BlackHaddock (4150) - Shropshire, - OCT 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl Bottle (funny shaped thing) best before 17 Mar 2014: poured into a Duvel glass on 28th Sep 2012.
Huge, huge head on this pour: good job i was prepared and used the Duvel glass: looked good actually, the snowy white mountain of foam filled the glass before I could get all the beer out the bottle. I had the sediment laden remains later. The colour of the body was a copper/orange/deep amber and clear.
Mixed bag in the aromas: once the smells could get through the head I found some malty molasses and spicy hop notes, add floral and nut esters with maybe a cherry/almond tart floating in the middle.
The taste seemed more ’yeasty’ than the smell would indicate: again it was a mixture of flavours (like the nose), the alcohol playing its part too. originally on the sweet side the hops kicked in mid-sip and the finish was boardering on bitter. Interesting and well worth finding, yet another French beer I’ve enjoyed.
bewyder (139) - FRANCE - DEC 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Très bonne ambrée de la Flandre française, assez forte, une belle puissance et complexité. Oublié la provenance, bue le 15/07/2012.
fishonmyplane (488) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the better Biere de Garde’s that I’ve had. The flavor is a little muted, but pleasant. It blends caramel sweetness with hints of Flemish Red/Brown character. Just sour enough to keep it interesting. Full mouthfeel. Yeasty, astringent. Smooth.
dEnk (4052) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting. Slight gusher. Aroma is faint yeast and malt. Flavour is caramel, cardboard, dust. Meh.
MichaelAwesome (4606) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - NOV 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the best de Gardes so far. Thick and full bodied with a nice fruity mixture of aromas combined with a nice mouthfeel, some balanced carbo and that high ABV in its background is a good choice. Thumbs up.
McTapps (4606) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - NOV 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from trade with Calisky - many thanks, Fred! The beer has got a deep dark amber-brown colour with ruby hints, medium body and steady head, Mild carbonation. Aroma of malt, herbs and flowers. Taste of malt, barley, dark bread, wine, plums, nuts, flowers and herbs. Easy drinkable and very quaffable. Enjoyed it.
Arve_Christian (3286) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ON bottle from Beermerchant online. Golden color, good foam. Meidum aroma intensity; fruity, light honey, good yeast influence. Medium body & complexity. Ok bitterness, some sourness- ok balance. Enjoyable
outlawskies (447) - - NOV 8, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Is very acidy. Has quite a bite. Not hoppy and a bit of a malty going on. Julie says meh. She gives a 1.2
Vighals (1422) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Klar brun med høyt beige høyt skum. Malt, kandissukker og jord. Smaker alkohol, søt karamell og noe bitterhet. Alkoholstram ettersmak, noe bitter
Lagerboy (1336) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle. Opaque red copper, firmer tan foam settles and mostly lasts. Aroma is fruity yeasty, dark caramel. Taste is fruity yeast esters with sweet rich toasted caramel/toffee malts, some spice and herb, vinous at times. Average carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)
ronaldtheriot (1341) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gavroche has a very thick, fizzy, quickly-dissipating, cream-colored head, an opaque, red-orange, bubbly appearance, with considerable lacing left on the glass. The aroma is strong, sweet, sour, yeasty, and even nutty. Taste is of sweet, yeasty, sour bread, bread crust, grain husk, alcohol, light fruits, and somewhat harsh bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy,and Gavroche finishes wet, heavy, and cloying. This is a "big boy beer", and it won’t be for everyone. RJT