MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber, light bubbly white wisps. Nose is soft, cidery, lots of apple, yeast, and peach sweetness. Very light, nutty flavor, bit spiced and green/metallic. Very nice, wonderfully soft like all BdG should be, and quite drinkable given the balance despite so many strong flavors.
zacgillbanks (3755) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from La Cave D’Emeraude, Dinard, Brittany, France. Dark copper coloured with rich red fruit, vanilla and cinnamon flavours followed by a spicy almond and rich creamy currant and burnt toffee finish. Excellent!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich toffee nose, with golden raisins, ripe plums and just a touch of herbal hops. Beautiful, masterful display of malt. Taste is lightly sweet, just a touch of bitterness, herbal/floral hops, light caramel, bread and cracker, raisins, light pepper and dusty yeast. Tiny bit of roast on the finish. Well conditioned, gentle carbonation; soft silky body. Lovely stuff.
beastiefan2k (3044) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL swingtop bottle poured into a large wine glass. BB 3/20/12, guessing that means this was bottled on 3/2009, so about 9 months old. Pours with a perfect medium head that is able to maintain its strength throughout the life of the beer. As its sipped a nice strong lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. The color is glowing brown with orange tints, dark enough to only allow for medium clarity yet glowing. The aroma is airy-caramel-toffee, light and not overpowering. Its just there, not sugary, great malt component right there. Same character in the flavor with a faint raisin aspect as well. At first I thought the beer ends there and its very nice, just a good malty BdG with no flaws that is impeccably drinkable. But as I kept drinking it just kept getting better and I feel like I was tasting Pilsner malt, which surprised me. Even if it isn’t, this "airy" aspect or some beautiful light yet substantial malts to balance out the beer just work wonderfully. It seems like such a delicate and understated aspect that made me love the beer even more. As I stated with other beers from this brewery, simple yet awesome.
jimhilt (2513) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Slightly hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is earthy and flavor is almost tart pear and earthy. $11.40 for a 750ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
notalush (5561) - 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.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 1/8/2010. This Biere de Garde pours a medium orange gold color from a 75cl swing-top bottle. Medium to small sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, with a touch of honey. A medium bodied Biere de Garde. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. Slightly sweet. A very drinkable, but not remarkable winter ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet
KnutAlbert (6435) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown beer, firm head, lovely spicy notes in the aroma. Christmas spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and white pepper, fine malt, some bitterness in the finish. Some cheating here suing the soices, perhaps, but a nice beer.
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some of these French beers are really good. The aroma is fruity and sweet, with a touch of honey. A medium bodied Biere de Garde. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. Slightly sweet. A very drinkable. Goes great with a meal.
nuplastikk (5367) - 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.