vikingguy (702) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber with white head. Fragrant fruity aroma, mainly sour cherry. Taste - malty & spicy. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cherry & vanilla. On the thin side. Tastes like Christmas.
bluemooner (574) - 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.
jebert (442) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice looking amber with a medium sized tan head. Nose is spices with a whiff of hops. Fairly creamy on the palate, the taste is malty with some caramel and ginger notes. Slight hop flavor on the finish, still rather sweet though. A good winter warmer.
zeke626 (411) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, pours a clear, copper-colored body with a thick white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, yeast, and spice. Taste is similar. Light carbonation with a sticky mouthfeel.
Ericular (388) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear brown with short-lived head and no lacing. Aroma is yeast, apple, cinnamon, and other holiday spices. I’m currently not a huge fan of yeasty beers like this, but this one is well done. The taste is yeasty, with a good balance of spices and hops. The first yeast beer I’ve had no problem getting through quickly. Palate is average with low carbonation. Great for the season, though, with just enough holiday feel and warming qualities.
jmcgavin12 (363) - Madison, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a medium sized head. Aroma is quite christmasy with hints of yeast, malts, a bit of banana and a whole lot of Christmas spice. The taste follows nicely with very sweet tones that are complimented by spice on the finish. Overall a great beer for a blistery day of football
BeerKurve (363) - - DEC 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear Red/Color. The flavor is reminiscent of a Hefeweizen (Cloves, Bananas) but a bit sweeter and spicier flavor, along with Caramel, Malts and Hops. I haven’t had good experiences with the Biere de Garde style in the past, but this was quite good; Good enough to where I will be seeking it out again in the future.
steve1966 (83) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Here it goes had this 2 months apart and in those 2 months it was almost a totally different beer strange... December it was awesome sweet sour almost like a jolly rancher one of the best and strangest beers i ever had. Wild... 2 months later had another and it had mellowed quite a bit still good but darker in color and a lot of the original flavors were gone leaving a kind of dark winter ale in its place nice job Schells!!!
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.
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,