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Brewed by La Choulette
Style: Bière de Garde
Hordain, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2003
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.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2004
(75cl, best by May 2004) Small off-white head atop a golden body hazed by yeast particulate. Aroma is herbal, honey, pear, some peat, light vinous. Taste is almost invisible, light malt, perfume, finishing with some peat. Watery light-medium body.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Bottle. Aroma is grassy and sweet. I was hoping that the taste would be better than the aroma but I was disappointed. The flavour is overly sweet with some bitterness. Medium body, with a dry finish in which some alcohol can be detected. Maybe it would be better if cellared for half a year.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle from the Dodgy Deli on Cowley Road. Light burnished gold, nice lingering cap of white. Both aroma and flavor are a mix of butter, dried apricot and light berries. While I’m not one to shrink away from a touch of diacetyl now and then, it’s fairly heavy here, making the sweetness feel kind of unpleasant. Still, it has a certain interest. Light palate, yet still somehow a little sticky. Hard to say on this--my bottle might not have been in the best shape.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2007
75 cl bottle, BB 4/25/07. Poured hazy deeper golden with a creamy cap of white head.. some tenuous lacing followed it down. The aroma had an unfortunate air of sour vinegary notes masking a lot more interesting and enjoyable character.. deeper down were some hay, peppery yeast, and bready notes along with a pinch of lemon (which could have been associated with the apparent infection). The flavor was again marred by sour vinegar and light fruity notes.. dry bready notes and tacky, spicy yeast notes settled into the background a bit.. a bit of white pepper and more vinegary sourness at the finish. Medium-bodied with higher carbonation and lots of sourness.. dry and dusty.. I’ll have to try this again sometime.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Ambrée aux reflets orangées, peu de mousse blanche, très faible dégagement gazeux lors du service. Arômes de cask boisé, de pêche en concentré, de sirop de mais en quantité, de grain et de muffin au son sur une faible note anisée. Légumes bouillis, maîs et jus de planche ne sont qu’un faible attrait pour l’énorme résidu de sucre non-transformé. Texture aqueuse dans un corps semi mince, carbonatation timide et effacée.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Maria (10136) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2007
33 cl. bottle. The head is nice on this warm golden beer. The aroma is malty and the flavour develops in steps: malt, fermented apple, citrus and honey - and then it’s like the notes go backwards after a light bitterness, ending where it started with the malt.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
DruncanVeasey (7157) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2007
Just can’t get on with this at all. Thick, treacley, Marmite-yeasty smoky honey nose. Potently boozy peaty malt more evocative of malt whiskey than any beer I’ve tried, including those brewed with added whiskey or aged in whiskey barrels. Glenmorangie and lemonade. Way too sweet. A very, very acquired taste for the lover of intensely sickly, whiskey-flavoured beers. Not remotely balanced or subtle, but I can still appreciate its a well-crafted beer. Urgh.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcnielsen (2058) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Straw, grain, and some hoppy aromas. Light straw and earthy flavor. Seems really under carbonated. Not too enjoyable.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (14386) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2003 [Rerate] Blond ale, poor head, poor aroma, just a little malty, simple flavour, sweet, not enough malty; really light palate.
[22-05-2002, 5-3-6-2-11]: gold ale. Sweet aroma, some malt, lightly corky. Sweet, some body, without malt taste. Poor palate, with only a few hops.


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