Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in an English pint glass. The beer pours a straw-colored golden hue, with a moderate to high white head. The aroma shows fairly strong notes of Belgian esters, indicating the use of a Trappist or Abbey strain perhaps, rather than a saison or European ale strain. Tropical fruit, banana, some light phenolic notes. The esters are present, but slightly more muted in the palate, showing more hefeweizen character than abbey ale. Slightly herbal/earthy hops come through, showing a nice balance. The finish is quite dry, allowing the beer to be rather refreshing. Overall, perhaps not the most typical example of the style, but still enjoyable.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rated on 4-28-2009 (Bottle) When poured, this beer presents a small head with good retention, transparent yellow body, visible carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The Aroma is malty, spice notes, crisp, hops, sweet, and fruity. The Taste echoes the Aroma along with tasting somewhat dry. The Palate is fizzy and this beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this beer is relatively easy to drink and is refreshing in its own way. This is a beer that did not have that WOW factor for me and therefore not a beer I will drink again.
MaltOne (168) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little out of season but here goes... Pours a clear (unless you select to include the slight amount of yeast sediment available) golden yellow, effervescent, and a substantial, cream colored head which subsides but doesn’t disappear. Aroma is faint, bread/yeast, earthy with a hint of grapefruit/citrus. Flavor is mostly malty, with a nod towards sweet and and edge of dry hops. Medium to light body, nice lingering flavors. Overall, this beer fits my general tendancies towards a maltier brew. I could easily make this a regular.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refreshing with a long, slightly warming finish. Good choice for warm weather.
bshep (104) - - OCT 30, 2012
1.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Pretty much taste like Raging Bitch... and every other flying dog brew... Nothing special, just same ol’ same ol’ Flying Dog...
pras (353) - Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark yellow color. Lots of carbonation. Not much distinguishable on the nose, somewhat earthy. Some banana, pepperiness, and clove. Small maltiness, but this one is rather bland. Finishes dry.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Poured a clear light orange color with a thin, off white head. Smelled of caramel, hay, and a hint of butter. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet with carbonation the lower end of the spectrum. Caramel, watered-down toffee, and subdued fleshy fruit flavors.
rangerred (784) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle into a tulip.
Pours a hazy dark gold with a one finger white head. Tons of carbonation leads to good head retention but the lacing is pretty poor.
Aroma of yeasty spiciness with a little bit of toasted malt and a somewhat earthy note.
Flavor has some clove and pepper up front along with banana. Just a very small amount of toasted malt but it all fades away too quickly. The finish is dry but all in all, the flavors are just bland.
Overall, a nice attempt at the style but I feel that it falls short. A very refreshing beer and the champagne-like carbonation is nice but I would have preferred bolder flavors.
closey22 (575) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great aroma w/ banana, bubblegum, herbs; hazy golden hue w/ decent off-white head; flava is decent grainy some metallic notes; makes the tongue tingle and finishes for a long time.
rubbishystuff (1688) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Less sweet than I expected from other Biere de Garde’s I’ve had. High carbonation with small champagne like bubbles. Nice summer beer. Seemed stronger than it was. Serving: Bottle
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Spice and yeast aroma. Malt and spice flavor with yeast and a light fruitiness. Medium bodied. Malt and spice lingers with yeast.