brewbear (48) - 3096 Oberbalm, SWITZERLAND - JAN 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber!!!! Smooth, fruity, malty flavour with nice hoppy bitterness, a bit too much pasteurized (stewed hops in the finish).
CEZ (397) - Milano, ITALY - JAN 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fellow ratebeerian whose name I've forgotten (sorry) had once told me that sushi tastes better with a biere de garde instead of the usual japanese dry lager... and well, he was damn right! Deep red body, medium head, mostly lasting. Rather wide range of flavour encompassing spices, orange (it may be the season, but I keep detecting orange flavours in all my beers these days!), and a somewhat rusty aroma. Strongly hoppy but balanced overall. Dry finish. Very nice, original and drinkable. This one has to be the first french brew that I really liked.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber biere de garde. 750 ml bottle with champagne style cork. Lively fizz. Nice dark amber appearance. Malty nose. Some balancing bite on the palate. Quite full bodied. Soft finish. Bottled, France, December 2003
Crit (3334) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with off white head.Lightly fruity malt nose.Rich malt flavor with light alcohol overtones. Full bodied and creamy.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 Bottled. Amber coloured beer with strong toffee aromas. Fairly sweet and sticky. Certainly a winters beer, just fit for tonight. Re-rated, 1 Feb 04: Thought it was slightly better the second time around.
MaBeer1972 (1277) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am highly impressed. Deep amber hue with nice foamy head, but not unruly that I had to wait to sip it. Wonderful smooth and buttery mouthfeel. The flavor is balanced between the malts with a bit of tartness on the backside. I just can't believe how incredibly smooth this one is!
PorterPounder (5446) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
First I have had of this style and I like it. Has a sweet toffee-like aroma with a nice off white head with good lacing. Color is a light amber. Flavor has some licorice qualities to it with some caramel undertones - very pleasing in my opinion. Goes down extremely well, rolls off the tongue. Best French beer I have had.
Aurelius (4104) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice sweet, leathery, yeasty malt aroma. Hazy, woody brown, lotsa sediment. Way sweet, tastes like honeysuckle with an underlying astringency. Aspirin-bitter finish. I guess this is good beer, but I'm just too unsophisticated to appreciate it. Difficult drinking.
Ulla (17) - Halmstad, Nebraska, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This copper-amber coloured French Bière du Garde, really has a suitable name, beer to keep. After 2 years in the cellar it gets a little less sweeter in the 75 cl bottles.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2004 No head, amber body. I didn't get much more than a malty-sweetness in both aroma and taste. Pleasent but not memorable.... 2 years of aging has made for a more rounded and memorable experience with maple syrup and bicuits. (7,3,7,3,14)