DrnkMcDermott (2873) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at RB. Hey, Cornfield gets a big ol’ mug and I just get a goblet? Is that what my AHA-branded Mug Club card is worth now? ;^)
Brown and cloudy with a light bubbly head. Smell reminds me of a darker Belgian dubbel. Taste reveals sensuous brown malts, and a slight bite of yeast. Almost nutty, then ample spiciness from fermentation. Thick, nearly syrupy Belgian malts. Goes down way too easily for a beer with this strength.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had the draft and cask side by side:
Draft: Pour is hazed burgundy with a very thin tan head...toasty aroma but not very strong...taste is earth fruits, anise (licorice), and musty yeast...seem a little thin and cloying... 7 3 6 3 16
Cask: Pour is slightly more muddied in color than the draft...very nice dense tan head...smell is much spicier than the draft with pepper and anise leaping out...taste is also much spicier than the draft...tons of licorice...nice velvety mouthfeel...7 3 7 3 18
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler at the pre-DLD party at Flossmoor, thanks bwkrieger: Hazy reddish amber hue with a small head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of grain, caramel, flowery and herbal hops, earthy spicy yeast esters and a hint of butterscotch. The taste has a nice acidic fruity twang over a layer of sweet and biscuity malt, slight walnut, spice and herbs upon the finish. The mouth feel is sprite yet soft and refreshing. A really nice brew, I liked this.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at RB YT while I was filling a growler for DLD! pours hazy chestnut with thin off white head. aroma was earthy, dusty/musty yeast, and some spice. flavors had some anise, dry caramel, spicy, herbal/earhty notes, with a finish of a very faint chocolate. nice now but i bet this could age nicely for a few more months. oh well. another tasty beer from RB YT!
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aha! I beat my arch-nemesis Drnk_McDermott in entering this beer!
Alright. Sorry for the dramatics, but it’s the first time we’ve actually run in to each other at the brewpub.
I know that brewer Tim Marshall was a bit anxious about this one. A Bière de Garde isn’t an easily defined style for professional or amateur to nail. But this is a dandy drink. From the tap it pours a cloudy brown body with a sturdy tan head that laces the glass (they gave me a mug-full, although it was supposed to be served in a goblet) heavily. Yeasty nose supported by dusty, nutty malt, hazelnuts, dark grapes, and a light wilted flower/herbal/earthyl bitterness. Very spicy and peppery on the tongue. Whoever wrote the description must’ve actually tasted it, because it indeed holds flavors of toasted biscuits and dark fruit and hazelnuts with a dash of chocolate, all supported by an earthy/spicy bitterness that grows as the beer warms. Nice job!
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