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 (978) - 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.
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."
TheJvd (955) - 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.
DJoer (954) - 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
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a golden amber with the classic Biere de Garde sparse bubbles and nice head. The aroma is mildly perfumed and hop like. The flavor is more malt and hops than I anticipated. The palate is more like a Bock than the style. Overall, this is weird one. I actually like it though.
corkyrory66 (885) - BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2013
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Brassée avec les orges et les houblons les plus … hum, hum …
Couleur roux cuivré caramel.
Clarté nette (pas de refermentation).
Bulles faibles. Mousse beige qui descend très vite.
Odeur caramel, pomme de terre, poivre, sel et bois mouillé.
Volume doux d’une 1ère bouche banale d’ambrée locale.
Arrière-bouche un peu plus étoffée, mais peu.
2ème bouche pas plus relevée, un peu de céréales, un peu d’épices, houblon quasi absent.
3ème bouche très plate, sans distinction. Arrière-bouche avec un goût même un peu
Longueur au nez très plat, sans envergure.
Alcool inutile (8 %, c’est très bien, mais il ne vient rien soutenir …)
Bière très largement surcotée sur ratebeer.... Banalité sans nom.
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - DEC 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Raed 28 12 2008
Bottle green, 750 ml,
Appearance pours caramel nutbrown, dark burned orange, hazy body, honey like hue, there are yeasty fragments floating in the body texture, head is initially medium slowly decreasing to small and than to a minimal froth, rather no lacing, head was foamy and yellowish brown in colour, body looks as medium, there is a very nice natural saturation visible in the body,
Aromat front is caramelly sweet with slightly hidden notes of spices becoming present when the beer gets warmer, nice note of whipped cream, burned sugar and milk chockolate, sweet orange, very juicy and refreshing, but somehow on the other hand spicy, seems light in appearance but has a really, full character in the aroma, very Belgian Ale like aroma, slightly similar to Abbey Beer, very considerable note of leavy spicy and earthy hops spiced up by alcohol, prune, raisin, vanilla, grains, wheat,
Flavour front is quite soft in terms of the body but denotes high hoppyness, spicyness, leaves, herbal notes, rather soft in terms of aftertaste and mild on palate, alcohol is pefectly hidden and slightly warms up the flavour, woody touches, slightly toasted malt, very crispy and clean in flavour, finish duration is short to medium,
Palate body is medium but seems quite light, alcohol is perfectly hidden, texture is wattery, carbonation on palate is quite high but natural, finish feel is kind of dusty, gently alcoholic and generally neutral, what could be a kinf of disadvantage, if not the pleasant spicyness and kind of bitterness at the end
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2007 Poured to a flat reddish-orange with very little head and virutally no lacing or effervescence. Appearance was more of a cherry-apple cider than a beer, and the aroma was a pleasant mix of spices and fruit (mostly apples and grapes).
This beer was interesting in that the mouthfeel, flavor and finish were all what I would imagine the result to be if you mixed a Lambic and a Flemish Sour together. At various sips and times, I detected fruity, sweet, sour, spicy and a hint of the 8% alcohol. Different, but not bad at all.