BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Bottled Sample @ sick_boy282’s Post-Real Ale Fest Mini Tasting
Dark auburn color with creamy tan head and no lacing. Light dark roast, some cherry and nice Belgian notes in the nose. The flavor is fairly high in acidity but has enough body to back it up if you know what I mean. Decent biere de garde with some strong hop and roast characteristics of an American Micro. Unique but good. Thanks Alex!<P>ReRate @ Oakes’ ’05 Xmas Party: A zesty Belgian inspired amber with a spicy, snappy finish and hoppy floral nose. Light smoked salmon and oaky notes.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful bottle and lovely art. Pours as a semi-translucent rusty brown with the tiniest bubbles around the edges and a larger concentration in the center for the head. Aroma is caramel, graham cracker pie crust, pepper, cloves, papaya, apricots and canned green beans. Some small wafts of brown sugar and ginger. First sips yield an abundance of original flavor. Oak smoothness prevails, melding with golden raisins, dried orange figs and mild cackled pepper. Palate cleansing, adding a new dimension of dactylic sensory remembrance. Tossing, tingly, gently slipping malts dance with a moderately accentuated hop profile. Finish is oaken, caramel and a brisk hint of single malt scotch.
You can figuratively taste the level skillful attention that was paid to this one individual bottle. Granted, it’s only 750 ml., but this beer’s level of sophistication is fathomless.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 750 mL: Tranparent nruby.amber, lots of fizzle, slowly diminishing tan head. Aroma is of raisens/prunes/bananas, toffee, as you can see this is a very sweet smelling beer. Flavor repeats this sweetness, only its more of a syrupy sweetness (kind of a turn off), with a mixed alcohol/hop bite, finishes short and dry.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Pours a deep red amber hue with a light white head with decent lacing. Aromas of cheese, caramel, champagne. Flavors of mil, malt , nuts, a light roastiness with a light, hidden fruitiness. Pretty bad overall.
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another subtle winner from JP. Poured a dark amber color with an aroma of peaches witha hint of cinnamon. The taste had burnt bread crust. There were also cherries and spicy cinnamon. I like the Oro more than this one.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bready yeast, light banana, orange, lemon, and some weird carmel notes. some woody grittiness to this one.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can’t thank BierBauch enough for this one. Biere de Garde’s are becoming my second favourite style. Aroma is of light honey, pasta, light fruity plum and banana. Beer comes off as a hearty brown with a tint of orange. Flavor comes off with a busy first impression. It left me with a sweat mouthfeel, but came in yeasty and earthy, more of what to expect for the style. The more I drink it, and it warms up, I get chocolate and caramel out of this, more earthy tones come out, but still in a sweet delicate way. If only my women were like that.
Pailhead (6322) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 Bottle: Aroma of wood, cherry, dark fruits, and raisin. Pours a very dark reddish-orange with no transparency. Small off-white head. This one is loaded with a woody flavor. More so than any of the other JP beers. As it warms and you adapt to the strong woodiness, other flavors start to sneak thru. Cherry and yeasty finish blends together well with the woodiness. A nice beer, but maybe a little too over the top on the barrel aging to make this great. 7-4-8-3-15
Bottle (Blend #7, 2007) : Recently mentioned that I needed to re-rate this so here goes. Mild aroma of sour cherries, lighter caramel and raisin, along with some faint woodiness. The woodiness is much more mild than my rating from ’05. As it warms and breathes, I get a touch of alcohol in the aroma.It pours a hazy reddish-orange with a moderate off-white head that fades to a film within a minute or so. The flavor starts with sour cherries with some faint caramel and fruitiness in the background. The finish turns to more of a sweet cherry mixed with light sour apple and light woodiness. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. The first couple of batches were overly woody to me, but the recent batches I’ve had are right along the lines of this one...and much better in my opinion. My actual rating is based on this blend.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours with a deep red-brown body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with a flowery note. Not all that great. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours transparent amber with with fluffy off white head. Nose is light and sweet; caramel and toffee light brandy hints. taste is plums, bananas, caramel, slight alcohol. Good complexity.