Diogène (1067) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Bottle at Pub Italia, Ottawa. Amber copper with a medium white head that disappear quickly. Aroma is earthy and sweet, candy, roasted malts, herbal and floral. Taste is sweet malt, spices, herbs and dark fruits with a medium body. Good beer overall, but a little too sweet for me.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an amber color with a ton of sedimentation. Aroma was of apples grapes. Beer was nice and tart. Flavor was much the same. Alcohol was not hidden well at all, but beer was pretty good.
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.
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.
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.
PapaSkeetSkeet (997) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark orange-amber, hazy. Tan head 1cm thick, fine, moderate-slow decay. Aroma contains blueberry malted milkshake, hint of chocolate, hazelnut. Light-medium body. Flavor: Touch of nutty toffee candy. Touch of tart pickle. Herbal hops and light chlorine. Light dry breadcrust. Not super sweet. Good, surprising tart flavor not apparent in the aroma.
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.
rajendra82 (972) - 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.