Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Belgium Biere De Garde

This 9.0% ABV biere de garde brewed with orange peel is from New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado, in collaboration with Brewery Vivant of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is part of New Belgium's Lips of Faith series.

The beer pours a slightly hazy deep golden with a tint of orange. There is a short and thin head of white foam. The aroma is orange, both sweet and tart, like a candied orange, with a slight funky yeasty note. The taste is both fruit and grain, lots of orange, still some sweetness, but also a mouth smacking tartness that hits the back of the palate, and the bitterness of orange peel. The light yeasty funkiness comes forward on the aftertaste along with pleasant grain and lingering candied orange. The alcohol is apparent, but not obtrusive. It is subtly and pleasantly carbonated.

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