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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 troysoy2
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a goblet. Seems that this beer is a love it or hate it kind've deal, based on recent reviews.

Maybe I served it at a slightly higher temp than some people, but I got 2 fingers of cascading, fluffy, active head. Great retention, and a great deal of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Dense, cloudy effervescent orange body. I'd say this is a good looking beer.

The smell is, well, funky. Some farmhouse-smelling yeast is initially apparent, along with the slightest hint of a metallic smell that I'm not the most fond of. Bit of clove.

The taste is less questionable. It's got the funk you might expect from a saison, as well as some lighter sweetness, and a bit of clove and pepper. The hops don't stick out, but they do dry the finish and quell the sweetness, which would otherwise be just too much for me. Could use a little more malt, maybe.

The mouthfeel is nice and frothy, light like a hefeweizen, yet it's got some body to it. Chewy, even.

There is something about the smell I could do without, but otherwise, it's an enjoyable beer. Time to get in the mood for spring!

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Translucent gold with a two finger head. The head remains at about one finger for a long time. The carbonation is very evident in the rapidly ascending bubbles throughout the body. Despite the long lasting head, not much lacing.

S - Smell is of cloves, lemon zest, wheat, toasted malt, and some funky yeast. This is my first beer of the style, but the nose immediately indicates a maltier saison.

T - The taste follows the nose with some added black pepper spiciness. The more I drink, the more get malt and corn adjuncts. There is a definite citrus and funk finish which saves the other underwhelming flavors. I get an alcohol (or something unpleasantly similar to alcohol) flavor on the back of the tongue, despite the low ABV of this beer.

M - Medium bodied with a tingly effervescence. Very dry finish.

O - I just recently learned about the style, as it seems to be the season when many of the seasonal Biere de Garde start popping up on the shelves. This was my pick because it was available in the mix-a-six. I liked the look, smell, and mouthfeel but the flavors and aftertaste weren't good. I really enjoy saisons, which from what I can tell are a close relative of this style, so I will continue to try more, but probably not this particular beer.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange gold with a three-finger sudsy white head. Nice lacing lines the glass as I drink.

Smell: Sweet floral notes, bananas, slight clove, earthy

Taste: Spicy yeast, cloves and banana, mild hops and not really any hop bitterness. Really reminds me of a more watery version of Lagunita's Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with high carbonation, a pretty easy drinker.

Overall: A really good beer that reminds me of a session drinking Lagunita's Bavarian Styled Doppel Weizen. Avoid if you dislike banana or clove flavors, as these are dominant to me.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark Orange with a very hazy look to it with tons of carbonaation going on inside. Pours a 2 finger head which disappears quickly. For an unfiltered beer, it finishes very cleanly.

Smell - Very Grassy/Earthy Scent embodies the fairly fruity notes and malty scents. It smells a bit on the sour side, which I'm not really digging....

Taste - The taste on the other hand is very tolerable, in fact it reminds me of a Hefeweizen. You got the sweet banana and clove notes, but it's got a maltier and more yeasty taste, almost like a Pale Ale sans the hops. Aftertaste is dry and consists mainly of yeasts and sweet banana notes.

Mouthfeel - It feels light in body and pretty crisp. Carbonation is a bit more on the intense side, not to the point where to distracts you from the overall taste but it doesn't add to the flavor either.

Overall - The smell left a bad first impression on me, but the flavor manages to be very good. Overall, I think it's worth checking out!

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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 confer
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid gold and fairly cloudy. Dense white head that sticks around.
Smell is like a banana dominant hefe with a touch of lemon.
First is the wheat taste and then the sour/slightly funky taste takes over in the finish.
Lost of carbonation but still has meat to the feel. Overall it's a pretty good refreshing beer. For the price it's definitely a go to beer in the future.

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

Single 12 oz bottle purchased from Price Chopper last night (2/29) for $1.49.

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is golden-orange with a small white head.

S: Some funkiness along with florally hops and lemon zest. Nice nose.

T: Grainy malt foundation, with a touch of funk and spice. Fruity - overripe apples come to mind. Finishes with lingering fruity sweetness that coats the palate.

M: Interesting - there's a good amount of fine-prickled fizziness, but also a bit of slickness to the feel. Not sure it works well together, to be honest, as the fizzy carbonation wants to work as a palate cleanser, while the slickness wants to coat the palate with a lingering sweetness - which ultimately prevails.

O: This isn't bad.

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

Hazy pale amber in the tulip glass. Lots of foam that carries through into a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Slight yeasty nose with pear and biscuits. A touch of butter in the aftertaste. Fairly bitter as it melts on the palate. Reminds me of a Saison crossed with a Wit, minus the spices. In other words, tangy, a funky bitter twang, slight malty sweetness on the lips, and hops on the back end. The yeasty, bitter flavor takes over the aftertaste.

Whatever deficiencies this has for the style, it's a highly drinkable beer with a pleasant Belgian tang. From the 12 oz bottle available in sixes.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is a hazy golden color with a rather large white head. Just an overdone spiciness. Smells overwhelmingly of coriander and grass. A bit of paper/cardboard and maybe some pale, cracker malts. Hints of spicy hops in the background. The flavor is lemony and mildly spicy, sort of like a bad witbier or hefeweizen. Spicy hop notes and quite a lot of water. Very grassy on the palate as well. Meh.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

It's been a while since last I tasted this pup, so it's almost new to me now... It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light clove, black pepper, strong wheat, lemon zest, cardamom, and a touch of sourdough. The taste brings in more of the same, with the spiciness really coming through pretty strongly. The citrus isn't exactly a shrinking violet itself, and it comes complete with a nice bit of sweetness, mostly Belgian candi sugar-style. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a surprisingly very nice BdG, one I could stand to have on a fairly regular basis.

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

Well I'm sitting here deciding how to bore myself for the eve and thought I'd try this beer out for size again and reveiw it here at beerAdvocate and my blog (

Forget when I purchased this six pack, a few weeks ago I'm sure, there's a few still left, and well there is now one less.

Appearance - I poured this from a bottle into a glass, and like the style - Biere de Garde - says it did leave a nice head with a golden color. The color is more of a burnt gold color, but easy to see through.

I think I should have probably spelled this out of the bottle as once in my glass it's hard to smell with openness of the glass. However my bluetick senses detect fruit, maybe cherry with a hint of lime or lemon and almost peppery. Lemon Pepper!

The taste is tight, it's crisp, not hoppy in my opinion but I guess its the malt that I'm tasting that is standing out. It's good, but I don't know if I'd want many back to back, I'm going with slightly better than average.

Mouthfeel - well I like crisp this has that. It's almost like putting pop rocks on my tongue as the beer splashes over it. I'm going with 4.5 only because the beerAdvocate guys say 5's should be rare.

Overall a pretty damned decent beer. 4

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Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Off white nice and very foamy head, forms very much like a soapy bath, not much retention, sits on a slightly hazy mostly opaque body that is golden yellow.

A nice faint juicy lemon rind, zesty on the nose, just a faint hint of diacetyl. Slightly floral, not bad, fairly good actually.

Taste is relatively light in flavor, but with a full feel in the palate. Mild malt with an almost butter tasting and buttery feel. Mild citrus lemon on the finish, but a nice dry malt crispness at the end with a yeast punch blast.

Overall, it's not an aggressive one for the style, but it's real super easy drinking and a good starter Biere de Garde I think. For that I score it well.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Prohibition Taproom, Philly, PA

Poured a clear, golden yellow with a small cap of white head; minimal retention and lacing. Aroma contained hints of grass, grains, light fruit. Taste has some yeasty breadiness, apple skin, light citrus, with floral and herbal notes, slightly acrid. Light-medium body, and pretty easily drinkable, though not amazingly flavorful.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, no clear bottling code.

appears cloudy dark golden color with bright white head that fades. very spicy and yeasty aroma.

taste is similar. pale malt, bitter citrus rind, belgian yeast. thinner body, fizzy carbonation.

overall - I don't see much difference between this style and a Belgian Pale Ale. not the flavors I like.

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Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bière de Garde more or less French Saison.

Clear gold colored beer with a medium sized white head.

Smells sweet with a strong toasted grain aroma. Hops are grassy and herbal to the nose. Fruity in a general way, the scent matches overripe plums the closest.

Starts out sweet with a strong taste of fruity wood. Toasted grains and a slightly sour flavor like lemon. Honeysuckle malt flavor. Sort of a funky beer, something Bière de Garde is known for.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is weird but sort of OK. Not a first choice but I will finish the six-pack.

Addendum: I second what brentk56 said " Drinkability: This must be the Blue Moon of Biere de Gardes; easy to drink but a pretender to the style"

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

I tried this beer at home in a bottle, served in a glass.

A: The beer poured out of the bottle a cloudy golden color. There was nice head retention and mild lacing.

S: The beer had a standard farmhouse smell: yeasty with earthy tones and a slight malt smell.

M: This beer tasted very carbonated but had a light mouthfeel

O: This was a good beer, but not one of Flying Dog’s best.
Although they get credit for attempting a French Farmhouse beer.

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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 gatornation
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with a brilliant white head,fast receding to a fresh collar very little lacing

S- malt/wheat and hay with yeast and white wine

T was wheat and barnyard with sour wine,champagne notes, and other light fruits a touch of hops

M- well carbonated fruity and light sour notes

O- french style farmhouse that is well done

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Photo of rlee1390
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow with a two finger head that doesn't last long but well carbonated.

S-Wheat, cloves, banana and yeast.

T-Similar to the nose, almost like a saison or some witbiers. Clove and Banana are the main flavors.

M-Light but not very carbonated.

O-First venture into the style but it seems to be similar to a few other styles.

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

Poured into Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Poured slightly hazy copper color with medium white head that quickly dissipated leaving very light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly grains and hay with light scents of spices, bananas and other fruits.

T - Very close to saison. Starts off with grains and some earthy flavor followed by fruits and a slight hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Nice BdG but just about average and nothing impressive. I would not recommend it.

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

Looks slightly clouded honey amber with orange shading around the edges, one finger of head in my tulip glass leaves medium-heavy amounts of clingy lacing, nice appearance! Smells full of bright fruity esters with fresh sweet malt scent and a light scent of lemony citrus hopping. Taste is the same story as the aroma but also includes a decent initial belgian-yeast styled spicing that moves out of the way in time for the lemon and malt flavor to shine through. Body is medium thick and well carbonated, I can't really find much of anything to complain about with this one.

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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 Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a straw yellow color with a haziness to it. The head was fluffy and white at first, but it settles down shortly after the pour. The smell of the beer has some fresh grainy aromas and a little touch of some hoppy citrus. The taste of the beer has a pretty nice balance between sweet and bitter. The mouthfeel is pretty light and refreshing. Overall this brew is ideal for summer in my opinion. I enjoyed it but wouldn't ever buy a case of it.

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