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,
BeerKurve (361) - - 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.
Guerde (1115) - 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.
BVery (5153) - 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.
CanIHave4Beers (2776) - 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.
bhensonb (9862) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Andy (Guerde). Pours dark copper amber. Not much head. Aroma is a bit spicy. Med body. Flavor is fruity, spicy, a little earthy. It’s med fruit, not dark. It drinks very nicely, has good overall impact. Might consider there to be some toffee characteristic. Finishes pretty balanced. Good beer. Just leaves me uncertain about flavor components. Which is ok.
Trev (1777) - 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.
badgerben (4323) - 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.
mnmike (944) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thin white head that dissipates quickly. Ruby colored. Unique taste due to what I assume is the yeast strain.
Ericular (386) - 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.