hayduke (3470) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, shucks. The French can make good beer. This 750 bottle from BevMo poured a slightly hazy amber with a small white head and light lacing. Nose of sweet caramel malts and cinnamon spices. Medium body and mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. The flavor is slightly sweet and the spiciness is present. A very nice holiday brew.
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a large, off-white head and a hazy amber body. Aroma of brown sugar, grain, styro foam, toast, corn. Taste is caramel, cinnamon, toast. Medium mouthfeel, medium bubbles.
Embrouille (2830) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: Buttery, hoppy with hints of spices. Sour. Dissapointing. Flavor and palate: Sweet with honey, metal and vegetables appearing. Sweet finish. Overall impression: Poor.
Bov (9799) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - clear red-amber colour with an elusive beige foam; malt and hops in the nose; notes of red fruits and butterscotch; clean palate with some sweetness and a touch of acidity; chewy malts; short and quite dry flowery and fruity finish - I’m not really convinced
mjs (4794) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.75 l, on 2008-12-24) Deep amber. Almost clear. Medium sized white head. Malts and hint of dried plum in nose. Full bodied palate with quite a lot of carbonation. Malts, dried plum, bitterness, syrup, sweetness. Malts and light bitterness in aftertaste.
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A 0.75L bottle from Alko shop. Malty slightly syropy nose. Pale head. Pale copper brown colour. No sweetness. Slightly sour. Fruity fresh taste. Mild hops.
Miksu (4972) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.75 l bottle. Amber color with fading head. Sweetish aroma with toffee, dark caramel, berries, vanilla, lemon, some tartness, some fruitiness and some musty notes of cellar. Sweetish caramelly, toffeish, musty and slightly metallic flavor with raisins and figs. A bit too sweet and full bodied, the biere de garde aromas and flavors are masked. Although mustiness is typical for biere de gardes, here the musty character is kind of dull.
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 0.75l. Clear amber - hazy with yeast - with a small, partly lasting head. Very mild aroma of caramely malt, berries, nuts, cinnamon, and some other spices. Caramely-malty flavor with yeast and lots of Belgian-style fruitiness. Spices are present, but not as dominant as in the aroma. Medium body with quite a lot of carbonation for this brewery. Something between Leffe and Jacobsen Golden Naked, which equals roughly something ok, but nothing very interesting.
tlind2 (1161) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml swing-top bottle. Amber color, off-white head. Strong aroma of sweet spices. Sweet flavor with orange peel. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Too sweet for my taste.
TBone (12998) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled BBE 03/2010, 75cl flip-top.
Clear amber color, no head. Spicey, candy-watermelon-menthol aroma, also slightly cellary. Fizzy carbonation. Crystal sugary malty flavor with light spices and fruity notes. Touch of clove. Typical biere de garde hard mouthfeel and quick finish. These usually taste more like a lager than an ale and this is no exception.