tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, spicy, marzipan aroma with some barnyard temptations. Clear, mahogany-brown with off-white/tan head that recedes to cover. Smokey character to the lightly spiced, licorice-like flavour. Medium body and fairly full carbonation. Though there is a lot going on, it seemed rather subdued and perhaps a bit simple. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
thebeertourist (4520) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aged bottle (best before 1993?) at Den Stillen Genieter. Red colour, lots of sediment, small tan head. Cellar and fruit aroma. Dry, dusty flavours with port and fruit in the background. Body has become lighter with the years. A classic that ages well.
notalush (4449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very attractive beer - deep, clear amber color, with a huge, frothy, off-white head - yeasty, spicy, fruity aroma - flavor is tart up front, quickly making way for some mildly sweet fruit, some spices and lots of cookie-like, bready qualities - a subdued hop presence comes in the finish to compliment the spicy qualities - this beer does, however, fall short in some respects - the mouthfeel is a tad watery, and the flavor, while good, tends to be a bit thin at times, esp. in the finish - still, quite a nice Christmas beer.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Biere de Garde and Various Oddments tasting, #9, with MartinT, Rastacouere and tiggmtl. 750 ml bottle. Nearly opaque dark mahogany; rather light, sweet caramel nose with a touch of baked fruit....dark, burnt caramel flavor, perhaps a touch of smoke, earthy tones and some licorice. Lovely, without being great.
presario (4417) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber. Thick head. Aroma is Biere de Garde cubed! Big caramel and hazelnut. Thick hazelnut, caramel and vanilla flavour with a lightly harsh candy finish. Intriguing Biere de Garde toffee candy effect. Take a bag home for Grandma.
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a translucent golden amber with a medium creamy off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of some dark fruits, caramel, various spices, sweet maltiness, light alcohol. Flavor of malty sweetness, some wheat, caramel, dark fruits, spices, yeast
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red color with no head. Bitter malt aroma with a bit of cinnamon. The taste has a solid malt start with a nutmeg finish. Very interesting biere de garde and one I would not mind having on hand at the holidays. Although it is missing that spicy barnyard taste associated with the style.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a copper brown color with a medium off white head. Malty aroma has notes of caramel, light spice, and alcohol. Flavors of brown sugar, spices, pepper, and alcohol. More alc than I would have thought for 7%. Light body.
skortila (4174) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Aroma has caramel malts, grassy hops and some fruits. Clear, amber coloured beer with a lasting, off-white head. The taste was sweet, with a little bitterness. It has caramel, fruity malts and grassy hops, some sugar. Okay.
thornecb (3964) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber into a snifter. Off-white head recedes to look a little sickly. Tangy peach aromas. Dry dark caramel and pit fruit upfront. Lasting sweet malt finish.