Mandrin Au Sapin | Brasserie Artisanale Du Dauphiné

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Artisanale Du Dauphiné
France
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Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by thierrynantes on 08-31-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
12
Reviews:
5
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
16%
 
 
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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by mt5000:
Photo of mt5000
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure if biere de garde is the correct classification for this beer. It's an ale brewed with pine needles, if my information is correct. I was expecting something like a retsina wine - very piney without much else. I was wrong. The pine is very much in the background, giving the beer a strong floral aroma. On the palate it is very well balanced with some sweet malts and a subdued yet firm hop presence.

A very interesting beer, quite unlike anything else I've tasted. Well worth a try to anybody looking for something new.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rivoire
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Bruno74200
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An okay bière de garde but I can't taste the spruce very much. It's balanced though. It has an good malt presence bringing a good body. The hops are light but present

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Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2008.

Appearance : orange and copper coloured beer, with white foam head not persistent.
Smell : spruce and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : piney notes, beautiful roundness
Dinkability : a good beer in the style "bière de garde"

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Photo of yourefragile
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 750 of this at WF in Vienna for 4, figured it couldn't be that bad...

Reaction upon first taste was, no way this is a biere de garde. Apparently this is brewed with pine needles and flavor is extremely sweet with a mild hop bitterness, in the bottle I'm sampling. Appearance is unremarkable, a dark relatively clear amber with a quickly dissipating cream colored head of a few large bubbles with no lacing. Aroma is very fruity, mild tart, but more predominantly sweet. Flavor is initially, well, very piney and sweet, before a light hop bitterness in the finish and a lingering odd candy sweetness. With every sip I think ugh, this is a drain pour, yet I continue drinking. A very unique, Belgian style ale with a lingering pine flavor, distinct from the typical piney hop flavor. Not quite recommended, but not exactly avoidable either; worth a try for something unique.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Tartaix
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hedonist91
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Light brown with chill haze. Upon opening, spewed all over my counter, had a head like a diet coke. Enormous, tiny, loud bubbles that disappeared in a flash.

s-A little toasty, malty sweet, but a noticeable sour note.

t-Sharp, sour, overtaking the malt.

m-light mouthfeel, almost ciderish

d-forcing it down until something else gets cold.

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Mandrin Au Sapin from Brasserie Artisanale Du Dauphiné
3.75 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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