Hamirubi (564) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
75cl bottle at home (26 VII 2016), shared with friends. French farmhouse styled brew, which colours very orange - unnaturally orange even -, hazy, with a yellow or off white collar. The foam is very vividly and welcoming. The nose has sublte herbs and hoppy features, black pepper, faint fruity aromas, different wheaty and malt hints. The taste is quite lovely, far less hopped than an Orval, yet with the same bone dryness. The alcoholness is warming yet medium strong, making this beer rather quenchable. There are sugary notes in the mouthfeel too, hinting at banana, sweet fruits, even some caramel. A modest, yet not that bad bière de garde.
jice (312) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JUN 24, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4.25€ Leclerc Bailleul
Arôme de miel assez fort, amertume bien présente, houblonée, fines bulles et mousse qui tient peu. Pas désagréable, sans plus.
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Commissioned bière de garde on 75 cl bottle with cork. Cream white, moussy, sticky head, warm yellowish blonde colour with fierce sparkling. Aroma of kiwi, green apple, freshly grated ginger, white grapes, honey, celery, sour cream, orange and hay. Fresh citrussy onset with sharp, mineral-like carbonation, sweetish malts, bit honeyish, light mouthfeel, dry powdery yeastiness, bit sourish, retronasal fruitiness, sweetish taste lingers but is countered by a late subtle hop bitterness and somewhat astringent, badly hidden alcohol.
DJoer (1178) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
75cl bottle 8.5%, amber copper golden colour medium white head, honey malts caramel smell, creamy medium to high carbonation low to medium bitter caramel toffee taste refreshing
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle (HBF2013, Friday)
Sweetish aroma, some vegetal hints. Fuck, in the mouth this is just vegetables everywhere. Rich malty body, but mashy and too damn vegetal.
Holmen1 (4810) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fra flaske hos Ole Anders, des-12: Lys gylden, nesten uten skum - bare en tynn hinne. Aroma av honning? En deilig rustikk biere de garde med middels munnfylde. Vitamininnholdet gir helhetsinntrykket et ekstra puff.
gunnar (7873) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours pale straw colored with no head at all. Aroma is fruity citric, light metallic. Taste is smooth fruity, citric, light alcohol burn. Medium bodied
radagast83 (7307) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle at Churchkey thanks to Travlr. Thanks Gene! We thought we ordered La Choulette de Noel, but it came without a label so it was all Russian roulette here. Poured a clear light-orange/yellow color with a touch of a creamy white head, carbonation. Aroma was some peppery notes, with some funky character. Sparkling, highly carbonated - pretty sure infected - but enjoyable, fun to drink.
Travlr (21427) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Last bottle at ChurchKey, courtesy of me. Almost a gusher. Cloudy straw color, massive white head. Aroma of dusty hay. Taste is hi carbonation earthy straw.
nimbleprop (7485) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle at Churchkey. Big pop when the cork comes off. Pours a clear orange with some lacing, creamy head. Big, fruity nose, spice, clove, hints of brett. Not funky, but a little grassy. Flavor is sweet, malty, spicy, grass, tropical fruit, caramel, clove, some ginger, white pepper. Full bodied, sticky finish. Decent.