podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lovely winter treat tried from a 750ml bottle at a winter beer tasting. Pours a clear brown with frothy off white head. Notes of pepper, spice and dark fruits and candied malt.
erickok (4006) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown body and creamy light tan head. Sweet base, figs, caramel, rough malts and spices like juniper berries. Active big bubbly carbonation. Fairly simple brew and not as excessive as I like a Christmas brew to be. Drinks well though. (33cl bottle from Auchan in Tours)
sic1314 (4241) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a clear amber with a frothy white head. Aroma of peppery, floral hops. Medium body, sweet fruity malt with a slightly dry finish.
b33r (691) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium translucent brown color with minimal off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is rich with sharp fruitiness and malts. Flavor has strong malts up front but fades away quickly and becomes dry and papery. Seems oxidized but that’s apparently what a biere de garde is supposed to taste like according to it’s style description?
rauchbier (3640) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage bottle, BBE May 2000. Hazy red brown, minimal head and condition. Big woody phenolic oxidised nose with hint of figs, sweet malt and fruit and a touch of mouldiness. Soft and earthy in the mouth with touches of yeastiness and fruity figs, quite woody and peppery and obviously oxidised, lingering earthy bitterness, fruit and oak notes in the finish. Obviously a beer that will keep in bottle but maybe only for a few years.
motelpogo (7171) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Amber with a short-lived head; aroma of red berry, wet metal railings and dried pear; quite frothy, some pleasant orchard fruit but then a tinny tang with a hint of the wrong kind of funk. Could have used a more refined use of Christmas spices
jesperhammer (3205) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
05-APR-2012, bottle @Morten.
Amber with fluffy off-white head.
Caramelly and spicy but not like most Danish X-mas brews - more subdued use of spice.
Fine more elegantX-mas brew with fruity malty notes.
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 33cl. Courtesy of jaghana. Deep amber colored. Hazelnuts, malt, nutmeg and candy sugar are most present on the nose. Chunky lacework. Malt accented. Medium to full bodied. Some spicy hops. Quite a lot of spices. Unmemorable finish. A bit dissapointing. Thanks a lot jaghana!
Plovmand (6751) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a medium off white head. The aroma is highly malty and caramelish with some tobacco and bready notes. The flavour is sweet caramel malt and some toast. Nice malty brew.
Gription79 (2407) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle at the Bayou. A great Christmas/holiday beer. It is loaded with spice, malt sweetness, dark stone fruit, cinnamon. I will look for this one next year.