ChainGangGuy (4708) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2007 After years of planning and months of waiting, I cannot describe how gratifying it was, for me, to finally be able to review the Bière de Garde style.
Appearance: Pours a deep, orangey-copper body with a foamy, snow white head.
Smell: Sugary breadcrusts, honey, dried fruits, rolled hay, maybe some lemon in there as well.
Taste: The taste is an array of delicate, elegant flavors, light caramel, fruitiness, buttered sourdough bread, and a splash of Lady Grey tea. Lighty bitter finish, with some alcohol popping in right at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Light carbonation. A slight stickiness on the palate. Some alcohol warmth, too.
Drinkability: There were times where AndoBrew and I thought "What did we get ourselves into? This is never going to come together!!" But when those wonderful smells start coming from the beer, when the flavors begin the meld, when the obscenities start flying, and the smiles start shining, we knew that it was all worth it.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy aroma, with bready malts and yeast. Pours golden blonde. The flavor is smooth, malty and spicy. Finishes nicely with hints of spice.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Translucent and pristine, clean glowing copper in color. A sudsy, praline tinted tan head rests like laundry foam an inch tall on top. Aroma revels in the bakery. Sourdough and buttered baguettes. A hint of caramel glistening bran sneaks in through the later whiffs while magnolias and semi-sugared bakers biscuits ride the limelight. Flavorful, bready bounty gives us some warm, doughy innards. Biscuit rapture has a slight herbal tint as magnolia sourdough reverently hums. Soft bitterness and butter flaked crepes. Creamy carbonation gives a full bodied flavor that slips out with the subtle stutters of tossed, doughy crust. Subtle honey suggestions. Golden sweet biscuits sweetly and wholesomely sing long into the afterlife. The pinnacle of working class beers. Many thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!
Zeswaft (1592) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2007 hell yeah this is a good beer. i’ve been drinking it for about an hour now and it’s super malty. got a little bit of flowers.
sersdf (1019) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i can’t tell what it ooks like but but it olooks cool. where in the hell is hell is and. so on. i don’t care enough to rate this propoerly but i will say that i have immensely enjoyed it and it’s well balanced and it’s very balaned and i love it. rerate: the next morning it smells like flowers and honey. best biere de garde ever.
dmac (5208) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. This one looks great, sparkling golden/orange pour with an average size white head. Poured so clear that I would of thought it was run through some type of filter even though it’s bottle conditioned. Aroma was light with notes of fruit, especially apples, flowers and upon warming a hint of malts. Taste is slightlyspicy and very dry. I know this style is known for its dry palate but its not my cup of tea even though I have tried severl now.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An ok Biere de Garde, but not what I expected, there’s some spice, but not enough, I was expecting more funkiness to this one, with more of a yeastiness to it, its ok, but could be better.
marcus (8687) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This golden orange ale poured into a snifter with a fluffy white head and a yeasty malt aroma. The first taste is sweet and fruity with a long herbal finish. The alcohol is not overbearing like some versions of biere de garde, but is pleasantly warming - an enjoyable drink.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 4 oz sample at Lost anniversary 1st anniversary. Poured a golden color with lots of bubbles with a small head. Tastes of a wide arrange of different spices. Very flavorful, some sour notes and a little hopps in the finish. Very tasty.
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 sample at the Hampton tasting - Pours hazy gold with a small head. It smells of yeast, malt, and a little citrus. The flavor is of sweet malt, some citrus, and a touch of spice. Enjoyable.
edit: recently had on tap at the brewery and my rating was exactly the same.