chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I found this one tucked away in a cupdboard. It may be a biere de garde but I had unfortunately gardee'd it for 5 years past the best before date. Nonetheless, it was still quite drinkable. Poured entrirely flat with no head but developed a petillant spritz on the palate. Curious muted apricot colour, no doubt due the length of time in bottle and not entirely clear. Nose was appley/cidery/citric, with slight vinous and malty undertones. Quite clean and sharp on the palate, with some sweetness. The sharpness lingered on the finish long after other flavours had subsided. All in all though, surprisingly pleasant for a beer 5 years out of date. Must get some more and re-rate when fresher. Bottle, December 2003.
RE-RATE: One hour later and nearing the bottom of the 750ml bottle and I have indigestion already. The acidic/cidery character no doubt contributed. Deduct one point.
mark-jan (1) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2004 does not count
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Great beer, strong, bitter lots off hops and a bit sweet. Tanks to John who gave it to me.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pale amber colour with a white head. Malty, light caramel sweet aroma with notes of grain. Light caramel sweet flavor and a watery finish.
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma of lambic & wheat. Malty flavour with citrus & alcohol. Strange beer.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Source: Tasting, Noog II
clear yellow, whispy white head, sweet malt aroma with lots of yeast spicyness, slightly sweet flavor, nice balancing spicyness,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Medium offwhite coarseish head. Golden body. Rubbery mealy aroma. Dry rubbery chalky resiny taste. Kind of flat. Quite boring. (0.33l bottle at RBNAG’07.)
Drink4Satan (666) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 3, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
The pour produces a slightly hazy orange/gold with a creamy white head that leaves great lacing. The nose is grainy, with corn husk, floral hops, honey and not much else. The flavour is equally grainy, with notes of corn, leafy hops, and that characteristic funky vegetal high-fermentation temp flavour. Bier de Garde’s have never been my thing, but this one really turned me off. It just tastes rotten. The palate, despite the flavour, is very nice, as it is creamy, appropriately carbonated and slightly warming in the finish, that ends a little syrupy though.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pale golden colour. A sweet and very yeasty Biere de Garde. Too much yeast and too little fruit for my liking.
Gr0ve (2078) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 16, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Frothy, light amber in color. Quite a lot of carbonation, but nice when poured hard into the glass. The body is smooth, but the aroma and flavour is really boring. The flavour landscape is too monotonous for this to be an interesting beer.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ah, Goudale. The definition of the bad Biere de Garde. This pours a highly carbonated yellow into a giant chemical head. The head settles and you sample the nose and are slightly offended by the salty French "special malts" that catch your nose and you think you are tasting a mixture of salty Nord-Pas de Calais factory fumes, a cow field, and that patiserie next to that Turk restaurant in Maubeuge that nevertheless tempted you with doughy delights each time you passed under its crusty facade. That is to say that this beer isn’t all that bad --like Nord-Pas de Calais is bearable with a cute girl on the coast in July-- but it is still bad. The alcohol is annoyingly prevalent for no apparent reason, as it supplements what is basically all grains and a complete absence of balance in the hops. The defines "super-fermented" malt-liquor that is norther French beer.