ChainGangGuy (4531) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled: 12/13/12. Batch 011.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, amber-hued body with, well, no head formation, as the bubbles are evaporating nearly instantaneously. A beer that begins with a mewling whimper.
Smell: Minor note of toast and light, lightly husky grains. Beyond ripe, soiled fruitiness of apples, apricots, and peaches. Slight phenolic spiciness with a medicinal hint to it.
Taste: Notably devoid of sweetness from the first sip. Slightly husky, toasty maltiness wrapped in a pervasive sourish that really knocks the wind oughta my sails. A fruitiness of fruits that have gone south a few days prior. A blip here or there of phenols. Finishes fairly flat with a little lingering sourness and meager medicinal tone.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Very low carbonation.
Overall: A beer that is woefully undercarbed and poor tasting doesn’t exactly win me over. Where are they scratchin’ that hippo?
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Black Star Co-op. pours a musty amber brown with a gray head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has notes of earthy bread with light spice and a bit of sweetness. Flavor is similar with light spice and funky dark grains with a finish of light grains.
legion242 (2334) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured as the darkest BdG I have ever seen. Nice malty nose and has a great maklt backbone, but a little astringent across the tongue.
glenD (31) - - MAR 25, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle. Smells like popcorn. Taste is a weak belgian flavor that I can’t focus on, possibly yeast. Pretty lame beer really. Nothing sticks out to make it taste amazing. If you’re local to Austin go to Middleton brewery in Wimberly and get some real local beer. This stuff just isn’t worth the money.
drfabulous (4794) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 from Whole Foods Austin. Bit of syrup and cola. Light caramel throughout. Bit of a letdown overall.
3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft. ester-heavy nose of moldy apples and overripe apricot buried underneath starchy caramel malt. sweet with a syrupy and chewy texture. floral peach / apricot mixed with husky, charred dark amber malt. very pedestrian and not near anything I would call French biere de garde. oh yeah, "Belgium Style Beire de Garde Ale" LOLOLOLOL
Ratman197 (11228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle courtyesy of Bu11zeye (thanks Markus!) poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bread, yeast, earthiness and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, yeast, earthiness, spice and a hint of fruittiness withg a smooth dry lingering earthy finish.
AirForceHops (4508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 Ml bottle from Kegs and Barrels, Plano, TX. Paid $8.99. Bottled 02/08/2012 Bottle 1027. BOOM!! We got a gusher! Massive over carbonation under intense pressure. We had to pour slowly and often to get a tulip each. Anyhow, nose is similar to a few other Bière de Garde’s I’ve had recently. Not real pleasant. Yeast and a chemical note. Flavor has toffee, caramel malt and a spicy note. With the bottle aged about 11 months at 6.9 ABV, I’m thinking it’s a bit past it’s prime. The over carbonation really distorts the mouthfeel. I give every brew I drink a chance, this just isn’t my type of thing.
smith4498 (3252) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from secret Santa 2012 - blutt59. Pours clear copper color with off white head. Musty apple and damp grain aromas. Lightly sweet and earthy flavor with some mustiness and slightly fruity. Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Thanks Bob.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmm, 2 bottles poured with some fizz but very little foam, while the other 2 poured a billowing cloud of foam that made me paranoid. Hazy burnt orange color either way. Aroma of wheat bread, baked apples, toffee, tortillas (?), and maybe grapes. It’s an odd aroma. Flavor is equally eventful with some caramel, sweet bread, bitter apples, earth, tea, grapes and....I don’t know, I’m at a loss. Finishes dry with lingering malt and weird fruit flavors. Not too bitter. Regardless of how it poured, the carbonation felt high either way but the mouthfeel just seemed not to come together for me. Good effort, but it has some weirdness.