slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Perfect" head over seemingly average, pale, gold ale. Held to light the continually rising bubbles and clean simplicity of this beer shine through. Nose is of yeast and hops, with very little alcohol. Taste follows suit. But the palate is very complex with cereal and other similarities I can't put a finger on. I want to rerate a "kept" bottle. The alcohol is *very* well hidden, which make big gulps great. (Slight alcohol tingle on tounge, but 8.5%?). Clean and easy, good stuff.
Bierridder_S (347) - BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
13/09/2015 - 33cl bottle @Huisekoutermolen, Huise
Clear golden with nice creamy white head, lots of carbo. Yeasty, lots of spices, nicely refreshing but a bit thin.
DrNosha (119) - Baden Württemberg, Germany, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
kräuter, Marzipan und leichte Zimt Noten. Der Alkohol ist etwas unangenehm hervorstechend. strohgelb und sehrr fester Schaum. Im Geschmack süß und kräuterig mit Gewürz-Unterton. Im Abgang zum ersten mal etwas bitter.
MBlessing (64) - Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hellgelbe Farbe fester Schaum, kräuteriger Geruch aber eher schwach, Geschmack recht alkoholisch, mein Ding is dieses Bier nicht
beeebon (322) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light gold with fluffy white lingering head. Aroma is hay, bready yeast, sweet honey like malt, light pepper and spice. Taste is pleasingly mild and smooth for a strong beer dry and bitter on the finish. Nicely carbonated throughout. Very nice
GlassBrass440 (306) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a bright gold with everlasting shaving cream thick white head. Moderately light spicy yeast phenols and honey on the nose. Flavours are of honey malts, spicy phenols, and mineral water lifted by the very high carbonation. Light body and clean, dry finish.
DomPiwa (62) - FRANCE - AUG 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 75cl bottle. The first pleasure was opening it just like a bottle of champagne by prising up the cork. Pours a light honey colour with thick creamy, foamy head and persistant carbonation. On the nose a slight hint of hops. The taste of hops and malt is very subtle and there is a bitterness and slight dryness in the aftertaste which is what I appreciated the most. At 8.5% alcohol I expected something more sweet, sticky and medicinal so I was pleasantly surprised and extremely appreciative for the kindness of the person who had offered me the bottle for sampling.
SkillsFactory (218) - ITALY - AUG 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dorata limpida, schiuma bianca mediamente fine di media persistenza.
Aroma fruttato e floreale, leggero pepe e brettanomyces, qualche nota zuccherina e legnosa.
Al palato corpo medio, ben carbonata, attacca lievemente acida per poi passare a note fruttate che lasciano strada ad una nota erbacea finale abbastanza lieve mista a frumento.
thanatosti (1211) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
33 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Intermarche, Givet.
Clear golden with a white head. Fruity aroma, quite boozy taste. More a tripel than a bière de garde in my opinion but still decent enough.
OldMrCrow (2197) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from total wine. One of the stranger cappings I’ve seen, a massive metal staple indented down into a cork that muffin-tops out over the edges of the glass but is pushed 90+ % of the way into the bottle, making it impossible to remove except by corkscrew. Once I figured out that it wasn’t some crazy swingtop, though, it was pretty straightforward to open. Pours a clear gold (at least, the first glass does) with a just-off-white head that is large and rich but not all that long-lived.
Lovely, lovely nose right from the moment I pop the cork. Plenty of pepper and hay initially from the bottle, but once in my glass I get this fantastic aroma of orchard fruit with a vanilla backing. Some banana esters, but relatively subtle.
Alcohol is forward in flavor, but that’s probably just as well because otherwise this one would be tempting to quaff. A little bit of fruity sweetness up front, pepper and yeast in the middle, drier through the close. Seriously tasty stuff! Abundantly carbonated throughout with heat from the alcohol and bite from the carbonation.
In my opinion is this a really good beer, quite different both from the Belgian ales and from the anything brewed in the US. It’s vastly under-rated on the site, and deserves far more credit than it receives.
tl;dr summary: Fascinating biere de garde is a must-try if you can find it.
Magela (96) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - AUG 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear yellow. Great balance at the nose of citric and fruity. The banana taste is a little more prominent, but the hops and the malts are well balanced.The second I taste from this "brasserie" and then both present a well carbonate taste.