SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from BevMo. Pours a mostly clear toasty amber color with a fluffy white head. Floral and fruity aroma, bready yeasts and a gentle cardamom spiciness. Flavor of spiced bread, bittering herbs, flower petals and a hint of mustiness, leaving a slightly astringent and spicy aftertaste. Medium body, mildly assertive carbonation. This is a nice beer to pair with food, I’m looling forward to having it with my crab cakes, wild rice medely and broccoli in a few minutes!
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma!! Incredible. Cloudy on the pour with a very large, whitish head. Smooth throughout with a slightly spicy/seasoned finish. The overall flavor is mildly flowery, fruity, and carmelly; emphasis in mildly.
The blends of flavors are superb. Such a find is rare. Unfortunately, Lost Abbey bottles are not available in the Minneapolis metro area. Fortunately, a friend supplied me with this wonderful experience.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from my Dad. Body is a foggy amber, with no head, it’s just gorgeous. Aroma is a sweet hoppy smell, with a bit of dried fruit. Taste has a nice hop forefront to it, the dried fruit, honey, light caramel, and almonds.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A smooth medium to dark golden color with an off-white head. A light spice and white fruit aroma. Smooth, grape, peach, honey and floral flavors. Finishes smooth with caramel and flowers.
Ratman197 (8836) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear amber with a small diminishing ivory head. Aromas of bread, fruittiness, light carmel and a hint of spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bread, carmel, apple and a hint of spice with a lingering dry finish.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy and yellow. It has a huge head with nice retention. The aromas of this beer are outstanding, there is a bit of floweriness, bread, nutmeg and other spices. The flavors are also very complex, a bitterness offset by a tartness, fruit, hops and malts. Best Biere de Gard I have tasted so far.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle. Golden/amber color with large head. Wonderful fruity, yeasty aroma; bready. Very smooth flavor with a good amount of bitterness. There is some spiciness like pepper but it is well balanced with the bitterness and malt profile. Great beer!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tiny little bubbles make for a nice head over this cloudy dark copper body. Tasty, spicy aroma with a hint of cellared mustiness- an inviting aroma for the colder fall weather. The flavor is too thin for a cold-weather beer, though, and I’m not all that thrilled with the strong banana esters in here. An astringency also shadows an otherwise smooth mouthfeel. Pretty good overall, but not my favorite biere de garde.
notalush (4583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from realale420 (thanks!) - pours a cloudy golden, with a frothy, well-sustained head - aroma of fresh bread, peaches, honey, some wildflowers and spices - starts rather dry and spicy, with some light earthiness/cobweb - some apples arrive shortly after that, along with some mild clover honey sweetness - somewhat herbal and tea-like throughout - quite a nice biere de garde, and one of the better american-made examples.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Biere de Garde pours a slightly hazy orange gold color from a 750ml cork finished bottle. Large to medium sized whit head. Aroma is grassy and floral, touch of spiciness (ginger and orange), touch of breadiness. A medium bodied Biere de Garde. Malts are slightly cookie and grainy. Hops are floral and slightly spicy. Excellent champagne like carbonation, it has lot of little tint bubbles. There are touches of coriander, ginger and some pepper. Good balance between the spices and the malts and hops. Crisp and clean. Light and refreshing. This is a good sipping beer, or an excellent compliment to food. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.