JDBaker11058 (1561) - Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: suspiciously watery brownish pour slowly darkening to a deep red with tons of icky floaties; bottle was a gusher, with a huge off-white head. Aroma: Weak--notes of caramel, basement funk, yeast, hint of melon, and spices. Taste: bready, spicy, with more watery fruit notes (melon, some fig/raisin). Finish: relatively short, clean, with lingering notes of malt and bread. Notes: I don’t see what the fuss is about. Terribly average-seeming. Palate was nice and the alcohol well-hidden. Bottle aged over a year, but best before 9/2012. For a second glass, I had a couple of chocolate chip cookies beforehand, and the residual flavors were an excellent complement. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.
CanIHave4Beers (3575) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nicely fresh bottle from The Cheese Shop.
Pours a rust color with a medium well retained head and good lace.
The aroma is pear and crusty bread with some light Cavendish and cherry stones.
The flavor is fruity and dry with lots of toasty malt & baguette. There is some nice fruity tartness of dark cherry and more so pears. The beer is really quite malt driven but has a nice spiciness from the hops. All together enjoyable.
Quack-Duck (8653) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, many thanks to jaghana. Clear amber colour, mid-sized off-white head. Shy aroma of malt with fruity accents. Quite dry and hoppy, thoiugh not too bitter. Shy malty background, slightly grainy. The hop character is dusty with herbal accents. Good.
bax (1299) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 (Bottle 30/11-2011) large fast fading off-white head, clear amber color, low to medium co2, fit body, slightly sweet aroma, slightly spicy taste. Rather balanced Christmas beer. BB date 22.04.2012.
jaghana (4728) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - NOV 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33cl, a clear amber red beer with nice huge head and good lacing. Nose is caramel like with peppery hops notes. Aroma is malty, sweet, fruity, wheat notes, fruit part is on agrumes and melon ! Very drinkable, not aggressive at all with 7° and not too sweet, some light diacetyl, very pleasant and balanced Biere de Noel.
douglas88 (7330) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle at the Bayou shared with MikeJ. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a medium white head. A sweet spicy nose with some caramel and cherries. The flavor is very nice; smooth spices, cloves, a decent amount of hops, light fruit, quite sweet with biscuit and caramel. Very smooth, a great Holiday brew.
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color with big sized white head. Malty aroma. Caramel and mal in taste.
goozen (3417) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0.33ltr: Brown/coppery coloured brew, with slightly burning feel. Spicy and fruity taste with an sweetbitter aftertaste. An fine Christmas beer to drink on rainy September sunday.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from a beer of the month club. It pours a deep amber with a small, frothy, light tan head. The nose is caramel, apple, metal and a weird gummy note. The flavor starts with a dry metallic note and then has lots of bitterness with notes of aspirin and fake caramel. Not good. Light to medium body with average carbonation and a weird aftertaste. This one is no treat at all.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on 3/26/2011. This Biere de Garde pours a medium brown color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized beige, rocky foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are earthy. Malty, but not very sweet. Nice carbonation. Seems like a milder Biere de Garde. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.