muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Biere de Garde and Various Oddments tasting, #10, with MartinT, Rastacouere and tiggmtl. 750 ml bottle. Medium cloudy amber, smallish head. Very fresh, wonderfully vegetal/herbal nose: mint, freshly cut grass and a touch of caramel. Heavy carbonation (perhaps a touch too much), fairly strong herbal qualities at the front, little sweetness. A rather rough and agressive BDG; though I liked it a lot, it doesn’t quite fit what I want most of the time.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 Deep orange, darker than expected, murky. Light white head. Big off-dry aroma comes out musty. It’s fruitier than most bière de garde with this dried mango, orange and peach flavour profile. Yet it’s just as rustic with this old cellar counterpart, lots of fluffy mustiness in there, notes of ashes, cask wood, uncleaned fireplace, hay… Nice range. Dry dusty palate, never very sweet, yet fruity. Spicy, feeling green (chive). It has a slight lactic bite to it mysteriously. Notes of bubblegum, smoke, cement. I guess what I like the most is how the yeast planes over the rest of the flavours. Big carbonation, medium body. Good, but no cigar.. and I expected one. Cheers TAR!
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange. Moderately aromatic, with scents of coriander, orange, toasted malt, flowers, grass and caramel. Tastes very much like a Biere De Garde with a little bit of a tripel aspect as well. An elaborate fruitiness is present providing notes of orange and pear along with a light hoppiness and notes of toasted malt and caramel. The yeast reminds of Dupont. Tasty.
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled as Grande Reserve. Slightly cloudy orange color with a beautiful large white head. Aroma is sweet malt, yeast, hops and spice. Very soft body. Flavor is much the same as the aroma, however the hop/spice finish is more pronounced. A complex beer but exceedingly drinkable. Tres bien!
flemdawg (533) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hopefully this is the right beer. Had some trouble figuring out if it was the regular 3 monts or this one. Anyway. Fluffy white head that floated atop a copper body. Good lacing too. Sour lemon aroma mixed with some cheese, cobweb, and alcohol. Interesting for sure. Dry alcohol, sourness, spicey, musty tatste. But all very subtle. Rather tasty and interesting.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The first thing you know about this ale, once freeing the cork and letting the beer flow free, is the enormous, volcanic, titanic, utterly brobdignagian head of foam that gushes forth and overwhelms the glass, spills unto the floor, and before you know it, you’re licking the linoleum!
Aroma: Sweetness supreme! I’m sorry, if you’re not an angel in human form, you probably have no right to know this sublimity...oh, wait, it’s YOU! Okay, go ahead...sparkly, yeasty, fruity, heady, ..oooh, I’m on cloud 10! It’s one more, you understand...
Appearance: a murky, cloudy, amber hue, closer to a pale orange, actually...
Taste: lightness, sweetness, fruit, divinity, transendence, uplifting goodness, unparalleled happiness resulting from, goodness, this is that rare kind of beer that makes me swoon, do you hear, swooon!
Each further sip cause me to reel back again, and further settle into this luscious enveloping of beauty...yes, every once in a while, you find beauty in a beer, and this is then...oh, Lordy..
Body, if we MUST get technical, is rather light, but don’t tell that to FLAVOR, oh, no, for the finish don’t know the meaning of that word, brother! Rings and chimes in the caverns of the senses for what seems like forever! And long may it, indeed! I can see no further pleasure to be found of a beer of this caliber, if there is any other...I’m going to have a fine time emptying this bottle, oh, yes, sir!
I take back my previous comments about France and beer ...if there’s more like this, France, I’ll forgive you for Fischer, but, PLEASE, more of THIS!!!!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 A delicious biere de garde; slightly more hefty than the "regular" 3 monts; definitely breadier, biscuity - but has a really strong iron type slightly bittersweet steissspalt (sp?) presence. Delicious. Beautiful coppery color with a meringuey head. This is what Southampton was attempting to duplicate with great success (and also two brothers, close to this bar). MarkR says "metal" with respect to the Southampton, and it is here in spades. Yummy.
Bov (9810) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had this beer many years ago at one time when I was only giving ratings to the beers but was too lazy and stupid to write down my thoughts. I will update this as soon as I get my hands on this beer again.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Golden, clear, large white head. Multi-layered aroma evinces notes of sweet apples, bready yeast, caramel, honey. Biscuity malt flavor, with honey, black pepper, grapes and apples. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, overly effervescent.
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled in 2000 – drank in 2004 – The bottle opened with a big swish and poured a light brownish beer with a huge bubbly head with excellent retention. Aroma of alcohol with a mix of spice. Carbonation is perfect with lots of bubbles coming back on top of my glass. Taste is a mix between a strong Belgian ale with a mix of a good well aged port. The alcohol is mostly sensible in the aroma but undetectable form the taste. Overall, this is a beer that aged well and is true to the name “bière de garde”.