rederic (2790) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle, dark amber color, with a frothy white-beige head, sweet grainy, toasted, caramel, biscuity malt, bran muffin, faint fruitcake nose, with some light toffee, bread crust accents, and with some dried raisin, date, notes and with a faint caramelized french toast aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice toasty, caramel, biscuity, bready malt, toffee, bran muffin character, with some toffeeish, faint soft multigrains cookie, bread crust, caramel granola bar flavours, with some dried fruity raisiny, figgy, date undertones, and a soft molasses, brown sugar cookie note, leading towards a sweet grainy maltiness, fruity, toffeeish, caramel finish.
Boutip (4281) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy brown color ale with a large frothy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bready yeast with fruity ester is quite nice. Taste is also dominated by a huge semidry caramel malt base with nice yeast ester of fresh bread and light fruit. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good bottle conditioning with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Much better then expected and a nice example of how good the French bière de garde can be.
probstblueribbon (2614) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle from Bieropholie, served cold in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear(?) deep copper with a mice orange-tan head.
Aroma: Fairly fruity, some nice brown sugar and caramel, fairly austere cold, as it warms, there are some esters, a touch of spiciness, some berries, never really opens up fully...
Palate: Medium body, sparse effervescence.
Flav.: Rich malts, rum, spiciness, a bit fruity, a bit of green hops, minerals, a bit of alcohol, not a tremendous complexity; dry with a touch of bitterness and a kinda peppery malt finish.
I expected a bit more depth.
Bragesnak (5027) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Voldby, DK.
Amber with white head. Aroma of malt with notes of barnyard. Flavor with some caramel and esters
KnutAlbert (5544) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Hall’s Beerr Tavern, Paris.
Gentle carboanation in a hazy amber beer. Very fruity, plums, peqaches, sour cherries. Feel srelated to an Altbier. Well balanced, quite complex. A little hint of barnyard, a small edge of vinegar.
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malt . Some sweet fruity notes. Reddish brown color with nice thick head. Nice, almost nutty malt flavor. There are hints of "funk" that compliment the malt flavor but are not overpowering. Some spicy almost peppery notes as well. Pleasant aftertaste of sweet malt. No hints of the 8% alcohol in the aroma, flavor, or aftertaste. Nice enjoyable beer that is very drinkable.
KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle at Le Sous-Bock. Shared with Sakiko. Medium brown, a bit cloudy, fine, medium head. Chocolate, nutty aroma, with caramel and dried fruit, like prunes. Rich, sweet, amber malt, caramel, chocolate, plums and raisins. A dubbel, basically. Alcohol not very noticeable. High carbonation. Earthy, slightly funky feel to balance, with a touch of salty minerals. Not at all disappointing.
drjay44 (2333) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a thin short lived, off white head, over a clear, copper (SRM 15) body....nose is musty dried fruit with cherry, plum tones....taste is heavy sweet malts with brown sugar, toffee/caramel, plum, raisin, finishing with a musty/damp cellar dry bitterness.....mouth feel is slightly sticky and medium, carbonation adds a lifting spritz. This meets the style almost perfectly with the heavy malt dominance in both aroma and flavor. Additionally, it has the musty characteristics that seem to be particular to this type. BJCP 6/3/12/4/7
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark amber color with lighter red hues when held to a light source and a thin foamy yellowish head that quickly fades leaving no lacing.
Very subtle light fruit aroma with hints of earthy hops, spice and faint hops. Very bland and uninteresting.
Fuller bodied with much more of a malt presence than expected. Slightly spicy with citrus and dark fruits. Medium carbonation which helps the mouthfeel. Alcohol not well masked. Average at best.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber with heavy sweet notes of malt. The first palate shows the heavy sweet malt but then is disipates to a nice spice driven finish.