GoufCustom (560) - HONG KONG - MAY 16, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml cork bottle bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Clear amber yellow colour; Three finger head and crumpety white foam which lasts for 2 minutes; Very good sticky lacing and active carbonation; Fragrant and lively aroma of orange, coriander, honey, malt, Belgian yeast, grains and red fruits; Medium sweet taste of ale malt, with honey, orange, light bread, dry biscuit, yeasty, sharp liquorices, shades of brandy, alcohol, rice grains, citrus, and some shade of grass; Medium body, pretty thick and oily palate; Taste profile is strong sweet, bitter and boozy English ale base, with an expressive honey orange taste with lively Belgian yeast. Liquorices and strong, warming alcohol taste dominate with flashes of brandy. Cool! Hoppiness is initially very sharp herbal hops mixed with sweet orange honey taste, than liquorices takes over and bitterness kinda peters out for an empty finish. Slightly dry after taste, very easy and sweet to mouth.
Comments: Looking at the label, I would never believe all these adjuncts could make a decent brew and then some but here it is: excellent frothy body, expressive and lively nose and taste, strong hoppiness and booze to balance out the sweetness, and the Belgian yeast, a surprise I thought only for the Dubbels and Tripels, make a strong statement here as well. A more than decent de Garde, a true keeper for sharing with your friends!
bartlebier (1092) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
75cl bottle from Leclerc Verdun. Grainy FR-Flemish stronge blonde ale with a smooth natural body but a very sharp alcoholic nose and taste that cannot wholly keep up with its exquisite natural peppery hops. Good ingredients, interesting style, sub par execution, a pity - would have fancied this as a set dinner beer given the price and 75cl bottle.
wimpyjoe (2662) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blonde lager with a distinctive north European feel. It’s nose and taste are a mix of sweet floral and soft grain combining for a smooth blonde appeal. Golden in colour with a small white head, its strength isn’t evident in its body. The only downside is some fizzy carbonation in the palate.
neverleaveopen (133) - GERMANY - APR 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear dark golden with a fine head. interesting aroma of sweet malt, some orange and spicy notes. first taste is very sweet. pleasantly bitter finish and slightly strange aftertaste.
Pyrmir (2677) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Golden color with white head. Aroma malty and grainy with orange, belgo yeast, alcoholol. Taste is grainy and malty, fairly sweet with funky finishing notes. Decent BdG
stevoj (1623) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth and rich, dark golden beer with silky head.Aroma is grass, smoke, wood, malt, sourdough...complex. But it gets better...taste is butterscotch, malt, butter, caramel, hay....again, really nice. This is on the "1001 Beers t o Try Before You Die" list....
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Despite the surprisingly low ratings of this beer, I think this is easily one of the best de Gardes I’ve had. This was the first beer I was truly impressed with on my trip into Franche Comte. Bright, hoppy, and remarkably drinkable. Floral aroma with some hay and grass at the end.
DJoer (505) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden colour, flat white head, fruity honey smell, a bit frambose, medium carbonationa medium bitter not a specific taste
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear golden yellow with a very small white head. The nose is straw, corn sugar, light spice like cloves and cardamom. Pastries. The taste is mostly sweet, with a mild tart and a mild bitter. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, the body is light and finish is long. Tastes better than I expected.
Hugi (320) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - MAR 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber coloured, clear with a medium head. Aroma: honey, flowers, a bit hoppy. Taste: a bit malty, honey, medium bitterness. the aftertaste is a bit musty but still pleseant. medium body.