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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Beer Review: Flying Dog Brewery's Garde Dog

Flying Dog Brewery Garde Dog Biere De Garde from Flying Dog Brewery on Vimeo.

The generous folks from Flying Dog have done it again... They've sent me free beer in the mail (for my reviewing purposes), God bless them!

FYI, if any other kind and generous breweries out there who value the opinions of an average guy and the word of mouth marketing power of your friendly neighborhood beer blog, please let me know... I'll be happy to taste and review your beer on my blog any time. Just send me a sample and some documentation about your beverage and I'll make it happen. How generous of me.

Interested? Then contact me here: bryon[@]homebrewbeer.net and we'll set something up!

Beer: Flying Dog Brewery's - Garde Dog

Some words from Flying Dog:
Proving the French may actually know something we don't... Garde Dog is a traditional French Biere de Garde or "beer for keeping". This classic farmhouse ale was brewed in March for drinking during the spring and summer months. With it's toasted aroma and spicy, malty sweetness Garde Dog will liberate you from the winter doldrums.

Style: English Bière de Garde

Style Description from our friends at BeerAdvocate.com: Despite its name, a The Biere de Garde is golden to deep copper or light brown in color. They are moderate to medium in body. This style of beer is characterized by a toasted malt aroma, slight malt sweetness in flavor, and medium hop bitterness. Noble-type hop aromas and flavors should be low to medium. Fruity esters can be light to medium in intensity. Flavor of alcohol is evident. Earthy, cellar-like, musty aromas and flavors are okay. Diacetyl should not be perceived but chill haze is okay. Often bottle conditioned with some yeast character.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 6.0-8.0%

(In this case, the Garde Dog comes in a little low for the style at 5.5% abv)

How was it served? From a bottle
Glass: Standard pint glass
Location of tasting: My House
Reviewer: Bryon

1. Appearance - This is a pretty beer, nearly crystal clear with a rich golden color with an initial two finger head built from tiny happy little bubbles, very satisfying, vibrant and alive. Begs to be ingested and enjoyed.

2. Smell - A smokey or toasty malt aroma with hints of fruit. (A note on smell - I have a very limited sense of smell, that comes and goes, so my opinions on beer smells should be taken with a grain of salt...)

Almost done! Goes down easy!

3. Taste - A sweet yet slightly spicy malty flavor. Mild hops make for a well balanced yet complex brew. I briefly detected hints of something akin to fruit (apple or orange?) and rye. A very pleasant and distinctive flavor; sweet, but not overbearing. Went well with the Thai food I made for dinner, but would go better with some Pan Asian Tuna!

4. Mouthfeel - Light but still substantial and satisfying. Ample carbonation gives it a little extra kick while avoiding over carbonation.

5. Drinkability - Good stuff! This is an extremely drinkable beer. A great warm weather brew that cries out for those nights on the patio. Manages to go down easy while maintaining enough character and complexity to make you want to savor it.

All gone!

Drinkability Scale from 1- 10: A solid 8, but if it were warmer out and I was sitting on the back deck, maybe a 9! (Would I have another? Yes, but sadly they only mailed me 1. This one is on the buy list this Summer!)

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