Heathen (1463) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Very woody. Very different. Was surprised that the maple wood added such a maple syrup flavor and aroma, although the oak seemed to be the true superstar.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark, brownish orange with a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel; lighter grain; light earthy hops; light spicy yeast; oak; maple syrup; very light sour fruit. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, lightly bitter and acidic, and slightly sour; while the finish was heavily sweet; slightly bitter and lightly acidic and sour. It was just about the same flavor as the aroma. The medium body was fairly dry and slightly syrupy and sticky on the lips with fizzy carbonation and slightly astringent and alcoholic finish.
ryanscourt (745) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Don't prefer the wood barrel aging. Drank at a bar when it's probably better aged in the basement for a few years then drank
Darkmagus82 (1234) - - JUL 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-17-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a hazy golden orange color with a one finger white head. The head faded slowly over time to give a spotty lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest citrus and a sweeter malt smell. Mixed with these are aromas of a more woody and peaty nature as well as some lighter notes of yeast and spice.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice caramel flavor with some hints of a citrus sweetness mixed within. As the flavor moves forward some buttery flavors comes to the tongue, with the caramel taste that was present in the beginning taking a more toffee like nature. This buttery flavor is also accompanied by some yeast as well as a nice oak like taste. These flavor blend well with the sweet and savory flavors the preceded their arrival and create a nice smooth taste. Toward the end, a light herbal flavor mixes with the rest to leave a nice lingering aftertaste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side with the carbonation level being slightly on the higher side. While a slightly thicker body may have been better for the toffee and buttery flavors, the carbonation did do a nice job with in making it a rather refreshing tasting brew. Overall a pretty good balance.
Overall – A pretty easy drinking brew with some nice oak and yeasty flavors. Quite enjoyable.
sinfull (833) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber/orange color , huge off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt , hint of yeast , fruits and floral notes . Caramel , fruits and hint of yeast in taste. Full body , medium carbonation . Light bitterness and notes of wood in aftertaste. Great!
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013-01-18 - with blankboy, jercraigs & mabel - 750ml corked & caged bottle c/o ... blankboy? Very bubble amber-gold with some floaties and a large creamy-foamy beige head. Sweet light grain aroma, a touch vegetal, some floral/perfume bitterness to it. Taste is fine - not vegetal at all - decent floral bitterness, light dry spice, some fruit and alcohol [at this point the tasting notes were interrupted by a discussion of "Jer’s shit rock" and whether it would/should be thrown away ... no, I have no idea either]. Average body, good carbonation - quite lively and frothy, fairly quick crisp finish and no aftertaste - like a delicate fruity saison with floral bitterness - enjoyable.
solidfunk (3997) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very well done for a biere de garde. There’s a light taste of Ommegang yeast, which is generally light floral anyway. Light sweetness, with some citrus. Tap at Smoke and Barrel.
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Nice malty, fruity flavor and smooth finish. Slightly cloudy appearance. Can definitely taste the maple wood. Overall a nice beer and I will try again.
slang14 (23) - - MAY 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2014 This beer is solid. The alchol starts a little heavy but quickly blends down grainy not too hippy nice malty notes ur always is gone before I am ready
Butters (3763) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky burnt orange pour with small khaki head. Notes of caramel and oak and a bit of coriander or rye-esk spiciness. A little perfumey and bready yeastiness on the nose. Vanilla and woody finish. Moderate carbonation prick on the palate. Not sure what this style is actually about, but I don’t particularly care for it.
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Lightly oxidized caramel, neutral fruity character with floral hop and nice light oak notes. Medium amber-copper hazy with thin head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Nice sweet start, oaky with caramel-bourbon notes. Light bitterness and carbonic tang at finish.
nakedwhendrunk (2094) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a dark orange/brown body yielding a two and a half finger head in the chalice and closer to a one and a half finger head in the tulip, lightly clingy lacing in the chalice eventually spiderwebs after a good three minutes, closer to a minute of lacing spider-webbing in the tulip.
The smell had clove, subdued Belgian yeast/banana thing goin’ on, fruit, spice, combined maple/wood/syrup thing goin’ on startin’ to come out as the beer warms, noticeable pear as it continues to warm, honey - hmmm... unsure, alcohol not noted.
The taste was mainly sweet through previously mentioned flavors, slightly oaky and floral at different times, slightly bready as well.
The palate sits about a medium, slightly sessionable - mostly smooth, sticky sweet aftertaste and finish, adequate carbonation is felt, alcohol not felt.
Overall, though I’ve had some Biere de gardes before I don’t have much to compare to - as I continue to explore this style, very complex smell.