islay (1100) - 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
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, Minnesota. Pours a clear copper amber colored brew with an average sized off-white head that dissipates to a film top and white ring with some spotty lacing. Aroma of light banana yeast, multi-grain malt, some white bread dough and a touch of holiday potpourri. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of Belgian-like yeast, hint of molasses, light raisin, citrus/floral hops with a hint of nutmeg. Finish is mildly spicy with lingering yeast aftertaste.
jmcgavin12 (486) - 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
JK (4401) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Mayslacks. Light red color. Light yeast aroma. Some metal in the flavor, along with light malt sweetness and sugar.
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Deep reddish copper body with a large yellow tinted khaki head. The doughy nose is sweet with some molasses and floral notes. There is also some leather. This tastes fairly sweet at first with the molasses character, then it moves to leather and salt. There is also some pecans throughout, especially in the aftertaste. The body is highly carbonated, almost annoyingly so with lots of fast moving bubbles. There is a strong herbal, nearly medicinal flavor as this one opens up. You can tell that this is a big warming beer, but the alcohol is well hidden. A little sweet for my tastes.
zeke626 (422) - 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.
fidelis83 (1932) - 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.
boozedude (1752) - 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
nuplastikk (4345) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. A pretty cool, under the radar beer. Amber-tan body, filtered. Not much head, fades into some oily traces. Sweet, faint spearmint and other spices in the aroma. It certainly isn’t the best example of the style, it still has a sort of budget feel to it, but it does almost manage to actually capture the essence of Biere de Garde....OK maybe not. Tolerable.
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.