muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341 ml bottle, best before Jan 2008, from Metro Joanette in Verdun, Quebec (May 2006), served at cellar termperature in a Maudite snifter. A big fizzy pop goes the cap, and a huge stream of foam fills, the glass, off-white and frothy/large-bubbled, subsiding slowly and leaving generous snowflake lacing atop the oily whisky-colored liquid.....there is a light whiff of skunk from the bottle, but it’s quickly subdued by a hugely yeast, lightly caramelized-malty aroma with lots of fresh grasses and a bit of orangepeel....the flavor is quite delicious, lightly smoky and thick with caramel, a perfectly realized balancing act between sweet malts, sour yeast, and mineralic undertones that become fairly strong later in the game....strong yet supple mouthfeel also provides plenty of spice as you let the scintillating liquid pleasure your tongue, anise and oregano, orangepeel and coriander and a touch of pepper and seaweed....marvellous and transporting.
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber colored beer with beige foam. Complex araoma of sweet nuts and caramel, also soft fruity hints. Very tastefull and lovely taste, gateau, pain perdu, and dry raisins with brandy accent. This is a beer I really love. Afthertaste is delicious and ends with a little herbyness. Echt lekker.
greedycheater (80) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful amber pour. White, sustaining head. Toasty, rye bread aroma. Balanced, with very subtle hints of raspberry. A long, sweet malty finish. Very good - better than a 78 percentile rating. Now I just need a cellar to age it and see how complex those live yeast can make it over time!
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2008 330mL bottle my parents brought back for me on a recent trip to Quebec that I couldn’t go on. This one pours a deep dark burgundy, slightly hazy with a HUGE beige head. Aroma is really different, booze, mild caramel malt, and major barnyard funkyness. I kind of dig it actually, despite it being totally bizarre to me. Complex funk. Like George Brown! Flavour is really neat, great malty sweetness the whole way through, lots of the sour funk upfront, mixed up with boozy notes, all making way for sweet and sour malt notes. Big mouth-feeI, with some very apparent alcohol warming. All about the malts, but as it warms some hops do make an appearance in this finish to add some bite along with the alcohol. I really do dig it, and I’m happy I do because I was afraid that I might not like it. Nothing at all like the only other Biere de Garde I’ve had, nor really like anything I’ve ever had. This one is a pretty funky beer in every sense of the word. Cool.
mkel07 (2516) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Copper red colour with a big billowing pillow of foam. Spiced fruit in the aroma, especially raisins and prunes. Caramel malty flavour with a good long finish.
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
orange-copper with a large, creamy, lasting, cream colored head. malty toasted aroma (similar to an octoberfest) but with a hint of hops and spices. very toasty flavor with notes of wood, caramel, butterscotch, peanuts, ALMONDS and hops. very malty and buttery. excellent beer.
coolpop (1284) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle labeled "Gavroche -- French Red Ale." Can’t quite tell if this is the same. Pours orangey amber with a huge foamy white head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is quite nice: lots of caramel and toffee, with a good dose of dried fruit (cherry, prune, maybe fig). Very vinous. Some grassy hops. A slight yeastiness. Smells like the midpoint of a strong English pub ale, a German bock, and a Belgian. Flavor follows the aroma, but there’s both more bitterness and sweetness. Thick mouthfeel but well carbonated. Haven’t had too many of this style, but I really like it.
rejtable (1048) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with initial big foamy head and good lacing. Nose is yeasty with some cereal and candy. In the mouth I get an initial fruity hit, backed by a good malt balance and a nice bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body with some creamy-ness and lots of carbonation.
VincentDamon (211) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
La Gavroche n’est pas mauvaise du tout, quoi qu’elle ne vole pas la vedette non plus. Belle couleur ambrée et translucide. Belle mousse et belles bulles qui plus est. Nonobstant, l’arôme ainsi que le goût demeurent assez banals : au nez, le malt prend toute la place. Une petite touche de miel peut-être. En bouche c’est plus intéressant déjà : le liquide offre une belle rondeur, l’effervescence est fort agréable et l’amertume est bien équilibrée. Très beau verre tulipe qui fut donné dans l’emballage. Cheers!
Jado (388) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear bronze with a fluffy beige head that sticks around and leaves good lacing. Lively carbonation. Aromas of peach, caramel, stewed apple and cinnamon. The taste starts out with some deep fruit before a hit of hop bitterness in the mid-palate. That slips away leaving some caramel sweetness. Finishes quite cleanly with some citrus and spice in the aftertaste. Excellent.