Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This recipe seems to have been tweaked around a bit as it pours a hazy golden, nowhere close to amber and fully carbonated, raising a big frothy white head of ridiculous rockiness. Soft and perfumey malt aromas show clovey phenols and honeyed biscuity roundness. The carbonation remains very high, giving a vaporous feel to the beer, while typical noble hops procure a grassy, mildly bitter kick in the otherwise warming, liquorous and vinous finish. As it warms, it gains a certain woodiness that brings its vinous leanings further, like the toasted oak we associate to many american whites. Spicy, comfortable mouth presence, quite foamy and medium bodied, supple maltiness, fruity (apples, earthy oranges). If initially sweet, it develops nicely, with good bittering power. A very fresh sample I believe. Long and pleasant, with a firmness in the mouthfeel that most of the other St-Sylvestre don’t carry.
jtw (1058) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
interesting bulge at the top of the bottle, causing a nice glug into the glass creating a nice foamy head. an attractive amber, and a mild aroma of earth and wood and hops. a very dry 8.5%, which is nearly undetectable. pretty good, really, but it’s too much to have for a session, and not enough to want to linger on.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle has "order # 1001" stamped on the side, not sure if that’s botlling code or not. Amber with huge off white head, tiny carbonation bubbles, eventually fades to film, and a ring of bubbles. Quick swirl brings it back. Very yeasty bread and malty aroma, lots of caramel and toffee. Also getting some fruit, leaning towards raisin, hard to pinpoint. Flavor is sweet caramel malt up front with quick dose of fruit through the middle. Towards the finish alcohol shows up, alot more alcohol than I expected at 8.5% (maybe because it’s 9am). Finishes very mettalic with grassy/slightly skunky hop bitterness. Just my opinion, butnot the best beer to start with on Sunday morning.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
fairly rich with a little butterscotch, clean and complex flavor of pear and golden plum with moderate thyme and oregano. I think. Sage. Bog Myrtle??? Oh I dunno, sorta spicy. Very nice beer, am definitely gonna get more...
kepano (245) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 It seems sacrilegious for a French beerophile to go so long without trying a Bière de Garde but I finally decided to start with Gavroche. This beer begins with a wonderfully dynamic beige head that initially billows a foamy beige cream and then puffs up in the center. The body glows a deep cloudy pinkish orange, which you might call a dark salmon color. The head reduces fairly rapidly, lacing nicely as it diminishes. Light malts are prominent in the nose, especially caramel and toffee, chestnut honey, brown sugar, nougat, burnt butter, biscuits and café au lait. A pleasant aroma, with an unexpectedly complex array of these fluffy malty fragrances. The flavor is a bit less appealing and reminds me of New Belgium’s Fat Tire (but better). Caramel and biscuits are echoed from the nose, but reappear here in a more hostile environment. The coffee feels over-roasted, the toast a bit burnt and a metallic twang resonates in the mouth. The palate saves the buccal experience by providing a smooth creamy texture and great carbonation though I found the finish a bit acidic. Overall a decent beer but I hope other Bières de Garde have a bit more to say than this one.
larsga (5814) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big, fine-laced, off-white head, over hazy light red-brown body.
Aroma of spice and honey with notes of pepper, earth, and caramel.
Big taste with lots of spice and caramel, plus some paradise seeds,
somewhat sweet, quite bitter. Rounded aftertaste. Quite good, but a
bit boring for a Belgian.
claudewfeete (4) - ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2005 does not count
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy Dark orange in colour.
Uninspiring on the nose - malty with a smoky caramel edge. Quite a high level of bitterness with a malty flavour accompanied hints of caramel offset by a rusty, yeasty undercurrent followed by a lingering tofee on the finish . This beer tastes every bit it’s 8.5%vol.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Great brown amber appearance with reasonable head retention and lots of lace as you tip and sip. Caramel, yeast and a good lick of alcohol but nothing too offensive. Nice bitter sweet finish. Yeah nice stuff.
harrisoni (12070) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle from Auchan. Amber colour with thick beige head. Toffee malt. Drying hop on finish. Not too strong tasting even given the 8.5% alcohol. Bit grainy in mouthfeel. Fine, just not very excitng
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber-red, somewhat cloudy, with huge white, foamy head.
Strong, deliciously sweet, fruity aroma of peach and strawberries, alcohol, and a hint of toffee or caramel.
Surprisingly dry, somewhat acidic flavor, with warming alcohol, some yeast and a bit of malty sweetness. Aftertaste is mainly of alcohol and bitter.
Gassy, heavily carbonated. Bubbly, acidic palate ruins the flavor somewhat.