Bov (10123) - 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 (5025) - 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”.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. This beer is reminiscent of red wine or champagne. Pours a light orange color with a snow white head. It finishes like wine, but perhaps not as bitter. This 750mL bottle was well worth the $7.00 I paid for it.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You can certainly tell that this beer was made ihn France because the aroma and flavor is reminescent of a red wine that is very rich in flavor. I problalbly make this rating because this is the first sampling of this style.
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
New shipment in 2004 though it may still be a 2003 bottling. Pours a lovely light orange-amber/yellow, lightly hazy, bottle conditioned with a big slightly creamy wheat colored head. Aroma is big and fruity, golden delicious apples, lightly spicy hops, raw barley, dusty cobwebs, and grassy herbs. Flavor is equally impressive; vanilla liqueur, spicy yeast, yellow candied fruits, touch of sweet caramel and maybe some orange blossoms. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy, but has a nice sour/bitter hops bite on the finish. Wonderfully complex and balanced. Full to medium-full bodied.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Straw colored brew. Medium/light body. Good flavor. Fruity nose with peaches and apricots coming out. Malty with a fruity character. Yeasty and subtley spicy.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Frothy white head with a clear golden body, this brew is quite tasty. The nose is fruity & musty, the flavors are of complex fruit. Great fruity flavor. This is a good beer to have w/ food.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep orange in color. Well balanced beer. Hoppy and malty. Very rich in texture and flavor . High in alcohol. Very interesting.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy with floaties and a deep orange yellow color with a white head. Alcohol, raisin, fruity/malty aroma with notes of pear, apricot and peach. Big sticky malt flavor with loads of fruit. Rich and well balanced. Interesting and nice.