Icicle Brewing Company is located in a Bavarian tourist village nestled in the rugged Cascade Mountains of Washington State. The city of Leavenworth is a cute tourist town lined with flower boxes and Bavarian architecture. Icicle brewing company makes excellent beers including Lifeguard Biere de Garde.
Lifeguard is a bier de garde aged in French oak barrels for two months. Biere de Garde is a style of unfiltered farmhouse ale brewed in Northern France. The term means “beer for keeping.”
Lifeguard Biere de Garde is dark rust colored with a thin white foamy head. The aroma is oak right off the bat, along with vanilla, caramel malt, and a touch of maple sweetness.
It tastes of caramel malts, sweet sugar, wood notes, butterscotch, burnt orange, and some tropical fruit. It has a sweet and creamy texture. At 8.5% ABV it is not boozy. It’s IBU 22 and only in limited production.