lachesis (757) - 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 (399) - 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 (4619) - 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 (5316) - 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 (2428) - 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.