kepano (249) - 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 (6930) - 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 (7118) - 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 (15794) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2015 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 3.0/5. Re rate bottle at Firkin Alehouse. Clear orange brown colour. Malty tasty. It’s a decent amber Flanders ale. Some lager elements some Belgian ale but without the yeast. Tasty.
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.
rauchbier (3699) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle conditioned, from Beer Cellar in Lincoln . copper bronze, moderate off white head and aggressively high condition. Obvious alcohol in the nose with some Barley wine type maltiness. Full bodied and alcoholic but quite sharp in the mouth with the assertive co2 levels and an apple citric note. Dry finish with some maltiness, lingering yeast and mushroom notes.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange peel, coriander, doughy yeast, and toffee in the musty aroma with occasional notes of alcohol. Clear amber-brown with pillowy off-white head that recedes to cover with some lacing. Spices are apparent along with bitter orange in the round, malty flavour with tea-like tannins and notes of alcohol. Medium-full body with strong carbonation that awakens the taste buds. Bottle. Entered from notes.
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2005
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a fine lasting head. The aroma is dominated by alcohol in a quite unpleasant way. Some maltiness as well. On the palate the beer is highly carbonated. The flavor is malty and toffelike but again too dominated by alcohol. A disappointment.
JonMoore (2033) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy, amber coloured with a very large off-white head. Aroma has fruit, caramel and alcohol. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel with some nice light bitterness. Some warming alcohol in the finish. Full bodied and dry. Very good.