amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean and light colored, huge intial hedd but little carbonation in the beer itself. Sweet with a yeasty note. Good but not fabulous.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2003 Pours a clear golden yellow color with a small white head. It has a lightly fruity aroma, with a hint of yeast and malt. Medium body with high carbonation, the flavor is light and fruity with hints of spices and bread. The finish is dry and crisp with a slight lingering sweetness. This is quite a nice Biere de Garde, very drinkable yet still retaining some complex qualities.
SilkTork (4919) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, WALES - FEB 14, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2011 Feb, 2003I’m in the middle of cooking a St Valentine’s Day meal so haven’t got the time to do this awesome beer justice. Will just have to buy another bottle and do it seriously another day. Bloody marvelous. I never thought the French had it in them to make a beer this good! [4.4]
Oct, 2010 A strong pale beer that has much in common with cheap strong lagers. There’s some perfume, but also some plastic. The appearance is clear and golden. I’m not certain at the moment of my enthusiasm 7 years ago. The beer lacks character, and has little to commend it above any other strong pale beer - indeed, the alcohol burn, and the plastic and vegetable flavours are not to my taste.. [2.3]
May, 2011 Strong pale beer. Some perfume, some plastic, some alcohol heat, but drinkable. There’s not a lot between this and some strong lagers, such as Carlsberg Special Brew. [2.5]
WabashMan (972) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful, "crisp looking" golden color with nice white head. Aroma is subtle and crisp. Flavor...very nice. Clean, soft, VERY easy to drink...which could be an issue at 8.5%! This is a nice beer, and the best Biere de Garde I've had.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale yellow, frothy white head. A dry, somewhat bitter beer, yet it is pretty easy to drink. The finish is biting and harsh, which may mellow out with age.
notalush (4208) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This has a cloudy golden body and a generous, frothy head. It smells like pears, honey and yeast. The flavor is a subtle mixture of apples, pears, bread and spices that reminds me of
British pastries. A dry finish leaves a pleasant sweetness on the tongue. This is good stuff, yet it seems pretentious in some way, much like the country from which it comes.
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was good; a golden color that isn't incredibly ugly like that of the american standards... clean, spicy yeast interacting with the lovely malt flavors wonderfully, giving it a chocolate, caramel orange type flavor... somewhat roasty, yet very light and refreshing too; incredibly drinkable... I quaffed this sucker
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy, straw color. Hints of apple & citrus/lemon in the aroma. Good flavor with evidence of the high alcohol level.
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hmmm, the rating disappeared, I wonder why?
Still, enjoyed this one. Foaming golden beer. Malty, floral thing going on. Lightly viscous and a hidden alcocholic tinge.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright golden, small bubbling throughout, huge soft billowy snow-white head, gorgeous. Aroma a mix of farmy-sour and caramel-sweet, little fruit, hint of something like 7up? Strange but lovely. Very yeasty, soft velvet mouthfeel, God I love the way these beers go down! Good sweet malt/sour yeasty mix, not a lot of hoppiness, very warming. Excellent bier de garde, but something for me separates it from the best example I've had, La Bavaisienne. I need more, more!