JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle. Cloudy amber beer, thin white head. Bright oaky aroma, a bit of dill, caramel, toffee. Flavour is quite oaky, chewy sweet malts, toffee, herbal, vineous, with a light tart finish. Didn’t really do it for me with the oak clobbering all of the other subtlety that might have been there.
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is light, containing hints of licorice (anise), caramel and some noble hop spice. A cross between mahogany brown and burnt red, cloudy and mysterious looking with a thin light brown head. Flavors of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla and oak. Finish lasts and lasts, leaving a nice licorice type flavor in the very back of the mouth. Slightly sweet with a medium body and an oily feel. Very good, I loved this one.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 This is a pretty sour Biere de garde. It tastes more like a lambic. Had this at a tasting in Florida 11/29/05 at Redlight, Redlight in Winterpark. Rerated. Spicey and caramel (1/22/06) Funky nose.
Tmoney99 (12054) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a huge creamy light brown head. Good spicy tart fruit aroma. Medium body with a fizzy carbonation. Full light sour fruit flavor with a good solid finish. Another very interesting beer from this brewer.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle. Pours to a thick 3 finger beige head atop a murky and extremely carbonated brownish-amber body. Yes, that carbonation can be seen though the murkiness. The aroma is nice. Sour cherries, straw, spicy white pepper, alfalfa. The flavor is heavily oaked. Earthy tannins and malts. Light cedar-like quality similar to Scaldis Prestige. The palate has a light sourness. Not to the point of being called tart. There is lots of carbonation, but it’s not wounding like Pepsi. Medium bodied with a drying kick on the swallow.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at The Map Room. Poured a dark murky amber with a thin rocky head. Aromas of sour cherries and other light fruits. The taste picks up oak and some slight sourness which I found enjoyable. There is a good amount of alcohol in the finish which is not offensive but seemed a little out of place. Very nice all around.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A large, champagne-like off-white head tops a hazy amber body. The moderately sweet aroma holds notes of yeast, caramel, coconut, flowers, spices, and a wisp of wood. Gentle carbonation and a medium body. The flavor is a nice blending of elements with some sweet and tart mingling together.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good amber- red colour, nice caramel, toffee, and praline characters. Hints of prunes apricots and honeydew round out a nice tart and sour finish. I would like to see more Brett and Lactic sourness.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at the 3rd Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-aged Beers held at Goose Island (Wrigleyville branch), Chicago, IL. Served from brown bottles. Farmhouse amber Biere de Garde aged in French oak. Hazy reddish amber having no discernable head. No discernable carbonation. Pronounced aroma of maple syrup. Medium bodied that starts with slight sweet sharpness and maple syrup flavor, almost like a barley wine ale but a bit drier. Finishes on a dry side with slight bitterness. A very good drinkable beer.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Compliments of Degarth
Got spice, some citrus and caramel aromas from this beer. Murky caramel aroma with good tan head. Head disipated and formed a c over over the body of beer till finish. Flavor had a big spice punch first couple of gulps. After that a relatively smooth mixure of caramel flavor and spiciness. Last gulp found the yeast setiment on bottom of glass and that was alcohol warming touch. Good beer.