after4ever (6111) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750, corked and caged. Pours a cloudy burnished medium amber with a dense, creamy, slightly sudsy tan head. Caramelly, slightly toffeeish nose with very rich notes of real butter cream. Not diacetyl butter--butter cream. Smells like some sort of insanely decadent pecan pastry. Not cloying, though, and, unfortunately, not quite dimensional enough to qualify as an exceptionally aromatic nose. Creamy medium body, very subdued carb. Caramel, cream, pecans, and a bit of toffee on the mid-palate, mild pastryish finish. Tasty, very holidayish, and something I would gladly serve to family and friends around a big ol’ turkey and ham. But not one that will haunt my dreams with memories of biere de garde pleasures.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a big tan head. Caramel malty, fruity aroma and taste. Medium body with a light sweet finish.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev - tupalev’s bottle. Poured clear ruby with an average white head. Roasty-woody malt aroma, mild spices and yeast, some mushroomy bitterness. Taste of roasty malt, slightly sour grain, mild hops and lots of pungent spices and yeast. Thick, flat, astringent mouthfeel - this is pretty nice, sweet and roasty, a little less grain would suit me, let the yeast and spice carry it I say.
blankboy (6029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. The last beer of the night from a recent tasting with lots of strong beers -- let’s see if I can decipher my notes. Pours a clear ruby with an average size white head. Simple but pleasant aroma of roasted malt, yeast, spices and some fruit. Flavour follows the aroma and finishes with a light bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Nothing I’d go out of my way to get again but a decent enough beer and one of the better versions of this style that I’ve had.
drowland (5993) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12/1/10. 750mL bottle courtesy Lance. Caramelled raisin aroma and flavor with hints of bitter herbs and nuts... not bad!
douglas88 (5925) - 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.
Camons (5855) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Johns, Århus newyear tasting. Pours deep golden with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, spices. Flavor of malt, caramel, sweet dark fruit, spice. Medium body, lively carbonation. 291213
AmEricanbrew (5798) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
DBD 3-22-07. Black tea colored with a frothy white head. Earthy, musty nose with sweet caramel. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Has a dry, grassy, swampy moldy musty taste at first, with a light caramel sweetness taking over as the beer warms. Not too bad. 112606
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.
Cornfield (5465) - 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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