KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 After drinking French biere de gardes and Belgian abbeys for several months, the uniqueness of the hops in this one really struck me. It pours an unpromising, average, gold color with a fluffy, white, fine-bubbled head. The nose is the best I’ve ever encountered, and was the first signal that this was not as terrible as most of the beers in the north of France. Flowers and sweet spice dominate the nose. The taste is lightly acidic up front with a strong punch of fruit - perhaps a sweet, light-colored fruit like a mango or a peach. The alcohol is hidden tastefully, and the finish is a very malty-wheat trail with a lasting but soft aftertaste. This is superb.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A fairly sweet, soft bere de garde, creamy mouthfeel, with notes of peaches and orange. Some caramelised sort of flavours, very soft, with some herbal bitterness. This was very nice.
caesar (4599) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared a bottle with NoiZe and skortila. Hazy orange golden color, off-white lasting head. Aroma is very strong, penetrating orange and citrus, with a hint of alcohol, bubblegum, caramel malt. Taste is sweet and fruity, slight alcohol burn. Long aftertaste.
skortila (4302) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle best before june 2005. Aroma is heavy fruity, mostly orange. Malts and hops in it. Quite fresh. Hazy (tiny particles), orange coloured brew with a nice lasting head. It’s taste is not as pleasant as it’s smell. perhaps slightly unbalanced. Some sugar in it (sweetness), very fruity (orange and some other citrus), bit hoppy and malty. Decent body.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice aroma. Fruity and malty aroma. Orange and golden colour. Fruity with a malty flavor. Nice brew.
harrisoni (12444) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Carrefour Calais. Pours orange gold with thinning white head. I like the aroma on this. Malty with good orange rind, slightly sweet with some spiciness. Good in mouth with a little bit of candy sugar, Finish is hoppy but the dryness is balanced by the candy sugar. Good citrus flavours and spiciness.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light gold in colour, dissipating off white oily head, no lace. Aroma was of light yeast, perfume and floral hops. The flavour was quite floral, sweet, some citrus (lemons mainly) and yeast. Medium body, high carbonation. Finishes rather sweet, lingering.
sunevdj (3018) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2005 Pours a clear yellow with no head. Quite sweet biere de garde with earthy, fruity and rasin aromas. Dry finish.
CapFlu (4311) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Sampled at Lubiere’s place on August 11, 2005. Pours a very white head atop a clear golden body. Nose of an EPA and golding hops? Mildly bready, tinny, lemon, vanilla, oily and hoppy blond. Bland and milky.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear yellow w/ diminishing white foam. Aroma is yeasty (candy-ish) w/ mild notes of wheat, peppery alcohol & flowery hops. Medium feel. Flavour is yeasty, moderately sweet, & ever-so-mildly acidic, though rather bland & boring.