after4ever (7608) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked and baled. Easily the best boring beer I’ve had in a long time. Best as in most pleasant to drink, anyway, which may have more to do with its being 7.8% and my being wiped from the gym, but, anyway, this beer shows no major flaws. Pours a hazy, burnished-copper medium amber with a sudsy, tightly bubbly platinum blonde that falls quickly to a light ring of foam. Mild, sweet, grassy nose. Light body, fairly crisp, active carb. Not watery but definitely not a big body. Some grassy and floral notes come through on the mid-palate, but, despite having little else to keep them company, they don’t make the beer cloy at all. Mild, fairly neutral finish. This beer’s only problem is that it’s too polite to show any real personality. Probably the greatest 7.8% super-session beer ever, in that regard--you’re not going to get tired of it. You’ll forget you’re drinking it long before that.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Orangey golden, small foamy white head. Very plain, alcoholic aroma, little wheat and spices. Sweet alcoholic, softly malty and spicy flavor. Little wheat. Medium bodied, strong carbonation. Plain and alcoholic, could be better ice cold.
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml can. Canned Biere de Garde... now there’s a good idea. Very pale golden brew with a creamy white head. Aroma is lightly malty with a faint spiciness and some soft woody hops. A fairly assertive earthy/spicy bitterness. As it opens up, there is a also a soft perfumey yeastiness with a touch of mint, honey and light rosemary herbaceous flavour. Nice soft palate, light herbs and spices over a softly fruity yeastiness. This is a pretty nice beer really... sort of a strong Belgian/saison combination. Finishes quite dry.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear gold body with a thin, white head. Round, soft, mouthfeel. Chardonnay-like fruit flavors. Alcoholic finish. Pretty good.
bierkoning (12570) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Blonde. Soft flowery citrus aroma. Sweetish grainy flowery, slightly citric flavor. Medium bodied, slightly alcoholic. Surprisingly tasty beer.
Palidor19 (3165) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yummy, its got some nice rich fruity flavors, good malts, slightly dry and has a nice mouthful.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is yeasty with malt and grassy hops. The appearance is golden with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall this is interesting but maybe it needs more time.
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml corked bottle. Golden-orange color with a thick head. Sweet, creamy taste. Very smooth, exceptionally so. Light meady notes with a light dry, hoppy balance. Very delicate mouthfeel. This is a great Biere de Garde, vastly underrated. Excellent malt character, a perfect example of the style.
hayduke (4947) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The set me back $9.75 at the North Coast Coop in Arcata, CA. Poured a very clear dark gold, with fat white head and great lacing. Nose of caramel malts and ripe fruit. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor tends toward the malts and the finish is slightly sweet. OK once, but too expensive for this quality to drink again.
thornecb (5535) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light amber into a tulip. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface leaving spider lacing. Sweet malt aromas. Crisp and sweet caramel malt upfront. Lasting alcohol finish.