dbarnold (1126) - 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 (2309) - Flat Rock, 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 (1281) - 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 (7791) - 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 (1394) - 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.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a straw color with a fair amount of head. Spicy sweet malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.
BVery (7233) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Clear deep yellow pour with a spotty white head. Fruity pear on the aroma and taste, a little citrus and dry tea, clean and lighter palate.
peteinSD (1416) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Semi-hazy yellow pour with a small slick of white foam. Aroma is light spice over generic sweet malt. Taste is light spice with some malt sweetness and tinge from the alcohol. Sticky mouthfeel. Did not care for this beer.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours straw-gold with a small white head. Aroma of lemongrass, sourdough bread, hay, and pepper. Flavor follows suit but with plenty of malt sweetness present in the form of sourdough bread, biscuit, and toffee spiced up with a ton of lemon, herbs, and a gentle non-sour funkiness. Finishes dry and yeasty with little bitterness and a lot of the funkier elements of flavor remaining. Fairly heavy for the style, and definitely malty at first, but the carbonation is right even if the fluffy mouthfeel isn’t quite there. No heat presence. Overall, I enjoyed this a lot and thought the flavor profile was awesome, provided you like NB’s typical house flavors.