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NB and BV collaboration 2

12-17-2012

New Belgium and Brewery Vivant’s Second Love Child: Biere de Garde

 


New BFFs, New Belgium and Brewery Vivant, have had quite a year together. First, came Escoffier then came professions of love between the two breweris via letters and song selections. Now the two breweries have come together, once again, to create Biere de Garde.

 

Brewed at New Belgium’s facilities in Fort Collins, Colorado as part of their Lips of Faith series, the magic begins with Brewery Vivant’s yeast strain. It is a farmhouse ale that highlights the best of both breweries. Here are the stats on the new collaboration.

 

Biere de Garde 

Limited availability in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

ABV: 9% IBU: 18

Hops: Target, Sorachi Ace

Malts: Pale, Mucnih, C-120

 

Tasting Result: Awesome.

Sipping through a 22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass was a wonderful way to spend my Sunday afternoon. The aroma brings to mind bright lemons and oranges while darker hints of clove and earth are also present. The flavor profile continues to highlight bright citrus lemon combined with coriander and clove notes, along with straw and grass to give it a nice complexity. The finish is noticeably and pleasantly dry and crisp. My only warning is to be careful – there is a surprisingly low warming sensation from the alcohol so that 9% ABV can catch you by surprise. Otherwise, go out, grab a bottle or two and enjoy the results of another successful collaboration between two breweries. 

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