beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One pint, 9.4 fl oz (750 mL) brown bottle purchased from Di Carlo Wine and Spirits (formerly Armanetti’s), Mundelein, IL. 6.8% ABV. 2005 vintage. Clear red amber ale having a small diminishing white head with space lacing. No discernable carbonation. Nice spicy orange zest aromas. Medium bodied that starts with light malt sweetness and spicy, orange flavors. Finishes with pleasant light malt aftertaste. I thought this was a Belgium beer but it’s French – oh la la! An outstanding drinkable winter brew. Loved the spicy orange aroma and flavor. Sampled on 2005 Christmas day with visiting family members who unanimously gave it a “two-thumbs” up.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap @ Rattle N Hum.
Clear yellow/straw, bit of white head. Aroma is faint, similar to a pilsener, some bready notes and caramel. Some sweetness on the palate, with some caramel, herbs, and spice, along with a light hop bitterness. Clean malty finish. Not bad.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a small, beige head. Metallic spicy aroma with a hint of caramel and some yeasty notes. Slightly sweet with flavors of yeast, spices, caramel and metal. Slightly bitter finish with straw, spice and yes metallic notes. Strange metallic flavor throughout I didn’t enjoy.
ken1 (754) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet and flavor of spices, slight bitterness. Hints of caramel. Dark golden in color with a white head.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brewed in France..... Courtesy of AFI96, thanks Waylo. Pours amber color with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, warm bread and spices. Taste is also of caramel, spices, fruits and earth. Mouthfeel was dry and finished a bit on the sweet side. Not bad overall, and one of the better ones from France.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good Biere de Garde especially if you like orange flavors. Nutmeg and spicy flavors too. Finishes clean crisp, and dry.
DenverLogan (745) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color; small disapating head. Slight aroma of amber malt, caramel and toffee. Flavor also has notes of ginger, orange liquor, mixed spices and flowers like a light saison but this is a Winter brew, Brazil nuts, medium toasted malts, and honey. I’ve had this beer many times over the years and am always happy to see it again, though it’s not as big and bold as many of the Belgian holiday brews. This one I’m having is fresh but I’ve aged it and find it’s good at least two years old.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep clear amber with a dense khaki head. Head dissipates to a wisp but leaves some soapy looking lacing. Smell is wonderful. Spicy and citrusy hops. Terrific aroma. Can’t say that I’ve had much that smells like these hops. Popperings Hommelbier smells similiar but not exactly like this.
Taste is a nice biscuity malt followed by the unusual floral hops. Far less dominant in the flavor the hops. Finishes surprisingly clean with a crisp hoppy finish. Mouth is medium. Only faint hops in the aftertaste. Really good and really drinkable. I could recommend this beer for the aroma alone.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Appearance: Rich, clear reddish-copper with small, bubbly, off-white head that doesn’t leave much behind.
Aroma: Dry fruit and caramel malts balanced by pretty strong hop spiciness. Slight Belgian-like yeast noticeable.
Taste: Very fruity and malty (plum, banana, caramel, candied sugar) but also very spicy, with metallic bitterness, clove and pepper notes. Almost tastes like a mixture of Belgian, English and German styles. Somewhat strange but still tasty.
Palate: Relatively high carbonation, medium body, off-dry finish.
Overall: Interesting beer overall even if I can’t really place it, as Biere de Garde doesn’t seem to mean much here.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
High light brown head on a dark ruby body. Enticing aroma, and the promises are delivered when time has come to taste : a well-balanced christmas beer, not very malty, with fruity (orange, nuts) and choclate hints, and a nice aftertaste. A very well made christmas beer indeed