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Beer – #831 – Garage Project – Bière de Garage

Can’t resist a beer in a pretty bottle.

Subtle but complex

This is a beautifully presented 650ml bottle of a beer of 7.1% ABV, and 206 calories a serve size,  that’s 3.64 standard drink units worth, and it has 216 ish calories a serve size.

Brewed by Garage Project This is in the style that is  Bière de Garde and GP Are in Wellington, New Zealand

Bière de Garage, one of the original 24 beers that began the Garage Project, and a firm favourite at the brewery. Hops slip back into a minor supporting role in this deliciously tart farmhouse ale, brewed with Belgian pilsner, biscuit and aromatic malts and infused with whole sour cherries.

Biere De Sunday Afternoon

Biere De Sunday Afternoon

The result is a uniquely refreshing mix of sparkling sour fruit with a touch of almond sweetness. Here’s to old friends made new again.

Bière de Garde à la Garage Project. A French farmhouse or Bière de Garde style beer with a healthy dose of tart cherry added to the beer in conditioning. All natural, no essenses, artificial colours or fake cherry ripe flavours here. Hops definitely take a back seat for a change.

Subtle but complex, with saison yeast spiciness and a cherry tartness we think is quite refreshing and even intriguing.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Sour, like cider, aroma on opening, of course, that’s what it’s about.

Fantastic bright Chestnut brown beer with a brilliant head of dreams and substance, lucky I have the big glass out, a really nice looking beer this one.

Garage Project - Bière de GarageAroma is that damp and mustiness that the style has, no getting around it.

Sour bitter to taste this, with a lovely softness about it.

Oh, and a tartness from cherries becomes a bit to the fore, although you might have to look for them a bit there they are.

This doesn’t have that farmhouse dankness and dampness about the mustiness of yeast, they’ve made a farmhouse style without some of the unrefined and rawness that you can get, and sometimes want.

I’m not a fan of ‘sour’ beers. although I quite like the Saison style for the yeasty things that they have, and of course the advantage that they’re not an experiment with fruit-of-the-day.

Beautiful for the measured and sensible way that this drinks, and it is very refreshing

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. Despite of and not because of  I might liked to have more of a yeasty element to this, a beer that is easy to drink refreshing and intriguing. Sour not bitter, easy drinking not sour. Refreshing and somewhat moorish I’d easy go another.

Oh and the band isn’t bad either.  Read more about it here 

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland in Forrest Hill, but it might be in good places.
  • Am I enjoying it? It’s a clear sunny day, although it’s cold and crisp, this is brilliant!
  • Would I have another? I would, seems I’m in a vein of beers that I’d like to have again.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, this is pretty, tasty and did I mention pretty, and drinkable, Lovely tastes that are not overpowering or dominant and leaves you feeling quite relaxed and knowing you’ve had a decent beer.

Music for this:  “ Car Seat Headrest ”  with ” Teens of Denial ” on Spotify

Car Seat Headrest is an American indie rock band originally from Leesburg, Virginia, United States

For a bit of a good story on this, and lots of good stories on other things please check out “Every Record Tells a Story”  The only Music blog I read, and it’s always entertaining and informative.



Medium bodied with hints of caramel or toffee. Cellared smell and flavor are characteristics. Color can vary from full gold to copper colored. Good head retention. The name means “beer for keeping” and is best when aged.


A traditional classification for the farmhouse ales of France and their sometimes-untraditional new-world counterparts. Bière de Garde is today generally a warm fermented strong pale ale – sometimes blonde, sometimes amber, and has much in common with Belgium ales. Medium bodied with hints of caramel or toffee. Cellared smell and flavor are characteristics. The name means “beer for keeping”.


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