Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really liked this beer. it’s head is very creamy but not so much that it deadens the aroma. It’s bright and a little sweet. If you like a heavily herbed nose or a traditional American hop this might not be the beer for you. The heavy banana on the nose and the caramel flavor makes it almost a dessert beer, but I wouldn’t go that far. If it were a little higher in alcohol it might have enough contrast. That said, I’m drinking it with strawberries and it’s quite complimentary (not in the glass). I think it plays well with lower acid fruit but might be too similar to cooked sugars, chocolates or caramel to be complimentary. A nutty cheese might also do the trick. I’ll also say that my bottle is about a year past the sell by date but I doubt it’s anywhere near the drink by date. Seems like some age might be helpful.
Geiserich (3064) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JAN 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Amber/brown color. Sweetish aroma,caramel, honey, bread. Flavor is malty, sweet, candies, caramel, bread, paper.
DJoer (495) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
White mokka medium head, amber chestnut colour, sweet caramel some fruity, somevstrawberry hints, medium carbonation and bitter some liquorise/caramel taste
hohops (76) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber, almost brown colour, with a fluffy head. A rich aroma of spice, dark fruit, coffee. Satisfying taste, lots of malts with a bit of bitterness, but nicely balanced. Pretty good overall.
rosenbergh (5935) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. BB 26/12/14. From saveur-biere.com.
My advent calender door number 15 gave me this one.
It’s dark mahogany coloured with a big light tan head.
Sweet dark fruits, spices and dry maltiness. Very nice.
The flavour is also quite yummy with dark fruits, some sweetness, spices, dry woody malt and mild alcohol.
rok1024 (841) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber brownish appearance with medium head. Malty with some scents of roast and coffee, sweet and slightly bitter, alcohol isn’t too noticeable, slightly odd aftertaste though. Good Biere de Garde style.
Nisse666 (3666) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Saveure Biere cons 2013-09-28 Göteborg
AR: rich spicey, meat stock,
AP: amber, fizzy wee bubbly deminishing beige head
F: fizzy, caramel, a bit hollow earthy feeling, almonds,
GRM (2790) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown bottle, 330 ml, best before January 2012, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on September 5 2013; eye: brunt caramel, hazy, nice effervescence, tiny sheet of beige head that turns into a tiny ring, no lacing; nose: burnt caramel, malt, light alcohol, plum, spices; mouth: burnt caramel, malt, alcohol, alcohol warmth, plum, spices, malty finale with presence of alcohol, average carbonation, mildly sweet, a bit thin; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, 330 ml, 8 %, meilleure avant janvier 2012, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 5 septembre 2013; œil : caramel brûlé, trouble, bonne effervescence, petite couverture de mousse beige qui se transforme en un petit anneau, pas de dentelle; nez : caramel brûlé, malt, léger alcool, prune, épices; bouche : caramel brûlé, malt, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, prune, épices, finale maltée avec présence d’alcool, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, un peu mince; en résumé : correct
Erasmus_ro (1132) - Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle. Pours a dark coppery brown with a medium, beige head. Aroma is earthy and malty. A lot of breadiness, a dab of dark fruits, prunes and plums. Somewhat herbal. Taste is semisweet, earthy with a lot of dark malts and breadiness. Dark bread and dark fruits. Prune, apple on the finish. Nettles and black currant on the aftertaste. Spiciness. Soft, smooth and medium. Not much in the way of carbonation. Could be a bit fuller. Finally a French Bière de Garde that has a good character of its own.
wekker84 (1400) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle a amber colored beer with a white head aroma malts caramel fruits spicy and some hops flavor malts spicy fruits some caramel and some hops
SperkeleForce (386) - FINLAND - JUL 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle 75 CL. Amber color with small foamy head. Notes f nuts, sweet and bready malts, some syrup.