FatPhil (9900) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strongly apple-like aroma, spicey and grassy. Sweet floury and flowery taste, also with a resiny hoppiness - drying. Long perfumy hoppy finish.
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. Cloudy, yellow-orange appearance with a bubbly white head. Lemon-tangerine citrusy, fairly spicy yeasty, sweet malty, a touch bready aroma. Tangy, a touch tart, lemon-orange citrusy, belgian yeasty, sweet, light malty flavor.
Beerhunter111 (9243) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Flasche. Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes goldgelbes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, hefig, fruchtig. Geschmack malzig süß, würzig, fruchtig, leicht alkoholisch.
GT2 (9064) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL flip top at Shenandoah Throwdown. The pour is a hazy golden with a healthy off-white head. Nose is fresh yellow apple, cinnamon pie, sweet cherry pie. Taste is very malt forward as expected with cinnamon apple oatmeal, huge honey malt, brown sugar, and wheat bread. Very good.
Rune (8822) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from Vinmonopolet, shared with Finn Arvid. Initial huge, white head to a pale golden body. Fine display of lacework. Smell of fruity wheat. Rather complex flavour where light caramel malts can be spotted together with spiced fruits and wheat. Smooth bitter ending. Medium bodied. Refreshing in the evening sun (Tromsø, 28.05.2010).
Meilby (8514) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear golden with a lasting white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of hops and yeast. Flavour has notes of malt and hops.
crossovert (8467) - Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is really nice. Good blend of malts, lotsof fruits, bright herbal hops. A great beer.
3fourths (8377) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle-conditioned 750ml. first shed rating of the winter. hazed gold body with a white head. both sweet smelling and more estery than the Printemps, less grassy and more fruit jelly / honey-like. the sugar suggests higher alcohol and thicker mouthfeel and it delivers the same. tropical and banana-like yeast, very Belgian-like, so I would probably say it was abbey tripel if blinded, though it seems a little more chunky, pasty and muddy like hefeweizen can be. thick finish of oily spice, sweet bread and simple syrup with banana / pear / tropical ester touches. delicate carbonation, bright flavors and light acidity / tartness play nice together, but it’s a little too sweet for my tastes.
Quack-Duck (8338) - Down South, GERMANY - MAY 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from Village de la Bière. Hazy golden colour, large white head. Fruity nose. Fruity, malty, pleasantly dry hop profile.
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This amenable Bière de Garde proposes honeyed biscuits and herbal, peppery hops in a refreshing show of balance and quaffability.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear dark golden.
-The body is quite round for its size, but it’s never too sweet, which is appreciated.
-The finish is rather subtle; I would have preferred a slightly firmer hop grip.
-This is very easy to drink and it is quite hard to say it’s near 7% abv.