tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wood, oranges, perfume, earth, flowers, tannins and hazelnuts in a complex and inviting aroma. Hazy, amber-brown coloured body is topped by a decent, off-white head that recedes to a partial cover and ring. Mild tannins, oranges and a kiwi-like, clean fruitiness lead through to the mild spices with a caramel flavoured malt backbone. Orange becomes stronger as it warms. Alcohol is notable in the finish. Dry, medium body with fair carbonation. Bottle (Half Time, Sep-05) enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Siroy.
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a dark orange with a spare white head. Aroma of orange Kool-Aid, yeast and spices -- smells alright but not like any beer I’ve ever smelt. Sweet and odd flavour of citrus, sugar, malt and spices (and other stuff I can’t place) is somewhat cloying. Thin bodied. This is definitely unique but in the end it’s too sweet for me.
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev - my bottle. Poured clear ruby with an average diminishing head. What a weird aroma! Exactly like tangerine Koolaid with mild seasonal spices, dead wildflowers and yeast - incredibly sweet, dusty and somewhat appealing in an odd way, but not really beer-like. Taste of bitter cloves, sweet fake grapefruit, candied fruits, mild spices; floral - it’s sneaky-strong, I realy really felt this one. Mouthfeel very lively but watery - almost sickly, syrup-sweet. Too sugary for me, glad I tried it ... just don’t seem to "get" bière de garde.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and blankboy, courtesy of harry/ Dark orange, bubbly thin head. Interesting orange Kool Aid aroma (Oh yeah!), and a little spice - hey, why not? Weird grapefruit bottle taste, mixed with bad dollar store cream soda. Some malt, but man, what a weird taste. Thin mouthfeel. Sugary. Not a disaster by any means, just weird.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gentle copper-orange shade comprising a sticky white foam. From the original nose emanate all kinds of unusual flavours, highly earthy and humid, sea air, corky and strongly tannic. Malts unveil definite nutty character while diplomatic infusions offer orangey and ginger nuances. Deep tea character in mouth constrasts with the rather dark malts, but somehow fits the wet wood aspects. Light-medium bodied, fitting carbonation. In the absolute, this was not a favourite, feeling a bit superficial and metallic at times, but there are some idiosyncratic elements in there that make it a must try.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750ml bottle, dunno the date. Pours a clear copper amber with small diminishing head.Aroma of a mild skunkiness, a little mustiness, some yeasty tartness, (also a little bit of that orange chocolate candy?). Well, I taste the same chocolate orange thing, so I don’t feel that I was an idiot for smelling that, very small amount of bitterness, some toffee malts in there as well. Kinda watery on the palate. Decent beer at best. I think this may be my first bière de garde, so maybe I may just not like the style yet--but this also could be just a kinda sucky beer. Too much damn orange chocolate
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A comfy head recedes over the reddish-amber glow.
-The sweet oranges aren’t overdone in the aroma, which is also comprised of soil particles and yeast.
-The sweet fruity malt presentation offers peaches, apricots, and oranges.
-This is a well-rounded mouthfeel, with quite effervescent carbonation.
What if you dig deeper?
-Earthy yeast and dryness tickle the back end.
-Caramel fruitiness is fun but gets a little bothersome halfway through the glass.
-"Nouveau goût à l’orange"?!? That was a scary neck label. Thankfully, oranges are well-integrated.
-A sweet bière de garde novelty which can please the masses, as well as a few beer geeks.
Bottle; no date.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can’t discern the bottling/best buy date. Was really looking forward to this after the printemps I drank the other day, dissapointed to say the least. Transparent bright copper/amber with off-white head. Aroma is very skunky with a big dose of orange zest coming through to take over. Flavor much the same, very harsh combination of skunk and orange, while being metallic in way. Just couldn’t get into this beer.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had a nicely worded commentary about this beer but the server logged me off and I lost it. WTF it was only a few minutes since I brought up this screen. I am pissed off right now.
Anyway, this bottle is over a year old and was a complete surprise. It was soft and smooth, yet kept me interested till the last drop. Sadly this review does not do the experiance justice and I am too angry to rewrite it since the beer is now gone.
Oh it posted now, damn it!
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Had this at BJ’s Winter Ale Fest. Beer poured a clear, medium-amber color with an average-sized, fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma was pretty darn off. Behind the light malty notes of sweet molasses and hoppy notes of pine, there’s an overpoweringly unclean, distracting aroma of tin can. Can’t really get past that one. The flavor is lightly acidic and lightly bitter with a short, lightly bitter finish. The body is medium, the texture is watery, the carbonation is fizzy and the finish is lightly metallic and unclean. I don’t know if this is a bad bottle—I’ll check it out again when I get a chance to make sure this wasn’t just bad luck.