CEZ (397) - 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 (4505) - 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.
caesar (5119) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear redbrown color, medium creamy off-white head. Aroma is sharp alcoholic, caramel malty and some vinegar, very weird. Aroma is sweet and malty, light fruity, but also sour vinegar and some alcohol. Sticky palate and alcoholic finish burning in the throat.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I guess the label threw me. I was expecting a Flanders Red to be on the sour side and I didn't realize this was a biere de garde. Anyway, here it goes. Orangey/red amber w/ a lasting off white head. Malty and lightly toasty w/ hints of caramel and very light fruitiness in the aroma. The flavor starts out malty but turns lightly bitter and hop flavored. Well balanced, but to bitter; caramel malt becomes stronger as it warms and has a very light fruitiness. Medium bodied w/ higher level of carbonation and alcohol warmth w/ a smooth m/f. The biere de garde style is definitly growing on me. Fairly straight forward and not terribly complex, but very good in it's own way. Seems to be a good biere de garde though!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brilliant dark red with a thick, eggshell head. An interesting malty aroma that is huge on the mint and cough syrup, not unlike a Hall's Cough Drop. However, underneath the initial liquid smelling-salts is a bunch of cereal and sweet caramel. Sharp, fizzy mouthfeel that isn't exactly thin but is certainly not thick. Interesting flavors that fit very well into the Bière de Garde style. I've never really known how to articulate them, but they are sort of like buttery malt. There is more mint and alcohol in the flavor as well. Also, light fruitiness, not too unlike some diet cherry cola. Heavy malts with bright hops and tons of alcohol make for an interesting beer. Despite decent the aroma and flavors, something seems to be a bit off here. The mint is so strong and unlike anything else I've ever experienced. I'm glad I bought it, but I doubt I would venture back to this one again.
jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a five-finger light tan pillowy head leaving a good lace pour slowly. Slightly cloudy reddish amber. Nose is alcohol. Smooth and warm going down, the alcohol is noticeable, and the after taste is alcohol; still a good balance of malts and hops. A 330ml bottle was $2.99.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 (I presume) bottle. Muddy dark brown with some lighter auburns mixed in. Light beige tinges around the edges. Bottle conditioned. Big malty aroma, caramel to the max with some ripe brown/red fruits. Big fizzy off-white head. Begins with a huge burst of caramel sweetness with an equally big bitter hops kick. Interesting. . .this much bitter hops in a biere de garde. Body is medium to medium full. Alcohol is quite apparent on the finish, which has some lightly smokey flavors as well as some rich caramel and dry, dry yeast flavors. Typical barley/grain flavors for the style, with that sweet malt, but this is more aggressive, rich, almost roasty, and as I said, has a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated, but settles down somewhat. Finish is way too acidic for my liking, but the flavor is bold and I like that. I could see this aging well.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy reddish orange color with a good sized, stable off-white head. Plum aroma with hints of spices. Medium bodied and slightly fizzy. Musty ending that sticks around for a while.
The Etruscan (528) - Tuscany, ITALY - FEB 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
White large and strong head. Dark amber color. Aroma is fruity with spicy, walnut and light alcohol notes. Flavor is fruity too, with raisins, apricots and light caramel tones, ending in a moderately sweet, fruity finish. Medium to full bodied.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 I’m going to call this a beer "d’grass’. Ruby colored and slightly hazy, with a moderated white head. The aroma reminds me of a European pils, and a good one at that! Very grassy. Flavor is a nice balance between the grassy flavor and the munich malts. Don’t think of it as indicative of the style, but I liked it alot anyway! Thanks Per.