Throwback Thursday: Fullsteam Brewery King Basil Bièr De Garde

Originally posted on September 21st, 2015.


I have never had the style Bière De Garde before till now. I found one from Fullsteam Brewing from Durham North Carolina. King Basil Bière De Garde, 8.0% ABV is brewed with five types of Basil. King Basil pours a copper/deep gold color with a two-finger white head that stays around long enough for a good look before fading into some halfway decent lacing. Not too much light comes through and with that said not so much of the carbonation could be seen. The aroma is perfume like with nice basil notes and a very faint yeast scent. King Basil has a nice light yeasted flavor followed quickly by a big rush of basil that hits the taste buds nicely. This taste is somewhat similar to Summer Basil but this one has a broader basil flavor. The mouthfeel is light to medium with a nice faint basil finish that leads into a nice floral after taste with little yeast notes. This is a great beer and a refreshing one as well. I say this is an A. I like how more than one type of basil is used in this to really broaden the basil flavor. That really makes this beer good and keeps it from being a stronger version of Summer Basil. I really recommend that you try Fullsteam Brewery King Basil Bière De Garde. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Service Brewing Old Guard Bière De Garde


Service Brewing in Savannah Georgia a military themed brewery brews Old Guard Bière De Garde, 6.6% ABV. Old Gaurd is part of Service Brewing seasonal series. The brewer says that one of the greatest military honors is the privilege to serve with the 3rd U.S. Infantry, otherwise known as the Old Guard. In 1996 SGT (Sargent) Heather Johnsen woman to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier proudly joined the ranks. Old Guard is brewed with their strain cultivated from honeycomb from their own brewery’s apiary or bee farm. house yeast st Old Guard pours a deep orange-copper color with a two-finger beige head that slowly fades down to some minimal lacing that gives nice sweet notes of ripe fruits, sweet malts, and some slight honey, that beckons you into the taste of more ripe fruits with nice sweet malts and honey. The honey is full on flavor with some malts swarming around it with little balancing effects. Old Guard has a nice sweet finish of honey with a sweet after taste that coats your mouth. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side but Old Guard is somewhat easy to drink. This Service Brewing Old Guard Bière De Garde is a B+. This beer might be too much flavor after about three or four. That holds this beer back that is otherwise tasty and something that I recommend trying. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!