pilsnerrogge (2351) - 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.
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.
Frank (2223) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent dark brown with a diminishing tan head with little lace. Smells great--almost bock-y with a molasses edge. I'm wondering if this is bottom fermented. Highly carbonated and somewhat light bodied with a little bit of bite. Sweetly earthy. Slightly bitter, slightly sticky finish with a slight alcoholic edge.
ALLOVATE (2221) - 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)
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.
POLK (1920) - 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.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours dark with a thick lasting light tan head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, sugar. Flavor is bitter, citrus, thin, funky yeast. Frail body. Drinkable.
Habanero (1873) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Malty aroma. Flavour of matls and sweet caramel. Medium bodiet. Has a discreet and bitter finish.
Stefano (1839) - Esbjerg, 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.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - SEP 18, 2004
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
(on bottle)What is it with a beer so weak? Biere de garde is weak bber for this brewhouse? Hm, nothing, but a nice deep brown color here. And we really tried, a whole bottle and we diden´t find any body.