Garde Dog | Flying Dog Brewery

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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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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of Chugmonkey
1.93/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Beautiful light golden with perfect white head and lacing.

Aroma is total stale, earthy, barnyard funky funk, nasty overused dishrag funk that should have been washed a week or two ago. And maybe some band aid too.

Taste is same as aroma. I can barely choke it down. I'm actually fearing for my health.

Choked down 1/3 of it and had to dump it. Yuck.

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Photo of Crosling
1.94/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Twelve ounce bottle. Clean golden body. Fizzy head. Hard to get much out of the nose at all, besides a lot of funkiness. Flavor wise, it's very tame and only shows hints of sour fruits. Not any sweet toasty malts. I'm not an expert on the style, but it doesn't seem true to me at all.

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Photo of cokes
1.98/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Golden honey hued with a quickly vanishing white head. Carbonation streams at first, then tapers off to leave a virtually still liquid.
Honey appears on the nose too, along with a quick burst of toast and peppercorns, and then a more enduring whiff of rubber bands.
It begins through the mouth with a syruped pear notion that is suggestive of a maibock, but far weaker. There's a small toasty counterpart. And that's honestly about it, as it slowly fades revealing tiny glints of creamed corn and wet sandstone.
The initial carbonation fluffs it up and gives it levity for the first 45 seconds, after that it literally dies, becomes heavy (though the body is never more than medium), cloddish, and cloying.
This is borderline offensive in its blandness and flaws. Why label it a style that it doesn't even begin to resemble?
This is much, much closer to PBR (and actually not as good due to its stickiness) than 3 Monts or La Bavaisienne, or even simpler versions like Two Bros Domaine DuPage.

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Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap. Pours a bright straw color with a 3 finger bright white head. Smells mostly of sweet biscuit malt and some floral hops with a touch of coriander and lemon zest. Taste

is mostly the same. Highly carbonated with subdued flavors. Finishes slightly sweet but extremely clean. Slight soap like taste, very minor. Some fresh melon. Fruit flavors

don't play off the hops that great giving a real weird mouth experience. Works like a pallete cleanser.

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Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -41.7%

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2/5  rDev -41.7%

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2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of blazinworm
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of EddieJoe
2/5  rDev -41.7%

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 HardTarget
2.15/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Bright yellow glass with painful clarity; lazy bubble streams. Holds spotty cover and a trace of halo.

Smell: Mild corn (DMS) on a sugary base.

Taste: An earthy style appropriate flavor gets jumped on by a malt liquor with a sour twang. It's not pretty.

Mouthfeel: Bit fizzy, light body, oily finish.

Overall: Comes at you like a junky with a knife. Weak and ineffective, but still a bit dangerous. The basic goodness of the style comes across as under supported and thin. Needs more grain base, and possibly a different yeast and this is a bit over-attenuated.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.23/5  rDev -35%
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 olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of h00kwurm
2.26/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flying Dog - Seasonal - Biere De Garde

Bottled: Unknown (bought a single bottle)
Opened: 03-05-2012

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: hazy light apricot color with a quick forming and well sustaining

S: the smell is malty and flat. A very bread-y quality is present.

T: slightly overcarbonated, bready and flat. Tastes even a bit
stale/metallic. I suspect its the flavor of the carbonation that is just overcoming any/all flavor of the brew itself. It does clear the palette well, though.

M: the carbonation is a bit too much for the lightness of the beer. the feel is nice, but it isn't consistent with the flavor.

O: this beer is OK. A good brewery like Flying Dog can do much better. Maybe it's just my predilection towards hoppier braus but this really is just OK.

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Photo of theBubba
2.26/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Nice golden color in the glass...nice head and fact as I write this (ten minutes after opening this guy) there is still a thin head in my glass. Otherwise another ordinary ale. A little bit of citrus but not much body, label talks about malt...I'm getting more hop bitterness than malt.

I'm fond of Flying Dog (Horn Dog rules), but I wouldn't touch this one again. There are too many comparable ales that are more affordable.

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Photo of moocey
2.26/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'll preface this by saying that I know nothing about this style and this is my first exposure to it.

Appearance - filtered light amber. Neither here nor there.

Smell - Um... I don't know. Corn? Definitely not any hop I'm familiar with.

Taste - did someone swap my "microbrew" with a PBR or a Busch? No. That clearly can't be the case because I'm looking at a half finished beer and it's not piss-yellow. I'm left with a funky adjunct-laden unpleasant aftertaste that isn't much different from the rest of the flavor profile. It's like I'm drinking a cheap macro lager that has a little bit more of a malt backbone than usual.

I don't expect a whole lot from Flying Dog's low gravity beers, but I do expect them to at least taste categorically different than macro swill.

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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 Jesse13713
2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a very well carbonated golden yellow. A surpisingly vibrant amber gold with one finger of head that hides itself quickly. Little lacing to the glass.

Smell - Smells slightly like a Belgian ale. Low hop profile with hints of light malts and wheat. Light barley.

Taste - Very natural tasting. Tastes like a toned down Belgian Abby ale. An unpleasantly bitter swallow. Not because it is too bitter, just because of the mysterious taste associated with it. Notes of barley and yeast. A slight watered down taste accompanied by a bitter burn when swallowing.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Just very average. I was dissapointed in this one. Medium bodied. Quite drinkable, but I don't see drinking this when it's cold outside. Seems more of a summer beer.

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Photo of bwiechmann
2.46/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Tav on the Ave in Mankato, served in a pint glass. (From notes)

Pours a rich gold with a very small head which diminishes instantly leaving no lacing. Smell is muted- primarily fruits. Taste is unremarkable- mainly grains with a small amount of hop bitterness. Carbonation is high and drinkability is low because I just don't like how it tastes.

This beer is drinkable but I was disappointed with how it played out. If someone handed me one I would probably quaff it but I won't be spending my money on this lack-luster offering from Flying Dog again. It just isn't very good.

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Photo of mbrasi
2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is almost transparent golden with a light white head that dissipates fast. The Aroma is weak not much going on here. Some barnyard funk and some sweetness from the malt but very average and weak for the style. Taste is weak, almost like a macro in it's flavor. Strange bitter aftertaste that's not pleasant. Smooth drinking but watery mouthfeel reminiscent of a macro. Not worth the price would never buy this again.

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Photo of JedediahK
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of BHansen214
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of tjeppaint
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of deapokid
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of GTB
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
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