drfabulous (6305) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A French beer with strong Belgian taste. Full. Malty. Almost like Petrus. Very nice and a bit of a surprise.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown, medium off-white head. Big farmy aroma, it doesn’t smell as dark as it is. Slightly musty, chocolatey. Hints at licorice, vegetables, rhubard, alcohol. Unexpected taste os cherries, licorice, radish. It’s kind of saved altogether by its nice farmy character: haystack combined with a brown sugar concerto. Dry. Hard to pinpoint really. Moderately high carbonated, medium bodied.
Emil (6065) - 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.
notalush (5706) - 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.
Cornfield (5570) - 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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thedm (5551) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, 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.
ben4321 (5551) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle Michael Jackson’s Rare Beer Club (November 2010), 1/2/11
Aroma: The nose has some earth, malts, spice, yeast, fruit, and bread
Appearance: It pours a mostly clear mahogany color with a thick, creamy, lasting beige head
Flavor: The taste is spice malts, yeast/bread, like brett notes, and a some light fruit notes
Palate: It is fairly palatable, on the lighter side body-wise, but not particularly thin, quite drinkable
My first rating for the new year is also my first rating from La Choulette! This one was part of the first shipment I got from the Rare Beer Club after getting a subscription as a gift. First off, so far this seems to be a much better beer of the month club then the ones I’ve gotten in the past. It is going to get my trying some beers I wouldn’t necessarily run into in my local store. Second, I like this beer. It makes for a nice, flavorful biere de garde. Very solid stuff.
Happy rating in 2011!
JPDIPSO (5519) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark tan color with a tinge of blood. Earthy caramel and alcohol aroma. Taller tan head. Light malt and nut sweetness Earthy cobwebs and mild alcohol finish. Light and airy on the palate. Alcohol a bit to present in this one to rate higher. Seems more like an amber malt liqour.
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.
thornecb (5403) - 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.