jercraigs (9681) - 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.
DrSilverworm (9671) - 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
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this during the 2011 Shenandoah Throwdown. Corked and caged bottle as “Red Ale”. Pours a lightly hazed brown with a thin white head. Soft, sweet, malt and toast. Sweet with big carbonation, toasty, sweet musk. Dries out a bit, musk and caramel. Toast and dry musk and caramel.
gnoff (9509) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle thanks to ekstedt. Sampled on October 28, 2011
Clear copper color, yellow head. Sweet, malty, cream, faint estery scent. Sweet, malty, some alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
BVery (9417) - 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!
Fin (9362) - 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.
MoritzF (9286) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle, 33cl) Hazy, amber colour with a big and loose, slightly tanned foamy head. A bit cheesy yeast-character with hints of cara-malt and nuts in the background. Moderately sweet flavour, medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Nutty cara-malty taste, accompanied by mildly sugary notes and a very subtle fruit-character; sweet and slightly bitter finish, again with nutty and subtle fruity accents. Nice but not directly my kind of taste. 08.VI.12
DuffMan (9285) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle. Hazy orange-amber beer with a thick creamy off-white head. Sweet toasty malt, some peppery notes and a pronounced dusty character as well. Sweet, slightly fruity (apple/peach) and a distinctly earthy, UK-type of maltiness. Flavour is also quite fruity, soft but persistent earthy/herbal bitterness. Okay beer, but not great.
phaleslu (9256) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle from Belmont Party Supply. All head on the pour, a big rocky beige mess that leaves plenty of lacing. Underneath is a slightly cloudy amber-colored beer. Aroma of sour yeast, caramel malts, berry fruits, and toast. Flavor is also sour and malty, a little funky, with notes of berries, caramel, bread, paper, and metallic notes. Dry, bitter, and alcoholic on the finish. Medium bodied, with average carbonation and a metallic and malty mouthfeel. Decent beer.
Nose: Rather muted with some slightly sour stone fruit notes, some light caramel and milk chocolate notes. Almost like chocolate covered cherries. Palate: Medium bodied and with crisp/sharp carbonation. Lots going on here. The chocolate covered cherry thing continues and is met with strawberry and light toffee/butteriness. The palate is really sharp at first, but as the carbonation releases the taste buds, they are overwhelmed with fruit and dark candies. Notes: Had no earthly idea what to expect from this beer. I bought it simply because it was from French Flanders. Stunning beer. Wish we could get it here.