Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From A Bottle.Amber red in colour with a huge scary head,
aroma is of alcohol and fruit,taste is quite sweet with malt and alcohol,dry finish.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
’biere de garde’ is french meaning a beer that you like a lot and don’t want to share and so you hide it in the back of the fridge lest any thirsty retards come over and find it. if they do, and attempt to drink it, you "garde" it aggressively, jabbing them with a barbeque fork if necessary-- hence the term in fencing "en garde!" a beautiful head rides on this cedar-russet pour, like a mat of pussy willow fluff-- but it doesn’t last long, so you may want to have your camera ready to capture the moment. the flotsam awaiting in the bottle is as dense as an astronomical "globular cluster", though it brings only a slight mustiness to the aroma and flavor. otherwise, the aroma is a strong waft of stove-top warmly fragrant caramel, plus some straw, dough, and peach slices drizzled with alcohol and ready to flambe´. likewise with the flavor, it’s sweet in a fruity whole-grain muffin kind of way-- with lively carbonation; it’s certainly deliciously full-bodied, and-- lest you drift in forever into that blissful (albiet two-demensional) 8.5% abv. and sweet toffee dreamland, it nudges you with a gentle wake-up call of orange rind bitterness.
johndoughty (4090) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Massive head upon pouring.Plenty of alcohol presence as you would expect from a beer of this strength.Lovely mouthfeel although a bit sour for my taste.Nevertheless a very pleasant beer.
Geiserich (3469) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Winey aroma, notes of port and alcohol. Amber color, small head. Port wine flavor, light sharpness, medium body. Quite alcoholic. Astringent, sourly and hopbitter finish.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 16, 2005
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours cloudy red with some head. Aroma is tart but not in a good way. Aromas first of apples and toffee with some hay. Taste is bitter and not at all what I was expecting. High alcohol is right up front with flavors of dirt and funk and some roasted grains. I dunno if the beer is supposed to be this way but I didnt like it at all.
oh6gdx (20930) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2006 Bottled. Orange coloured, huge white foamy, very lasting head and leaves nice lacing. Malty and fruity aroma with hints of caramel. Sweet malty taste with hints of caramel. Alcohol is pretty wellhidden but shows a bit in the finish. Taste is a bit unbalanced, but still this is a very fine beer. 7 5 7 3 14
Re-rate: Bottled. Amber colour, huge beigeish bubbly head. Aroma of spices, alcohol, fruits and lots of caramellish malts. Also a bit white chocolate. Flavour is fruity, caramellish malty, creamy and spicy. Pleasant carbonation. Some roast in aftertaste, along with caramellish malts. Was even better than I remembered. Pleasant "session"beer. 8 5 7 4 15.
ogivlado (5900) - 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 (12999) - 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 (4673) - 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 (8750) - 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