Garde Dog | Flying Dog Brewery

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Garde DogGarde Dog

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
Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden colour with a big frothy head that almost instantly dissolves to a thin lace that leaves no residue on the glass.

The aroma is grassy, with a slight touch of caramel sweetness blended with some subtle fruit notes (apple?). There's a slight whiff of spice here and there as well.

Flavour is quite similar to the aroma. Grassy flavour leads the way. It blends nicely with a bit of fruit flavour that still has some apple notes but is more grape-like here. The finish of each sip has some more hops bite to it with some bread notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied and I actually would have liked to have seen this one with a bit more of a carbonation kick to it.

A pretty good brew overall. The style isn't necessarily my cup of tea, but I enjoyed this one nonetheless.

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Photo of beergynt
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A - One of the most brilliantly clear beers I've seen. Almost white grape/apple juice looking with a thin white head that did not last long.

S - Grainy, grassy smell with slight hint of fruitiness. Does have an almost wine-like aroma hiding in there.

T - The fruitiness comes through more and I can't shake the grape tartness that reminds me of a watery white wine.

M - Along with it's clarity, probably the best attribute is the nice tartness in conjunction with light carbonation. It tickles and puckers the tongue but leaves it refreshed.

D - Pretty refreshing and drinkable. Today the temps were in the mid 70s for the first time this year and I can see this being a pretty decent choice for a lazy Summer day.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into 8oz snifer.

Crystal clear golden hue with a very thin off-white heat that slowly settles to a thin rim.

Light, grainy, barely toasty malt aromas with a vinous aroma, very wine-like. The alcohol is barely detectable.

Very light grainy flavors with a touch of light fruit from the yeast. A little bit of tartness is in there as well. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is clean, with maybe some lingering grain and some of the vinous flavors again.

This is my first of this style, so I'm not sure what to compare it to. From what I have read from various style guides, this one is a little more bland/less complex than others of the style. There are no bad flavors to it and it's highly drinkable. I'd say try it for yourself, maybe with some others of the style.

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Photo of NCSUdo
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A: Clear golden under a regulation sized white head. No lace no retention.

S: Smells of malt and little tropical fruit. Maybe a slight hint of yeast, though there is none in the bottle.

T: Not a lot in the taste department. Mostly malt, very little fruitiness, some mild bitterness in the finish. A little bit of a "champagne" character, but overall just doesn't bring much to the table. Really reminds me of a standard lager, and it might be good as a lager, but not a biere de garde.

M/D: Light bodied, low carbonation. Drinkability is about average. A shame that this doesn't have slight more in the aroma and a whole lot more in the taste. It feels like a good skeleton for a good beer, but it comes up short.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay glass. 04/16/08.

Pours a clear golden color with an almost non-existent whitish head. Aroma is malty and bread-like, slightly spice. Not too much here.

Taste is sweet yeasty bread, very slight citrus, and just a little earthy hops. Some apple and grape flavor, and toasted malt. Taste is much better than the aroma would suggest. Nice dry finish.

Very crisp with a light-medium body. Very drinkable. Another good summer beer.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Mild, grassy aroma. The nicely toasted palate features some mellow, grainy sweetness, with some decent vegetal hops and nice pepperiness that pulls it all together nicely.

Not being too familiar with the style, I can't really say whether this is good example. But I can say it was satisfying and exceedingly drinkable. Though not overly impressed at first sip, I quickly found that the bottle was empty before I knew it, and I was left wanting another.


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Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off white head, about one inch. Clear, golden color with some copper lighting. Head retains well, and leaves decent lace down the clean glass.

The aroma is a bit meek in character; less so than I was expecting. Slightly spicy, earthy hops with a pale, sweet malt flavor.

Just a little too bland for me to love. Nothing wrong or off here, not even out of the style, but to me it just doesn't jump. Light body, with a mild crispness. Hops add an herbal touch, occasionally dipping into a citric note.

Again, nothing wrong, just not an outstanding example of style or particularly enticing to me.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color, minimal white head.

The scent is somewhat vague, primarily hops and citrus.

The taste, like the scent, is all hops and citrus.

Average mouth feel, leaves the palate very dry and has a slightly bitter after taste.

Somewhat drinkable. I don't think I would seek this one out in the future.

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Photo of bruachan
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

best/most appropriate name in the Flying Dog arsenal

light orange in color, a heady brew, reinforced by waves of bubbles. decent lacing

farmhouse aroma with acidic tartness. spicy notes and floral hops round out a good aroma. some clean pils malts shine through

the yeasty BdG character comes through much less in the flavor--plenty of sweet lager malts, hop flavor and even some unexpected heat at the end--but minimal farmhouse. it certainly is there. what isn't there, however, to any significant degree, is the kilned/roasty malt character that seem to separate most BdG's from a saison
EDIT: you know, with a few more sips i decided that this beer does feature a slightly bready character that makes me think ESB

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Photo of sacfly
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 211FX08 secret code.
Pours a brilliant clear golden color with a thin head of white bubbles. Aroma is a pleasant sweet malt with earthy tones. Flavor is more intensely earthy with just enough sweetness to offer a bit of balance. Lingering bitterness and roasted malt in the aftertaste. Low carbonation leads to a bit of a heavy feeling on the tongue. With an increase in carbonation, this is a winner. Nice beer.

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Photo of Risser09
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
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 ScottUCF84
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint.

A- Straw yellow with a modest, fizzy head. This beer was crisp looking and clear. Lacing here and there...

S-Mainly sweet fruit and malt, kind of a weak nose to it.

T- Fortunately the flavor wasn't as weak as the smell. A very crisp mix of sweet fruitiness and malt. Maybe a bit of apple? Very little hop presence. Quite tasty and refreshing.

M- Medium to a light body... pretty crisp, nothing unbelievable though.

D- This one would be a great session brew. When I first tried it, it honestly came off to me as a light bodied lager. I will definitely try this again sometime.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
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 asabreed
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if a pint glass is the best for this, but here's a 12 oz. bottle poured into one. And also my first Biere de Garde.

Appearance: Golden straw yellow with minimal bubbles floating to the top, and a soapy white head leaving half-rings of lacing behind.

Smell: Toasted aromas, some spices, and some fruit. Interesting, but more mild than I'd have liked.

Taste: Interesting toasted aroma followed by some spiciness, fruit sweetness, possible hop sourness, a bit of medicinal funkiness, and a long finish of toasted grain, sour fruit, and spice. I can't speak from experience of the style, but this seems like just what I needed for the warming weather.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied though it seems more watery than it should be.

Drinkability: Again, this is my first of the style, and I didn't expect much, since I like Flying Dog but have never raved about the seasonals (other than being a big fan of the Gonzo), nor do I know much about the style. That says, it's interesting with the mix of flavors going on, and it reminds me of an amalgam of a few different styles overall.

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Photo of robg2251
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very light golden color with a quarter inch creamy white head that quickly dissipates. I've never seen a craft beer look so clean, crisp and clear. It's literally almost see through, dare I say like the beer at the local watering hole on dollar draft night. :)

My initial scent picks up light hops with very light malt and spices.

A pretty complex taste for such a light beer. A deep toasty grain and caramel flavor. A bit of a sweet and light hop finish. Some faint fruit type taste in there also. I'd consider this a medium bodied beer, not too heavy on the carbonation. A smooth finish with a big taste.

A definite session beer that goes down smooth. I'd for sure take them over any $1 draft night beer!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, 5.5% ABV. Clear golden color, white fluffy head. Some bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Nice head retention.

Pleasing malty aroma, with hints of bread, floral and spices. Very mild aroma.

Good amount of pale malt, seems slightly bready. Some slight floral notes, a bit of spice.

Very simple. Full mouth, maybe a bit too much for the stlye. Could use a bit more carbonation. Easy to drink. Not bad.

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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 clayrock81
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my glass and received little head with no lacings, but I did receive a light gold body that wasn't completely seethru. A floral smell caught me first, not strong mind you, and I also smelt hints of fruit and even sugar/candy. This sweet smell was minimal, at best, but I swear I picked it up. The body was mediumish and a tad syrupy even, but a nice hoppy taste is complemented by some fruit and sugar/yeast (something akin to cotton candy). Overall, I felt the hops were the most touching on the tongue, but everything is light when compared to each other; nothing is overpowering. This is a beer to recommend and a beer you start out with due to its lightness. I wouldn't keep drinking these all night, but having a couple to start your night is a pretty good idea.

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

Bottle Code 207FX08; Sampled March 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that sits on top of a clear copper colored brew. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, full gold color. Spicy hop notes mix with pale malt notes to form aromas of currants, hay, honey-like malt, crushed soda crackers, zesty spice notes, grassy / herbal hops, and a clean, crushed malt character. The nose is pretty clean, meaning the hop and malt notes seem to be the focus here with only a little influence from the fermentation character.

Starts out a bit light, a bit cool and has a crisp hop bite to it. The finish though is quite viscous and shows the beer's full body; quite sticky for a beer of this modest gravity. As the beer warms up it picks up a bit more of the heft towards tee beginning of each sip. While a bit sweet, this is surprisingly not cloying given the viscous feel of this brew. Grassy hop notes with a bit of an herbal finish provide the bulk of the hop flavor. Perhaps a touch of lemon zest is noticeable and there is also a light bitterness of which the latter is noticeable throughout the flavor profile. The malt sweetness provides a sweet-grain character coupled with a touch of honey flavors.

A very easy drinking beer, though it is a bit less attenuated than I expected. This could use a bit more complexity though, perhaps a touch more malt depth & even some more yeast driven flavors would be nice; though a clean fermentation character certainly is not uncharacteristic of this style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So..I finally made it down to Barleys to try this one. I had been waiting since I did not make the release. I was just a bit curious to see what Flying Dog was going to do with this one to be honest and that is why I wanted to stop in. So I felt it was a nice light one to start the evening off with. The pour came out a very light golden amber, very bright with an almost golden hay like color. Very nice looking I have to admit. More then ample carbonation reached up through from the bottom of the glass, and really did a nice job of reinforcing the head that had formed on top. Decent looking upon first pour as the white head reached a nice height of around three inches before falling back down and just becoming a thin veil of lace across the top. Fairly typical for the style.

The aroma was very light, with a light fruity grain like smell taking up the bulk of the profile. Some light touches of grass, and perhaps some apricots mixed in as well, but nothing terribly dramatic in this aspect. Light touches of yeast mixing in as well, but nothing to write home about. The flavor was very light, as to be expected, with nice apricot and apple like flavors coming through quite clearly. Nice grain like background really pushing forward now and offering you a glimpse of what had lain underneath. Great carbonation with an extremely light feel and really a nice airy quality about it. I literally could have drank this all night long as there was just no hint of anything harsh or big about it, just a solid light French style ale through and through.

Overall, this definitely did not wow me by any means, but then again the style really is not one of my favorites, however it was certainly a more then decent session ale and a nice introduction maybe to someone who is hooked on the Macro stuff. Not a bad offering but I will stick to something a little heavier next time around.

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Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: Pours a beautiful golden blond color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. A bit of apple/tart fruit in the aroma as well. Subtle.

Taste: Smooth and malty upfront. Bready. A bit of tart apple in the middle. Dry in the middle. A bit chewy. Low to medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Bready and sweet. Lingers at the back of the mouth. Smooth.

Verdict: Smooth and very drinkable. Sessionable. Best example of the style? Not quite. Still gets the points for drinkability. My only problem is the mouthfeel due to diacetyl(?) because it's buttery.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting style choice for this seasonal from Flying Dog. This Biere de Garde pours a clear gold with a tall, egg shell- white head that retains its shape decently well and leaves some chunky spots and wisps of lace.

Very mild and buttery in the aroma. A slight metallic character is present along with a bit of malty grain. Really little to speak of. I'm not terribly familiar with the style, but I would consider the smell lacking regardless.

Initially there is a lot of cornmeal and grainy cereal in the flavor. Very sweet with a mild hop character and a buttery yet bright finish. Moderately spicy with coriander and mild pepper. Still mild (as the nose implies) with a smooth, semi-clean finish. Decently tasty and subtle.

Smooth and velvety on the palate with moderate carbonation. A very average beer at best. I'm usually a bit fan of Flying Dog brews but I can't help but be a little disappointed with this one.

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