iowaherkeye (2675) - 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
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from super saver. Pretty sure this was not a fresh release. Hazy amber body with a 2 finger tan head. Overripe fruit, spices, honey. Very thin mouthfeel. I didnt finish this one or my notes. I kept tasting moth in it.
ryanscourt (456) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Amber/copper in color, fairly clear. Metallic, malty aroma. Taste is of burnt malts with belgium like spiciness. Lively carbonation. Strange flavor profile. Didn’t do much for me.
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2003
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Even though I'm a big fan of these rich types of ales, I just didn't like this one, and I got sick both times I drank it. Chimnay is much better if you insist on a european brew and are willing to pay more. Otherwise try an American brewed belgian ale such as OMMEGANG from OMMEGANG Brewing in Cooperstown N.Y. Its much better.
BlackHaddock (2898) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Obtained from a huge French Hypermarket in Calais in Dec 2010, this brown 25cl bottle was one of many in a multi-pack.
Best before 25 Nov 2011, this last bottle of the pack was opened and reviewed during one of my ’random beer tasting evenings’ in April 2011.
Poured into a La Chouffe stemmed tulip shaped goblet: clear toffee apple red body, with an off-white head on top. A great pity that the head goes completely before you get a real chance to appreciate it.
I found hints of malts and cloves in the nose, so fairly Christmassy.
The taste was of sweet malts which faded quickly to a nasty metallic feel, this dried the mouth out and combind with the thin, weak body depth left me very disappointed.
Years ago I thought the Jenlain (Duyck) beers were the best in France, either I’ve changed my taste, or they’ve changed their beers!
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Orange, with a smaller head. Unpleasant aroma. I certainly taste some citrus, probably orange. Kind of like a bad orange soda. Not very good.
ChainGangGuy (4230) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
750ml bottle - $4.54 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, darkened orange body with a bubbly, off-white head that’s soon settled out.
Smell: Simple syrup and cheap bottom-shelf alcohol coating some fruits, including some dried citrus accents. Might be more to it, but I’m not sticking around longer to find out, as, instead of failing to even pull me in, it’s a beer that pushes you away with its shortcomings.
Taste: Toasty malts, a bit of basic caramel, and some simple, unrefined sweetness. Then, a sip of coarse, well-level alcohol quickly scuttles the taste after the dreadful opening. Light cherries, but, with the booze, it yields a hint of cough syrup medicine. Growing dried bitter orange peel midway and into the sizzlingly crisp finish and beyond.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, with some sugary stickiness to it. Moderate level of crisp carbonation.
Overall: Each sip was a bit worse than the last. Frankly, I was quite glad to be done with it and, no, I didn’t get through the entire bottle. Nothing resembling a quality Bière de Garde here at all.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Copper. Unpleasant aroma of corn, strawberry, lemon, orange gummy bears, caramel and dying flowers. Upon tasting, sickly sweet and only bareable in tiny baby sips. Tastes of melting plastic, orange seasoning, spice and toasted malts.
jfm (1725) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2003
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Light amber color with a white head. The taste is sweet and oranges with notes of spices.
Ernest (5879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2004
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cereal), with notes of DMS, vegetation, detergent, and orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Ugh...man oh man, what a shitty sample this was. Smells like someone dumped a can of Miller into an already bland French beer. Will get a second crack at this at BJ’s Winter Beer tasting, so we’ll see if this was a bad bottle...sure hope so, but frankly this just seemed like a poorly made beer.