Garde Dog | Flying Dog Brewery

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Garde DogGarde Dog

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: 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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Reviews: 352 | Ratings: 497
Photo of arboristfish
4.68/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a hazy yellow almost like a belgian wit. There isnt much of a smell there, maybe slightly malty, with a faint hint of flowers. The taste is sweet. Almost like liquid bread. The mouthfeel is between light and medium. This is a very drinkable beer! This style reminds me of a belgian wit without the spices.

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Photo of dfillius
4.57/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet

A: Moderate pour yields thin head that quickly fades to a ring, more head please. Hazy golden straw liquid is nice looking.
S: Smells fruity with a little pleasant funk. Similar to saison aroma. Clove spiciness makes itself known fairly quickly. Smells tasty!
T: Great malt front with a subdued fruity character. Much more malty and less fruity than I expected from the smell and other BdGs I've had. Delicious nonetheless.
M: Great smoothness, perfect carbonation. Some tartness at the finish
D: Very drinkable. Sessiony and inviting. I keep wanting more. Yes I'd order another, and yes I'd buy a six pack of this.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a hazy orange with a finger or two white foamy head and some nice lacing.

The smell is a little pineapple and of some nice floral hop flavor. Some truly great fruit flavor in the background.

The taste is a really nice earthy flavor that is mixed with some floral hop flavor and nice bit of citrus flavor that feels quite juicy.

The feel of this beer is light and really drinkable. It goes down really well and is a great beer for the summer time.

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Photo of beerme626
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It tastes like a farm!

Being from the rolling farmlands of central Maryland (like Flying Dog), this beer reminds me of home.

A: Gold, with a giant head that stays strong
S: Delicious farm-y malt smell, very grassy
T: Tastes like a farm! Grassy, with a bit of citrus
M: Decent for a relatively pale beer
O: A very good offering from the great Flying Dog. Not quite the caliber of Raging Bitch or Snake Dog, but still great.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours a light honey gold with a two inch white head, dissipates to a film quickly but holds there indefinitely.

Smells of lemon citrus, coriander, and light fresh cut grass malts, maybe some orange zest as well, and bretty yeast.

Tastes of mildly bitter fresh citrusy malts, a bit wheaty, with some coriander and orange sweetness.

Medium to fuller body with light stings of carbonation.

A really decent farmhouse-like ale, would definitely have this again and would love to session this. Great warm weather or beach beer of you still want something that feels a little heavier in that category.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.44/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though stylized as a farmhouse ale, this is not a typical farmhouse ale. In appearance it shows a golden straw color that certainly makes one think of a farm. The aroma was powerful with hints of sweet cinnamon. While farmhouse ales generally make one think of an easy drinking summer beer with hints of citrus of lemon, there was only a mild bitterness. Expected emon or citrus flavors were hard to detect. The sweetness of the flavor brought various weaker Belgian ales to mind. Particulary for a farmhouse ale, the taste was beyond expectation. This one did not disappoint.

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Photo of halo21
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:A hazy brilliant orange beer, with a clean, chunky white top. I poured this one into my tulip glass, as I really enjoy the smell of beers and it makes them larger than life.

Smell:Medium strength. Sweet, toasty malts and hops are up front, with light yeast coming through.

Taste:Light flavors come together to make up this sweet beer; mostly pale malt up front followed by the hops. The yeast gives this beer a bit more depth, bringing a bit of spice with the hops; fruity esters and a little banana thrown in. This is a good spring beer; comparable to a bock.

Mouthfeel:Medium weight with a drying finish.

Drinkability/Palitability:Very high - this is a easy going beer, that has no sharp points nor is it too heavy. A little high in the ABV to make it sessionable, but more than one is a breeze.

Notes: This is the most approachable of the Flying Dog beers.

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Photo of BayBoy
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like it, while I am not a lager guy, this is a lager with character. Like another BA said it does not have that typical lager after taste. It is a good "house" beer for weekdays while the "ultra" brews await the weekend. Flying Dog has some good brews with Raging Bitch and their Summer White Ale being the others I favor. The brewery is about 1.5 hour drive from my home which is pretty cool knowing your brew is so fresh.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly new to this style. I am beginning to think of it as a close relative to a nice and dry saison.

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass there is very active carbonation rising to a thin head. Pale gold in color. The smell doesn't reveal much about the beer other than it is light, dry, and maybe bitter. The first sip is quite dry. I taste faint white grape juice, earthy grains, light grassy hops, and CO2. The flavor is simple, but interesting. I guess you could call it something like a sophisticated pilsner. It is easy drinking, very straightforward, but it has a twist that makes me think I would have a hard time cloning it without some very fine skills.

I like it. And for $5.88 a sixer, I should pick some more up "for keeping"

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Photo of Treborofmoria
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden color and it a great way to ease into the style. It has the makings of an intense beer, but decided not to go there. It is very drinkable and I would agree with most other reviewers; it has nice lacing, an apple juice type of aftertaste, and good malt character with slight hop bitterness. For a lighter springtime beer it is very good. If you want to explore biere de garde further, you might need to go with another beer.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich amber or orange hue, fluffy white head that dissapates quickly, leaving almost none. Consistent with other wheat beers I've had. Smell is also consistent with wheat beers, grassy and fresh smelling. Taste is as rich as the color, and not as strong in the wheat as I was expecting. Its prevelant but not distracting and only adds to the overall taste. Hops on the back of the palate that accentuate the wheat and dryness of the finish. Somewhat bitter, but not overpowering. Very refreshing and relaxing to drink. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, the carbonation taking it to the next level. Actually one of my favorite wheat beers and a very good selection from Flying Dog. The balance of the beer is outstanding and makes the beer one that I will buy again

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Photo of therica
4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= light golden, modest white head, nice lingering lacing for a while.

S= overwhelmingly nice, when first poured, gradually fading. Florals, musty malts and various other notes that are difficult for me to discern, combined. Very nice.

T= dry and tart up-front but with nice sweet malts, medium hops bitters, nice Noble-style florals, and an occasional taste of what I can only describe as-- eggplant ?!?!?! Pleasantly so. An adventurous and successful offering.

M= dry, tart and tangy, slight liquor, nice sweet malts and grassy notes with pleasant hops florals. Pucker for a few minutes and enjoy.

O= pretty decent overall. I had an Ommegang Hennepin a while ago which was in one sense better, and yet this similar-styled beer is more bold. Might get a bit rough on the gut after a few, though.

Goes well with Planters Cocktail Peanuts, I notice.

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Photo of Kulyboy
4.16/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


A-Lazy hazy off gold Belgian white looking.

S-malty doughy

T-pleasent hoppy bitter after taste. Something made me think of a Hefe for a moment.

M-I like it for this type of beer, I personally like Flying Dog Tire Bite but this was a pleasant surprise.

D- Very easy to drink, lacing still apparent after drinking half of glass. I like it and would buy it again.

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Photo of hdofu
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first encounter with this style, it's not what I expected, not bad either. Smells like toasted malts. Tastes like a lagger minus the finish that turns me off about laggers. If macro laggers finished like this, I could drink cheap beer. This finish is sweet and tastes almost like caramel and banana cream. This beer is smooth. This and raging bitch have upped my opinion of flying dog. So with them and clipper city, the state has some pretty good microbrewers.

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Photo of Kristing
4.15/5  rDev +21%
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 bonsreeb85
4.14/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this one into a pint from a 12 oz. bottle w/ some bad ass artwork on the label(I love flying dog's illustrations)

Cloudy golden color w/ a very thin head that quickly dissappeared to nothing, no lacing to speak of.

Smells citrusy, lemon and orange mostly. also go some biscuit/yeasty malty action. some spice is also detected(pepper/corriander maybe?)

Pretty balanced beer, sort of reminds me of a wit. This is the quintessential spring brew(or style at least) very refreshing, slighty spicy, and just sweet enough, not overboard or lopsided in any direction. This is all punctuated by a crisp, tight light body which i found quite thirst quenching and enjoyable. I will definately be sessioning some of these this spring.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle-conditioned. No best by date.

A: Light golden, clear. Thin white head with little to no lacing.

S: Ever so light scent of spices and sweetness.

T&M: Light to medium body and carbonation. Mild spiciness with a slighly dry-sweet aftertaste and mildly bitter. Very good balance between hops and malt. Not too complex but very tasty. Similar to more expensive high end beers with just a little less flavor, but very good for the price.

This is a great drinking beer and I hope it stays on the shelf through the summer!!

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly bright and refreshing, it poured a brilliant golden-orange with a decent white head and smelled of estery banana, dreamsicles and a slight touch of something barnyardy. In the mouth, the beer was creamy and malty with a bright lively carbonation and notes of vanilla wafers. Its hop profile was moderate but not subdued, while the finish was somewhat long and tasted of oranges. Overall a wonderfully sunny beer. I could easily throw a six pack of this back on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

A- Pours a rich golden yellow with a fat bubbly white head. Ample light penetration and very visibly carbonated.

S- yeasty and sour with a strong aroma of green apple and pear.

T- Sweet like a saison but with more of a sour finish and body. Has a biting candy sweetness and first that almost immideatly morphs into a sour "attack" so to speak. Tastes of apple as well as sour fruit blend well with a yeasty and grainy malty body.

M- Crisp with a biting carbonation.

O- A good beer and a delicious sipper for a hot summer day. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

body is bright gold. fizzy head tops it. very carbonated.

Smell is grassy. Ful of yeast. Fruity esters from the yeast. I think it smells great.

Taste is very bready. Crust of the bread to be exact. Chewy belgian yeast lingers for a while. Crisp at first, but fades into chewy bready malt and a nice Belgian yeast. Lemon and lemongrass add to a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: slightly hazy copper

Smell: a lot of toasted malt and malt sweetness. little bit of grain

Taste: starts out with a little bit of biscuit on the tip of the tongue. very well balanced throughout with it mostly being sweet with some toast and mild hops. the finish is very clean with just a little bit of yeast

Mouthfeel: low-med body with moderate carbonation. incredibly crisp and refeshing

Notes: what a great beer. so delicious and complex yet light and crisp

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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this style a few times so I think I know it. This one has a near perfect appearance but he head is to foamy, and this detracts from the experience on the aftertaste.

The taste is the right combination of yeasty and hoppy goodness for the style. And the
aroma is very full too.

I would recommend this as a good example of the style, but others might be better examples.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very clear blonde color with a decent white head with okay retention

S - sweet malt with strong yeasty, fruity esters with a slight spicy phenol character

T - malty up front with yeast character throughout (characterized by apricot, peaches, and a touch of pineapple); finish is dry; little hop noticed, but present because of balance and dryness

M - medium-light body with moderate carbonation

D - This is an interesting take on a Bière de Garde. It has a lot of the essential qualities, but slightly divergent from what is typically expected. However, it still falls within the fringe of the style and is probably one of the better beers I've had from 'the Dog'. Cheers!

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Photo of mempath
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice very hazy flax with fine lacing that eventually fades. looks serious.

maybe it's too chilled, but getting almost nothing in the nose. another swirl and i might be getting distant malt.

the taste makes up in a nice way for the near-null nose...very bready/biscuity/malty. for a split second, there is a hefe-sense, but this is a bit more bold, less thin, nice viscosity and crispness, very drinkable and rather delicious. some bright lemony (not in a citrus sense) notes sparkle on the palate as a sort of shortbread note remains foundational.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a white head. Nose is so bland, it's almost like it's nothing at all. Flavor is smooth with a defined sweet edge. Definitely pretty good. Almost seems to be a bit of grain on there? Smooth is the name of the game here though. Keeping with the theme the carbonation is smooth as is the liquid body. Very easy to drink. This would be a great gateway beer to the noobs or craft beer shy folks out there.

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