islay (887) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 11-25-12. Juicy, tangy, mineral-y, strong, refreshing, enjoyable aroma features bubblegum, caramel, lemon, peach, raspberry, and whipped cream / cool whip scents. Pours an effervescent, clear brass / light amber color. Large amount of fluffy, uneven, peach / “skin”-colored head. Good, extensive lacing. Nearly worthy of a 4 in appearance. Sweet, sugary, milky, juicy, mineral-y taste features apricot, caramel, and honey elements. Excessively sweet. Mineral-y aftertaste. Light to medium body. Easy to drink. Good enough overall. 8/3/6/3/13=>3.3
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color with a large head. Aroma of spice, bread and a little yeast. Very grainy flavor. A bit of a buttery grain flavor, like Munich malt. Light berry fruit. Full body.
sarasneer (3) - - NOV 27, 2012 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bread, nuts, toast, roasty, herbs, leather, earthy, woody, amber, clear, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
Trev (1838) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark amber brownish pour with a lasting thin head.
aroma is bready, light toffee, spice and some dark fruits. floral hoppiness coming through too.
Flavour is dark fruits, almost fruit cake bready. Bit of a lingering burnt caramel that detracts a little. Light floral bitterness in the finish.
CanIHave4Beers (2898) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 For whatever it’s worth it’s pretty damn amazing to see a Bière de Garde coming from this series. Schell is Schell, but they’re ballsy when it comes to some of their limited release stuff.
Pours a deep brown with a quick rise and fall of the head without leaving much lace to speak of.
The aroma is bready, in almost a slightly burnt toast kind of way. Some green peppercorn, some floral hops, and some nuttiness are they key players in the aroma, but generally that slightly burnt toast is what makes my nose keep coming back to the glass.
The flavor is fruity right up front, admittedly mildly so, but some pear & dark fruit are well placed here. The peppery and floral hops are abound. The whole grain vread is appriciaed and the young man who teached his Math tour. The beer is generally dry. The alcohol is well concealed.
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is grainy malts and hints of dark fruit and Belgian funk. The flavor is malts, bubblegum, dark fruit and a mildly spicy/tart finish.
bluemooner (586) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby amber with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet malt and fruits. Flavor is sweet caramal malt, plums, prunes, apples, yeast, and spices. Medium body with medium carbonation. Pretty decent seasonal.
BVery (5612) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear reddish amber pour with a light beige head. Awesome holiday spice, caramel malt, and a bit of evergreen. I think this is a very well done holiday beer - I’m digging it.
guinnesses (11) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A brilliantly clear amber ale, moderately carbonated. What stands out to me is the clear use of a Belgian yeast. I generally expect a biere de gard to have little to no yeast character. This beer seems to be more of an amber saison with some holiday spices added. Don’t get me wrong, this beer would be delicious for thise who enjoy Belgian style beers, but a true biere de gard is a cleaner beer.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark copper with a quick tight soapy khaki head that fades and leaves a thin foamy collar and film. Aroma is sweet malt and some fruit and spice. Taste is malty and subtle spice with a fruitiness that is a bit of plum and apple and yeast is present. Palate is medium and a little medicinal as well as musty and finishes dry.