AndyAle (6) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tastes like carmelized marshmallow, clarity brilliant, aroma complex esters, overall... Bottom of the server, awesome, that’s what a true bier de garde wants to be
NachlamSie (2908) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught during my Great Lakes region brew tour. Well, this is probably not a true Biere de Garde given that it is likey no secondary bottle fermentation took place. But I think it did achieve a likeness to others in the style and was definitely a solid beer. Surrender pours cloudy bright amber with a frothy white head. There is a aroma of caramel, flowers, banana. Mostly sweeter, malty notes are present. This is clean and sweet in the mouth with notes of cloves, corrander, banana. Hidden beneath the fruit/spice boquet is a tiny sour note of cloth and/or bacon which blends very well with the complexity of everything around it. This is very solid.
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap and served in a snifter, way too cold once again: Displayed a hazy and unfiltered deep amber hue with a nice frothy off-white head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of apricot, wild berries, crab-apple, earthy Belgian yeast esters, candi sugar, hint of wheat, continental hops, coriander, rose hips, and a bit phenolic. The taste is that of a young Belgium Strong Ale, alcoholic and brash. Sugary and earthy with a lot of fruity notes (I get some fig and mango in the flavors) with soft notes of coriander and anise, some spice from the hops too I think. It is very wheaty on the back end and once it warmed there is a some bitterness showing. Promising if only it could age a bit. The mouth feel is sappy and sticky but is lively enough to prevent it from becoming cloy. A fair amount of alcoholic warming noticed as well. Well it is not to style (so what), I found this highly drinkable and complex.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Piece, Aug 2006. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a white head. Spiciness, clove, banana and earthiness in the nose. Nice, bold and malty - notes of caramel/toffee with spicey clove notes, banana, grass, hay, fruitiness and light raisin. Pleasantly sweet with balancing bitterness. Proper spritzy carbonation and a smooth, medium texture. Quite enjoyable. And their pizza rules.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Piece. Pours a deep bronze-copper with a fluffy head that sticks around. Nose is quite estery and slightly phenolic. Notes of dark fruits and bit of banana and clove. Pretty clean and sound. Belgiany. On taste, round and creamy with a nice level of bitterness. Pretty solid BdG, though I’m not sure why the hell they decided to brew this style.
pdx77 (1466) - Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Apex. Cloudy dark golden color. Yeasty aroma of dark cherry. Flavor of bubblegum, cherry, yeast. Sweeter than a typical bière de garde, but good nonetheless.
Ughsmash (7280) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Piece. Poured a hazy toffee/chestnut with a short-lived off-white cap... slight rising carbonation. Spicy, malty, and rustic feel to the nose... with coriander and mild rust, caramel and lemony herbs laced with alcohol... very enjoyable and intriguing. Spicy malt middle in the flavor with a mild herbal bitterness at the edges of the palate... coriander and lemon accents throughout... alcohol warmth emerged in feel and flavor as the drink warmed. Very tasty! Spicy tartness from coriander and lemongrass on the palate... a little flat across the middle... long herbal finish. Really enjoyed it!
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at piece. served too cold, in a tulip. sitting next to the dysfunctionale, looked identical. in other words, a pretty nice red/orange. no head. used hands to warm up, and a lot more complexity came out of the taste. i don’t remember much about the aroma, except that at first it smelled hoppy to me. then once i tasted it, it was super super malty. then i was smelling a lot of malts. as it warmed up, the sour character became predominant. a little bit of belgian funk, a bit of candi sugars, a bit of spices. actually pretty reasonable balance and complexity.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught: orange, coppery haze, miniscule ivory head. Very pleasing, fruity aroma that kicks with yeasty esters: mangos, blood oranges, pineapple pulp, along with other interesting notes of dark (lightly burnt) sugar, sourdough and ever so faint grains. The flavours were more controlled by the fruity sweetness as opposed to the dry, grainy, earthier flavours that I have experienced with this style. I enjoyed drinking this, but couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like if they could referment it in a bottle and I could keep in the cellar for a year and then sample…
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy but bright amber color with a fluffy white head. Aroma was nicely soft and grain forward, some toasty bready notes with a small citric and spiced character. Flavor starts with an initial bready sweetness, softly citric before picking up a sharper spicy character the rides through the finish with yeast and some clove notes. Crisp and slightly dry in the finish. Medium body and a sharper carbonation. Not a bad offering