IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color, cream head. Earthy aroma with some spice, grass and some lighter fruits. Flavor was sweet and caramely with some funky farmhouse yeast and pear. Medium body, quite nice. Thanks DougShoemaker.
jgb9348 (5565) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange tinted golden coloured body with a white head. Aroma of spices, pepper, skunk, grass and must. Medium-bodied; Nice complex taste-odd tastes like a saison. 'Farmhouse' pretty much defines it all for me. Aftertaste fairly clean compared to the aroma! I had this bottle at the Winter Party at Oakes' place in Toronto, Canada on 05-December-2003. A large amount of thanks go out to DougShoemaker for supplying this #1 ranked beer for the style to the party!
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 Copper hue with a good frothy off-white head and good lace. The aroma hinted of sweaty yeast, grain, floral and grassy hops, apple, pear, white wine, allspice, and dust. The taste started out sweet, earthy, and dusty. The finish explored a fruity, mildly tart, spicy side with a hint of bitterness. This medium to full-bodied brew had a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a very light touch of alcohol.Wonderfully complex, sublime tones. Highly recommended for it’s among the best of the genre.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 750ml bottle
<P> Clear, effervescent reddish-amber with a creamy tan head that starts rich and full, then shrinks to a solid cap with scattered lacing. Intoxicating malty aroma with a good dose of caramel, nuts, flowery hop, spicy and earthy yeast, and some faint fruity esters. The flavor is incredibly rich and well integrated, exploding with a blast of malt complexity. There’s some flowery hops, but they’re there mostly in a supporting role. Lots of smooth caramel and nuts, along with a fair amount of funky farmhouse yeast, adding a slightly spicy edge. Lengthy finish with some bread and hop flavor. The last half of the bottle adds a slight metallic note. Mouthfeel is perfect. Round, full, and creamy, without being anywhere near cloying. Carbonation keeps it lively, but doesn’t intrude. Just…perfect. This must be the most amazing bière de garde in existence...the standard to which I hold all others. Damn…I could drink an ocean of this stuff!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good Biere de Garde. Lots of flavor malty, yeasty, and spicey. Finishes clean, creamy, and smooth.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malt, fruit and bread aromas. Copper, small custard head. Quite a bitter start, very malty. Medium bodied, good mouthfeel. Really fine!
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark honey colored, pours with a frothy head. Yeasty, spicy aroma, maybe of nutmeg and (slight) clove. More sweet than I was expecting. Enjoyable brew.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with an amber body with orange accents topped by a medium thick off white fizzy lasting head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet and decadent with notes of malt, orange peel, flowers and alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with a good bitter balance and notes of orange, licorice, alcohol and hops. The finish is slightly bitter. Medium to full bodied with plenty of tingling from the carbonation and a slight warming sensation.
joet (2520) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of nice scum all over the bottle cap. No cork. This looks almost scary -- lots of rust and gunk all over it. I'm decanting so as not to stir up much yeast and it pours a clean, clear browning copper. Not much yeast in the nose on the first glass -- mostly carmels. Subsequent glasses add more yeast, and I get hints of pear, lemon, creamyness, waxy crayon, pepper, dust. The more yeast the better. Love the spritzy but creamy feel -- much like a good DuPont but more brutal. Not nearly as refined as other BdGs but exciting and curious for it. I love the biere de garde style. Thanks a bunch and big congrats to Hey_Kevin -- I'm having this to salute his new baby. CHEERS!
igneous1 (1530) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a deep golden/orangeish color with a huge frothy head. very lively carbonation. aroma and flavor reminds me of grape with woody and metallic notes. also detected a hint of brown sugar.