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RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A sustaining beer that is brewed to comfort in the gusty ides of March and welcome in a wealth of warmer weather.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Bottle. Darker than expected. A little watered down. Less flavor than expected, especially given the darker color.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2007
750ml, 07 vintage. pours a glowing dark orange with off white head. nose is pretty funky with hint of citrus in the background. flavor seems rather bland and one dimensional. a hint of orange and some hay, sorta harsh charred wood too. mouthfeel is watery. aftertaste is harsh and unpleasant. by far my least favorite JP beer. still after all my complaining, i drank the whole 750ml, and it was tasty, i just have high expectations for his beloved brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Bottle: Color is amber brown with a light head. Some malt and tart aroma. Flavor is at first malty and then a moderate sourness with pretty strong woody oak spice that gives it a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Bottle shared by joebrew, pours a hazy coppery golden brew with a light tan head. Aroma is tart fruit, melon, and grassy hops. The flavor is lightly carbonated, some fruitiness with tastes of caramel and toffee. Finish is spicey with some nutmeg and yeast. Nice fruity aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 Bottle. Pours amber with orange highlights. Great nose: joebrew’s comment on "starburst like sweetness" is right on. Spicy, rich dry and complex on the palate. Slightly fruity with a wonderful spicy dryness. Finishes quite dry. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4865) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Just a little sour. Very much in the biere de garde style with a yeast common to these beers. Spicy, herbal character. Some fruit and lots of yeast. It doesn’t do anything to blow me away but it very solid.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Thanks to joebrew for sharing. Plenty of head on this gold colored pour. This bottle didn’t exploded like the last JP we opened, which was a pleasant surprise. Excellent spicy nose with some nutmeg, cinnamon, and something I don’t recognize. Ripe fruit taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Medium brown with a small white head. Great sour nose with a starburst like sweetness. Great spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, on the mid-palate with a great ripe fruit edge to it. There is a spice I can’t decipher, but it is great nonetheless. Killer dry finish with a good lingering effect. Great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Shared bottle at Uber. Hazy amber with big head. Mild sweetness. Actually, pretty mild everything. Light yeast and musty flavor....a good drinker, but not very overwhelming. A little bit of sour fruit. Not what I expected.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Pours a deep, cloudy amber with a thick, flat, light tan head. The aroma is sweet with melon, tart fruit, bubble gum, and grass. The flavor starts sweet and malty with some fruit. The middle of the tongue detects a slight amount of acid and some funk (brett?) along with other malt flavors like caramel and toffee. The finish picks up very complex flavors: hints of vanilla, lots of fruit (melon, banana), more grassy brettonamyces funk, and hints of acid that is very mild at first but leaves an after-taste like balsamic vinegar around the teeth and edges of the tongue. The finish is somewhat dry with a fruity malt flavor that intensifies into the after-taste. There are also hints of sherry in the finish and after-taste. The mouthfeel is quite nice - light with a very lively carbonation, but also creamy and not biting. Overall, not much like a typical Bičre de Garde - it would be more appropriately labeled an Oud Bruin.


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