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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Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There really isn’t much carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Breads/grains, lemon zest and juice, banana

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon juice and zest mixed with bananas and wheat. There is also quite a bit of yeast taste and also a little bit of a medicine like flavour.. the beer finishes with a tart lemon zest aftertaste.

Overall – Not a bad beer by any means, but it just seemed a little unbalanced. Also there was a bit of an odd medicine like taste that I noticed at first but it seemed to go away as I progressed through the glass. (I guess I got used to it) Happy I tried but I’d buy something different next time.

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Photo of richkrull
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a pale golden color with a little bit of white head on it.

Smell is malty with a little yeast as well.

Taste is crisp and malty. Decent flavor buy not fantastic. Aftertaste is not that great.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall a decent beer but the flavor is not there for me. I think it could be better.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Brew poured a hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger head of froth. Settled to a thin layer but never disappeared. Bits of sediment populate the glass.

S - Peppery, yet sweet, with a bit of lemon juice.

T - Quite spicy, yet also zesty, like citrus fruits and hot peppers sautéed together. Also a touch of hot pepper, but the body is sweet enough to round it out.

M - Dry light to medium body, low carbonation level.

D - Flying Dog has always been one of those breweries that cares what you think, but would never admit it to your face. Like your first girlfriend's older brother who teaches you everything you know about drinking, but beats you up for no good reason. They brew a French style, then bash the French on the bottle itself. Interesting seasonal choice, but all in all a good rendition.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light pumpkin orange with a brilliant clarity showcasing a strong effervesce with a spatial showering of micro-bubbles that moved at a rapid rate. Lacing was weak on the hold and short on coverage. On an ending note I prefer my biere de gardes with a bit more turbidity.

S: Musky whole oranges, with dry grains are the few highlights here, not a lot else going on. Bordering on moderate strength with dry toasted grains and a bit of dried honey sweetness and a flowery hopping rounds things out in the aromatic department.

T: The flavor was sweet of honey malt and toasted grains with a fruity nature of starfruit. Musky oranges, light spicy offering of citrus with a subtle dry alcohol fade. Flowery hopping that finishes with a dry malt and light dry hopping, probably a bit more so then usual, while lacking much of the spiciness usually associated per style. Overall the flavor was sweet malt, with a spicy citrus and fruity touch, but wont set the world on fire.

M: medium full, slippery oily texture with a good weight to it. Not as crisp as one expects considering strong effervesce showing with subtle alcohol staying behind on the close.

O: Overall the abv feels a touch more then advertised 5.5% making it feel like it drinks bigger. Average drinkability, probably get bored half way through a sixpack. Overall comes with an average-worthy feeling.

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

A: Clear golden color with nice finger and a half of frothy white head...lots of nice texture. After the head fades, there's a very thin film with light lacing.

S: Yeasty, bready, lemon and slight amount of banana.

T: Pretty much mirrors the taste with yeast, toast, lemon citrus and banana. The banana is more pronounced in the taste and there is some pepper that I didn't pick up in the nose. Decent tasting beer.

M: This seems like it would be on the thin side, but the carbonation gives it body and probably saves the mouthfeel from a lower score.

O: Garde Dog isn't a bad beer at all that I'd happily drink again, but I probably won't proactively seek it out. Drinkable, tasty, but not terribily impressive.

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Photo of PokerGod
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance- Clear light straw coloring, had a fluffy head that did stick around for awhile.

Smell- can't quite describe the smell very well, but I can tell you that I like it. This might sound strange, but it smells like a cave (but in a good way) Also some fruitiness is there as well

Taste- This is my first Biere de Garde that I have ever tried so I can't compare to others of the style. I can, however, tell you that I liked it. Very hoppy and herbal.

Overall- I got this in a 'Beer of the Month Club' and was very happy to drink all three bottles one after the other, so I guess it's easy to drink. The literature that came with put it at 27 IBUs, so easy drinking for anyone.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from some old notes at Yellow Brick.
A: Crisp clear golden, good one=finger white head and some lacing.
S: Yeasty and bready, slight lemon and orange citrus, strong banana with floral and slight pepper.
T: Well-rounded Belgo pale with banana and angel food cake, lemon citrus. Good.
M: Thicker to crispy and frothy.
O: Good.

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Photo of DrJay
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright gold with a thin off-white cap, fair head retention and a little bit of sticky lacing. The aroma was quite fruity, berries, a little spicy and grassy, cloves, cereal, pretty light overall. Similar flavor profile, more of a grapey fruit character rather than berries. Bitterness didn't really keep up with the malt sweetness and fruitiness. More spice, plus a little alcohol warmth and flavor - a surprise at this abv. Medium bodied with low carbonation and an off-dry texture. Overall, not impressed. I would have appreciated more yeast presence since this was quite clean in that regard, and more bitterness would have balanced it better.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big multi size bubble white head. Clear golden color body quite nice in appearance. Smells of juicy light fruits, pear, apricot, green apple, maybe sour apple. Somthing is a bit off in the smell, a bit of musty grains, earthyness. Tastes initially like dry grainy malts, some juicy fruits, touch of carmel, lemon pepper. Maybe some wet hay or cardboard. My wife says sogginess(maybe socks). Mouth feel is medium thin, medium high carbonation. The finish is medium dry with a light hop bitterness. Overall this is just ok for the style based on other's I've had. I think it hits many aspects of the style and is quite easy to put back a few of these.
$1.90 a single.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Garde Dog tastes like a saison to me. Funky and spicy.

A: Slightly cloudy yellow colour with a 1 cm head that fades to reasonable lacing. 4

S: Spicy and funky, as expected. Yum. 4

T: Tastes like a saison. There is a sharp yeasty flavour with some pepperiness also. There is some sour apple flavour toward the finish. 4

M: Decently foamy. 4

O: This is a nice beer, although the funkiness builds a little. 3.5

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Photo of Guden
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A slightly clouded pale gold with a few small bubbles coming up. No head, just a hint of white bubbles around the edge of the top. Not too impressed.

S- A lot going on. Some definite belgian yeast characteristics (pear, apricot, melon) a bit of bready malt and a lot of candy like sweetness. A bit of clove spice comes through too. A bit much but enjoyable none the less.

T- Not quite as strong as the smell with the clove like flavor showing off more and the fruits taking more of a back seat. There seems to be some bitterness here too which seems off putting and medicinal. Theres a bit of alcohol somehow creeping in despite the low abv as well, but this seems to accentuate the fruits a little bit so I'm okay with it. The fruitiness and alcohol seem to accentuate as the beer warms which is greatly appreciated.

M- A bit thick with low carbonation which doesn't help in its drinkability as the fruitiness don't burst on the palette the way it should.

D- I've liked this beer before in the past but it no longer seems up to snuff however, making me question Flying Dog's consistency. At best I'm content to not have another one.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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 DesMoinesMike
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In the build-a-sixer section at Grand Ave Hy-Vee

It's a clear medium gold color that has almost no head and leaves even less lacing. The aroma is sweet with some citrus. The taste is interesting. It's sweet. Citrus and floral with a slight musty undertone giving it a broader base. It goes down very smooth with a pleasant aftertaste. The body seems good for a Belgian. I would definitely have this one again.

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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 Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden as part of a mix-a-six. Poured chilled from the 12oz brown bottle into a goblet.

There is a gentle haze in the appearance, however you still get some visible carbonation in the gentle apple juice amber. There is a quickly compressing snowy cap that becomes a ring of beads and some lace adheres. The smell is not the most fragrant of Biere de Gardes I have had, but it has slight spice from the belgian yeast which also provides light fruit which comes off like bruised apple-like. The feel is highly carbonated and semi-spicy with high bitterness for the style. This is very dry and lacks any real malt body relying on the hops and yeast tanginess.

The taste comes off more like a Belgian ipa with some noble hop bitterness and it tastes too dry w/ more sharp acidic edges than necessary with slight warming/alcohol flavor with yeast notes forward in the taste giving slight fruit tanginess. I just wish there were more malt balance w/ the yeast which tastes ok in this brew. Overall a pretty decent tasting beer-just not in line with style. It is a tasty hoppy belgian but doesn't seem to be the best example of a biere de garde which is how they are marketing, but a Flying Dog beer I enjoyed drinking. I am glad I got to try this.

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Photo of chaz01
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle from Beer of the Month Club, poured into a snifter glass

A: Clear golden yellow color, with a tiny white head receding quickly to nothing - looks almost flat.

S: Fruity and floral aroma of apple, banana, and some spices - very pleasant smell.

T: Bready, yeasty flavor accented with apple and what reminds me of white grape juice. Some spicy hop notes hidden, but not overly hoppy or malty.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation with a crisp, refreshing dry finish.

D: I think it would be better served with a bit more carbonation, but otherwise a refreshing spring beer that pairs well with about anything.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a straw yellow into a DFH signature glass with about a finger of white head that slowly dissipates and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S: banana bread, spice and light fruits. Apricots and pineapple.

T: sweet malt, toffee and sweet apples. Light crisp fruits and biscuit. More red delicious and spice hangs on the tongue.

MF: light body and refreshing, a bit of a dry finish.

O: a good spring time beer but their are many better seasonal offerings.

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Photo of nms1987
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is good stuff, a fairly unique seasonal offering at a solid price. Floral and spicy on the nose, this peppery spiciness follows through to the palate to balance sweet, rich maltiness nicely. Its It is at once medium/full bodied yet deceptively light because the peppery character adds a crispness to the mouthfeel. Drinkability is fairly high for a rich, complex beer.

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Photo of patreely12
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A - slightly hazy golden hue with a shade of orange. fizzy off white head, about an inch tall and reduces quickly to some foamy bubbles. good bit of carbonation.

S - bready malts. some earthy hops, but not much. there is also a good bit of citrus and spice. smells like a typical farmhouse ale should.

T/M - the flavor follows the nose. lots of bready malts, slightly toasted. a modest amount of earthy hops to give it just enough bitterness. there's a pleasant sweetness, not too much and some floral, citrus and spice notes to complement the malts and hops. no real alcohol presence. light bodied. high carbonation.

Overall this is a decent bière de garde. the flavors could be a little more pronounced and it's a little light in the ABV for the style.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Its a hazy bright dark straw color, not quite as dark as an orange, but darker than straw. No head to speak of.

S: Defiantly has some barnyard funk to it. A tad peppery and toasty.

T: I get a sort of herbal/spicy flavor with some sweetness on the backend.

M: Moderate carbonation, light bodied, and almost no bitterness.

D: Fairly high, this would be great in the summer!

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Photo of r0nyn
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip.

Pours a light golden yellow that's just a little bit hazy. Smallish white head that leaves some lacing that's pretty loose. Smell is rather on the sweet side, with lots of malts and fruity esters showing up. There's also a definite bubblegum sweetness there too. It's really quite pronounced, lacking the subtleties that other beers of a similar style are possessed with. Very interesting!

Light malts greet the palate off the bat, providing a subdued sweetness that stays on the tongue throughout the course of the taste. Little bit of wheat nuance shows up, but it's a little too clean, a little too filtered to be of much use. Minute amount of hoppiness appears on the back end, providing a barely-there bitterness to the finish. Kinda disappointing. Mouthfeel is adequate, with a medium body coupled with some very scant carbonation and a drying finish.

Overall, not an impressive beer by any stretch of the imagination. I was intrigued by the smell, but the taste just didn't do anything for me. It's easy to drink, but has just a blasé character that I don't think I'll be revisiting it.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden bordering on orange with an off white head.

Smells of banana and star fruit, backed by floral notes and a sour dough scent.

A nice sting from carbonation with sweet and bitter star fruit, followed by chewy malt mouthfeel reminiscent of sour dough. Very lively in the mouth with a clean finish.

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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 BeerCon5
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a small amount of white bubbly head.

The aroma is citrus, wheat, and some yeast notes.

The taste is of citrus, light earthy hop presence, wheat, vanilla, yeast, and some peppery spice.

Light body, crisp, high carbonation.

This was an pretty good beer, there was lots to taste and it was very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pur from 12oz into tulip; white 1-finger head and clear gold-amber body and a bit of lacing.

Nose is lovely, some yeast, a bit of grapefruit, and mostly melon (or guava?).

Taste is kind of a letdown from the nose, slightly acrid and thin with a bit of wheat and spice (lemon pepper?). Refreshing though, with a crisp clean finish-- the slight sweetness is balanced out by a trace of hops. Not nearly as good as I remembered it being on draft, but that was a while ago.

Mouthfeel is spot on: lovely and textured but not too thick or lingering. Refreshing, not prickly.

Drinkability is pretty good, not too heavy and spot on for a summer-style beer.

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Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
3.43 out of 5 based on 497 ratings.
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