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Brewer's Art La PetroleuseBrewer's Art La Petroleuse

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The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GeoffFromSJ on 03-09-2004

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by fourstringer:
Photo of fourstringer
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a matchy-matchy Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately gentle hand. Label reads, #191 9/20/2014. This has been in the cellar for about a year.

A: Orange-amber with good clarity. 1.5 fingers white head that fades to a coating at 2 minutes. Light lacing.

S: Malty fruit. Floral notes. Orange. Grape. Apple. Spice & pepper. Toffee. Caramel. Traces of indistinct hop. Initially there were some faint soap, acetone notes that disappeared with the first sip.

T: Malty sweetness with interesting herbal character initially. Followed by strong (black/white) pepper notes. A light English-type hopping on the back end closes with a fairly dry finish. Perceivable alcohol and a bit boozy for 7-8% ABV. Pepper. Spice.

M: Moderate, creamy carbonation with a moderate body. Solid.

O: Ok, full disclosure: I've only had about half a dozen different Biere de garde in my beer-drinking life, max. However, this one is the best. Nice malt, good balance, and really love the pepper notes. Overall, a pretty complex brew. Not sure if the extra year of aging made much of a difference, though.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a nice sticky head,aroma is spicey and very orangey.Taste is malt tilted with some decent fruitiness I get a touch of yeast as well,the alcohol content is pretty well hidden.I have had four or five brews from these guys all Belgian style they seem to do a decent job.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Swift989
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of resistdefy
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of kbuzz
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL from the Wine Source. A perfect beer for a beautiful Central PA day.

A: The bottle took some persuasion before it finally popped. Poured into a tulip, a thick creamy foam quickly filled the volume. The while head slowly receded but left absolutely no lace behind. Really! I swear! The bière de garde is a golden copper, bright if not mildly hazy.

S: The roasted malts, toasty grains, jump out on the first sniff. The bread is undeniable and unavoidable but quite nice. A fruity resonance, pears and apples, with a hint of spice cuts through the malt.

T: The Belgian influences, especially the yeast strain, can't be denied. The fruity pop, sugary with pear and apple, lends itself well to the ale. Belgo-French spices transition the yeast to the malts. Those malts, bready and filling, are an abrupt reminder that the French border has been crossed. As the first wave of malts fade, citrusy hops emerge. They aren't dominant but do add a zesty change of pace. The breadiness lingers, overtaking spices and fruits in the finish.

M: The mouthfeel isn't very heavy, jumping nicely from yeast to malts to hops (and back to malts). The pepper spice brings this close to a saison but the grains pull it back.

D: A bit on the heavy side, the full flavor and alcohol make repeat visits difficult. A blurring of the lines between BdG and BSPA.

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Photo of Magery
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of sneth019
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Smakawhat
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a chalice at Brewer's Art.

A big golden amber orange body that glows nicely. Served with a very creamy top, slightly tan colored with very thin bubbles set together. Not much noticeable carbonation, but nice in this glass.

Big punch of yeast on the nose, and large amounts of maple sugar like sweetness. Quite nice, with some good dryness as well.

First taste is a tonic water quinine then some the maple sensing sugar action kicks in. Nice controlled almost french toast like sweetness but with a yeasty punch. Tight carbonation, almost dry white wine like finish with some creamy character to match also.

Not too bad overall, not much farmhouse like senses, but definitely good controlled dark Belgian sucrose that comes out more like maple. Very nice.

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Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this bottle from AleWatcher in the Blind BIF #4. Thanks Jeff. Review is done blind.

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy orangey/coppery hue with a huge off white head, lots of big bubbles with a meringue-like cap. The head really stands up, not much of a drop after a few minutes. Not sure if I'll get any/much lacing out of this one.

Aromas of some sweet malt, pepper, dry crackers, chardoney grapes, a little winey like unoaked white wine, otherwise a very clean aroma, hard to pick out anything more distinctive.

Flavors of bubble gum, yeasty, green apples, grainy malt, a bit of a carbonic bite. Hint of black pepper from yeast, not spice. An edge of a sour tang. Very light bitterness. Finish is short, with a carbonic acid/club soda flavor in the fade. As it warms, the finish gets longer, more malty, and sticky, with more of a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, with a good prickly carbonation. A little sticky sweet, not cloying. Malty/filling like a biere de Garde should be. Good thirst quencher, though.

Overall very good drinkability. Complexity builds as it warms up. At first, I couldn't detect much at all in the aromas and flavors. But as it warms, it bursts open with a lot going on.

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Photo of kpteabo
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of altarego
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mil bottle, corked and caged. Arrived right before a snowstorm in the hands of a friend.

Appearance: Pours a tawny, coppery hue, with a thick, creamy relatively persistent, off-white head.

Aroma: Rich, sweet, toast notes dominate with undertones of yeast character spice.

Flavor: BIG, BOLD caramelized, bread fades into the same yeast characters found in the nose. Residual sweetness is pronounced, but balanced with an appropriate carbonic bite. Excellent!

Mouthfeel: Creamy, rich body balanced by the barest, most slight alcoholic warmth. No astringency, smooth finish.

Overall: This is a fine beer, and one of the better American examples of Bière de Garde I've tasted, just a bit more balanced than Schlafly's version. It's also an excellent beer on draft, though the style really ought to be drunk aged from the bottle.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jtaylord
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Umbra
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of those rare Brewer's Art brews that I've heard about for some time, but never saw. Eventually hunted down at Mahaffey's. Pours a light orange brown with a spotty offish head. Retention nonexistent and lacing average at best. Tropical fruits and yeast aromas.

Flavor is of a bunch of spicy goodness. Fruity malts that come out a bit one sided with whiffs of yeast on the finsih.

Very light and creamy. Finishes very clean with the carbonation being tingly. ABV is stealthy. Got this one because, for some reason, I thought it would be a good low test lunch option. I was wrong.

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Photo of hopdog
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

Poured a hazy amber color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of citrus with some spiciness. Tastes of fruitiness, the same spiciness, some citrus, and yeastiness.I found this to have a dry and bitter aftertaste.

Notes from: 7/12/04.

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Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks beandip for this...
Tall bottle with a cadged and wrapped cork.

A: Pours with a huge head, seems impossible to pour without making a huge head. I tried to pour it gently, still got 5 fingers of billowy white head that retains really well, and laces all over the place. The body is a cloudy orange, nicely vibrant.

S: Sweet yeast, a little sweet fruit, maybe some light citrus, and lots of bread. Amazingly inviting.

T: Imagine turning a fresh loaf of bread into beer, adding extra yeast, some spices (coriander) and a sugar glaze, and then bottling it and waiting to drink it for a year. That is maybe what this beer tastes like. Malts paired with yeast form the backbone of the flavor, with some noble hop presence to balance. Some nice spices dance around the edges. The aftertaste is pleasing and lasts for a long time.

Mf&D Very carbonated but not overly so. Good for the style, very drinkable and pleasing. Like fresh sweet bread.

Overall: A very nice beer, (my first of the style) and after doing some research, it seems to fit the bill well. I loved every bit of it, and wish I had more.

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Photo of ckollias
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 750ml Belgian bottle, which was corked and caged, out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a frizzy, white, 3-finger head that has a good retention and leaves a decent trail all the way down the glass.

S: Spicy Belgian candy, alcoholic, and yeast aroma fills the nose.

T: Similar to the smell an alcoholic Belgian candy flavor crosses the palate. Very yeasty and fruity aftertaste.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and heavy carbonation

O: Really good example of a Biere de Garde. Nicely spiced and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange copper in color with a 2 finger head that lasts quite a while. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: orange citrus and yeast are easy to pick up.

Taste: fruity, caramel, yeast, pepper spiciness, orange rind, hint of muskiness / earthiness, and barely a hint of alcohol. Overall a flavorful and well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors stick to the tongue. Medium-heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability: this is a great beer IMHO. Well balanced, flavorful, and interesting. Everyone should try this one.

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