puboflyons (3065) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the caged, corked green 25 fl. oz. bottle. The green bottle is an immediate turn off because as soon as I pop the cork I get that inevitable, disappointing skunkiness that throws everything off. After a few deep whiffs I get a bit of sweet malts and citrus. The body is extremely smooth and silky. Thankfully the green bottle seemed to have less of an impact on the taste, which was sweetly malted with mild bitterness. I wonder how it would taste from a brown bottle.
jkwood04 (5261) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2oz bottle in a tulip. Pours golden with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of light caramel malts, some light fruits, and floral hops. Nothing really stands out in the flavor. Average texture. A decent beer for the style.
blipp (8030) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Bready and toffee sweet aroma with flowery notes and light spices. The flavor has sweet caramel malt, light bready notes, light flowery hops, and a hint of yeast. Not bad.
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (aged about one year) in NYC with Chris. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a fine, white head. Aroma is doughy bread, subtle spice, light tartness (which doesn’t come through in the flavor, thankfully) and some aged malts. Flavor is sweet, more bread, light yeast and spice, a bit of caramel and honey. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish, bit of bread, caramel, honey. There is some age coming through but it works alright. Faint sharpness, but only faint. Overall very enjoyable.
drjay44 (3376) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a large, fluffy, white head, with some lacing, over a slightly, hazy gold (SRM 5) body....nose is light malts, with light toffee/caramel, light apple, pear....taste is light apple, slight pear, bit of toffee/caramel, finishing with dry floral honey tones...mouth feel light, carbonation high. The hops in this beer are not as pronounced as indicated in the commercial description and the malts are rather understated for a Biere de Garde. BJCP 7/3/12/4/6
hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of a trade from Strykzone. This poured rich gold, with a good white had and light lacing, Nose of caramel malts, and some grassy hops. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is fruity, and mild sourness. The finish is dry and spicy with mild bitterness. Very nice drinking overall.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from the Beer of the Month Club, poured into a Belgian fishbowl glass. Bright yellow color, mostly clear with a wispy white head that recedes quickly. Lots of fruity esters -- apples, lemons, grapes and berries aromas give this a nice bouquet. Lemony tart taste with some yeasty bready qualities. Some grassy and hay flavors as well give this a complex flavor. Lite to medium mouthfeel, well carbonated. Nice, refreshing enjoyable beer that I thought went well in the late weekend afternoon. Would pair nicely with a tossed or caesar salad. According to BOMC, this is an example of the Biere de Garde that the northern French area is known for.
Ibrew2or3 (8093) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of kiefdog. This 750mL pours hazy deep gold with white head. It has soft aromatic notes of sweet light skinned fruit, some malt graininess and a sense of spice. The taste is similar with a seemingly wheat softened palate ushering up smooth sweet fruit notes like apples and pears to go along with sweet malts, a bit of graininess and subtle yeasty spices. Nice easy drinkin’ brew.
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks to kiefdog for the share. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is caramel, apple, sugar, and yeast. Flavor is similar with yeast and sugar lingering into the finish of this light to medium-bodied beer.
scottw86 (1162) - Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a hazy yellow/orange with almost no head. Aroma is tart and fruity with some skunky notes. Some yeast also present. Taste is mostly skunky with some rice. Quite a disappointment. The finish has some fruity flavors with vegetables and sweet rice. Overall not what I was expecting, but maybe I should have aged it some more. Crisp and drinkable.