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 (5266) - 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 (393) - Alexandria, Virginia, 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 (4438) - 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.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The appearance of this beer was the first clue of how classy and remarkable it would be. Lasting, foamy, billows of puffy head. Some peppery, mossy, slightly sour (earthy) aromatic notes. Tasted some dust and metallic flavors as well. Malty thickness (rye bread)comes out as it warmed, was hardly apparent when chilled.