cheap (4425) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 1/27/2008 Pittsburgh ratebeer.com gathering and festival upstairs, Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I am invited again and I see a spread of bottles like I did there - ever again. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we sampled! For example, how about this beer from yinzer! Blonde beer de Garde. Sweeter fruity aroma, but not over the top like so many stronger beers. Slight haze to an otherwise pale yellow color and appearance. Mild carbonation. Not bad an not overly bitter. Glad to have had the chance to sample this brew, thanks Mark!
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!
hotstuff (4392) - Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer had a large sized white head with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. The body had a lot of lively/fizzy carbonation and it was transparent with a golden hue. The nose was lightly malty, sweet and fruity. The taste was sweet, somewhat malty, tart and somewhat flat with an aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth, watery, thin and dry. This was a light bodied beer with sparse lacing. This was a drinkable beer and after a few sips I could feel some alcohol effects.
wlajwl (4311) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A light ale throughout, a little bit of yeast in the flavor, but rather boring and simple otherwise.
nick76 (4300) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is sweet with malt, honey, yeast, and fruit. The appearance is blond with haze and a small head. The flavor is like the aroma (sweet) and very much like a Belgian Ale. The palate is a bit thin. This beer is somewhat watery and weak but it is still OK.
nearbeer (4000) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl, bb 12/03/09. Clear orange-gold with a lasting half-inch cap of cream that smears the glass with frosting. Light caramel apple aroma. Flavors of grain, caramel, and apple are countered by bitter pith and oak. Light-medium body is dry and too carbonated for me.
RobertDale (3976) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a nice gold with an ample white head. Light and sweet aroma of malt, lemon and orange. Tastes grassy, lemony with sweet notes. Very drinkable. Very refreshing. Very nice.
SSSteve (3899) - - SEP 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
cloudy gold with a small, quickly diminishing white head. toffee aroma with a hint of citrus. palate is light bodied. flavors of toffee, citrus, and basement. very earthy. not bad, but not really that exciting either. i still enjoyed it. solid.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at RBPG; bottle courtesy of yinzer. Floral yeasty nose, very aromatic with mild flowery orange blossom and orange rinds. Has a mild tang to the aroma. Very nice. Hazy-clear yellowish, almost white, with thin lacing white head. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Great taste, and it’s been a while since I’ve had a Bière de Garde. Flowery with yeast and light chalky after. Some apples and wheat. Tasty stuff.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 07/11/2010 as Castelain Blond Biere de Garde. Best before 25/11/10 L9237 09:05 Slightly hazy golden body with a large rocky off-white head. Sweet, spicy and floral aroma. Sweet malt and floral flavor. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.