3xB: Schlafly Bière De Garde
This Week’s Big Bottle: Schlafly Bière De Garde
This week’s big bottle is the Schlafly Bière De Garde, which is a French farmhouse-style ale. The name refers to the beer’s ability to improve with age. If you age this ale, the tart fruitiness from the yeast and the sweet maltiness from the grains will meld together nicely for several years at cellar temperatures. I did not have that kind of patience this week so I opened it, drank it, and wrote a review.
It pours a cloudy grapefruit and copper orange with an off-white head that dissipated quickly. The nose is fruity (melons), herbal, minty, and has a funky yeast smell.
The taste started out fruity with the melon flavors with some tartness, but I picked up some spicy kicks (spiced apple and black pepper) along with some earthy flavors. It has nice dry and toasty malt.
Cold out of the fridge it tastes thin, but it does thicken after 15-20 minutes. This brought out the spicy flavors. I’m glad I paced myself.
The finish is malty and a little powdery due to sediment. Overall, great beer if you’re into farmhouse style ales.
Donald “Don” Von Matterhorn
Revelry and Recreational Sports Division
Von Matterhorn Industries International Unlimited Global Inc.