leaparsons (9949) - 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.
stephen louis (165) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I has hoping for more.
On the pour:nice copper colour,with slightly off white head.The nose is mild and pleasant.
On taste:malt,some spice,and sugar,pepper and tangy earth.The finish is sweet but nice..Pleasant and not overpowering.A good beer.
A little watery,good finish.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Taverne Saint Germain in Paris, France.
Nose of caramel, toasted malts, ripe fruit, lemon and a hint of apple.
This was a very pleasant, very mellow, dry and a very flavorful and traditional Biere de Garde. Farmhouse characteristics. Burnt caramel, toasted malts, ripe fruits, perhaps a hint of ginger and a lingering suggestion of pit fruit on the finish. Lovely.
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - SEP 23, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 11.2 fl.oz bottle. cookie like malt aroma. faint hops. deep reddish copper color with a nice head. slightly burned caromel. slight nuttyness but the burned flavor is kind of distracting. metallic blood like flavor in the finish. not sure if that was intended. possibly a bad bottle. The store guy said that the distributer gave them a good deal. mabey spending some time in a hot wharehouse is why.
75 cl bottle. pours amber with a thin head. much mellower than the small bottles. malt and nut aromas. flavor is malty nutty with caromel and almost too sweet but tempered by the hops. finishes slightly dry wilth a lingering syrupy malt flavor.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Presentation: Brown euro size bottle - 330ml. Freshness date 7/04 (just under the wire).
Appearance: A red/amber color with light carbonation and an off-white head (poor retention). Nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Malt, caramel and a grassy presence of hops.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is creamy at the start with a light hop bite and effervescent finish.
IMHO: A fair brew with a nice mouthfeel, but not a lot of memorable qualities.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl corked bottle BBD 03/2005 Nice amber pour, head dies to nothing in my glass, but poured well. yummy modified/decoction-type carmel malt aroma...some faint dry fall day leaves aroma. Drinks with body, but delicately. This really reminds me of an Oktoberfest, with maybe a bit more bitterness and yeast funk. It’s a good beer, strong on the malt foundation. It can’t touch the La Bavaisienne in terms of luxuriousness, though. Still, quite nice.
vanvenlo (1787) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
8 May 2004 - Light orange malt aroma. Cloudy light brown appearance. Simple very sweet citrus flavour. Easy drinking medium body.
JonMoore (2066) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Amber coloured. Nice creamy, bubbly tan head.
Nice aroma of fruit, nuts and yeast, and a toasted smell. Taste is sweet caramel and lots more besides. Nutty, toasted, some yeast, some alcohol. Sweetish finish, slightly bitter aftertaste. Full bodied, excellent mouthfeel. Very good beer.