ogivlado (5294) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled(330ml). -dark copper colored with nice foamy head, aroma is sweet and malty, light fruity with some licorice notes, sharp alcohol finish
TBone (11378) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (BB 01/2008)
Hazy dark orange-amber color, huge tanned foamy head, lace. Malty, earthy aroma, also some horse blanket. Liquerish palate with the typical bière de garde earthy notes and licorice flavor. Toffeish and slightly alcoholic and metallic aftertaste. I haven’t rated so many bière de gardes but I think this is a good example of the style.
sayravai (4668) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Hazy, beautiful dark copper color with a quite large, tanned and foamy, lacy and everlasting head. Malty, somewhat fruity aroma with wood and toffee notes. Sweetish, aromatic-hoppy, toffee-oaky flavor with some herb liquour and dessert wine feel. ABV is well hidden. Medium-bodied palate with stingy, quite high carbonation. An interesting, beautiful, tasty and reasonably complex brew, but too carbonated and quite unbalanced.
maeib (8077) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2011 Bottled. A mid brown coloured beer with a thick whitish head with an angel delight consistency. The aroma is malty and fruity with light berries (maybe cranberries) noted. The taste shows signs of caramelized fruit, maybe strawberries, whilst the alcohol is well hidden. Score 2.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.2. Average becomes 3.0
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer with an intens amber color and a fine beige creamy head. Good complex malty nose with outspoken malty aroma’s. In the nose you can notice hints of nuts, wood, rice crispy’s faint touch of apricot and honey. All the aroma’s are well in balance with a clear hoppyness and a faint touch of mint. The taste is very fine, complex and medium boddied. The mouthfeel is refreshing and malty, it brings some mintyness in the taste and the afthertaste is fine and elegant. The alcohol is outstandingly integrated is this top brew.
It is Frensh, and it is damn good.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color it is almost black with a thick head sitting on top. Very earthy malt smell to it. Flavor is similar, very earthy and robust, but also holds a sweeter finish coming from a caramel flavor. The mouthfeel is very smooth considering the alcohol content. Not too much hop action to this
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a murky brown with large off-white head. Somewhat unusual aroma, raisins, citrus, dark malts. Flavor takes quite a bit of getting used to, and was extremely intense for the first few sips, with a sharp (think cheese) bitterness. Sour at times, lingering brown bread, black tea, and malt finish, lively carbonation. On the dark end of the biere de garde scale, not unlike a thin bodied dubbel as well. Certainly got better as it warmed.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color, with huge off white foamy head. Aroma is very malty, slightly sweet, creamy, with caramel and cherry notes, a hint of chocolate. Flavor is malty and sweet, carbonated, caramel, and a bit of sourness. Palate could be a bit thicker.
CEZ (393) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark reddish color, slightly cloudy; big, off-white head. Alcohol, caramel, and a fruity touch in the aroma. I found it rather monodimensional... syrupy maltiness, and just a slight tarty note in the finish. Full bodied. Alcohol is a bit too evident.
skortila (4178) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very malty-sweet aroma, some fruityness, caramel. Hazy, brown coloured with a lasting, thin off-white head. taste is malty -sweet caramel, more alcoholiv towards the finish with some hopbitterness. Bit sticky palate. Finish could be better.