ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker copper color with very active carbonation. Light tan head. Spicy, yeast aroma with some caramel and toast notes. Sweet and malty with a bubblegum flavor. More toast, some astringency, and a bit of fruit, apples or grapes mostly. Dry finish.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Cork pops with a fierce burst of CO2, but no gushing here. Pours a murky copper (maybe I didn’t decant well enough) with a healthy foam cap. Lots of earthy esthers rise from the glass - most notably canned peaches and cherries. This almost reminds me of the good old fruit cocktail in a can - the one where you only get like two cherries in the entire thing amongst lots of syrup covered pears, peaches and grapes. A healthy dose of musty malt lies beneath. The mustiness carries through to the body - which is medium body and had velvety carbonation. This style is new for me and the ’cellared’ notes are hard to take in. I like them, they are just new to me. Alongside the fungi covered malts are more tart fruity esthers that helps really balance this out. Interesting stuff indeed.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber body with rising carbonation, medium off-white head, sweet, malty, spicy and vinous nose. Rather vinous flavor with substantial peach fruity sweetness and spicy finish. Nicely balanced. Extra point for being from France, a country with conscience.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
appearance is mostly unclouded ruby, quite striking. head reduces to and remains a film quickly. aroma is lightly crunchy toffee brittle. mouthfeel is totally unexpected, very soft and pillowy. more caramel in taste along with nutty notes not unlike a dopplebock.
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light amber-brown with a moderate head with poor retention. Amazingly spicy aroma - very much like a Belgian strong. Full-bodied carmelized malt flavour, notes of alcohol. Warm finish, creamy with decent carb. This was surprising, and much better than any other French beer I’ve tasted.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as much nuttiness and maltiness as I would have liked. However, there are distinct wood and honey notes mixed in with a gentle hint of white wine. The yeast was a little too much in eveidence and interfered slightly with the malt accents. Still, decent.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this beer. It is decisively sour, with a kriek-like quality I found very endearing. While I would not call this a sessionable beer, I would highly recommend it.
It poured a hazy amber with 5mm of head. It exhibited a cherry fruity-sourness in its bouquet. It didn’t have a dry-sourness (like a Berliner Weisse would), rather it had this sweet-sour dichotomy going on that certain fruits provide that makes you pucker. Tart would be the best word I suppose. Not very drinkable/sessionable, but I still enjoyed it.
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."
rajendra82 (960) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The packaging consisted of a green 750 ml bottle, with a champagne style cork, and a wire cage. When the cork was pulled, a satisfying pop revealed that the yeast had been nicely active in the bottle. Poured into a 16 oz wine goblet, the body was clear amber red with moderate carbonation, and could be easily mistaken for a wine. The aroma was also somewhat wine like, with notes of cherry and oak and very little if any hops. The taste was smooth and refreshing. The body was very dry and woody with an astringent tartness, but almost no sourness. Fruits like cherries, red grapes, and pears were also abundant. Floral hops showed up in the middle of the peppery finish. Mouthfeel was surprisingly full. This Bière de Garde tasted much maltier than my previous experiences with beers from the related style Saison, and exhibited fewer funky flavors. Overall this was quite an enjoyable beer, which will most definitely turn me into trying more of its brethren.
TheJvd (923) - NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ WWT II. Pours hazy amber with a medium white head. Aroma has some caramel malts, metal and oxidation. Taste is quite sweet with malts, a bit of metal and oxidation.