Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 5, 2005
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
grapey chocolate aroma. pours a cloudy brown. taste is sour watery tea. an off bitter flavor that sucks, my notes have scrawled across them"christ this is horrible, this is bad tea disguised as beer"
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber brown with a thick tan head. Mettallic roasted malt with some molasses and woodiness. Rich in the mouth with a sweetness that creeps across the tongue. Molassses, burnt carmel, some fruit and eathy marzipan. Not bad winter treat.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly hazy brown body with a fizzy dirty tan and white head. The aroma is sweet and dusty. Caramel and lots of yeast. The flavor is much the same,. Harshness in the aftertaste. Acidic and sweet. Ok but not real great.
thedm (5006) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew marked best before April of 2006 poured a large sized head of long lasting fine to large sized white colored bubbles that left behind a softly carbonated transparent copper brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was mild with smooth malty notes. The mouth feel was tingly smooth and contained vinous notes that mellowed in the finish. The flavor was mildly vinous with malty and hoppy notes.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured ruby amber with a medum tan head with big floaties...smell is hoppy and alcohol...taste is malty sweet with some spicy tea bitterness...not bad!
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Low bitterness with lots of tannins. Acidic. Slightly smokey and woody.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a thick frothy off-white head. Mildly earthy sweet caramel Belgian malty aroma speckled with cinnamon and cardamom and a touch of dry smoke. Starts sweet and malty with nice complexity and decent body. Very smooth and drinkable, leading up to a semi-dry earthy toffee finish. A nice and enjoyable Biere de Garde, but not quite as intense as La Bavaisienne.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 25cL bottle. Deep malt aroma, sweet with raisin, caramel, brown sugar, orange peel, and spice. Dark caramel brown clear, with foamy off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with mild carbonation. Starts sweet, with rich malts and some raisin and brown sugar. Kind of watery. Mild dryness of hops toward the finish, and some alcohol warming. Mild acidity to finish, carbonic, with sweet-bitter-dry after, lightly chalky. Sweetness is a bit fake and watery.
bu11zeye (12102) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a burgundy-brown body with a moderate white head. Aroma of heavy yeast, barnyard, musty, wood, and vinegar. Flavor of malt, yeast, and spices.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber orange, big head and thick lacing. Light spicy hop aroma. Perfectly balanced, caramel malts, typical mineral water flavor, spice. Soft yet rich, thicker than average biere de garde. Excellent brew.