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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
popkow (287) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Large tan head released from 2012 vintage. Barn yard aroma; malt and yeast. Taste a bit bitter and lingers long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1046) - Nevada, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Clear amber with a light tan foam. Traditional and floral hop aroma is apparent with just a light malt aroma. Initially sweet with a little brett character, but then heaps of bitterness and spice. No residual sweetness here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2345) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2014
10/16/2014. On tap at the brewery. Light brown with a tan head, Malty, caramel, spicy and hints of Brett. Complex, balanced, spicy and just enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"compared to the only other Biere De Garde I’ve ever had, also a lost Abbey (Avant Garde), this was was bigger, hoppier, maltier, heavier, tastier, and just way more complex. The Bret was there, but not predominant. That’s what I ended up liking the most from this beer, the equal parts malty sweetness, hop bite, funky yeast, and alcohol kick...which was definitely there at 10%. This may be the barleywine of beire de gardes. poured a cloudy dark orange color, similar to some West Coast Barleys with the exception of the hughe amounts of yeast on the bottom of the bottle, with a very thin white head. The aroma is hoppier than the taste, although you still get some malt and fruit/spice from the yeast...and alcohol. the flavor is full and fairly complex...expertly balanced. Dry spicy hoppy lingering finish. Kind of an odd beer, but good nonetheless. May have to get another to age. This was an ’08 vintage."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7942) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2014
Big bottle at Haket, Göteborg, on Saturday September 6, 2014. Storflaskelördag.
Hazy dark copper color, mixed colored head with tints of both dream and yellow to teal. Malty sweet, caramel, strawberry scent, some cheese. Malty sweet, caramel, toasty taste. Light burnt aftertaste, also alcohol. Warming aclohol. Fizzy growing mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Improves slightly when shaking most of the CO2 out of solution.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2094) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle @ Haket Pub. Reddish amber with a thick off white head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, exotic fruits amd hops. Full body with a nice, balanced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sissio (648) - Orsenigo, ITALY - AUG 22, 2014
Hazy lightly cloudy deep copper orange, cream orange rich head. Caramel honey malts with red orange and just a hint of brettanomices, shortbread. Very balanced taste with oily palate. Rich caramel honey malts with a hint of shortbread biscuits, a bitter ending and a smooth bitter red orange aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (12470) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Golden yellow with big white head. Aroma of orange peel. Flavor of malt and orange, full bodied but not complex. Just OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jh773 (143) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Deep orange with a substantial, long-lasting head. Smell is toffee, bread, dark fruit, molasses. Taste is light and dark fruit, candied orange peels, rum, subtle hop tang, some floral notes. Boozy finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1743) - - AUG 5, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-8-12 - Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance - Served a clear amber colored beer with a small white cap. The small head faded rather fast to leave some decent lacing. Smell – The nose was heavy of sweet caramel and light fruit smells. The fruit is heaviest of a pear aroma, but there are other lighter notes of peach and apple as well. Taste – The taste begins with some of the sweet caramel and fruit that were detected in the nose, with a bready base that supports the sweeter flavors quite well. A very light funky and yeasty flavor then start to work their way into the taste profile. As this occurs, the sweetness dwindles some and the taste gets slightly drier. In the end the beer leaves a semi-sweet fruity and lightly tart taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is much the same. Overall – A nice tasty brew that while even at 10 % is very easy to drink. Definitely one to give a go to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3106) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2014
750 ml bottle shared at Natifest. Pours a hazy copper with a white head. The aroma is apples and floral qualities. The taste is soapy, spicy, and sweet. The taste is nicely balanced and sweet. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

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