Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria, Virginia. Light spice to the nose. Flavor is fairly spicy with some earthy hops. Light citrus. Bread crust. Light body and a bit boozy in the finish.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blue Mountain did a version of Mandolin that was a straight biere de garde and a separate one which was a biere de garde/saison blend. This rating is for the straight biere de Garde. Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big fruit notes including citrus and tropical fruits, bread, caramel and spicy hops. The taste is big fruits including pineapple and citrus as well as caramel, bread and spicy hops. Medium bodied. Nice.