ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: fruity and quite vinous, bready yeast note, spicy hops, light pepper character, touch of booze. Pours a slightly hazy light amber color, off-white head is lasting and leaves a nice coating of lacing. Flavor: toasty malts, lots of wine notes, fruity esters, plums, some pepper and spice, earthy and a soft acidity, alcohol is noticeable but mellow. Medium body and carbonation. Very enjoyable brew.
MilkOfTheOld (3) - - MAY 20, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on draft at local beer bar. A cloudy look matches a somewhat thick palate. Sour in taste, similar to same brewery’s Trebuchet saison, but heavier on the mouth. Taste of apple comes through as well. Not my favorite style but well-done in that style.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden with a creamy white head. robust earthy grainy and clean citrus aroma and taste with a bright palate.
pushkinwow (2009) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap sampler. Amber with an off white head. Very sweet, plum, lots of other fruit, bit of caramel and grains. Fresh, dry, some funk, some white wine notes.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at City Tavern with brewmaster Dave sitting next to me. Kinda cool. Pours a bright orange. Crisp with a lingering flavor. Nice light hoppy notes along with a touch of vanilla.
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010
Malt aroma. Clear golden coloured a little sweet on the palate and hoppy with a hint of dryness in a bitter malt finish.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a clear yellow body with a moderate white head. Aroma of citrus, florals, vinous, and grain. Flavor of nuts, herbs, grass, orange, vinous, and caramel.
swoopjones (5888) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2010. Very good Biere de Garde. spice, pot pourri like purfuminess. Dash of sweet maltiness n this golden colored ale. Maybe a tad too sweet but still quite good in my book
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 My Bottom Line:
This dignified Bière de Garde joins lightly toasted malts, spicy noble hops and bready yeast into an authentic example of the style one rarely sees so far from French shores.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy amber.
-The hop signature also offers citrusy angles, ending in mildly leafy bitterness.
-Subtle oranges add complexity.
-This example is polished and rustic at once, a true testament to this brewer’s ability.
On tap at the brewpub.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ladyface. Pours with a large white head that leaves good lace over a hazed gold to copper body. Aroma is dry, grainy, tannic, dry wine, light pepper. Taste is caramel, bread, light vinous and tannic wood. Lightly herbal. Great biere de garde. Lively bubbles, dry.