argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear golden body, big bubbles rising, and a big white head. Aroma is spicy, slightly sweet, and grassy hoppy. Taste is quite sweet, a bit spicy, and finishes with a mild grassy bitterness, along with a bit of astringency. Body is light, fairly carbonated. Not bad, but it’s missing the complexity I’d like in a biere de garde.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dirty blond color. long lasting head. yeasty aroma which reminded me of belgians. Nothing great but not at all bad.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden body with a watery white head. Soft "barnyard" aromas with a bit of of lemon zest. Sweet, grassy, and dank. Finish has a rather dusty feel to it.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep Golden color with orange undertones. Sweet Fruity Aroma with apple like undertones. Slightly hoppy flavor with sweet malty undertones.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like a lager, but tastes nothing like one. Fruity/sweet, with some yeastiness and a little hop well in the back. Some alcohol on the finish. Not bad at all.
Ernest (6018) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Bottle. Head is mostly lasting. Body is hazy light to medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), with notes of peach, taffy, metal, papier-mache. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2012 Upon finally locating some fresh bottles and after not having tried this in 5+ years, I figured a revisit is in order. Not nearly good as I once recall. While the beer is remarkably clean, there is some apple limpness that plagues things despite the high level of dryness. No hop signature either, which makes for plenty of empty gaps throughout. Pils malt is very clean but lacking distinction and character. Also somewhat metallic and harshly mineralic, akin to chewing on a cinderblock. As much as I am a lover of delicateness, this is almost too very restrained and clean. Certainly quaffable due to the squeaky clean attenuation, but there just isn’t much here to sustain my interest for more than couple gulps.
Fluffy, creamy, and sticky white foam. Hazy stray yellow color. Herbal, barnyard, subtle banane, perfumey hops, wood, yeast, and kiwi aboard this complex aroma. Ample carbonation. Palate starts vinous and acidic before a rush a sweet, straw, and grassy flavors. Alcohol, honey, and spice emerge as temperature increases. Notably dry finish. Alcohol provides subtle warmth. Sweet/acidic interplay makes this a superb, sit-down Summer session ale. One of France’s best kept secrets for sure.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden color with a small head that quickly turned to a nice thin lace. Mild hop aroma, with what smells like dried fruit to me. Has kind of a complex sweetness that is very thick and long lasting. Very syrupy and probably should only be drank with something like a dense chocalate cake. Not really to be consumed by itself, but would go quite well with sweets or a big hearty meal.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Straw- slight haze in color; Head was thick-medium retention; Grassy, hay and dry belgian hops in the aroma. Candy sweet hits the tongue immediately, but framed by a tight dryness. Sweetness gets to be too much.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hay, alcohol, malt. That’s what I taste. Not good. The body looks light, but malty metallic tones make for a bad brew. Not recommended.