badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
wow..what a beer; this brewery gets the job done...oak red app. with medium frothy head...aroma is of sweet cherry, spices, and prune...flavor is sort of oak-aged, with dark fruits, spices, beef jerky, and bourbon...wonderful, wonderful brew!
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, muddy orange-brown body, thick light cream/buff head with nice lacing. Spicy apple cider aroma, tart fruit skins, cola, prune, and plum with sour oak tannins. Instead of apples the body was a bit more cherry-like, a bit tart, and quite spicy, not quite what I expect from a Biere de Garde, but very nice, with hints of cinnamon complementing the fruits and yeast. Tight carbonation, spicy, creamy body. Earthy, spicy finish. There’s a lot going on here, and it’s all good.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big 1 pt bottle. Favorite of the Jolly Pumkin Ales and great all around. Complex yet well balanced. I just can’t place all the different tastes but they wind up to a great beer that hides the 7% alcohol well. I’m excited to buy some more and age it for a while.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Great taste of the Midwest- Pours a hazy brown, small off white head. Aroma of sour apple, oak, and some wine notes. Flavor is very nicely done, smooth with just the right ammount of sour, also wood and vanilla notes.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 Wow this beer has aged into something good. I had it from Schroffly’s and thought it was good, but now it is very good. A reddish orange, moderate white head rims the glass. Bananish aroma with tang. Flavor is the right balance of hop bitterness(coming through as a slight peppery spice) and breadish malt. Finish is moderately dry and oh so slightly bitter.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
beer decants a hazy reddish brown, with a nice short tan head that retains well and leaves ample lace. nose is quite a bit cleaner than I expected - very nice, rich malt notes and some earthy hoppiness, with a hair of underlying tartness. very inviting. flavor is solidly that of a biere de Garde - a solid maltiness up front, with a lightly bitter finish. also some licorish notes in the finish, as well as a slightly tart astringency, which I attribute to the oak. a real solid example of the style, and again, cleaner than I expected.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the 2005 Great Taste of the Midwest: Pours a muddy hazy brown with a thin, wispy off-white head. Very nice Belgian yeasty, bready, earthy and lightly tart aroma. Body starts with nice Belgian malty sweetness, turning more oaky dry and lightly buttery toward the finish. A nicely-balanced and drinkable beer.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very fizzy cloudy brown with an everlasting head. Smells slightly medicinal, with some oak woody aroma. The flavor has a sweet raisin taste with oak wood. There is a slight sour flavor in the back end that makes it refreshing. There is a lot of carbonation but it doesn’t taste too thin.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a could dark orange with a large sustaining head, very rocky. Aromas are loaded with outdoors, woods, leaves, earth, lots of fruit as well, oranges and other citrus. Flavor is lightly sour fruits, quite spicy, sweet caramel.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Woody aroma offers notes of oak, melons, leafiness and occasional but strong whiffs of alcohol. Opaque brown-orange with low off-white head that recedes to thick ring with some sudsy lacing. Fairly bitter, oaky, woody, vanilla sweetness is joined by a tart yeastiness. Medium body with fair carbonation. Sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival 2005.