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B. Nektar Miel de Garde #1



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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
A traditional mead made with orange blossom honey. Aged for 18 months in oak barrels. For the first release in our Miel de Garde line, we used the highest quality orange blossom honey available, then aged it in a neutral American oak barrel for 18 months. The result is a bright aromatic, decadent mead made for sipping. Serve at cellar temperature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tchaos (343) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle from b Nektar. Pours a clear golden. Aroma is heavy of honey and slight citrus. Taste is pure orange blossom, mellowed ever so slightly by the wood. Fantastic traditional mead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (6461) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle during RBWG. Pours a clear yellow gold with no head. The aroma is strong honey and citrus. Thick mouth with nice honey, nice booze, this was the gathering that made me love mead!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (13631) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 20, 2014
Deutlich holziger Beginn, die intensiven Honigaromen sind dem unterzuordnen. Intensive Aromen von Honig im Mittelteil, dazu scharf alkoholisch, was etwas stört. Dann wieder holzig, vollmundig, characktervoll. 9/12/8/13/14/12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1428) - Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle; Pour is fairly clear, light gold, lacking any visible carbonation into this snifter. The nose is distinct orange blossom honey, and it dominates. I sense lighter fruits - pear, passion fruit present themselves here. The flavor profile is indeed decadent for the style - the intensity ramps up with more orange blossom, light bitter, mild oak, light fruits, with a viscous, stickiness that finishes with more pear and honey. This is a unique experience for sure

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7227) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Multiple samples from the bottle at Big Beers and barley wines (actually enough samples to pay for the ticket). Pours a clear yellow color with no head. The aroma and flavor have sweet orange blossom honey, lightly floral, wood, more character than most meads. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (2372) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2014
Refrigerated 375 ml clear bottle poured into a white wine glass. Pours clear pale golden with no head, carbonation, or lacing. Aroma is honey/with barrel. Taste is honey, some orange, some oak with a hint of alcohol. Hints of astringency, hints of medicinal, but one of the better meads I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2901) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to mrebeks for sharing. Pours a clear, still pale yellow. Aromas are musty oak, flowers, honey, vanilla, and grass. Taste is intense sweetness but somehow not cloying at all. Huge florals mix well with the honey, oak, and vanilla. Slightly dry finish with a long lingering honey taste. Awesome mead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (11512) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2014
375 ml bottle poured a clear gold with no head. Aromas of honey, orange blossoms and light straw. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of honey, orange blossom, light straw and light spice with a smooth dry lingering orange blossom honey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle: Batch# 0730410 Clear, still gold.... Sour oak, honey aroma...yeasty, vinegary/funky tang... Taste is...vanilla, honey...alcohol...barrel... Sticky sweet, thich, orange notes. Very complex. Beautiful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5803) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2013
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Bottle: The aroma consists of honey,oak, orange, and a hint of vanilla. It pours a dull white-gold with no head...just a stray bubble here and there. The flavor starts with moderate honey with a hint of apple. The finish has a light-moderate oak, light alcohol, and a touch of vanilla. It’s full bodied with minimal carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel.

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