wlajwl (3762) - 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.
CanIHave4Beers (3166) - 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.
portableparty (1909) - 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.
fidelis83 (1905) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nearly clear, copper to amber pour with a small, blotchy beige head. Aroma of intense raw yeast, caramel, tree fruit, banana, hints of toast, caramel and rubber. Flavor is just as intensely yeasty, lots of bread and plain old bottom of the fermenter sludge, banana, cloves, anise, light caramel and dried grassy plants. Medium body, with an oily feel throughout and a little chalkiness to the finish, and light, but sharp carbonation. Im not a fan, it’s all yeast and spice. Reminds me of what I remember of Celis Grand Cru. I haven’t had that in several years, but I think I liked it better.
Trev (1885) - 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.
boozedude (1676) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours brown , whiytre head... nice spice aroma, taste is some apple and cinnemon spice, and malts, decent stuffs
Atom (1296) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle pours a clear brownish amber with a medium khaki head. Aroma of caramel, sweet yeast, clove, and banana. Taste similar to aroma with bitter metallic on the finish.
TXBadger (1242) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber color with off-white head. Spice, caramel malts, and some light fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with spice.
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2012 (bottle) Pours out a clear copper color with a medium, fluffy white head that sticks around. Aroma is pretty interesting, with a mixture of spices and sweetness that generates a scent highly reminiscent of canned San Marzano tomatoes. There’s also some toasted biscuit, cinnamon stick, sugared apples, and some must. Taste is slightly sweet, somewhat reminiscent of hard candy, and there’s a certain bit of tinniness that I don’t particularly care for. There are further fruit flavors of apple and pear. There’s some earthy spice notes in the mid that taste pretty solid, and the finish rounds out to some lingering biscuit. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is pretty dialed down. Overall this is not bad, but not all that great, and it tastes quite similar to Schell’s take on the Abbey Dubbel that was released a few years back in the Snowstorm series.
(rerate) I bought a sixer of this, and after having it a couple times, this beer has really grown on me. I’m really digging the old musty apple character of this beer. Very appropriate for the season.
islay (1067) - 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