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.
Alengrin (1296) - BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classic bière de garde from Valenciennes, with pale beige, mousse-like, perfectly regular, sticky head and deep, warm amber colour with pinkish hue, lively sparkling with tiny yeast particles floating everywhere. Aroma of walnuts, caramel, apple peel, nutmeg, earth, dried leaves, aniseed, cherry liqueur, sherry. Sweet fruity taste, hint of apple cider, strong carbonation, rounded and smooth mouthfeel, caramelly and nutty malts, spicy yeast, leafy and earthy hop bitterishness in the end where some of the initial sweetness also remains, some warming alcohol too. Excellent example of its style and one of the best French beers I’ve had so far.
VDuquerroux (268) - Airvault, FRANCE - AUG 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A clear dark brown beer with a big white head. Medium retention. Caramel aroma, licorice, herbs. Light bitter, medium sugary sweet. Body with some padding, medium texture and carbonation, sweet finish with a warming background. Overall, a delicious beer, nice aroma (licorice).
Maxbier (213) - Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby copper color with small off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, dark berries, booze, and a hint of hay. Malty flavor, hint of funk, fermented fruits, yeasty spicyness. Slightly bitter lingering finish.
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely brown amber well hoppy Frenchman. Probably best French beer tasted:-)
JulienHuxley (3019) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from ABC beers, BB 03 2015. Hazy copper pour, with floaties and thin rapidly receding head. Aroma is grainy, metallic, strong vegetal notes, oxidized to hell - cardboard and dusty aromas. Taste is sweet, cardboardy, sherry like. Is this still a year before it’s BB date for real? Gross.
Borup (5815) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl. bottle. Clear orange colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, spice, bread, fruit and caramel.
budedou (384) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - JUN 26, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber body, white head. Aroma of caramel and some molasses. Some unpleasant floury feeling. Alcohol is veery present. Overall might be nice beer, but I just dislike the strong amber ones.
fhoublon (316) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bouteille de 750 ml (7.5% ABV) achetée dans une SAQ. Dégustée le 29 janvier 1996. Bière ambrée assez claire malgré la levure. Col mince assez persistant. Assez effervescente, bulles fines à moyennes. Odeur de levure et d’herbe. Alcool ne ressort pas trop. Goût désagréable d’herbe chauffée. Arrière-goût présent et reste en bouche. Aurait peut-être due être "gardée" plus longtemps.
crlnts (280) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very small white head. Clean amber. Smells of umami, soy sauce. Wood, rhum, sausage. Autolysed.
BarnabeJones65 (1) - Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This french biere de garde is quite spectacular. I enjoyed a bottle that had been aged for 2 years and it was quite a treat. A light yellow hue, it gave off a strong, sweet malt base that refreshed my palate more than any other biere de garde I have had before. A spectacular treat for the hot summer to come!