New Belgium / Brewery Vivant Biere de Garde
9% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Hazy light golden-orange, abundant white foam head that fades quickly to a thin wisp.
Aroma: Fresh citrus smell (lemon, orange), some peppery notes, reminiscent of herbal tea.
Taste: Tart, fruity, acidic, noticeable alcoholic characteristics.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, effervescent, with a dry finish.
The New Belgium-released version of the collaboration with Brewery Vivant that yielded Escoffier Bretta Ale, Biere de Garde is a more delicate, less funkified affair. Compared with Escoffier, it’s somewhat lighter bodied, drier on the tongue, and more Champagne-like in its mouthfeel. The different yeast and fermentation process make it less complex than Escoffier, but it’s enjoyable and a good representation of the classic French style.