Brewed by Brasserie Saint Germain (Page 24)
Style: Bière de Garde
Aix-Noulette, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
A true amber beer from Nord. It also respects the conditions of Saveurs en or. Its slightly roasty taste is obtained using torrefied malts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ernest (7351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (honeysuckle flowers, herbs, apricot), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of tangerine, cantaloupe, dried mango, cinnamon, black tea, incense, Juicy Fruit gum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Having just had the Oct 08 bottling of La Bavaisienne a week or so ago, and having had this beer twice in the past month, I can say without hesitation that this is the best Biere de Garde going right now (of what I’ve had). Unbelievable aroma of the most succulent, nectar-rich fruits imaginable, along with honey and a perfect balance of rich malt and lovely, flowery hops. I haven’t experienced a 10 aroma in a beer in seemingly forever, but this beer is off the chart. Ridiculously enticing and complex. And equally so, the flavor is impeccably clean and perfectly balanced...I could drink liters of this and never tire of it. It’s rich and sweet, no doubt, but the finish begs another sip immediately. This harkens back to the days when La Bavaisienne was really nectar-like and succulent (it’s leaner and less complex these days, although still solid and enjoyable). This will undoubtedly be the "Beer of 2009" for me (as far as new-to-me brews go), and among the top five new beers I’ve had in this decade. About as close to perfect as beer gets.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy orange body with a small white head. Aroma of mustiness, earth, sulfur fumes, baked apple, and grass. Flavor of orange peel, grass, cereal, and herbs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bontus (758) - Flanders, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2009
Pours copper amberish with a small beige head. Caramel malt aroma but also orangefruit hops. Citrus honeyblossom. Very gentle carbonation. Starts very well refreshing but then gets a bit syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Pours copper with a lasting white head. Smells of raisins and dry malt. Tastes of sweet malt and dark fruit with a messy, unbalanced finish. Sub-par.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle from Diego shared at JW77’s. Dark amber pour. Aromas of honey, caramel, light fruit and some tart notes. Flavor is ok. Caramel malt, tartness, yeast and some cereal notes. Just ok.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Luminous coppery-gold. Snug white head exhibits stellar retention. Divine aroma of herbal hops (aniseed), kumquat marmalade, peach skin, fresh apricot, lightly caramelized malt, minerals, and puttylike/chalky/plastery yeast. Subdued but pleasant whiff of plasticlike phenols. Fine, fluffy carbonation caresses the palate. Wonderfully clean and balanced with a graceful malt emergence of toffee-glazed nuts and honey-drizzled hay curbed by an equally tasteful herbal and peppery hop punch. Hops and fruity esters are explosive in their succulence, and are further enhanced by the pristine attenuation. Artfully placed splash of peach- and iron-tinged acidity gently buckles the cheeks as it adds lift before giving way to the steady progression of multilayered, exquisitely refined malt. Just enough sugary grit to the malt keeps the fruity slickness in check. Flavors continue in their awe-inspiring balance and nuance as the puttylike yeast dovetails with forceful mineralic grip which illuminates the strikingly vibrant and flavorsome hop profile. Finishes deeply complex in its multitude of subtleties, with dusty yeast trailing alongside peppery hops, fruity esters, and polished malt. Further evidence that brewers can coax every bit of complexity from simplicity as they can from a(n) (over)complicated list of ingredients. There is not one inkling of hesitation when I say this is world-class bière de garde. Utterly magical.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2009
sweet caramelness, honeysuckle and flowers. Kind of boring, but easy to drink. Bottle thanks to either JW77, Daknole, or Ryan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a hazy amber with a white head. aroma of peach, some sourness, citrus, nectarine, and honey. flavor had some sour notes as well with peach, citrus, nectarine, and honey. light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. amber with a cream head. aromas of sugar, honey and fruits. very yeasty with heavy fruits and not much else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye, caramel colored pour with sweet potato and white out aroma, flavor is grainy, caramel bitter with some corn

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