Goldorak (438) - 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.
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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”.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. 750ml. Pours murky, light copper color with a whitish hue. Big white head that leaves heavy lacing. Aroma smells like corn or rice with some yeast and coriander-like notes. Thick viscosity but a somewhat watery taste. Spicy with some slight fruit flavors. Somewhat medicinal. Dry, bitter finish that seems out of balance.
MartinT (8550) - 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.
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.
CapFlu (4781) - 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.
OldMrCrow (2157) - 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.
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.
skoisirius (1845) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle into a 2 oz snifter style glass. Pours a soft copper toned color with a foamed white head. The aroma has some fruitiness while mainly consisting of a yeasty and spiced nose. The flavor brings a heavy spice hint at first that moves into somewhat of a yeasty and peppery citrusy malt taste. I feel like there is some grass notes intertwined in there as well. The finish continues on the spice hoppy note, which lingers for a relative moment. Very herbal, quite light bodied. Good to see some more Biere de Garde’s making there way towards the States. Overall, quietly enjoyable.
Oakes (13539) - 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.