Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
As I was drinking this and reading the reviews, I realized that madslangtved's description summed up exactly what I was thinking. So I will take the liberty of using his review: "Not very good. I can't decide what this beer tastes like. It is very confusing. Not very well-balanced."
motelpogo (7050) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
i hosted a bit of a beer tasting for my mum and her friends and they seemed to like this the best. it was use by 2002 which i guess is why it was slightly more subdued and less spicy than i expected. rich ruby colour. a full over-ripe apple sweetness smooths into some marzipan and then dries out with some stale tea - certainly the cellaring did it some good
notalush (5000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium amber in color, with medium white lacing - musty, damp, cellared aroma, with touches of yeast and mild sweetness - medium bodied, with flavors of honey and fruits such as strawberries and cherries - dry sherry-like character - finish is a little thin, but has a decent maltiness to it - a highly under-rated biere de garde, and not a bad price, either.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good copper/amber with a clean white head. The nose is subtle with a hint of smoke that is supported by the taste of this and some dry honey notes. Dry finish in the hop as well but there is a sherry like flavour similar to Jenlain to round it out. Similarly pleasing as well.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small white head. Copper-red body. Fruit, sweet (caramelised sugar?, honey), smooth. Nice.
mindtheft (28) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer smells and tastes too much like a cooler for my liking. The head is remarkable, the appearance is nice, however the alcohol presence is too strong. Does not even taste like beer.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well, you help me decide how old this is - the "best before" label has three years printed on it; 95, 96, and 97! Could it be over 8 years old? No indication on the cork, which was difficult to remove and escaped with nearly no sound. In the nose it does indeed resemble other de Gardes I've had; far-off fruitiness mixed with a slightly sour hay, grape skin and white wininess. This would be good, but more along the 3 Monts line than the La Baviasienne. Too bad it's gone this far south.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Not very good. I can't decide what this beer tastes like. It is very confusing. Not very well-balanced.
fiulijn (15350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2003
1.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber color. Almost stinks. Some malt taste. Worse than La Choulette Blonde.
jonas (5847) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong honey aroma
dark amber, low creamy head.
Woody and sweet honeyish tastenotes.
medium bodied but with a heavy attitude.
Sugary sweet, almost vineous aftertaste.
Seems to be a bit out off balance to me.