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Brewer's Art La PetroleuseBrewer's Art La Petroleuse
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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: 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: 59 |  Reviews: 24
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 mquinn919
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml corked and caged bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Forestinne branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange hue with a massive fluffy off-white head that lingers a while leaving a good amount of lacing in its tracks.

S: Sweet malt, bubble gum and juniper berries, saltine crackers, with a faint hint of earthy hop in the mix as well.

T: The taste is similar to the nose, but less sweet with a real trippy yeast strain that I can almost recognize but escapes me - definitely unique and amazing though. The hop that was found in the nose comes through in the flavor as well - rounding out the overall mix nicely with a lingering resiny quality that lasts after the other characteristics have subsided.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with vigorous carbonation that mellows as the brew warms, finishing clean and dry. As mentioned in the flavor there is a lingering bitterness from the hop that lingers a while - very nice! A sipper but an easy drinker - took a 1/2 hour enjoying this one after a fat dinner - no complaints here at all!

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Photo of Chaney
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

#191 9/20/14

Served in a Port City snifter.

A: Poured out a pretty clear, orange-amber color, with a slight chill haze and some soap-like bubbles that died down rather quickly.

S: Lots of inviting white pepper and fresh bread dough. Smells great and very different from the norm.

T: I was worried that this was going to be completely devoid of sweetness. I'm glad I was mistaken. To merely call this sour dough would be cheapening it. I would say this was more dessert-like than that. It was sort of like the sweet doughnuts given out at the Great American Restaurants (Sweetwater Tavern, Carlyle Grande, Coastal Flats, etc. in DC). Awesome spicy, honey-infused, yet savory finish.

M: Spritzy and feels very comfortable on the palate. Not too sweet due to the peppery spices, but the honey character is most evident. Mild splotchy lacing.

O: One of my favorites so far in 2013. I will definitely try this again and insist on trying it very soon just to make sure my bottle wasn't a mere fluke.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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 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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Photo of Swift989
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of NumberNone
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Dully
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of JxExM
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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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Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Brewer's Art brew, arriving in a caged/corked 750ml brown bottle. Poured to a 'La Chouffe' tulip. A late summer send by yourefragile; cellared ever since (thanks, Michael).

Label marked: "142 12/1/11", with a slightly lower 7.0% abv.

"A portion of the proceeds will go to programs that empower women's entrepreneurship"

A: After a healthy 'thup'-cork removal, pour commences. Lovely gold-toned amber with a fine haze and not-so-fine silty cloudiness. So freakin' what? Talk about 'rustic farmhouse ale', here you have it - only made in Pennsylvania, US-of-A. Billowing pile of khaki bubbliness fills the tapered glass stem, barely avoiding spilling over the top at 3+ fingers. Plenty of carbonation, cloud-cutting streams that twist and turn. Spotty lace, really just a handful of odd-shaped dabs.

S: Musty hay and indistinct (but fairly intense) nose-twitching spices. Sweeter and fruitier (mashed pear, white grape) with a cracker-bread malt finish.

T: Sweet malt and fermented fruits (apples, pears, green raisins) and sprinkles of cinnamon, then a heartier yeast tang and drying black pepper. Plenty of herbs and dry grass, a flavorful complement to the lighter and more sugary moments. Great balance, and interesting start to finish.

M: Prickly carbonation is lively without ever tiring. A little chewy, a little thicker than a few others I've tried. Once the initial bursts of carbonation subside, feel smooths and a light coating of malt stickiness and yeast builds. Very good for the style, though not something you want in every beer...

D: Really good; light and rather refreshing despite a mid-high alcohol punch that demands some respect. Easy to sit and sip on after some menial housework - I'll bet it's tasty with a meal, or in the backyard on a warm summer evening. I'm happy to have had a chance to try this one.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at RFD's in a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange topped by a healthy and creamy offwhite head that left thick sheets of lacing. A thick layer of foam was pretty much omnipresent.

Smell: Hearty whiffs of tropical fruits and oranges with some great spiciness of pepper and coriander. Notes of bergamot.

Taste: Oh yeah, that's spicy. Sweet and fruity malts with a nice dosage of aged hops (I'm assuming Saaz here). The hops were maybe just a titch too strong, but not enough to really harm this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with gentle carbonation. Palate cleansing.

Drinkability: Wow, this is the shizzle. High octane. I want more.

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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 Pecorasc
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL format bottle, caged and corked. Thanks for the beer Hank. Let this sit out for a while and then poured into a tulip glass. Needs to be poured carefully, completely overflowed on my first try.

A- Poured with a giant, slightly off-white head. The foam takes it time falling back into the beer, with small bubbles combining to make larger ones and the sticky top layer throwing lacing on the walls. A slightly hazy, amber colored beer that changes hues with differing angles of light. Some beading, but less than expected from that initial eruption. A good amount of carbonation was likely lost in that initial pour.

S- Dominated by phenolic spiciness and alcohol. Noble hops are detectable and a malty sweetness complements. Background notes of dust/oxidation and spices. Aroma of witbier, dubbel, and triple all wrapped up into one.

T- Phenolic and dusty up front, quickly producing some heat in the nose. A quick crackle of carbonation leads to a snappy and bitter hop finish, unexpected but welcomed. There is definitely an acidic wheat-like tang that makes this even more refreshing.

M- Thin bodied with big carbonation and dry finish. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated, even for style. Certainly refreshing though.

D- The thin body and decent flavors hold up well to the near 8% alcohol, giving this beer above average drinkability. A nice interpretation of a rarer style. This is a brewery I never heard of until the beer arrived in the mail, glad to have had the opportunity.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly cloudy, orange color with a large, white head of foam that had big bubbles of carbonation. It left behind soapy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity (like a Tripel), candy-like sweetness, bubblegum and malty caramel. Really interesting aromas because it smells like a variety of Belgian-style ales.

T - Nice yeasty spiciness and sweet malty caramel. The was a floral hop presence and some citrusy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale that finishes dry.

D - This is a really interesting and tasty. It doesn't really taste like a Biere de Garde, but it tastes like a great Belgian ale.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice ale with a lively, spicy, and sweet sense.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked bottle. Label design with a black and white image of the head of a lady covering her face with a colored French flag, and the name of the brew on top. Back label along the perfunctory legal notes adds briefly that "a portion of the proceeds will go to local programs that empower women´s entrepreneurship." Shows O.G. Plato (16.4), and Alc. by Vol. (7.0%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber hazy pour, with a very generous head, medium retention, nice surface memory and a bit of lace.

S - Yeast and fruit notes over a tingling spicy sense.

T - Delicate spicy range, peppery, coriander... Woven around a nice fruity and yeasty range, with a nice sweet malt touch holding it together.

M - Light to light-medium body with a tingling fine carbonation that enables a crisp finish.

D - Great drinkability with an enticing range. Alcohol is nicely integrated, and makes for a deceptively quaffable brew.

Notes: Very solid offering from Brewer´s Art, the first I try, and apparently a very recent and limited bottled offering. This sure renews my interest to try to stop by next time I´m in neighboring Baltimore. Probably my first Bière de Garde, and seems about right I guess, feeling to linger in my memory back and forth between a trippel and a saisson and then doing its own thing.

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

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to wrightst for this brew.


Pours a very nice cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger thick/creamy off-white head, with some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of yeast, slight touch of bananna/corinander, pepper. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, alittle bitter, yeasty, with a nice touch of spice. Medium body. Drinkable, another tasty brew from Brewer's Art.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a medium amber color with 2 fingers of head. There is lots of lace left on the glass. The smell is fairly malty, with some sweet orange and apricot to it. The taste is fairl malty as well, still some sweetness and fruit. A very nice spicy finish. The mouthfeel is very thick and strong, and the drinkability is fantastic for a 7.8% beer. A very nice offering from The Brewer's Art.

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Photo of nickfl
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, dark cooper colored body. It settles down quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Rich, high quality malt with honey and toffee notes.

T - Smooth, amber malt favors up front. toffee and light caramel in the middle and a finish of smooth bready malt worthy of an Oktoberfest.

M - A medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - A nicely made example of a rarely brewed (in the US at least) style. Smooth with a great, deep malty profile.

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Photo of imbibehour
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%

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