JoeM500 (1905) - 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 (1664) - 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 (2490) - 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.
pilsnerrogge (2497) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Golden colour. Big head. Pilsener-aroma. Flavour like......well, if is wasn’t for the fancy corked bottle it would be hard to tell this from the avarage Malt liquor! This is my fourth Biere de Garde and I’m yet to be impressed. Guess it’s just not my style.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice in a number of ways, looks fantastic, interesting aroma, feels good going down. But it is perhaps a bit too subtle, vinous, slightly fruity, gets nicer as you get used to it.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Biere de Garde. Very much like a Belgian ale. Golden color. Careful pour yielded a pretty decent sized head. Aroma is a bit spicy, musty and hoppy. Balance is maybe just a bit on the sweet side but it is still very good. As it warms a more vinous quality is noticeable. High alcohol content is hidden very well. I’m pretty impressed with this ale.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-rate: well, i am never dissapointed by this brew, robust, yet subtle at the same time, amazingly round palate, bitter, savoury, a regular in my fridge!!! Original rating (well it was actually a re-rate of a original rating) starts here: i’m growing hopelessly addicted this beer. which probably isn’t good for my bank balance. Light gold in colour with little head. Aroma is of oak, malt, wet paint, kerosene and also a vinous smell aswell. Quite a full body, salty, bittter, oaky and vinous flavour. I agree with motelpogo when he mentioned that it tasted like czeck pilsner concentrate, it does on a wierd sort of way. Theres one thing for shore though this beer is awesome, sit back and enjoy.....
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not sure about this one. The first glass I had was fantastic but the more I drank the less I liked it. Not sure if I got a good bottle at first very complex and tastey but after a while the bitterness took over with a strong metalic after taste
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this beer, nice golden colour, a tight head, beautiful wine like flavour that, for me, was wonderfully balanced. Not for everyone apparently.