duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Another nice one from this brewer. Nice savoury mouthfeel, touches of caramelly sweetness, with nice vinous character, some herbaceous hops in the finish. Very well balanced i thought, and would probably go really well with turkey at Christmas time. Lovely stuff.
Indra (2706) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, 2004 vintage. Intriguing aroma, exotic and fleeting with suggestions of dark candyish sweetness, faint orange peel, very lightly sour berryish fruitiness, old leaves, an herbal, tobaccoish character and a touch of cellar must. Lightly hazy medium-dark copper brown color with a fully lasting, creamy, off-white head and matching lace. Upfront sweet, malty flavor, abundant dark sugary malts, a short burst of hop bitterness and lightly tart, rich, tropical punch-like fruitiness then enters before the nicely balanced, lightly citric and lingering finish that features just a hint of warmth, some raisin and spice. Palate is smoothly effervescent, body is medium. May be a handful of months past its best by date, but it is a "Bière de Garde" after all, and certainly does not appear to be any worse for it.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red/brown with a good-sized white head. Sulphury, earthy nose with notes of caramel, strawberries, and prunes. Light flavor, musty, somewhat sweet, with some fruity (strawberry, cherry notes) overlaid by a musty bitterness.
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had two bottles of this, and I brought one of them to a Texas gathering about a year ago. I had a sample from that bottle but didn’t rate it. It didn’t go over very well, I recall. Well, I decided to have the second bottle tonight, sharing it with my wife, and while it is better than my recollection of the previous night, it isn’t going to win accolades. A chestnut color with a decent cream-colored head, it starts off with a mustiness amid the caramel, nut, and vanilla aroma. There is perhaps some alcohol and a bit of sourness to it as well. In the flavor there is something like a very mild scotch, a bit peaty and earthy, along with caramel, raisins, and mustiness. It isn’t exactly unique but there is something smooth here that closer than I’ve seen to my Laphroaig-sipping days a few years ago. Dusty and musty! The palate holds up well; at first carbonation supports it, but later it retains a combination of alcohol (just enought to give it some bite) and smoothness that the fading carbonation doesn’t seem to matter. Still, overall, this isn’t for everyone. Its Scotch-notes could easily be interpreted as moldy vegetables, like the potatoes you discover at the back of the kitchen cabinets underneath the sink. I think there’s something to appreciate here but I had to work at it.
Skinnyviking (7763) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Off white head. Dark red brown body. Very spicy aroma with hints of vanilla. Caramel, raisin smooth flavor, low carbonated. Definately a surprise.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-brown body, thick beige head. Dense caramely aroma with layers of breads and hints of toffee. Nice biscuity, bready, toasty body, sweet, with brown sugar and caramel, toffee, and a touch of raisin. I’m actually quite surprised by the complexity and ingenuity displayed by this tasty beverage. There are some similarities to La Bavaisienne, an excellent beer worthy of its rank as the highest-rated Biere de Garde.
tennisjoel (1218) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at a beer tasting party. Fruity aroma. Vanilla and Caramel flavor. Not memorable but decent. No where near the level of Rochefort Trappistes line or Victory V12.
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head was spare and diminishing. This beer was very carbonated and had a sweet taste to it.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had during a beer tasting party. Poured reddish brown and tastes of sweet broth.
Not really the most enjoyable to me.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is supposed to be a "fuller flavored version of the classic bière de garde," but I found it to be a bit thin. Pouring a lighter brown body, it sports a fizzy, cream colored head that visits only briefly. The aroma is sweet, sweet malts with dark, hard candy and a bit of nutty bitterness. The sweet malts taste lightly roasted and the candy flavors remain strong, the bitterness fading into a memory. The finish is rather abrupt, clean without much lasting flavor.
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