NobleSquirrel (3439) - 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.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy, orange-amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is bready pale malts with a light caramel sweetness along with a Belgian yeast phenol giving off some banana, a light clove, and a touch of peppery citrus. Some toastiness to the malts as well as a light tartness. Flavor is similar. A bigger, pale bready maltiness with some caramel up front as well as a Belgian yeastiness. Some light pepper in the middle with a touch of citrus and a light banana and clove before this finishes somewhat malty sweet with a touch of toast and a light citrus tartness. Light, earthy bitterness before leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent beer. Big bready malts with some caramel sweetness and a good amount of Belgian yeast giving off some banana and a light clove note. A touch of citrus tartness at the end to keep things interesting. Not my favorite from Revolution, but not bad.
Christpuncher (2661) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another typical fruity belgium beer. Hoppy and bitter finish. Smells fruity and pours orange in color. Had at revolution brewing.
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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.
GJF (1486) - 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.
dinkle50 (1278) - 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.
Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler purchased at the brewpub after work. Poured into my Stone tulip glass. Bastille pours a hazy deep brownish orange in color with about a fingers worth of off-white head. Head dissipates rather quickly to a still surface. Nose is a mix of saison and belgian yeast. There is clove, banana, and some grass. Flavor follows the nose in terms of the belgian yeast characteristics but it is accompanied by some pepper and tartness. There is also some light malt/breadiness on the finish. Light mouthfeel, moderately dry, some sweetness, moderate carbonation, and a medium finish. Nice beer! I love the Biere de Garde style and wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but it was a pleasant surprise. It could be a complete failure, but I would love to see how this would be after aging in some wine barrels.
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.