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!
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium gold clearish under a large, very fine bubbled, creamy yellow white, very long lasting head. Head regenerates superbly on glass swirl. Aroma has hops and fainter spicy, something floral and a hint of cured meat yeastiness, and that celery chicken noodle soup thing you get in some Belgians. I didn’t get much or any fruit on this one as reported by others. Medium, less velvet more silky smooth, body. Lasting carbonation. Medium yeasty and fresh malty sweet flavours, nicely balanced between the bitter and sweet dimensions. Alcohol very well masked even when warm. Extremely pleasant drinking but maybe I was expecting a touch more complexity in the flavours that never materialized in this bottle. Needs further research.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2010 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (husks, toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cement/basement).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
As with the Grand Reserve, this one is pretty husky in the malt department, but a little more hoppy and less cementy. Won’t buy it again, but there was a time long ago that I liked it.
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve never seem a beer so hard to get open. It has a cork, but uses a metal clip to hold it to the bottle. A screwdriver and pliers help. Maybe they are trying to increase the anticipation...Starts out looking like a yellow, fizzy beer. Slightly bitter. Interesting, tasty, very good, but I’m not sure I’ll be back for another, either.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots going on in this one. Great aromas of hay, nuts, and thin crispy toast. Big foamy head lasted until the end. Plenty saaz-like hops at the end. Lots of carbonation does sort of give it that czech-pils effect.
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells heavily of straw and grass. There’s an outdoor hay nose and taste. Brilliant truly golden color with a medium sized head. There’s a slight bitterness that runs through it. The hops really came through and tasted fresh and clean. Crisp and smooth like an April morn.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2009 Slightly hazy golden brew.Bone white,dense head of perfectly beaded medium sized bubbles.Second glass has great lacework and retention.Woody,herbal hop,vinous,pale malt aromas.Palate is like a champagne.Spritzy and lightly syrupy.Winey bier de garde is a good description of this.Not overly sweet though.Mouth is filled with grapes,homeade bread,and a touch of bitterness and acidity.Finish is deep and gets better every sip.Seems to be a little watery point before finish(only complaint).The finish is fruity,slightly toasty,and very crisp and clean.Little nutty also.Started cold and liked it much more as it warmed.I could taste the hops instead of just feeling bitterness.Also flavors of malts are defined. Twenty minutes since I started rating and haved boosted points twice..
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 Masterful sticky white foam. A remarkably complex vinous aroma that boasts notes of white grapes and sweet pale malt nuances. Highly perfumey traits in there as well. Extremely quality flavors of cinnamon and bready malts. Zippy and firm palate; also bottle conditioned. The firm toffeeness, which I love in the style, is also evident. Long lemony finish of bitter hop leaves, perfume, and nuts alongside a subtle dryness which compliments the ever so slight astringency. A deliciously hop-accented biere de garde.