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.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2014 Well this has certainly fallen off! Rampant DMS and other flaws like flabby, husky malt and zero character renders this one unenjoyable for me. Used to love it, but then again that was almost eight years ago.
Unfiltered ambered peach. Huge fluffy, sticky white foam. Fresh peppery nose crammed with grassy hops and straw. Buttery pale malts, coconut oil, phenols, and white grape undertones. Somewhat tangy and woody. Fluffy, expansive on the tongue. Starts rather tangy trailed by candied pale malts and light pepper. Subtle dried apricot twang is held up by long doughy, powdery malts and a delicate spicy hop kiss. Very grainily malty throughout. Finishes with a table grape tingle amid a honeyed pale malt and spicy hop composition. Lingering honey and earth notes. Wine geeks would be flabbergasted by this earthy, musty, vinous, malty farmhouse ale. (previous score in 2003: 8, 5, 9, 4, 17 = 4.3)
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeasty sweet grassy fruity pear aroma.Clear blond appearance with full head.Dry fruity apple pear flavors balanced by Duvel like hoppiness.Touch of mint towards the dry apple finish.By far the best Biere de Garde or French beer I have tasted.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2010 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (husks, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (basement/cement), with a note of DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Yeah, you know, I’m just not that fond of this one anymore. The reality is that it’s very husky in the malt department, and the wet cement and DMS notes are unattractive. Total honesty? It’s not too dissimilar to a ho-hum Euro strong lager. Meh.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep orange amber with a wonderfully creamy, vanilla coloured head. A fresh apple orchard aroma - leaves, grass, hay, green apples . . . Fantastic. Soft and light on the tongue, fruity flavours up front with bitter pears, ornages and fresh green apples throughout. Light and a bit winey on the palate, clean finish is a bit chewy with some bitter pine notes and moss.
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful fruity, malty, sweet and lightly spicy aroma, with notes of pear, apple, powdered sugar, toffee, vanilla, dry leaves, herbal, grassy hop and faint mustiness. Attractive dark copper in color, with a massive, frothy, persistent head and thick sheets of lacing. Flavor profile is fruity and sweet, with hints of old leather, caramel, flowers, faint pepper and herbal, spicy hop, with some grass, cake and white grape in the finish. Medium-full bodied with a lusciously smooth, creamy and gently effervescent mouthfeel. Outstanding.
JMerritt (1867) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Golden colored, massive light-tan rocky head that is long lasting. Very bubbly: bubbles stream from the center long after the pour. Excellent aroma: malty, cobwebs, thick gingerbread, fruitcake. Mmmm mmm. Flavor is amazingly complex, again with ripened fruit, mildly roasted malt, oak. A certain underlying sweet, airy, almost coppery feel. Silky with good carbonation balance. Aftertaste turns slightly sour, but that is the only flaw that I could detect. This stuff is truly phenomenal by my book.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep cpper with billowing head. Caramelly sweet aroma and a goregous hop aroma carried to the nose by by peppery carbonation. Goregously smoooth caramel malt flavor. Deeply bitter with good aromatic hop caracter as well, hallertau and/or styrian goldings??? It has an amazing lingering finish. This is a fantastic biere de garde--utterly world class. Beautifully smooth caramelly maltiness balanced by a profound and deep hoppiness. Fantastic!
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My #300 rating so I figured why not do another country. Reddish amber hue with large creamy head and excellent lacing, medium-bodied. Very fruity and woody nose, vinous in style. Hints of toasted malt, dough and spices. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms. Acidic and bitter initial taste, more balanced flavor on finish. Dry and fizzy mouthfeel with a slight metallic and alcohol presence on finish. Very well made beer from a place normally associated with wine. Recommended late summer evening brew.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazed golden color with a initially large white head that settles to a fluffy inch of suds. Aroma of dry grain, grass and hay. Quite Sec to use a wine term. Very effervescent. Dry grain, with hints of chardonnay. Dry cleansing type finish.