leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish-brown color with a large ivory head that slowly settles. Perfumy nose of malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, and alcohol. Medium bodied with a gentle smoothness. Strong presence of alcohol in the flavor with notes of caramel, toffee, and some fruit. Get the alcohol flavor in check and this one might be a classic.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml - Aroma is sweet and funky with carmel malt, bourbon, and pepper. Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissapating head and no lacing. Flavor is intense with bourbon followed by some carmel and a touch of black cherry. Palate is clean. Warming is an understatement.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet malty aroma. Notes of caramel. Reddish brown in color. Fluffy head that settles down quickly. A lot of spice. You can tell right away that this would age well. You get a lot of flavors that don’t come on until the distant aftertaste. Pepper, red peppers, spice, tobacco, ripe fruits and the oft mentioned caramel. This beer sits with you and gives the throat a workout. Very interesting beer.
re-rate 5 minutes later:
Just got done rating this and duhhhh bourbon really comes out as this warms. Don’t know hwo i missed that.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy red brown, large rocky off white head. Caramel, currants, and musty yeast ester flavors. Mustiness dominates the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, but full bodied.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky red color with a light tan head. Nice lacing. Malty and yeasty aromas with a real carmely thing going on. Raisiny flavors with some carmel and funky yeasty notes. I would have called this Oerbier in a blind tasting. Didn’t really do it for me.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy brick red with a large off white head of small bubbles that stays. Aroma is of barnyard, mild cider, and mild caramel, some chalkiness and some funky creamy cheese. Flavor is of creamy light caramel, raisins, pear, slight dough, alcohol, some spice. Full in flavor but not overly sweet like many Biere De Gardes. Medium to full body. Very creamy palate. Complex, full but very drinkable, and cream whats not to like. One of the best biere de Gardes I have had to date.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber-brown w/ noticeable sediment. Rocky, light brown foam. Sweet aroma of caramel, butterscotch, toffee & cookie dough w/ mild vinous character & barnyard-y funkiness. Oily, medium feel. Flavour is very sweet w/ light acidity & moderately bitter. Finish is warm & peppery.
Papsoe (25084) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle 75 cl) Reddish brown - almost Kriek colour. Hazy with a nice, creamy, off-white head. Incredibly lovely and very delicate nose - aromas of coconut! Delicious, lightly vinous and dry with a touch of acid. Good full body and very, very delicate. Jolly Pumpkin uses open fermentation which might explain the acidity, and they let their beer age on oak which explains the obvious notes of Bourbon and/or Rioje red wine. Yummy indeed. But a "Bière de Garde"?? Not really, this is far better. 240705
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy orange brown, thin off white head. aroma of booze, toffee, earth , red liquorice and mixed fruit. flavours of burnt sugar, mild chocolate, jelly candies, spice. smooth mouthfeel. caramel and boozy finish. nice.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong aroma. Very pleasant. Almost like sherry. Totally cool label with a pirate cat! Powerful flavor, warming effect. I wouldn’t mind drinking this in front of a fire place in winter time.