ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving date: 2009-02-26. Served in snifter. 330 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (best before 2010-01-28).
Pours a clear golden copper with a 2 cm off-white head that settles rather quickly and leaves some lacings.
A rather sweet smell with plenty of malts and fruits of the forest. Notes of bubblegum. Some mint and earthy aromas as well.
The taste has a prominent and rather sweet malt character - a bit caramel-like. Gentle citric notes. Earthy notes, grass and general floral hop flavors. Faint yeast in the background. The alcohol is noticeable and gets more prominent towards the end. The finish has a light bitterness to it, is slightly dry, has a restrained hop character, is slightly metallic and contains a rather big amount of warming alcohol.
The mouthfeel is fuller than I had expected, but is still in the medium range. Small lively bubbles, yet it’s still quite smooth actually.
This is a good beer, and it drinks easily. Still, it’s not great, and it’s certainly not very interesting. It lacks complex and all in all it’s different flavors are too restrained. I was expecting more from it. However, this was my first bière de garde, so I don’t have many reference points to compare it with. But I was expecting something in the line of a Belgian saison, and even though I can detect some small similarities, this is far from a saison. It’s too clean, too restrained and anonymous. Again, not a bad beer, but I’ll probably forget about it in a while.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
330 ml bottle. Not too shaby, but nothing special here. A little malty and al little watered down.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Huge foamy monster head atop a clean filtered amber brew. Great inviting aroma. Fresh grassy with a hint of alspice. Good body, sweet at first taste but subtle spice and warmth.
janubio (467) - SPAIN - APR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle. Amber colour with a persistent head, lace and ring all over. Smell of honey, chocolate, caramel, ripened fruits and brandy. Medium to full body, it pass through your tongue very easily, but leaving an alcohol feeling. Taste is alcoholic, honeoy, fruits, caramel, flowers and some chocolate.
PeatyPete (462) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden yellow beer with a quickly vanishing head. Aroma of sweet fruit. Taste is sweet, full and round. In the aftertaste some wood.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours cloudy yellow with a white head. Flavor and aroma was Frosted Flakes with some corn syrup and quite sweet. Pass.
Hugi (437) - Waldkirch, 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.
Maarten1993 (436) - - DEC 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank with Lennart 16-12-2013. Golden yellow color with medium carbonation. Nice soft taste, though also a bit metally. Not very special.
satanda (434) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Na prvni napiti dobre, ale bohuzel ma trochu pachut. Na francouzke pivo ale ok. Lahvac u joja
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Golden straw colour. Thin aroma and taste. Seemed like a gueuze-funky lager or thin ale.. This is my first biere de garde and I really hope this style will pick up from here because this was not really too interesting.