Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

Flying Dog – Garde Dog


“What on Earth is a Biere de Garde?” I muttered, under my breath in front of a rack of great beer at Stonybrook Beverage. I hesitated. I should know what type of beer I’m going to sample. I should know something about it… but then again, when’s the last time I had something from Flying Dog that sucked? Never. So I picked it up.

Once I opened it up I noticed that the answer to my original question is written right on the bottle.
“…Biere de Garde or ‘beer for keeping’ is a traditional French farm house ale brewed in March for drinking during the spring and summer months….”

Sounds like a cabin fever beer – something that you put away during the part of winter that you think will never end….knowing that it will be sunny again and ready to be enjoyed. This seems appropriate considering a recent rash of unrelenting rain that broke just a few days ago for the first time in weeks.

I poured it into a glass and admired its orange yellow color. It didn’t have a very long-lasting head, but it did have a great aroma. It smelled almost nutty, with the malts taking center stage. Smells great!
It tastes great – almost sweet like a barleywine, but with a little spice. There is a definite nutty character coming from the malts, and I really enjoyed that this one tasted a lot different than I expected it to. I’m usually a fan of what Flying Dog puts out, but this one is really well done. It makes me want to seek out other beers of this style to try. A new style to me – I’ll have to do a little research and see what else I can find to compare it to!
*Beer Babe Post Script : Davis Tucker, one of my fans from facebook sent me a link to a wikipedia article about this type of beer. Biere de Garde on Wikipedia – check it out if you’re curious!


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1 Comment

  1. nate

    I had this a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty good. I'm actually not a massive fan of Flying Dog, so I was pleasantly surprised.

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