TomTron (325) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Big time citrus aroma and that dominates any possible other aroma. Flavor is basically oranges and some other citrus, but this is basically orange juice beer. If I didn’t know this had alcohol in it, I would say this is something I would drink with my eggs and bacon in the morning. Not bad, just different and rather interesting.
mansquito (2878) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Total Wine, Fairfax 650ml: Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is loads of orange, lemon, and all citrus, except for grapefruit, but mostly orange. I don’t really like oranges. Taste is much the same. There is some yeast going on, but it is mostly a peculiar kind of citrus. This really ain’t my thing and it is kind of a shame I had a whole bottle. The alcohol was well covered, nevertheless.
oc4111 (119) - USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden color with a one finger white head that quickly disappears and leaves couple of spots of lacing. Aroma is predominantly orange, and orange peel with a slight hint of yeast. Taste is all of the above plus a bit of spice. Some people say this is more like a Belgian golden ale but there’s no belgian yeast and this has more citrus. I’m really digging this.
dresden (645) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden pour with a creamy white head. Some doughy yeast aroma, some spice and orange. Nice orange flavour, tangy orange but pithy peel as well. Some spice notes come afterwards. Mostly dry finish. Nice beer.
dbarnold (1106) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Seemed more like a strong golden than normal biere de garde. Big sweet, not a lot of fruit, just sugar. Moderate finsih. Ok, nothing special.
umich03jm (1315) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 Pours a very clear golden orange color with a big white head that fades slowly. Aroma is like a very fruity champagne. I get peaches, strawberries, oranges, and other light fruit. Taste is very light and fruity. Mostly peaches and citrus fruit. Very dry and slightly tart finish. Alcohol very well hidden. Decent beer but not something I could drink often.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a clear golden color with a moderate, creamy, white head which somewhat lasting and leaves minimal lace rings. The nose is fairly bland with prominent orange zest and blood orange notes, soft florals, some toasty, sweet breads and malts underneath. The flavor is better with more of the typical musty/cellar notes, still blood oranges (both estery and from the orange peel), toasty sweet breads underneath, floral turning more spicy and herbal as it dries out, and some creamy sweetness finding its way in there late; the bitterness is light to medium and the acidity is less than medium. The palate is less than medium, lively, somewhat creamy, but a bit watery before it dries out in the finish. The beer finishes dry and creamy with herbal, spice and, orange being most notable. Very odd to be labeled as a Biere de Garde, the malt balance and depth was fairly minimal, the tartness was at times a bit much, and finish seemed more reminiscent of a tripel with the dry, creamy, and spicy nature. Decent enough to dry with a lot going on, but seemed to be a bit disjointed in whatever style this is.
Emeister84 (635) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strawberry, apple, toasty, and floral aromas. Pale gold, pretty clear, with a moderate white head. Lightly sweet, with some tartness, some farmhouse funk, and floral notes. Medium body, refreshing carbonation, and a dry, somewhat spicy finish. Fruity and complex.
mcberko (4810) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a clear golden with a small white head. Aroma of bready malts, sort of stale-like, with some barnyard and yeasty noes. Flavour brings out some earthy qualities, white wine notes, some toasted bread and some aged farmhouse yeast, with a bit of the orange peel further back. No hint of the 9% - drinks dangerously smooth, like a 5% beer. Body is light, though quite full-flavoured. Great stuff.
coolpop (1284) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured a hazy straw with a medium-sized, fluffy head. Aroma was orange, malt, and earth. Flavor was mildly sweet malt, dough, some spice, slightly tart and funky, quite earthy, lemon, orange, apple. Finished quite dry. Mouthfeel was medium to heavy, maybe a bit undercarbonated.