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Brewer's Art La PetroleuseBrewer's Art La Petroleuse

Brewed by:
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: 61 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a clear copper body. Minimal lacing.

S: caramel, toffee, musty yeast and fruits.

T: caramel malts, Gum, pepper, light breads and barley. Apple fruit sweetness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.Fairly oily.

Overall: I am fairly unfamiliar with the style. The brew overall seems to follow the style well and is fairly flavorful.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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 Boone757
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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 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 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 Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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 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 RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A biere de garde, eh? This strikes me as a mesh of belgian pale ale and some biere de garde characteristics. I think it carries what you'd want to see, but there is the unfiltered edge to it that kind of clogs the experience and is a slight detractor. Carbonation is a bit too aggressive also. Overall, not too shabby really. And it's growing on me over time.

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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 bigred89
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Max's during 72 hours of Belgium.

The beer pours an attractive honey amber color, albeit with virtually no head retention or lacing. The beer really smells more like an aged cider then beer, and frankly the aromaas are quite intriguing. On the palate, again one gets the perception of an aged ale, with notes of apple cider, sherry and licorise. The beer has a very soft, plush mouthfeel and comes across as a nice, easy going, easy to drink ale. Abv. is very well disguised.

This beer is just delightful on cask.

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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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 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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