Ernesto987 (3256) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the HF saison fest, as simple and rustic as it comes, malty and rich, very traditional
douglas88 (5480) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. An interesting nose of caramel and oxidation, fruit. The flavor is very nice: rich sweet notes, mellow slight sour oxidation, bready, berries, some light citrus. Very drinkable and good.
MikeJslc (671) - USA - JUN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-copper, hazy, off-white head. Aroma: lots of over-ripe fruit, doughy bread, berries. Flavor of grainy and toasty malt, some toffee, an oxidized, leathery note, fruity notes of peaches and pears, an earthy and musty note, low bitterness, malty balance.
ReggieDunlap (2898) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poura a clear bright amber with a thin off white head...light sediment. aroma has some cereal and mild honey. flavor follows suit and steps up the honey...touch of earthy dry leaves. mouthfeel is mediuma nd silky with a dry leaves/honey/grain finish. tasty.
Pyrmir (2698) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, rated from backlog. Clear dark brown with white head. Aroma with malts, yeast and some fruit or berries. Flavor with malts, hops some fruit notes, bitter finish.
czar (3683) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours clear light brown-reddish topped by a light beige head, some retention and lacing. caramel and herbs, light skunky and barn notes, fruity and spicy malts, earthy and spicy hops, some dirt. average carbonation, light body - very smooth and nice mouthfeel, dry herbal-grassy-earthy finish - very good balance too! but not very complex - plain rustic, linear yeast. did not particularly enjoyed that one - did actually DP it.
this bottled brew would probably develop more skunkiness when cellared in its green bottle - which is not consistent with a bière de garde..
mathieuc (930) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by czar, thanks! Pours a reddish brown with a nice whit head that leaves heavy lacing. Aroma is a bit skunky with a bit of malt sweetness. Taste is more of the same: malty with old hops showing through. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth. Enjoyable for sure, this is a style I need to drink more of!
tom10101 (2101) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by czar, thanks! Clear amber with a medium diminishing off-white head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel, light fruity notes and light skunky presence. Taste is moderately sweet with fruity notes, nuts and malt. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Not very complex, but really well-balanced.
Erasmus_ro (1147) - Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle 6,5% ABV, 25/05/13. Pours auburn with a medium-sized, beige head. Aroma is... underwhelming: Caramel and yeast. Not much else. Unfortunately the flavor follows the aroma. Not much there either. Caramel, dried fruit, some herbalness, light touch of yeast. Meh. The palate is a bit too light as well, not much carbonation.
superspak (2127) - Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Seriously massive never ending gusher here upon opening. Pours extremely cloudy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off-white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, pear, apple, grape, honey, floral, herbal, clove, pepper, bread, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt with fruity/spicy ester notes. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, grape, honey, bread, floral, herbal, clove, pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, honey, bread, floral, herbal, clove, pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy ester flavors with moderate hop earthiness; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Biere de Garde style! All around great balance and complexity of malt with fruity/spicy esters and hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.