nigos (623) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great hoppy and slightly earthy nose. Fantastic deep bronze colour with a decent off-white foamy head. Like all Biere de garde this is made with a top-fermenting ale yeast and is unpasteurized. Has a syrupy start and develops orangy spicey, dry flavours in the finish. A great beer.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just a whiff of hop aroma on top of an attractive copper colored beer. Smooth sweet maltiness, with just a touch of liquorice. Nice beer, especially for the price and excellent with food.
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2003
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty spicy or whatever. Easy drinking over lamb chops and spuds. Not a great beer, but an interesting one: wanks on a bit with the bottle business however. Just put a twisty on there for christ's sake. Thanks heaps though to my flatties for getting me a bottle for my birthday: love and kisses.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2003 Great fruity nose. Cloudy golden amber with small off white head that fades quickly to lace. Malt, toffee, and fruity cider apple taste, with a long fruity finish. Has a yeasty Belgian tone to it, but subtle. A very drinkable, very pleasant ale, without the attention-demanding complexity of the Belgians. Delightful.
Panzuriel (1226) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber in color with a fizzy dissapating head. Good aroma somewhat skunky. Flavor mostly light and fruity with little hops character, finishing sweet. Nice beer.
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2003 Good beer for what is appearently a "European standard" Copper color with a malt flavor. Very candy like. But I like nonetheless. Not for those who do not like a sweet beer. Complex enough to justify the malt. Good beer, wee wee!
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Say what you will about the French, they brew a damn fine ale. Red-orange with beige head and decent lacing. Malty yet not too sweet, with a nice firm bitterness that is lacking in many other ales of this general type; there's a Belgian-type earthiness as well, and some pleasing woodiness. If it was cheaper, this would be a wonderful everyday beer.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle. This is one beautiful beer, tawny red with a thick medium-sized meringue topping. Nose alcoholic, vinous, malty, a bit too sharp for me for this style; where's the warmth? Flavor definitely better, decadently malty and extremely creamy in the mouthfeel; caramel and vanilla both seem present in the slightly-too-alcoholic flavor profile. While not the best biere de garde I've had, so far it seems hard to go wrong in this style as far as I'm concerned.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAR 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a lot of alcohol in the nose and taste for 6.5% - Kinda dominates things and make the whole experience just evaporate before it can start. Still got a nice cinnamony nose and syrup and raisins in the taste. Also a certain nuttiness in the middle. Clean finish. Thinner than I would have liked and not very complex, but pretty good in balance. A well-poised beer.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Alcohol, almond, marcipan like, cinnamon nose. Medium frothy head, fizzy carbonation, amber color. Malty but very alcoholic taste. It is almost like a whiskey, but the alcohol overlaps all other flavors that might be present. Maybe a bit raison is tasteable.