DrSilverworm (8563) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle, shared by Jay. Labeled "French Red Ale". Code on back reads "1522". Clear red - orange color. Thin off-white head. Little ropes of lace. Medium to bigger body. Softer carbonation. Lightly dry texture. Nice clean malty, lightly spicy flavor. Interesting, unique, pretty tasty malt profile. Lightly sweet taste, nice light spiciness. Alcohol is well hidden. This seems like it’d be a delicious beer to enjoy with a meal. I liked this more than I expected to... It grew on me as I sipped it
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 Digging in a mine full of treasures…Abundant daffodils, ginger, anise and honey pop up while you still smell your latte nearby…And of course, there is no digging without that little earthy taste on the lips…Always pleasant to excavate a good beer isn’t it?…
DocLock (8532) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Super Saver. The pour was turbid ruby.coppery with great lacing and a 2-finger off-white head. The aroma was of tart fruit, mushroomy malts, some taint, and some definite sangria/fruit punch hints. The flavor was caramel malty, slightly dry and red winey, with some subdued nuts and spices as it warms. Complex palate that never really gets sweet, but seems to drift ti dryness as it warms. Nice yeasty fruity funk throughout.
jercraigs (8509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark amber, good sized creamy head. (3+) Alcoholic aroma, light malt notes. Dry alcoholic flavour with occasional moment of sweet yeast malt, light spice notes. Needs more flavour to round out the rough alcohol edges in my opinion.
DSG (8448) - Tel Aviv, - DEC 1, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2014 Re-rate 7/9/14: Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks Vova. Candies, fruits, sweet, a bit of cardboard. 5/3/5/3/10=2.6
Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Oren. Clear amber with a white head. Aroma of malt, caramel hints and some fruitiness. Sweetish flavor with malt, a bit of fruitiness, alcohol and mild bitterness in the finish. Medium-bodied. Not bad and doesn’t feel like 8.5% but lacks some character. 6/3/6/3/13=3.1
JorisPPattyn (8440) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stupendously huge head, very stable and cream-coloured over clear, deep amber to foxy beer. Rather fresh herbal aroma, like nettles or so, firewood with some dried resin, dried fruits as apricots and caramel malts. Fresh, quite caramelly however, flavour, with good maltbite balanced by slightly metallic hops. Very tasteful, but surprisingly drinkable for a 8.5% beer. Slight liquorice, toffee, but nowhere cloying. Medium bodied, end slickness with some viscosity at last, alcohol remaining hidden. Remarkable – this beer being much better than I seem to remember. A really good one!
Fin (8332) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle picked up from Carrefour, Lille, 30-07-07. Poured murky warm gold colour, with large erupting white head of foam. Having had two other Biere de garde’s in recent day’s I’m getting to notice the style now and this seemed quite typical of the style although the alcohol did become a little invasive at times. Some toffeeiness in the mouth, bit malty and sweet but fine.
deyholla (8128) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Sarah. Pours a clear amber orange with a grayish head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a combination of bread, grains and light fruits. Flavor is similar with bread and grains up front with a growing light fruit note.
DuffMan (7999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased from the TRC Hotel in Launceston Tasmania. Hazy iced-tea amber colour with a very thick white head that displays excellent retention. Aroma is all butter toffee and bready yeast (smells yummy!). Caramel malt and chewy breadiness dominate the palate, along with mild spiciness. Really nice.
BVery (7961) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle - thanks Lou! Murky amber pour with a big foamy head. Malty, dark fruit, and some yeast. Almost a little like a dubbel. Good stuff!