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RATINGS: 327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Our Holiday brew is a malty, French-style "Biere de Garde". This traditional style is brewed by small, independent farmhouse breweries in the north of France.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (2273) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
A: Clear, amber body. One finger off white head. Decent lacing and retention. S: Slightly fruity hints come through a soft, mellow malt body. Banana, apples, and oranges are what i picked up. T: Slightly amped up version of the nose. Strong malt base. Good fruit presence. Typical belgian yeasty notes. Some spice (allspice/nutmeg?) M: Smooth. Crisp finish. Not much bite to it. Lightly carbonated. O: A solid beer all around. Tastes slightly better than it smells. Could have a few of these at a bar without a problem.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (1943) - Manama, BAHRAIN - DEC 27, 2011
Nice malts and fruit, molasses, toasted malt, light boozy warmth. Berries in the finish along with light molasses and booze. A good brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2217) - Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2011
750 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle dating. Cork was stuck and broke off, so I had to use a wine key to remove it haha. Pours slightly cloudy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Small bits of lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grape, apple, biscuit, caramel, candi sugar, citrus peel, grass, and spiciness. Some nice and well balanced aromas; with good complexity. Taste of caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, apple, citrus, candi sugar, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Taste and aromas almost mirror each other. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, candi sugar, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, nothing but a slight warming after the finish. Overall an excellent biere de garde. Great balance and complexity. I definitely would like to try out more from this style.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a head that flees in terror quickly after leaving the bottle. Smells like wheat and hay with a little clove, fairly nice but confusing considering the lightness in flavor. This beer hits all the proper notes of a Biere de Garde, but in a fleeting, watered-down fashion, with heavy carbonation that clears away any developing tastes before they can progress. Too bubbly and way too expensive. (3/10/09)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Red amber color with a finger of tan head. Very nice retention on the head with some solid lacing left behind. S - Aroma is full of fruity esters from apple/pear elements. There is also some sweet carmel malt aroma that blends and keeps the aroma from getting too sweet. T - Starts off sweet and fruity wit ha bit of carmel malts present. Through the middle, some citrus/darker fruits come through with just a little bit of spice. The finish is a mix of the lighter fruits and the sweet malts which lingers nicely. M - Medium bodied with light but fairly assertive carbonation. Very tingly on the tongue. The dry finish of the beer gives it a very crisp mouthfeel. D - Very drinkable beer. Very smooth and crisp flavors with a nice balanced mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (1769) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Draft at pacific standard. Pours a golden carmel color with no head. Smells of molasses. Orange and honey. Taste is similar but not overpowering. Almost like a malty saison with a hint of wheat and hops. Very drinkable

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1133) - Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Appearance: chocolate milk-brown; frothy white head; some lace. Aroma: spices, earth, whiff of sauna and old leather; some caramel/malt; definite notes of apples and pears. Taste: toasty bran crackers, hint of citrus, good amount of spice, sweet and tart apples. Finish: smooth, mellow, with lingering malts and notes of pepper. Notes: Surprisingly malt forward, and definitely on the balanced side of sweet very nice. The apple flavor was noticeable but added rather than detracted. Extremely refreshing; an appetite whetter.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10367) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
750 c&c from Half Time. Pours lightly reddish orange/gold with a 3 finger beige head. Smells lightly farmy with fruits and mild spice. It’s surprisingly oaky. There’s a burnt sugar hint, and a lot of fruit. Mild hints of funk.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6022) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle shared by bhensonb. After gushing a bit , poured orange copper with a massive fluffy beige head and an enticing barnyard aroma. There is a mellow pale malt flavor with candi sugar and a lot of oak. Very delicous.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italarican (1436) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle at Where the Wild Beers Are. Clear copper pour with standard white head. Rich aroma of caramel and savory pumpkin. Flavor is awesome of toasted marshmallow, toffee, and ground pumpkin. Lingering roasted malt flavor with caramel. Delicious.


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