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Garde Dog | Flying Dog Brewery

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Brewed by:
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 dgilks
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Translucent golden colour with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly to a thin film. Little to no lacing.

Fruity and spicy like a Belgian ale with banana and clove very present. Sweet malts. Overall quite muted.

Quite sweet with only a minimal level of hop bitterness. Quite a lot of yeast phenols which ake this seems more like some sort of BSPA than a Biere de Garde. Tasty enough but not really a representation of what is on the label.

Medium body with a spritzy carbonation that isn't bad. Almost a touch cloying but not overly so.

Reasonably tasty as a beer but nowhere close to style (and I assume they were at least aiming for something vaguely accurate). It's a drinkable beer just not great.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip. Had a best by date of June 1 so just out of date but should be OK. It was a golden honey color with plenty of carb streams from the laser etching. No lacing. It had an average sized fizzy white head that quickly dissipated into a thin collar and some whispy film from the carb.

The aroma was subdued and more toned down than others BdG's that I've had recently. Some spice, lemon and sweet malt. Really started to fade after a couple minutes. Could have used more spice. The taste was watered down. It had much less spice than the aroma indicated. Starts out watery and then some spice, but not enough, kicks in towards the end. Still finishes watery though. Better than a BMC but really lacking in flavor. Watery taste hurt the mouthfeel but carb levels were good.

Overall, a disappointment from a brewery that usually hits homeruns for me. Was too watered down and bland. Needed more spice to it. Don't recommend unless you can get if from a friend. One and done for me as there are better BdG's out there.


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Photo of Mistofminn
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Surly Tulip. The beer is clear golden in color with minimal carbonation. Head comes and goes about as quick as some champagne, really after a minute or two you wont see it again.

Aroma is very light with subtle hints of spicey and fruity esters. I also get a bit of hops, but it's faint.

The taste is light as well. I finally get some of the toasted malts they were talking about, with subtle hop flavor and spiceyness. There is a citrus quality here that I wasn't expecting, but maybe thats just my ignorance with the style. Overall, not bad, just not something I would call amazing.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. For some you don't see the carbonation, but you feel it when you take a sip. Pretty good if you ask me. Drinkability is high, but that is expected.

Another solid brew from Flying Dog. They haven't let me down yet and I don't plan on them doing so any time soon.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a subdued pale yellow with a nice white head. Nose was fruity and dry. The herbal hops take stage in the middle. With the dry pilsnery malts finishing off the show. Taste was 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 Rudgers73
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly new to this style. I am beginning to think of it as a close relative to a nice and dry saison.

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass there is very active carbonation rising to a thin head. Pale gold in color. The smell doesn't reveal much about the beer other than it is light, dry, and maybe bitter. The first sip is quite dry. I taste faint white grape juice, earthy grains, light grassy hops, and CO2. The flavor is simple, but interesting. I guess you could call it something like a sophisticated pilsner. It is easy drinking, very straightforward, but it has a twist that makes me think I would have a hard time cloning it without some very fine skills.

I like it. And for $5.88 a sixer, I should pick some more up "for keeping"

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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 CHickman
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came in the Flying Dog Mixed Pack and poured golden and cloudy with a small head. Taste was malty and sweet with a spicy finish; nice a smooth with medium carbonation and good flavor that mixes fruit and yeast. It's a good beer with nice flavor, but a little odd as there's a slight taste of something mixed in that I couldn't figure out. I highly recommend the Flying Dog Mixed Pack.

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Photo of gobias
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellow color. The smell is nice, a bit of spice and a touch of fruit. Nice taste, dry and crisp with the taste of spice and fruit coming through. I liked this beer a lot, very smooth and tasty even after a number of them. Cheers!

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Photo of sweemzander
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

120z. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled sometime in '09.
(A)- Poured with no head whatsoever. Had a nice goldenrod clear color though. Minimal lacing.
(S)- Sweet malts come through with a bannana & clay component. Smells more like a triple to me. Slight honey and a barnyard hay scent which might just be the yeast.
(T)- Slightly dry, yet sweet because of the malt. It is very yeasty. A corn husk component that kind of distracts me from the rest of the flavors.
(M)- Good balance of carbonation and malty sweetness. Pretty darn smooth going down.
(D)- Its pretty easy to have a few of these if you wanted to. A decent balance of everything. Overall, I would label this just a solid lawnmower beer if your looking for a bit more flavor and body than a Miller or Coors.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass the beer is a little hazy and golden with lots of bubbles rising to the surface to form a very lite and loose head. The head never grows to be more than 1/2 inch and dies off quickly despite a constant rise of fizzy bubbles.

The aroma is musty and a little spicy with a good bit of esters and only pinch of malt.

The beer is fairly light on the tongue and the immediate flavor is spicy with a hint of toast and a nice dry finish. No distinct hops stand out and as the beer warms the flavor gets stronger but doesn't change.

Overall this is a pretty good Biere de Garde and will probably find its way into my refrigeratorfairly often.

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Photo of dfillius
4.57/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet

A: Moderate pour yields thin head that quickly fades to a ring, more head please. Hazy golden straw liquid is nice looking.
S: Smells fruity with a little pleasant funk. Similar to saison aroma. Clove spiciness makes itself known fairly quickly. Smells tasty!
T: Great malt front with a subdued fruity character. Much more malty and less fruity than I expected from the smell and other BdGs I've had. Delicious nonetheless.
M: Great smoothness, perfect carbonation. Some tartness at the finish
D: Very drinkable. Sessiony and inviting. I keep wanting more. Yes I'd order another, and yes I'd buy a six pack of this.

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

12 ouncer with no freshness info, but they get points for typical Steadman art and HST quote. Pours clear honey amber, minor and quickly departing head, next to no lace left behind. Equally unimpressive nose. No real improvement tastewise, just some light fruit, and perhaps a hint of pepper. Not an impressive performer, crushed by so many other more tasty and interesting offerings in the style.

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

Pours a 1 finger white head. Body is hazy dark yellow in color. Head retention and lacing are disappointing, almost non existant

Smell is of typical belgium. Fruity yeast, slightly peppery spice also. Not much on malt or hop side

Taste is similar to a Belgium pale ale though not as strong or flavorful. Phenols and spice dominate the beer. Very Faint malt is present but no hops

Beer is over carbonated. Very light body going down. Too fizzy

Over all beer has above average drink ability. Tastes like a simpler Delirium Tremens or Duvel. Would be a good choice if on a budget or looking for something lower in alcohol. Would buy again

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.14/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this one into a pint from a 12 oz. bottle w/ some bad ass artwork on the label(I love flying dog's illustrations)

Cloudy golden color w/ a very thin head that quickly dissappeared to nothing, no lacing to speak of.

Smells citrusy, lemon and orange mostly. also go some biscuit/yeasty malty action. some spice is also detected(pepper/corriander maybe?)

Pretty balanced beer, sort of reminds me of a wit. This is the quintessential spring brew(or style at least) very refreshing, slighty spicy, and just sweet enough, not overboard or lopsided in any direction. This is all punctuated by a crisp, tight light body which i found quite thirst quenching and enjoyable. I will definately be sessioning some of these this spring.

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Photo of adamette
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my clean, clear Samuel Smith pint glass. Purchased for $1.70 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio as a single. "Best by date" of 152FX09 but I do not know what that means.

A Modest white fluffy head of about 1 cm (despite rigorous pouring) over a lager like clear straw yellow body.

S Love that nice grainy, malty smell of a Beire de Garde. This one has it nicely!

T Of course what beats the smell is the nice taste of a Biere de Garde and again, this is a nice example of it. Mostly barley it has a mild syryupy sweetness that reminds me of some Belgian dubbles (although not nearly as strong).

M Mild to moderate with that syrupy stickiness.

D Great! I could have several of these.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle-conditioned. No best by date.

A: Light golden, clear. Thin white head with little to no lacing.

S: Ever so light scent of spices and sweetness.

T&M: Light to medium body and carbonation. Mild spiciness with a slighly dry-sweet aftertaste and mildly bitter. Very good balance between hops and malt. Not too complex but very tasty. Similar to more expensive high end beers with just a little less flavor, but very good for the price.

This is a great drinking beer and I hope it stays on the shelf through the summer!!

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle at cellar temp into pint glass. pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow color. small white bubbly head that faded almost immediately. almost no lacing.

the aroma is full of a belgian like yeast. fruity, citrus, bubblegum.

the taste is that of a very light belgian ale. lots of belgian like yeast(i am to understand 2 kinds of yeast were used in this brew). some fruitiness, citrus bubblegum, some wheat detectable, and light grains.

light body, medium to high carbonation. not too familar with the biere de garde style, but definately tastes like a belgian ale, or a wheat ale. very nice to drink on a hot summer day or while playing some disc golf. not the best flying dog, but sorta worth a try.

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Photo of dfolmste
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: With an aggressive pour into my snifter there was barely a head. The 1/8 of an inch of bubbly white fizz faded to nothing. The color is a hazy straw yellow. The appearance is very disappointing and is easily overshadowed by many macro brews I have had. No lacing what so ever.

Smell: Sweet Belgian yeast scent. This type of smell reminds me of bubble gum. As a farmhouse style biere de garde it has some funky earthy smells with some citrus from the hops.

Taste: Sweet and funky. Grassy, citrus and metallic flavors all products of the yeast. It's hard to pinpoint specific flavors, which makes the taste fairly complex, but considering the poor appearance the taste should have supported the beer but instead comes up just a bit better than average.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin but ends with a coating feeling. The aftertaste is not bad, but I could do without it. It reminds me of plum and grape. The real problem with this beer is the carbonation. The beer is essentially flat.

Drinkability: The lack of carbonation and unappealing appearance makes me thankful I only purchased a six pack. Flying Dog makes other great beers that blow this seasonal out of the water. Alcohol level makes this beer easy to drink, but I don't really want anymore.

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Photo of lstokes
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light clear yellow with a sweet smoky malt smell--definitely some citrus in there, too.

Taste is something like a malted lager with small amounts of fruity yeasts (I could have done with more of these, but no mind) and a clean hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel is pretty thin to my palate, but medium level of carbonation is nice.

I really like farmhouse style ales, so I'm used to more complex and powerful versions of this style, but this was a light example of the style and incredibly drinkable, something I would happily buy and drink again. I could see myself enjoying it alongside non-beer-geeks, something I can't say for most Bier de Gardes.

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

The beer pours a gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a clean pale and Munich malt scent with just a bit of hop aroma. There is no mention of toasted malts here. The taste is decent as well. It has a sweet, malt flavor that boasts of Munich malts. It's pretty basic in make up and has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a poor representation of the style. Not their best work.

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Photo of biggred1
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey blonde with a slight creamy fine head that leaves trace lacing on the glass. Green apple and belgian smelling yeastiness up front in the nose backed by toasted grain. Tastes of dry fruity yeast and bubblegum with coriander and lemon zest. Medium bodied with nice subtle carbonation. A tasty beer that doesn't really live up to the complex flavors associated with the style.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw with clarity unmatched. Head is small and short lived, bubbles rise the sides of the glass.

Aroma is light malt with a sweetness I can’t place. The wild yeast isn’t very detectable on the nose. Slightly fruity but not hugely present.

Flavor is straight up fruity yeast on the front. Sweet tart candies and candy sugar. Cotton candy malt and sweet bread, Fruity yeast gives a dusty bread flavor, like old fruitcake. Cherries and pineapple with a hit of fruit cocktail. Tartness from the yeast is very detectable. Middle is tart and slightly sour, with a nice sweet hit from the malt. Malt is toasty and well represented. This is a sweet tart beer, with citrus flavors in the middle and a great rind like sourness. Finishes very clean and slightly sweet. Hops come in the middle, just slightly, to let you know they are there.

Mouthfeel is thin and creamy, nice texture if a little watery. Carbonation is active and lively, which cuts the sweetness enough to keep it from being cloying.

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

Pint Glass

First thing I noticed about this beer was the smokey smell that crept out of the bottle as I opened it. Not overwhelmingly so but a sweet smokey smell. The first thing you tasted was the rich smoked flavor but more of the yeasty farmhouse qualities came out the more you drank it. It was an iteresting farmhouse style beer to say the least. Very smooth with a dry smoke aftertase. And it was quite drinkable.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, presents with a translucent gold color (you can see right through this), with about half-a-finger of head at first that settles to a thin ring. Moderate bubble action.

Scent marked by esters, a little bit of mustiness. Reminds me slightly of a tripel with the sugary, fruity ester smells, but not nearly as strong or complex.

The first sip revealed a cellar-like mustiness/earthiness that brings to mind some large-scale pilsners (Pilsner Urquel or even Beck's). That hits hard at first but disappears after about three sips, & what's left is banana, orange, & a subtle hop snap in the finish. Reminiscent of a wheat or some of the fruitier pale ales, but with the tiniest bit of musty funk. There's a bubble gum flavor that swells in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about -- sort of thin consistency, the sugars stick to the tongue. Not exactly the way I like to remember a sip, but nothing I can't live with. This is a pretty drinkable beer, & I can see finishing two or three in a row, but this is not something that excites me. Not a bad beer, but it seems to be missing the complexity that marks the style. It's on an unfortunate curve -- if it were intended as a more "pedestrian" style, I'd take it, but there are definitely more interesting Bieres de Garde.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer seemed very average to me. The color was a light yellow. The smell was almost no existent with the smell of a cheap beer. The taste was very light. The wasn't much in the way of a hoppy taste or any malt to it. This is however a beer that you could drink alot of. For being a spring or summer beer it is very average however, with it not being harsh or bitter during the spring months it would be okay.

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