Thursday, March 28, 2013

Beer Review - New Belgium/Brewery Vivant Biere de Garde Ale

New Belgium - Biere de Garde Ale

Beer Type: Biere de Garde

Appearance: Roosters all over this 22 oz printed bottle. Looking good. Beer poured a hazy golden/straw color with a nice creamy off-white head that laced as I drank.     

Smell: Some funky old socks or yeast mixed in with some citrus and grass aromas. A little bit of herbs or spice in the sniffer too?

First Drink: Bitter in a really pleasant way like eating strong citrus quickly followed by a very smooth (almost oily or buttery) malt and hops aftertaste.  

Mouthfeel: Crisp yet smooth? A very interesting sensation and not one I can easily pinpoint. A little sticky on the finish. 

Last Drink: Not getting much of the high 9% ABV but I feel darn good. More citrus and herbs (floral flavors?) coming through now. Quite nice.        

Drinkability: It would be a shame to drink this beer too fast yet I really want to slam it for some reason.         

Notes: The Lips of Faith series does it again! This time around we have another collaboration between two of my favorite breweries!? Fantastic!         

Verdict: 4.25 out of 5. Unique flavor, unique finish, and a one-time brew makes this one to remember. Go go Brewery Vivant!    

Links: Beer Advocate and New Belgium Brewing Co.        

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