hopdog (9453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!). Best before date of Nov. ’05. Poured a darker mahogany color with a smaller sized tan head. Kinda of a musty and earthy aroma with leather coming out as it wamed up. Tastes of spices, light caramel, and earthy. Light alcohol in the finish.
egajdzis (5481) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 BB 11/05... Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head, that left sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of hay, barnyard, caramel malts, cognac, dust, and light spices. Taste of caramel malt, tart citrus, earthy, with white grapes and light alcohol as well.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 33 cl) Very beautiful amber coloured beer. No real sediment, but tiny bits of floating impurities. Light brown and quite stable head. Very malty with distinct notes of caramel. Sweetness balanced well by the hops. The potent alcohol is well hidden. 021103
DerWeg (1538) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2005 An elegant if hard-tasting dark reddish blonde Biére de Garde. Noticable alcohol in taste and sour corn aroma. Decent, probably exactly what the style is intended to be. Will age a few bottles to see if it gets more interesting.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7083) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This amber ale poured with a nice beige head, eliciting a sour malty aroma. There was something special about the yeast (it seemed as if it were cultured from Chimay yeast) that resulted in a bit of carbonation. The flavor was musty, hoppy and nicely balanced. In my opinion, this is one of the better French ales, especially if one is fond of the "farmhouse" style.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml) - tulip glass. Poured cloudy orange with a big creamy/rocky slightly off-white head, intricate thin lacing left behind. Aroma redolent of sour corn mash, hops, a bit of coriander, alcohol and sweet malt - a little earthy yeastiness in the back. Flat, greasy mouthfeel, tastes of corn starch, white wine, orange peels - some subtle hops and a sour, wheaty note overall. A little flatter than ideal, but well blended and balanced with enough going on to keep me searching for "what’s that taste???!"
harrisoni (14469) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Carrefour, Calais
Won the Medaille d’Or Paris 2004 according to the sticker label on the bottle. Reddish amber colour with a caramel/white head. Lots of malt on the nose and some kind or freshly washed green vegetable? Lots of caramel malt in the flavour and the sweetness is balanced by the relatively astringent hop finish. Excellent balance, will buy again when I go to France next week.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle from peckhams] pours an amber colour with a decent head. the nose is malty with some caramel notes, vanilla and yeast. excellent smooth body with a slightly sweet finish.
Gorbalev (2980) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Smokeless Joe’s. Amber colour, very active, thick white head. Subtle spiciness in aroma, but it didn’t leave an impression. Sharp, carbonated, malt taste with and odd mustiness to it. Tasted slightly strong as well. It seemed a bit odd to me, but became much more drinkable as it warmed. One of those beers that might strike me differently every time I tried it. This time it was just ok.