MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 750ml - best before March 2004 - Aroma is sweet carmel and toffee with a touch of spice. Pours dark brown with a nice lasting medium head and great lacing. Flavor is a bit stale and metallic. The aftertaste matches aroma with some dark fruit thrown in. Palate is sticky. The thing about it is I haven’t had a fresh one to tell if it’s age or just the biere de garde funkiness. Even 2 years past the ’best by date’ it is drinkable and good, but not great. I may have to re-visit next Christmas.
Re-rate - had lots of caramel and some dark fruits. Much fresher this time and quite tasty.
sunevdj (2919) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy amber. Sweet and very full bodied. Nice fruity and malty balance. Quite floral. Slightly vinous. Floral finish.
harrisoni (12088) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle from Auchan, Calais. Clear mid ruby colour with lasting beige head. The rich dark fruits are slightly sour on the aroma, along with a bit of choc. Plums and cherries also. Moderate fullness in mouth supported by some great syrupy fruit which never gets too much. Fruit is quite intense. Not too much boiled sweet which some of these beers suffer from. Finish has a bit of dryness almost a bit of powder. Fruit is prettygood. Syrupy but great. And a bit of spice, nutmeg/cinnamon.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber color with a creamy pillowy head. Aroma of yeast, fruit and spice. Flavor of honey and bread but a slight metallic taste in the front. Dry, clean finish. Quite enjoyable.
OldMrCrow (1625) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle aged about a year after purchase.
Pours relatively dark red-brown with a very modest head. Lovely, lovely nose: complex with hops, wood, vanilla, spices. Flavor doesn’t quite match up, it comes on a bit too heavy on a cinnamon (and other winter spices) and a bit too sweet, but nonetheless is quite nice and again, as with the aroma, is extremely complex. Mouthfeel is beautiful for sipping, not the least bit hot or heavy but entirely full.
As many of the reviewers have noted, this is a very interesting, very good beer that somehow fall just short of greatness.
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber to copper color, decent slightly off white colored head, spotty lacing. The aroma was caramel, musty, nuts. Flavor followed suit, caramel nuts, a tad sweet, but somewhat lager-like clean finish w/ some bittering hops (not a lot of flavor from them, earthy, a touch of grass). This thing came across a lot like an altbier, the first stored french beer that has done so? Decent stuff, mouthfeel full and a little sticky.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at PP bottle shop. Bottle brought by Logan. Thanks! Light amber yellow color. Fluffy white head. A hint of sweet. Easy to drink. A hint of skunk. Green bottle I think.
presario (4437) - 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.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty aroma - chocolate and biscuit - with dried fruits. Flavor has an even balance. Dry, slightly astringent (grapeskins) finish, mild warming.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish appearance, decent heda formation, decent carbonation. Toffee apple aroma, woody, moderately spiced, some nustiness. Malty and spicy palate, sweet caramel and plums with alcohol noticeable. Sourness almost cheesey in the second half with a spicy finish.