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 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 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 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 hustlesworth
2.59/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- lightly hazed golden amber with a thin off white head. foam settles fast to a thin ring with no lace to speak of.

S- metallic and grassy hops, and some light malty sweetness. an apple pear white grape fruitiness is also present.

T- rye spiciness and malted up front becoming white bread, crisp and fruity. can be a little overly sweet near the end without enough bitterness to round things out. apple, pear, grape, melon, reisling, and a sugary sweetness. finishes with a bit of spicy grassy hop flavor.

MF- bordering on light bodied with low carbonation and a sticky sugary feeling. mildly drying at the end.

D- a strange balance for me, this one seems a little... disobedient. perhaps the combo of rye, wheat, and barley need to be reconfigured. or perhaps i just like the french style better. at any rate, this dog won't be guarding my fridge.

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Photo of alexgash
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear, clean, golden lemon yellow. Small, thinnish eggshell white head. Tangy wheat bread dough, toast, sticky cotton candy, grass, and sea breeze hop nose. Smells refreshing. Toasted malt and grainy flavors up front. Fruit and honey sweetness comes on and builds. A bit estery and perhaps a little cloying and artificially sweet. Kind of a corn-adjunct sweetness (think Premium Grain Belt). Very subtle spices and some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Moderate body with decent carbonation, but still a little cloying. Pass.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.61/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes

A - poured light cloudy orange with a short lived white head that left a slight ring in my tulip. Lots of bubbles rise from the side of the glass. 3.0

S - very faint, I didn't get much out of this except for some sweet cereal graininess, a touch of green apple, and a bit of honey. Very little, nearly nonexistent hop presence. 2.0

T - I found this to be a very mild version of a Belgian golden ale. Rather bland. Soft sweet maltiness with a bit of earthiness, which prevents this from being a completely useless entity. Oh yeah, maybe some pears too but not much to speak of. 2.5

M - very light, well carbonated. Pretty smooth. 3.5

D - Pretty good, like drinking water. 3.0

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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 mooseisloose
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Popping the top of this brew from the Dog series, I get a sweet malty Belgian-like beer smell with candies. The brew pours to a slightly cloudy straw colour with a multi-sized bubble head that recedes quickly but not completely. The first thing that hit me on the first sip is the carbonation seems to high and is masking the flavor. The taste is sweet as expected from the smell and grassy with some very flat bitterness chasing the sweetness upfront, followed by a tart drier finish. The label talked about toastiness but I certainly don't see any here. Kind of a funky off flavor brew. The French faux pas again, no real surprise. Not a brew for my tastes.

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Photo of albern
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a very poor French farmhouse ale. It has so very little of the style that it really has to be ranked on its own merits as opposed to judging against more representative beers in that style.

It pours a clear golden orange color with some white head that cleared out quickly. The white remains skim coat the top layer. The beer started out fairly carbonated, but that cleared out quickly as well.

The smell is floral, perfumey floral, there is a touch of yeastiness in there but you'll have to search for it. There is some lemony citrus too. The smell is a tad musty.

The taste is a bit spicy, bland, completely lacking any Belgian/French candied sugars, or yeasty substance. One reviewer called this a sweet version of Stella. I'll go with that. There is a perfumey tasting quality to this beer, it is cloyingly sweet in parts. Perhaps there is a honeyed spiciness to this beer as well. The mouthfeel has a bit of a throaty burn, which is not good for a 5.5 ABV beer. There are definite spices on the back end.

The mouthfeel is mostly watery, but there is some lingering spice and that throaty burn. I'm going to avoid this beer. It doesn't seem to improve as things settle either. The perfumy nose gets more pronounced as the beer warms. This is the worst Flying Dog I've had.

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

Flying dog is quite hit or miss. The Garde Dog is definitely one of their misses. Where many of the Flying Dog beers are agressively made and over the top on flavoring and hops, this variety is actually very conservative and dull. Nothing special here, and a slight bitter finish. I guess I'll give them some kudos for trying to brew something unique but its dull none the less. With the conservative brewing on this one it is fairly drinkable so that's about it.

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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 happygnome
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a lemon yellow color with absolutly no head to speak of, no lacing
s: biscuity flavor, sweet husk, similar to a macro lager but not as adjunct malty
t: lemony flavor, sweet biscuity malts
m: light to medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this is a decent beer but i dont really see it as a great biere de garde, deffinatly not the most impressive one of the style ive had

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Photo of brewdoc75
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Light yellow to orange in color. Minimal, quarter inch head. Strong carbonation.

S: Tart, sharp, and slightly sour. Faint esters present. Some off-putting sulfur aromas. Suprisingly little malt character.

T: A bit better than the aroma, but not much. Honey sweetness, but not bmuch in the way of maltiness. Tart and acidic. Mild esters, with some apple flavors. Really not much in the yeast department. Hops add some floral-spicy flavors. Otherwise kind of unexciting.

M: A bit too light bodied. Finishes acidic and tart.

D: This is not really a biere de garde is it? It lacks the maltiness and yeast character. Maybe more like a belgian blonde ale. This beer wasn't bad, but definitely doesn'tn fit the style.

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Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
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