chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma of spice, banana, and caramel. Good flavor. Well done.
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/11/12. GTMW. Amber pour with a nice khaki head. Spicy, estery yeast aroma with bits of spice, mint, and fruit on top of some caramel. Lightly spicy, yeasty, estery flavor with touches of mint and rubber tire on top of the caramel and malty aspects. Not bad.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a pretty reddish amber with a frothy offwhite head that persists to the bottom of the glass. Good clarity. The nose is lightly spicy, faintly sweet. Faint floral honey and a minty phenol note. Pretty clean overall. On tasting, some light caramel notes, moderate sweetness, dry finish. More of that minty quality comes across, which is pretty nice. I keep going back to the beer and find it actually a really solid beer. Some dark fruit comes through, the alcohol is definitely held in check. This would be cool with with some fruit in a wine barrel. Nice.
GJF (1154) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub. Copper color. Some malty, bready character to it, but no real yeast or spice. Drinkable but I didn’t find a lot to it.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy burnt orange with numerous notes of spice, grain, and fruits. The palate is also complex where you get nuanced flavors of cereal, sweet malt, citrus and slight hop notes. A simpler finish rounds this out.
drewbeerme (3808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at revo, pours hazed amber with white head. Aroma mixes spicy and earthy yeast character with sweet fruits of banana, plums, and apricot. Flavors are sweet apple, banana, earthy and sweet caramel and pepper spice finish. Justs a bit too sweet overly ripe fruit here, this could be sweet with some Brett in a barrel.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the Kedzie Tap Room (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer deep copper pour, almost brownish with some decent haziness, reddish orange glow on the edges and bottom, with some deeper brownish hues in the middle. Small frothy whitish head dies a ring, laces small. Aromas are a touch tart, berry and lemons mix with some bready malts, dry yeasty elements, straw and bready dryness. A bit cereal, some more tartness, a touch biscuity and sweeter as it warms. An odd bag with a gentle floral hopping, some mellow fruit presence. Initial is tart up front and dry, touches of lemon, berry, a touch herbal as lemon elements, dry distinct yeast create a firm impression. Some mellow sticky sweetness, biscuits and bread, some dough, and mellow touches of apples. Further in and into the back, the distinct yeast and dryness cut in and start to take the reigns. Dry, earthy, and floral elements stick into the finish and backend. Touches of biscuits, carmelization, and a toastiness try to peek through at times in the middle, with lingering dry and tart jabs, yeast elements. Some apple, lemons, and gentle citrus with that earthy dryness, touches of estery fruit in the middle. Quite an interesting beer that grabs me at times and loses me a bit in the middle as the focus shifts or perhaps loses sight a bit. A solid offering that gives something much different than we’ve seen on tap from Revolution lately. Some effervescent carbonation really adds to an already enjoyable experience on the palate. Not my favorite, but certainly a solid beer in a style that seems harder for beer drinkers to grasp, but that I’m catching on to.
Newk (299) - - JUL 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured from tap into a tulip. Pours a nice medium orange/gold color with a good foamy head.
Very good and balanced aromas of grains, herbs, citrus notes and some bits of spices and leather. Very good complexity but lacking a slight bit of depth.
Very fresh and balanced medium/full body with a nice feel. The finish is a bit clipped and the mid is lacking a slight bit with notes of grains, herbs, spices and some citrus.
A nice and refreshing biere de garde. This was done quite well and was enjoyable.
dinkle50 (835) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a thin head. Creamy mouth and full. Taste is classic Biere de Garde but is amped up a little bit with more sweetness. Some caramel. There is a slight metallic taste. Overall not bad, but this style has never been a favorite of mine.
deyholla (5376) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear reddish amber with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a lot a good amount of fruit and spice with a bit of a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has more of an earthy grain/bread start that’s joined by light fruit and spice in the finish.