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Friday, September 6, 2013

Biere de Garde (New Belgium-Brewery Vivant)

This was the second in a summer Lips of Belgium tasting. This French farmhouse ale was brewed with orange peel, a nice combo.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This light gold beer has a bubbly white head that dissipated quickly. It smelled a little pithy, but overall very, very light. This brew left light to moderate lacing as I drank it down.

Taste: It was light and effervescent. It was very dry. It was slightly tart and a little earthy. The aftertaste was earthy. I think they hit the mark with this brew.

From the bottle:
Famous in Michigan for their farmhouse ales, our friends at Brewery Vivant introduced us to their Biere de Garde ale yeast strain. From there, we imagined a slightly tart, intentionally dry beer with hints of bergamot citrus that pairs perfectly with French cheeses.

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