vague yeastiness are all I get.

T_A mild caramel sweetness hits first. This is followed by some general mustiness and a mild grassy hop finish. There is also a bit of alcohol coming through as well.

M_Light bodied but the carbonation manages to make this mildly creamy. This is the strong point of the beer.

D_Not an overly interesting Biere de Garde but one that is fairly drinkable and would make a decent table beer.

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Photo of DrFunkenstein
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of BHansen214
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent golden/bronze with 1 finger of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Fruittyness, apple peels & honey

T: Honey, apple peels, & some lemony hops up front. A lot of honey, some apple juice & a touch of lemony hops as this warms. Finishes with apple peel, & a slight crispness

MF: Light bodied, with vigirous carbonation, balances alright

Drinks alright, not really my cup of tea style-wise & a rather weak representation of the style

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Photo of chrispoint
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of gobias
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellow color. The smell is nice, a bit of spice and a touch of fruit. Nice taste, dry and crisp with the taste of spice and fruit coming through. I liked this beer a lot, very smooth and tasty even after a number of them. Cheers!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast note, slight cinammon. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, nice yeast note, picking up some slight cinammon. Medium body. Drinkable, another tasty brew from FD.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of goochpunch
2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark honey with a thin head that soon dissipates into nothing. Very few bubbles in the body. Nose has some nice caramel malts. Some toastiness. Overbearing graininess. Flavor mirrors the aroma, however, the grain becomes way too much and the toasty caramel thins out big time. Mouthfeel is light in body with moderate carbonation. Just not enough presence. This is the worst biere de garde I've had for sure. I don't even know if I would call it one.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a palm tulip glass and paired with lobster (an odd pairing). As noted before, this is a cool looking bottle with a pretty solid name for the style.

A: Honey golden, with thin off-white head. Settles to a cloudy orange with little lacing.

S: Nothing really special in the nose - light toasted malts, maybe a tiny bit of citrus.

T: Nothing overwhelming in the flavor, a little peppery, slight toasted malts, and a bit of citrus in the finish. Good balance, but just doesn't anything overwhelming.

M/D: A refreshing brew that is enjoyable, but not tremendous. Subtle carbonation.

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Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but I was disappointed by how little funk there was here, I only got the slightest farmhouse character. For the most part I pulled out a strong toasted malt and bread aroma and flavor that was quite nice and true to style, but was underwhelming without the usual trademark Belgian character. There was a slight note of hops and I always like a little hops in my Belgians, but this was like buying a 6-pack with only 4 beers in it.

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Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 497 ratings