ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2003 or 2004 bottle. Good hearty, if somewhat muted, golden color, with some light orangeish/amber tones. Big puffy white head, sediment and light haze. Aroma of light DMS, almonds, butter, vanilla, alcohol, strong pils-like malt. Flavor is strangely sweet, but then turns almost sharp or bittersweet. What the hell causes this vanilla extract-like flavor?? Whatever it is, it seems to go hand in hand with a harsh alcohol flavor, that is sharp and very disruptive. On the positive side, the body is good and chewy, with pils malt, warm honey flavors and a strong, herbs and nuts yeast. Some light citrus tones come out on the finish and as it warms and breathes, some of the sharp alcohol leaves, but it still is there lurking. Either this beer has some serious alcohol issues and a vast overabundance of residual sugar, or it is just EXTREMELY young (hot as they say now. . .). I’ll give it some benefit of the doubt, but I’m not wholly convinced.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear and golden, like apple juice. Light fizzy head. A little skunked and possesing a bitter cardboard flavor. Slightly sweet with a light caramel character, otherwise just a light, country ale. Yeast is a bit cloying. Overall, interesting but too many adjunct flavors to be deamed fine. Tastes of floride or heavily treated city water.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle corked and caged dated best before 9/2/05. Large fizzy white head with good lacing, carbonated, hazy, and a yellow hue. Aroma was malty, sweet and spicy as was the flavor. Smooth palate.
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. green champagne style bottle.
Corked and caged. Freshness date on bottom of front label is of Dec 2005. Number on cork is 59111. Poured out a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a minimal white head. It slowly slid back to a yeasty island floating on top of the beer. Aromas are of fresh cut hay, sweet yeasty bread, slight toffee and caramels, and an esoteric sweet, fruity smell. Tastes are of sweet caramels and toffees, along with a fruity taste akin to papaya or the like. Medium mouthfeel, rich and smooth. No so highly carbonated as to make your tongue dance with excitement, but it has a decent level of carbonation all the same.
Alcohol aftertaste to it, but the hops (if any) are hardly discernable. Finishes rather sweet, but not cloying at all. A decent French ale by any standard.
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Biere de Garde and Various Oddments tasting, #2, with MartinT, Rastacouere and tiggmtl. 750 ml bottle. Medium-to-light hazy golden, little head. Honeyish, slightly apple-tinted nose, lightly yeasty and herbal. Luscious, fairly thick palate, moderately sweet...acidity present but not obtrusive. Too bad the flavor isn’t comparable to the mouthfeel, else this would be top-notch.
tiggmtl (4547) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mealy, sweet marzipan aroma. Clear copper coloured with white head that recedes to cover. Simple and malty flavour - rather straight-forward and somewhat boozy. Soft smooth mouthfeel with gently fizzy carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dusty cereal and hay reluctant to wed the comely, silky sweetness...Wild rice allusions spark the flavorful malt husks...Fizzier than the full Bavaisienne and less coherent in its intricacies, but nonetheless an honest rural raconteur...
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 Clear straw blonde, almost no head. Hoppier than most in the nose. Sharp honey and straw aroma. Well defined malt though it’s not very deep and rather simple, bold and proposes more alcohol than I wish for. Simple sweet mouth entrance, not developing a lot of flavour until the powerful and original aftertaste which is spicy in a candyish way (oregano, chive, anise, mint) and just feels christmasty altogether. Mouth coating body, less earthy than most. Hard to pinpoint flavours once again, but I mostly enjoy it. High carbonation yet it seems subdued, full bodied, comfortable.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sharpness to the taste. Sweet lke sap with orange and pear... I was certain it was an abbey I was drinking at first. The smell is very harsh though. This drink doesn’t have a pleasant nose. It’s like a stale verison of the taste. Interesting.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange Coloring. No Head. Tastes Like You’re in a Hay Barn. Some Malts. Interesting.