Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (BB 09/08). Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (barnyard, basement), with notes of wood, autumn leaves, and dried fruit. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. A great, rustic, farmy de-garde/saison style brew.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour reveals a murky orange color with a medium white head. Strong aroma of allspice, nutmeg and yeast, interesting. The flavor has a balanced and very pleasant blend of allspice, nutmeg, fruits and yeast. The body has a light to medium thickness with a creamy texture and lively carvonation. This obscure beer was a nice surprise, very interesting.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from the Monk. Nice cloudy copper with huge off white creamy head. Musty aroma with a slight bit of hops. Musty almost moldy taste really just didn’t do it for me.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber with a creamy head. Dusty and dry nose that is slightly grassy and citrusy. Tastes like flowers. Not that I have eaten flowers. I think. Sweet and malty finish with a floral note. Thanks Matt.
CapFlu (4363) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Sampled at Brouwer’s in Seattle, compliments of Matt Bonney. Pours a lasting creamy white head with a cloudy orange amber body. Nose of funky French yeast, tin, lemon aroma. Smooth, almost grape flavour and very fruity. Bitter finish. Good but somewhat tame by comparison to the style.
Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy. Amber. Lightly spicy, a little sweet in the finish. Some dusty yeastiness. Nice mellow farmhouse ale - nothing stands out but a very pleasant quaff. The sort of beer if it was local you’d drink a lot of it.
OldMrCrow (1717) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml bottle.
Pours a very hazy waste-water light brown. The aroma is pear with just a touch of grapefruit, dusty hay, and maybe a few other saison-like hints. The flavor disappoints somewhat; it’s dull and mushy, like stewed vegetable broth, nothing really coming into focus, maybe a little bit of tartness here, a touch of sugar-water there, grassy hops coming in, but no order in these flavors as they ebb and flow, leaving the taste as one difficult to grasp and without much redeeming value.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange-brown body with a medium beige head. A cool wild, spicy, saison-ish aroma emanates from my glass, the type of aroma I can smell for minutes before taking my first sip. Taste is very much a thick earthy fruit juice with pulp and everything (no particular fruit, a bunch of them), plenty of herbs and spices, saison-ish yeast, and a fruity tartness. Like a drinking body said, I would have believed this was a new Fantôme. Interesting experiment, a bit out-there. Once again a French beer with “Bière De Garde” written on the label when it clearly isn’t one. I’m starting to believe they think “Bière De Garde” is English and means “Made in France”.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another strange Beer I picked up in some cheese shop in central France...
Peachy blonde and opaque in that strange saison/bière de garde look, with a foamy, fluffy head.
A strange amalgam of spices, mainly cloves and cinnamon, maybe a little peppermint, and it reminded me a bit like apple cobbler (!)
It was quite bubbly, yet the carbonation went down quite smoothly. Weird, the first taste felt quite full and rich, but then it slowly went in a decreshendo of malt body and overall flavor, kind of like when you eat a bag of chips, that first bite seems full of flavor but then your tastebuds get saturated and you need to stuff your mouth with chips just to get that same intensity. Anyway, it had an interesting farmhouse character to it, but not in a funky, bretty way, but more of an earthy, dirty yeast component to it. Quite an oddity, but an enjoyable one.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A veil of foam settles atop the murky orange.
-Minty herbs are suggestively laying on a heap of bready yeast.
-Pear juice and medecinal herbs propose a wacky flavor profile.
-The soft effervescence builds a pillowy mouthfeel.
What if you dig deeper?
-The careful aftertaste is herbal, and mostly powdery.
-Few sugars seem to be derived from the malts here; a fruit juice of some kind (pear?) is likely responsible. This sweetness is well-integrated into the structure of the beer.
-This Fantôme-like experiment is certainly an object of curiosity, and could manage to quench both your interest for novelty and your physical thirst.
Bottle; best before 13/01/2007.