olio (6508) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle @ Timo A. BBE 03/2010
Pours clear mahogany color with a small head, a bit lively. Aroma has quite a lot of ripe fruits, caramel malts, some mild spices and some yeast. Flavor is a bit watery, spices, caramel malts and ripe fruits, plums and raisins on the front, some distant berries also. Probably one of the best Biere de Gardes I’ve tasted, maybe they age well..
lusikka (6525) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle, BBE 03/2010, thanks Timo A. Pours a cloudy amber colour with a white head. Aroma of caramel, plums and some bread. Flavour of caramel malts, bread, plums, peach, cheesecake and hay. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Very smooth and fruity brew. Aging seems to work with this beer.
brontebeach (160) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An OK christmas beer. Pours with thin tan head, burgundy body. Malty bread aroma. On the palate balanced and soft, with a mere hint of carbonation. Raisin linger.
nuplastikk (4702) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle split with Anndiesel. Unfiltered burgundy brown. I really enjoy the subtle, delicate malt nuances of a French Bierre de Garde, and it is always a pleasure to try another. This one leans into Belgian Christmas Ale/WInter Warmer territory, with luscious amber malt tones, and some candied fruitcake flavors. Overall displays a great balance. A touch of bitter balancing bitterness up front leads toasty, clean malt finish, touches of raisin and cherry. Right on, a great Christmas beer.
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Purchased from Carrefour in Steenvorde (petrol stop) and split with Leighton and Bruce in J98 LLY en route to Kortrijk.
Lightly hazed dark amber with a big frothy biege head that retains well.
Nose is toffee, yeast, clove, banana, spice.
Taste comprises yeasts, toffee, light spice, brown sugars, touch of booze, hint of smoke.
Medium bodied with fine carbonation, some bitterness in the finish.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chestnut-hued rust. Persistent creamy eggshell foam holds beautifully. Refined almond skin and breadcrust maltiness comprises the aromatically malty nose. Equally pleasant suggestions of sponge cake, sassafras, black tea, candied fennel seed, plum jam, and puttylike yeast. Soft carbonation. Fully malty, initially, with a luscious plum jam punch laced with deep poundcake girth and a finespun cookie firmness. Endlessly deep malts yield a plethora of bouncy, mouthwatering vanilla-kissed melonoidins which provide a sturdy foundation and buttress the captivatingly lustrous esters. Explosive Special-B-like character partly succumbs to the medicinal tackiness and considerable alcoholic warmth. Otherwise very mineralic and clean. Scratchy yeast and fallen leaves displace some of the sugars as they combine with the daintier nut skin malt to lend delicateness and rusticity which immediately beckon you for another sip. Expertly polished shades of cookielike malt line the well-rounded malt-centric finish. This is borderline cloying, but nonetheless it’s a rather exquisite malt showcase. Love this brewery.
erickok (3793) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s brown bodied, slightly misty and light tanned head might look Christmas-y, the aroma immediately makes clear the intent of this brew: to be a lightly spiced yet very drinkable ale that many can enjoy. And although I’m not overly impressed with the light bready and nutty aroma - a bit too mellow for me - the palate brings forward a sweet bittersweet brew that combines caramel malts, cookie spices and surprisingly high drinkability. Certainly a well made beer, but probably the best part about it is how it does not try to mimic the well-known Belgian Christmas sippers or turns around and be nothing like it. Instead, this delicate yet rich tasting brew brings a well flavoured and enjoyable beer for those winter night that aren’t quite as cold as tv would like you to think it is. Suits me well. (33cl bottle from Auchan in Tours in 4-pack with glass)
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Sweetish malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a Fruity malty spicy caramel finish.
czar (4679) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at la fine mousse, paris. hazy amber, light brown with low light beige head, little retention. bready and toasted malts, but mainly caramel, very few spices, light banana esters - some belgiumness. average carbonation, light body, decent dry herbal and slightly spicy finish. ok. nothing really christmas-ey though.
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium amber beer - lively at first, but the fizzy head sinks to a small lace - aroma of toffee, toasty maltiness, moderate esters, candied citrus, dusty/cobweb yeast notes - moderate carbonation in the mouth - light to medium bodied - flavor is fairly sweet (candied fruit, toffee, baked apples), but with balancing notes of hops (bitterness, floral notes), earthy, dusty yeast, and some spice/warmth on the tail end - finish of toasted malts and lightly caramelized sugars, but with a light balancing tartness - another subtle but delicious beer from this brewery.