jgb9348 (5686) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear amber/copper coloured body with a very small off-white head. Aroma of malt, light english hops, alcohol, cardboard, toffeee and some pine. Full-bodied; Strong malt flavour with some astringent bitter flavours such as blood, metal and some odd nuttiness. Aftertaste has that funky puckering flavours with an overall alcoholic feeling. Overall, not a good beer and was worse off than expected. This is my least favourite biere de garde i’ve had thus far (1300+). I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia on 28-December-2004.
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(750ml bottle, best by 03/2005) Clear copper body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, toffee/caramel, faint wood. Taste is moderately sweet, toffee/caramel, earthy/herbal, some wood. Finishes with some metallic, which really detracts. Light-medium body, some acidity.
ogivlado (7215) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled8330ml). -dark amber coloured with big white head, sweet malty flavor, light caramel aroma with hints of ripe fruits, lightly syrupic and sweet finish
gustytke (8) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - NOV 14, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Soft Amber. Quite bubbly with nice head. Beautiful aroma of honey and vanilla and oak. This most be oak aged to get the honey and vanilla smell. Incredibly smooth, not complex flavor with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Great aftertaste but not complex. Good but not great.
Marko (4953) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This smelled nice, pkeasant and malty, and looked magnificent, deep peach ice tea like amber, with a big, not-quite-white firm looking head. Tasted the head - nice.. fruity even. Went on to the rest, there was something in the beginning that was fruity, but turned a bit sour (in a nice way), but watery, with the omnipresent roasty aftertaste. Amber ale meets biere de garde. Not stunning, but suprisingly good for a French beer.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - NOV 6, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(on bottle) High on carbo, but wih a nice roasty wood feel, mostly in the sent.
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2004 Poured from a green 750 mL bottle. The body is a slightly darker red, kind of like iced tea. Has a head that is Slightly sour aroma of vinegar, oak and some old socks. Also has some old apples. The flavor is a fairly dry wool banket (not horse blanket). Has some notes of plantains. It is hard to describe. Reminds me of a nice mild and malty bitter. Certainly unique.
leaparsons (9851) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange/brown with a small white head. Aromas are grain and watered down malt whisky. Flavours are sweet grain with a woody, oak barrel character. Quite cloying on the palate. Sometimes I just don’t get on with French beer, don’t know why.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
red amber copper colour with no foam... I’m not sure what to make of a biere de garde but it has amber oak and caramel flavours and is very sweet on the palate. I liked this beer.
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear dark amber color with a fine bubbled beige head. Nice rich malt scent, sweet but decent malt flavors. A slight metallic taste is a bit of a drawback to an otherwise solid brew.