Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours golden with a small head and light lace. The aroma is spicy and slightly musty. The flavor is malty, spicy, and slightly tangy. The palate is medium rich. Overall, fairly good.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
orangey gold colour, well retained white head. tasty malt and lemony citrus hop aroma with a bit of alcohol and yeast. nicely balanced with good maltiness and mild earthy bitterness. nice.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruit aroma, plenty of yeast, hint of citrus. Golden amber, small white head, some lace. Malt at the start, alcohol greets in the middle, with bitter almond at the finish. Sweet, warming, medium bodied, very good.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 750ml bottle.
Leaving the large amount of chunky yeast at the bottom of the bottle, this one pours a mostly clear orangish-gold with a thin and tightly-knit white head. The aroma is malty sweet, with a hefty dose of fruit, most notably peaches. There's a bit of spiciness, along with a slight medicinal phenolic note. Some barnyard yeast as well. The flavor starts out quite sweet, before a peppery spiciness takes hold and attempts, but fails, to keep the honey-like sweetness in check. Like in the aroma, there's some barnyard yeast and musty farmhouse character, but it really gets mauled by the near-cloying sweetness. More medicinal phenolics. Fairly thin on the palate, with a slighty dry finish that has a touch of alcohol both in mouthfeel and flavor. I also detect a hint of a white grape peel flavor and astringency in the aftertaste. Despite the four or five main flavor components, this brew comes as across as thin, lacking in complexity, and overly sweet. Quite the lackluster example of the Bière de Garde style.
legion242 (2343) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2003
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This has got to be the worst example I have had yet form this style. Way too sweet and no depth.
Ungstrup (31467) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2003
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
The aroma is very light. The color is orange and it has a beutiful though fast disappearing head. The flavor is too sweet with a weird malt flavor that vanishes too fast compared to the strength with coriander notes. A sweet dryness lingers. All in all a bad flavor.
BillKismet (3605) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2003
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Easily the most dissapointing experience at the seattle international beer fest--maybe it was skunked??--but I thought these beers were for aging?!
Bronze colored with a nice quality cream head--all down hill from there though. My first biere de garde has a skunked lager aroma and the flavor was a dreadfully strong skunk cabbage. Reminiscent of really poor quality import lagers that come in green bottles (heinekens and becks come to mind). I couldn't even finish 4 ounces of this crud, how bad is that?!
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark hazy golden color with a tall off white head. Aroma of light malt, barnyard yeast, mild citrus and tart apple. Flavors of light malt, mild green apples and nearly clying sweetness. Not much more.
omhper (21889) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Golden coloured, clear. Whiskey aroma. Sweet and pleasantly malty. Rounded and simple.
jonas (6301) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty and vineous aroma.
Red golden, blanket head.
"dark" and full taste - but also some fusel and alcohol in the taste. The soft refreshing exit is really the only thing that would make this a blonde.