Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark bière de garde with beige, equal, high head and very dark mahogany colour, filtered and clear. Aroma of walnuts, liquorice, coffee liqueur, cassis, nutmeg, raisins, chocolate, straw; taste a well-rounded fruitiness, subdued sweetness, malty, smooth with a bit oily mouthfeel, drying carbonation, finishing with a roasted bitterishness and subtle peppery hop. More a Belgian Scotch than an actual bière de garde.
Jerre (2774) - Waregem, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, 25 cl. Friday at home. (bought @ Willems)
Dark brown color, with small, beige head. Aroma roasted malts, caramel .
Medium body. Taste sweet, dark malts, and bitter notes also chocolate touch.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown/red body, tall white head. Nose is malt, nut and alcohol. Flavors are roasted malt and hay with a watery aftertaste. A quite weak beer.
pilsnerrogge (2577) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown colur, rich head. Malty aroma with notes of cork. Sweet flavour with a touch of liquorice and anise.
ALLOVATE (2522) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tempted never to touch another Ch’ti Bière de garde again after struggling through the Ambrée, I had to give this one a shot as I was thirsty and the fridge was nearly bare. So here goes. Poured into it’s own bulbous tulip glass, cool but not cold, from the awfully quaint little bottle. 100% on appearance; huge, cappuccino-style tan head rose up a good inch before receding to a firm thin layer that left rings down the sides. Deepest ruby red, almost black in body and shimmering in the light. Disappointing aroma (a trait of these beers?) of oxidised metal shards, driftwood and a touch of oysters in brine. Soft and slick on the tongue, medium bodied and a little watered down in flavour. Oxidation is very subtle; with a mix of goat cheese, burnt sugars, wood, cola soda and musty, staling hops (not all too disagreeable) making for an interesting review. Slightly puckering just shy of the back-end with a touch of cola and coffee beans following into the short, dryish swallow. A lot better than the Ambrée, but that isn’t saying much. Drinkable atleast!!! (25cL, 22/09/06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Corked and caged, embossed bottle.
A Biere de Garde, according to the label.
dark brown in color, showing ruby tints held to the light, adorned with a fizzy tan, lace-leaving head.
Aroma is smooth and mellow, speaking of nuts, cocoa, a whiff of dark fruit, but not much beyond.
taste: mostly, it’s like cola, even root beer. Nuts and cocoa, again, bright, flavorful...Malt is king here, feels nearly sweet, ultimately drying, but mostly, this is a tasty, lean brown ale, the English kind, but done in Belgian style. Easy drinking, nothing to shout about. Not sure I’d recommend it, based on the $11 pricetag, when finer Belgian ales can be found cheaper, but it is a nice drink, so I can’t dissuade anyone from the pleasure of tasting it.
Just a bit too rudimentary to justify the pricetag, or presentation.
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A beginner Biere de Garde. Is a little dark but also very watery. But tastes really good.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown. Nose cocoa, lightly sweet fruit, some raisin. Lightly bitter, sour chocolate. Too acidic. Bit sweet and muddy and overly thin.
Nickls (1916) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 31, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours with a minimal eggshell head; deep dark brown color. Raisiny sweetness dominates the aroma; very light dark fruits as well. Some yeastiness. Taste features the raisins as well; not too sweet which is good, but is borderline. Dry biscuit finish. Thinner palate with very light carbonation and a bit sticky over the tongue. OK, but nothing terribly good either. No complexity.
Stefano (1891) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark borwn, almost opaque with very shy off-white head that recedes to thin cover. Sweetish, sugary-malty aroma. A foamy mouthfeel with the dusty sweet fruit returning. Some wood, vegetal and alcohol also noticeable.