mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cL bottle, BBE sometime in 2004, been in beer fridge since around 2005. Initial pour is almost crystal clear, a few floaters are there but no chunks, with a short lived head that fades to a nice ring on the edge of the glass. Aroma is rather sharp with lots of ripe fruit, candied strawberries, a little bit of cherry pie. Flavorwise, this beer is at it’s peak, gone are the green apple flavors and in are the candied apples with just ever so little notes of sherry. I’m about floored, I expected this beer to be an oxidized mess and found just sheer fruity beauty.
kayres (327) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours orange brown and no head on this one, flat. Apple and raisin aroma. Bit of sherry. Sweet winey and applely, medium to light bodied
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Avengedpoet (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from April 07. Pours a deep ruby red/amber with very little head. Aroma is pronounced alcohol, mustiness, and some pilsener hiding in the background. Taste is very straightforward. Tastes like super-old pilsener malt, mustiess, and even some hops in there. Almost tastes like the homebrew Saison I made today smelled. Reminds me a lot of a basement. Very dry on the palate, with a little bit of acidity in the background. No spiciness, hardly any "fresh" character.
corkyrory66 (325) - 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.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark autumnal reddish brown with a small foam pellicle, slight aroma of turpentine underneath a wonderful plummy malt base. Soft and brisk on the palate, with whiskey like notes and a faint eucalyptus thing in the background, followed by just a little bannana. Alcohol warms, graham cracker and cola on the finish. This really is the kind of flavor that I think of when I think of quality biere de garde.
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lot of hops. Very soft in the mouth, but still full bodied
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured medium amber with long-lasting head. Nose was faintly of seafood and strongly of fresh malt. Flavour was somewhat sweet caramel with a warming cognac quality. Mincemeaty fruitiness. Very balanced and the malt had a lovely fresh taste too it. If I didn’t know better I’d say it was brewed just up the road rather than all the way over in France.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The ambers are the best in Nord-Pas de Calais, but this is not the best of them. This one pors a medium bronze-amber with a large, only slightly offwhite head. For a beer that is 8 percent, you’d never believe there was that much alcohol in there --yet the first taste is a bit strong and sticky. The cherry fruitiness of this style is missing in this beer and is replaced by a disconnected yeastiness and a pinch of Belgian malt-salt. That is to say, it never develeps into the beer it should be. At best is it a super-fermented malt-liquor tasting too much like a Belgian blonde.
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown coloured. Sweetish, malty, woody nose and flavour. Full bodied and complex.
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just as nice as the one without pants with a very smokey earthy taste. A long neck of this last christmas almost knocked me out after mum's passion pop. Strangely available in Cordkers up at Newcastle but unsighted in Sydney...