Flying Dog kindly sent a bottle of their spring seasonal Garde Dog to HTA HQ. Garde Dog is a Biere de Garde or “a beer for the keeping” according to the info. provided with said bottle. I really don’t know why you’d keep this since once I drank it, I immediately wanted to have another one. I can’t see keeping these around long in my fridge or at a party.
According to Beer Advocate, the Biere de Garde style:
[…] is golden to deep copper or light brown in color. They are moderate to medium in body. This style of beer is characterized by a toasted malt aroma, slight malt sweetness in flavor, and medium hop bitterness. Noble-type hop aromas and flavors should be low to medium. Fruity esters can be light to medium in intensity. Flavor of alcohol is evident.
I’d say that in this case, Flying Dog nailed it. This is a great, easy-drinking beer. It would be perfect for a party or to introduce someone who doesn’t normally drink craft beers to something that has great flavors without being too extreme in any direction.
For your video enjoyment, Flying Dog has put together an interview w/their Executive Brewer to talk about Garde Dog. I’m embedding it below, but check the link if you want the higher-res version or are seeing this in your feed reader.