PorterPounder (5831) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 750 ml cork-caged bottle. Dark golden, slightly cloudy pour with a soft, pillowy white head that sticks around. The full glass just says - "refreshment". Fresh aroma with hints of clove, butter and vanilla. Full bodied flavor with some caramel sweetness, some raw cake mix, pears and butterscotch and a back end of vanilla. Thick, rich, creamy mouthfeel. Very impressed with this one - very underrated in my opinion. Really hit the spot on a hot day.
jrt (62) - USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Biere de Garde? More like a rich, French Pilsener. Very soft cabonation, which is thin but retentive. Has a certain sharpness like cheddar cheese. A unique beer. Reminds me of a French cousin to Germany’s Mahr’s Pilsener. Not spicy. Just a very smooth, grassy blend of Saison and Pilsener qualities.
wyzzywyz22 (2049) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Monoprix, Cannes. Golden with a decent white head. Aroma is sweet with some fruit and spice evident too. Hoppy flavour with some malt and yeast thrown in. Bitterish finish. Not bad.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yellow orange pour, nice white head with a touch of lacing. Hop forward nose, grassy with a hint of vanilla. Flavor is grainy and dry with grassy hop notes. Body is soft with mild carbonation. Kind of bitter and dry on the finish.
tlind2 (1202) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle. Deep golden color, white head that recedes quickly. The aroma is sweet malts, earthy tones and fallen leaves. The taste is fairly sweet with some fruity notes. The finish is slightly dry and chalky.
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours bright golden with some fluffy white bubbles on top. Big grassy German hop aroma with some caramel malt. Flavor follows suit, very straight forward. Sweet caramel malt and bitter aromatic German hops. Quite glassy and grassy with a bitter dry finish. Average body/palate, bigger carb bubbles.
JoeinDahlem (1347) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Simple and refreshing blonde on a warm day, and it would come into its own next to a roasted bird. Thanks, Matt. The 75 cL pours a bright, dark gold with thin, lacy and quickly receding head. Nose is grainy, malty and lightly sweet, with faint notes of honey and yellow apple I think. Tastes lightly sweet, grainy, moderately bitter, dry. Touch of alcohol shows through. Soft but pinprick carbonation. Solid and bready blonde.
thebeertourist (4973) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours clear, deep golden with a medium head. Spicy aroma with vegetable notes. Flavours are spicily bitter, but also with some sweetness. Herbs. Not extremely interesting, but not bad either. But please do not call it a bière de garde.
Ernest (6487) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (BB May/09).
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is clear dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, husks), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), with hints of DMS and honey
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, husky.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Very grainy/husky and a bit vegetal, but otherwise ok (if perhaps boring). Nice head and mouthfeel are its strongest points.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Crystal clear golden, with huge frothy head, thick sticky rings of lacing. Aroma has light coriander up front, faint grass, cereal and pils malt. Cereal, almost pale lager like sweetness, light bready yeast and not much else, cloying. No bitterness whatsoever. Average at best. Fortunately enough, this was a sample bottle from the distributor, passed on to me from local owners, so glad I didn’t waste the 10 spot.