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

I often find Flying Dog beers hit or miss, I find this somewhere in between. It has some of the nice characteristics of a Biere de Garde, but it is a little too pronounced in flavor in the wrong areas and too light in others. Pours golden with an okay head and lacing. Smells light, herbal, and peppery. The taste is tangy, extremely herbal with a residual medicinal taste of willow bark and quite light beyond those flavors. Crisp and refreshing in the mouth, but the strong herbal and medicinal flavors with no balancing citrus or earthy flavors or pepper makes this a bit unbalanced.

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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 DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

French-styled beer for lunchtime, brought to you by the folks of Flying Dog. On to the beer:

Bless thy chalice with a beer that is cloudy, washed out orange colored, and topped with a small creamy head that retains more than decently. Pleasant nose, dry yasty aromas, peach, rustic, balanced and not over the top.

The bière de garde style isn't one of my favorites, but I do like the way Garde Dog is going. It's relaxed, dry but not too dry, and offers a little sweetness. Apples, bread, touch of white pepper, rye. All with a medium mouthfeel and a texture that's is almost like velvet....with a few springs of carboantion.

This was a pleasant surprise out of Flying Dog. And as a bonus, is less expensive than others of the style.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours brilliant gold to amber under a rich 2” off white head that dclings to the glass leaving sheets of lace.
S: Spicy nose with a touch of very ripe fruit.
T: Fruit, malt and a touch of sour.
F: Very good medium to medium full body, highly carbonated.
O: Very drinkable Biere de Gaarde that would go very well with a sausage.

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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 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 RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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 wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear straw/gold color. Poured a fizzy half finger stark white head that dissipated to a few random bubbles. Laced in thin rings.

S: Lightly toasted grains, citrus and honey. All very muted.

T: Bready malt up front followed by citrus and honey along with some grapes. A little yeast funk that lingers through the bitter finish.

M: Light to medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp feel ahead of strong bite in the finish.

D: Light flavors and moderate abv make it an easy drinker.

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Photo of WDJersey
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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 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 n2185
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy yellow-gold with three fingers of white head that fades into a dense cap with some lacing.

S: some light spice notes up front along with candy sugar and bubblegum. There are tart and sour citrus notes toward the finish.

T: spices up front again with some faint candy sugar flavors. Funky and slightly bitter flavors along with tart and slightly sour citrus notes bring up the finish.

M: medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is light and crisp.

O: a good beer, overall. I'm not very familiar with the style, but this beer is light, crisp, and tasty.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a . The aroma is slightly toasted malts, with some spices, caramel and herbal hops. The taste is malt that is slightly bready with some spices and herbal hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not bad, but far from spectacular. Overall, this is a decent offering from Flying Dog that is worth a try, but I probably wouldn't purchase it again.

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Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of weeare138
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a transparent, light gold with a small white head that quickly fizzles out.
Smell is malty, candy like, doughy, with notes of bananas, dark fruit, and caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some roasted nuts, bananas, sugar, and grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, mildly tart, smooth in the finish, with sweetness up front...I can't say this one is on par with being a BDG but I rate a beer as it stands, not really punishing it for not fitting style guidelines, which has happened to me countless times in homebrew competition (mainly b/c I don't normally brew to style on purpose).
It's about what ai expected.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I guess this is Flying Dogs take on a Farmhouse ale. Here we go!

A - A nice highly carbonated golden yellow with a solid half in of foamy head.

S - Comes off kind of sour and yeasty with a bit of lemon zest. Smells also like a Belgium ale to me.

T - Solid grain and yeast presence with a lovely sweet malt and a slight sour tone from the lemon. Comes off pretty good for the style.

M - Medium bodied like the style the ABV is kind of harsh but subdued.

D - Well I wouldn't get this farmhouse ale again since I know a couple of styles that come off sweeter with little to no noticeable ABV and a slight apple and pear taste as well. Still its another "pretty good" offering from flying dog. Pass the Snake dog please!

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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 iRun2Beer
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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

I was really looking forward to this beer, and have to say it came up a little short of my expectations. Poured into my tulip glass, t was an orange color with a small white head, and very little carbonation. It was very still. The aroma was pretty much all fruit. Taste was a little muted, but at least there was a malt presence to balance out the fruit. It stood up well in the mouth, but didn't have the presence I wanted.

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