Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Newport News, VA. Served in a cervoise. Pours a clear light golden color. Moderate retention and lacing. Nose has faint floral hops behind toast and malted grain. Flavor is toasty and bready. A bit chewy. Medium body and a semi-dry finish.
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The salesman at our local Cap n'Cork liquor store did not want to sell me this bottle. He kept on saying that it was bad, but could offer no explanation as to why he felt it was bad. I bought it anyway after a long discussion with him in which he finally decided that I knew more about beer than he did. The cork came out with a loud pop! This bottled brew poured an extremely large head of foamy finely sized white colored long lasting bubbles with some yeast floating on them. The receeding head left behind a transparent yellow colored body with a lot of yeasty floating in it and a poor lacing. It had a very mild aroma with floral notes and a mouthfeel that was thick and malty yet smooth from start to finish. The flavor contains notes of thick malt, sweet malt, mild coriander and straw. The alcohol content is well hidden yet can be felt after a few drinks. There is definately nothing wrong with this bottle. It is definately not bad. I think the beer salesman saw the floating yeast and assumed that it was bad because there was stuff floating in it. Guess I did know more than he did.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Got in trade from phaleslu; Thanks Peter! Aroma of malt, grain, cereal, and hay. Poured yellow/gold in color with a large, creamy, dense, white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, grain, and little else. Light to medium body. Slick, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt and grain finish is light to medium sweet and lightly dry. How boring!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly cloudy golden color with a moderate fluffy white head. Barnyard and alcohol aroma. Flavors of light apples, mild sweet malt and farm yeast. Mild acidic finish. Mild and uneventful.
JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 My first biere de garde and I enjoyed it very much. French in origin, but all characteristics are of a Belgian ale, much like a saison, but there is also complex yeast and malt make this similar to an abbey style beer. Combined, these qualities show why biere de gard is hard to fit into any category. This beer is very floral, with a pleasant light body. Some light fruit flavors.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Earthy, musty, peppery, citrus-lemon and a candy-like sweetness in the nose with some hay-like, herbal hop notes. Hazy yellow-gold coloured body is topped by pillowy white head that recedes to generous and lasting cover with some lacing. Musty yet sweet flavour with a light spiciness, a woody character and a hint of barnyard in the dry and tart finish. Sweetness returns in the long-lasting aftertaste. Very malty but very well-attenuated with fair carbonation and medium body. I can’t help but think this must be under-rated as I am loving it! Bottle (Winooski Beverage Warehouse Nov. 2004 - Bottled on 15-Sep-2004).
thornecb (4541) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 Pours a bright yellow/gold into a snifter. Very malty, earthy smell -- a little hay. Very little head retention. Very active, fizzy. Long malt finish. Very nice and refreshing.
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark yellow color with a medium head. Aroma of oranges and dust. Tasted like a slightly spiced vegetable smoothy with an ample supply of hay thrown in. Not necessarily terrible, but not my cup o’ tea.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2003 Feb 02: Nice cloudy, hay or cider-colored body; little head. Aroma complex with hay, yeast, apples, and bananas, and delicate as the flavors that follow. Taste very malty, slightly alcoholic and baked/candied-fruit like. Good medium body and finish. I didn't find this as cloyingly sweet as some have; this is I believe my first of the style and a winner.
Mar 03: After a year and half a dozen more bieres des gardes, this seems a little weak, especially in the finish, and a little simply sweet. Still excellent, still one of my favorite styles. Vive la France!
reebtogi (4388) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml corked bottle pours blonde in color with a huge white head that retains well and leaves some thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is light malts with some fruits, yeast and light hops. Taste is fruity with a light malt sweetness and mild hop bitterness with some yeast. Very spritzy carbonation and modest body provides and nice sensation on the palate. A very appealing brew that is highly recommended.