vanvenlo (1191) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
30 June 2006 - Pungent sweet fruit malt and spicy hoppy aroma. Cloudy brown-orange colour, poor head and poor lacing. Big simple sweet fruit malt and spice flavour. simple hop and tangy finish with a light bitter aftertaste.
Lunkie (1392) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smokey malt burnt aroma. Clear red brown colour with poor head and lacing. Malt smokey burnt flavour. Flat palate.
Theis (13228) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 50cl. Red/brown. Malty, sweet, berries, dry... you know the story. But i also tasted: Earthy, mould, like the aroma of a wet gym-towel, after two weeks in a plastic bag...
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking poor with a small but frothy head. Very drinkable with some floral tones. A bit tame for a french country ale.
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An amber color beer with a sweet caramel taste, but also some citrus fruits aftertaste. It has a long lasting head. I liked it but not a big fan.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 6, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
75 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Amber clear colour with a nice white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, little sweet and very fizzy. Enjoyable but nothing more.
ALLOVATE (2335) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2006
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sadly lacking in all aspects I was glad to finish this one off quickly and move onto something more sessionable. Expected a lot more from this famous Bière de garde producer. Poured into it’s own bulbous tulip glass, cool but not cold. Has an attractive, sparkling burnished copper body with a thin dollop of cream floating on top that left minimal lace. Overly soft and difficult to pick up, the aroma seemed a mix of caramel, figs and driftwood, and a late hint of salted meats. Not inviting so I was glad it wasn’t too pronounced. Thin and watery in the mouth, soft in carbonation and slightly oily in the back end. Oxidised, Vienna-style malts (like rust!), rye bread and some fruit concentrates that add a light sweetness upfront. Finish is short, subtle linger of eggs and rust. Not very agreeable to drink; thin and lacking definition. Disappointing!!! (25cL, 01/09/06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 6, 2006
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
750 ml bottle, BBD 011306, from Cellars in Minnetonka, MN (Dec 2004). Poured at cellar temperature into a Maudite snifter, where it shows a moderate receding head atop a rumlike, faintly yeasty but mostly clear body....caramel and Concord grapes are prominent in the soft aroma, not really a match made in heaven, too sweet and a bit artificial, with little to no fresh farmy character....on the tongue, its sugary, somewhat reminiscent of artificial maple, lightly grapy-cherry flavored, rather thin and overcarbonated/fizzy, lots of brown sugar and faint woody hints towards the finish, but overall its a thin, syrupy, fake-tasting old mess. Disappointing; I didn’t expect brilliance exactly, but this is near-repellant.
Habanero (2443) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2006 70 cl corked bottle: Medium sized, fluffy, off-white head. Some lacing is precent. Deep amber colour. Apple, caramel and hints of malt in the aroma. Burned caramel, malt and notes of vanilla in the flavour. Light to medium bodied. Rather watery texture. Slightly hoppy and acidic finish. A pleasant beer.
StueyD (1110) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A reddish brown coloured beer with a frothy, light beige-white head. The nose is citrusy to begin with, then a bitter sweet burnt sugar liquorice finish. The flavour is bitter sweet, caramel and liquorice and malty. There is an underlying citrus tang throughout.