holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. Enjoyed during the tour. Clear dark copper color with a thin head. Sweet wet grains a slight fink aroma dirty almost moldy. Lightly bitter sweet in a syruppy way grainy finish. Touch of booze. 7/3/6/3/12
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber at home, pours an amber body with gold tones and a white head, with light head retention and no lacing. Aromatically lightly sweet with a hint of cider, pear, and apples. A bit sticky with some dull malt tones, and maybe a light spiciness, and etoh latent fruit. Medium bodied with a tickle of fruit toned carbonation rolls across the tongue. Like sweetness up front somewhat cinnamon like with a mild bitterness (as nothing is aggressive in this offering). A hint of pear and some dank malt and apple notes with a touch of vanilla and apple cores to finish. Alright and nothing more.
Ernest (7319) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain), with notes of diacetyl, unripe peach and banana, metal.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
The strong diacetyl odor instantly conjures bad British bitters, while the sour/unripe fruit conjures infected Belgian ales. If that combo equates to a French biere de garde, well...mission accomplished. Drain pour.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle:   Nice amberish color, moderate foamy off-white head, fairly sticky lacing.   Strong mealy nose.   Unlike most others, this one doesn’t have that farmhouse funk.   It seems really mealy.   Wow, yeah, very mealy on the tongue.   I think of most Biere de Gardes has being very barnyard like, musty, farmhouse, a little dank.   This one is just plain old mealy, just a strong bready/mealiness that is not representative of the style.   And at 7.2%, its seems a little stronger than usual.   Huge mealy finish on this one.   This does not come across as a BDG as much as others.   Not a big fan of this one at all.   Nothing French here...
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. 2010 vintage. Minimal scent, really nothing to it. Flavour has a metallic edge that reminds me of rust and rain barrel water. A strong yeast character that gives it a Belgian edge and a hint of baking soda. Malt seems a little light. Alcohol gives it an interesting tinge. I would have like to have tried the lower ABV version. This one seems to be a mix of styles, mostly amber and Belgian Golden, and tastes, grass, metal, soda, light toffee. Doesn’t quite bond together.
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle, 2010 vintage) Pours a lightly hazy orange body with a medium cream head. Aroma of apple, mustiness, caramel, florals, and metal shavings. Flavor of yeast, fruit, herbs, nuts, and caramel.
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22, Pours a crystal clear ruddied medium amber with golden edges. Loose wooly white head and plenty of sheety lace. Dusty nose showing caramel and maybe some hot canvas. Fizzy, somewhat wooly body, medium weight. Dust, caramel, and canvas on the mid-palate. Mild finish. What it lacks in character it makes up for in flawlessness...which, unfortunately, leaves it in a pretty forgettable state.
bpreo (2529) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first Biere de Garde. Vintage 2010, which means it has been aged a year, or it could be just a few months, but whatever. Taste is very refreshing, and very unfamiliar to me. New is always good.
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Moderate bready quality with a hint of fruitiness on an otherwise unremarkable French ale. Reasonable carbonation and a slightly oily body. Darker gold color. Its value is its best selling point. Bottle.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep copper with a lasting, tan head. Smells of light fruit, dry pilsner malt, wildflowers, grassy. Tastes of pepper, tea, spicy, dry with some floral notes on the finish.