TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 07. Poured a murky dark amber with a thin white head. Nose is light with yeast notes. Lots of carbonation. This is fruity with light spice notes and a dry spicy finish. A wee bit hot. But good.
ben4321 (3463) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from Whole Foods - Bowery, 2/24/10
Aroma: Nose has some sugar, yeast, citrus, leaves, and spice
Appearance: Hazy golden/orange colored beer with a medium-large fluffly white head
Flavor: Taste is lots of yeast, spice, earthy, not much else
Palate: Body is fairly light, this one is pretty easy drinking, decent mouthfeel
This will serve as my first rating of a Biere de Garde. I’ve been meaning to knock this style off the list, so we’ll do it here. A pretty solid beer. Not the most exciting thing I;ve ever had, but it is pretty good. Drinks really easily, and it has some solid components to it.
vtafro (2297) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Blind Tiger. Hazy mahogany pour with white head. Spicy and earthy aromas. Not the best beer from SH. Musky flavor with some earthy tones as well as some dried fruit.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transparent amber with a thin white head. Belgian nose with candi sugar, light yeast and citrus. Flavor of more sugar, pumpernickel, honey, and some recurring wheat. Sticky full-bodied palate that stings with a bit of carbonation, alcohol with warmth. Overall, a rather aggressive and singularly sweet BdG that, while still enjoyable, may be more aptly anticipated as a Belgian Strong Ale. I like some elements here but won’t return when I want a BdG or BSA.
beerandIT (298) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First pours very nicely also looks and tastes rather true to style. Half an inch of head on the initial pour that seems to be staying around as it should. I taste malts, very bread like flavor, wheat along with some subtle fruit nuances there like a candied sugar. Awesome depth in the color of this beer. Light bodied. I can see some sediment floating around in the beer as well. Overall a nice one.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some residual candy sugar on the aroma, with not much else. The pour yielded about an inch of head, with some decent lacing. Taste is rather subdued with some fair amounts of light caramel and belgian candy sugar. Very decent for this style.
MrBunn (2374) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a slightly hazy deep orange with little head and aromas of sweet malt, oranges, cinnamon and cloves. Flavor is all of the above with only a slight addition of astringent alcohol that appears from time to time.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma has some spice and caramel malts. Flavor is very mellow, light, faint spice. Nice body, light grain and finished fast.
WVHouseofBeer (727) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting. A perfect brew for the holiday season, this Biere de Garde really brings a yeasty and malt punch to the palate and nose. A nice caramel and malt aroma wafts from a dark orange and copper body with a decent white head. A carbonated body emits from a healthy yeast background with no hop flavors or bitterness to the brew. A sugar sweet flavor resembles homemade hard candy. While the mouthfeel could have been better, I must say this beer was impressive.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hopdog. Pours a pretty orange/gold. Nose is floral with apricots and distant wet bread notes, a bit musty. Taste is a tad tart, iced tea, more apricots then some distant roasty notes. This is a pretty fine BdG that I would drink often. Nice.