Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just as nice as the one without pants with a very smokey earthy taste. A long neck of this last christmas almost knocked me out after mum's passion pop. Strangely available in Cordkers up at Newcastle but unsighted in Sydney...
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted like it was aged in a oak cask. It was so good. Deep orange in color. Sweet fruity aroma. Malty. It tasted like champagne or wine. The alcohol was subtle, not noticeable. Really good.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one impressive brew. Deep yellow to orange color with a lasting white head. A sweet, mellow, fruity aroma, with a well blended alcohol undertone. Malty brew that has (oak?) woody undertones blended with a malty, fruity palate. The alcohol, though not hidden, was blended perfectly with the flavor profile to give the beer a wine-like impression. These guys are now 2 for 2 in my book as far as good beer goes.
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 (7705) - 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 (5707) - 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 (1380) - 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.