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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Brewed (with help from our great friend Jean of Tired Hands!) on the day of my grandmother’s passing (Norma), this is an inspired Biere de Mars fermented entirely in oak and inoculated with our house spontaneous culture.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (701) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Biere de Norma is my first Biere de Garde and a strange creature in terms of flavor. Norma is redolent of rotting fruit, sour yeast, vinous grape, and tart apple. Its fizzy body and reddish hue will make you think of sparkling wine rather than beer. Taste leaves nothing to question, though. Lots of funk and earthiness here. The oak adds a somewhat musty, bittersweet character to this brew. The sour aroma and funky flavor get some getting used to, but this is a one-of-a-kind brew with class to spare.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (982) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAY 22, 2015
(Thanks, Adam! "AdamJackson") Bottle. A- Sour, tart, funky, citrus, apple. A- Mahogany color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Sour, tart, dark fruits, citrus, funk. P- Medium body, average texture, medium carbonation, sour finish. O- My first Biere de Garde so I really can’t comment on how it compares to the style although seeing the ratings it’s obviously the best. To me this is more of a sour red/brown but who cares, either way it’s a solid beer. Pretty sour but still manageable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MacBoost (1539) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle via trade, pretty sure I won this one because I only sent a BoT for it. Pours a reddish murky Amber with a small off white head. Aromas of plain yogurt, oak, fruit. Taste is heavily lactic, medium tart, not sweet but not dry. Flavors of creamy yogurt, wood, some dark sour fruit, funk. Not puckering, but plenty on the sour side. Not sure it’s a "Biere de garde", more like a sour red/brown. Nonetheless, this is outstanding. Bravo!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoulderbroken (2842) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 18, 2015
Bottle. Great aroma, funky, citrus gooseberry, leather. Taste is lovely too. Fruity, smooth, light funk, little sour, grapes. Mega!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jinroh (802) - ESTONIA - APR 18, 2015
Pours beautiful amber, nice foam. Aroma has loads of barnyard character, nice acidity, apple cider. Taste is also very similar, sour, barnyard, brett. Very nicely done, super enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimE (4154) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 17, 2015
Lovely russet amber color, almost glowing. The head quickly disappointed. Huge oak, Brett, slightly sour nose, horse blanket and wet leather. The mouth is fairly sour with lots of leather, horse blanket. The aftertaste is nice and sour that goes on and on with lots of oak and leather.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1394) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle shared by Brandon! Thank you so much! Pour is cloudy red with a small thin white head. Aroma is stunning - musty with red grape, light funk, Light wood, and Earthy. Flavor is quite salty up front with earthy and mineral notes to follow. Also notes of Wood and earth. Tastes like gose. Aroma is perfect.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (3697) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2015
Amber colored body with a medium sized off-white head and spotty lacing. Assertive oak, earth, lightly sour stone fruits, some vinous notes, some semi-sweet grains. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, muddled finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6384) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 3, 2015
Bottle courtesy of Vinny at Ryan’s. Pours a deep hazy Amber with thin white lacing. Aroma is light wine, sour fruit and oak. Mouthfeel is deep and full with notes of dark fruit, oak, light mineral and malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Abner (196) - Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2015
2013 vintage. Pours a copper color with a modest head. Smells earthy, sour, oak, yeast....wish I could better describe this one. Taste: assertive sourness; oak, sweet malts as well, but the tartness is dominant. Medium bodied, below average carbonation; dry, tart finish.


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