Flying Dog “Garde Dog” Review (#043)

Flying Dog Brewery
“Garde Dog”
Frederick, Maryland
www.flyingdogales.com/

From The Brewery:

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 its toasted aroma and spicy, malty sweetness Garde Dog will liberate you from the winter doldrums.

ABV: 5.5%
Plato: 14
IBU’s: 27
Specialty Malts: German Pilsner, Belgian Biscuit, Rye Malt, Flaked Wheat, Malted White Wheat
Hops: USA Grown French Hops
Process: Spring French classic brewed with an American twist

Review:

Appearance:A hazy brilliant orange beer, with a clean, chunky white top. I poured this one into my tulip glass, as I really enjoy the smell of beers and it makes them larger than life.

Smell:Medium strength. Sweet, toasty malts and hops are up front, with light yeast coming through.

Taste:Light flavors come together to make up this sweet beer; mostly pale malt up front followed by the hops. The yeast gives this beer a bit more depth, bringing a bit of spice with the hops; fruity esters and a little banana thrown in. This is a good spring beer; comparable to a bock.

Mouthfeel:Medium weight with a drying finish.

Drinkability/Palitability:Very high – this is a easy going beer, that has no sharp points nor is it too heavy. A little high in the ABV to make it sessionable, but more than one is a breeze.

Notes: This is the most approachable of the Flying Dog beers. Tasty and

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