superspak (2413) - Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 11 20 printed on the back label (best before date?). Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pear, grape, citrus zest, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, earth, grass, hay, light funk, bread, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of pear, apple, citrus zest, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, hay, earth, bread, light funk, light honey, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, hay, grass, herbal, floral, earth and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; nice spicy/malt flavor balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Biere De Garde! Great flavor balance and complexity; very smooth to sip on for 8.3%. This is extremely crisp and delicious stuff.
Jorn69 (771) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Nedre Mölla. Bottle (750 ml) from Systembolaget (74:-). Fruity and yeasty with spicy and light acidic notes, citrus, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, bitter and fruity.
Hockert (69) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours hazy yellow/orange. Smells like a regular lager but tastes so much different. It is fresh, a bit acid and complex.
Zekada (47) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from systembolaget. The aroma is very nice, dry fruits with apricots, apples and pears being the most noticeable and a lighfulness to the aroma. It pours a darker orange with a slight haziness and a porous white head. The taste is nice, sweet and fruity. Oranges and tropical fruits in a nice mixture. A light body and easy on the palate with a slight sourness. This is, in my opinion, a solid and very enjoyable beer.
SamTheBarrel (376) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml 2014 years vintage rated 8% ABV, corked brown bottle with a label featuring a windmill, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is cloudy orange with a large frothy beige head, that reduced quickly leaving some lacing behind. Aroma of vinegar, apricots, pears, apples, lemon zest and barnyard. Flavours of lemon zest, wheat bread, pears, dried apricots, apples and a hint of vinegar. Taste is light-medium sweet, medium bitter and light sour. Palate is medium bodied, soft texture and lively carbonation. Overall a great beer, interesting flavorful style with observable notes of Belgian yeast. I would have liked it even more with a higher ABV like the older vintages, this beer has enough body to carry it.
ramboraffe (297) - SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hqzy golden with white head. Smell is yeast and hay and a bit funky. Low bitterness and fizzy carbonation. Taste is hay, a bit funky, fruits and a bit sour finish.
Franzen (273) - SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Funky, tart aroma with banana and stable elements. Clear golden white head. Malty sweet taste with lots of bread in combination with a fair bit of tartiness. Light body, lively carbonation dry. A really light and refreshing beer despite its alcohol content
Plaguebringer (8) - SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: funky, yeasty, acidic, grain.
A: golden cloudy with a large white head.
T: vinegar, raisins, slightly bitter, funky, hay.
P: high carbonation, bitter sour finish, light body.
O: nice balance between sweet, sour, bitter. Overall a nice biere de garde.
EithCubes (4702) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Barred (baled?) and corked 750mL bottle. Nose is sweet with lemon and vanilla, really nice yeast character through and through, with some mild bg fruit and minerals. Pours orange-golden with a dense, sudsy off-white head. Taste is very sweet and fruity, very light oak tones in the distance but otherwise it’s quite jammy in here, has a striking resemblance to Unibroue’s yeast character, though this one is fuller in the mid-body. Oily medium body, effervescent with lightly cutting tartness; not really bitter at all, only base notes as if aged hops were used; and the strong sweetness is tempered somewhat by complex alcohols which warm slightly and are very stylish. A dusty, lightly herbal character under the fruit throughout. I would love to have this again!
Moravius (381) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flasche (Jahrgang 2012) von einem Hofladen in Godewaersfelde, Französisch-Flandern. - Goldgelb. - Nase: Kandis, Hefe, mild-fruchtiger Hopfen. - Antrunk: sehr hefig-süß; sämig. Weiche, in Kandissüße gebettete Frucht (Birne, Aprikose, Pfirsich). Leicht fruchtig-hopfenherber Abgang. Etwas dumpf-bitterer, nicht besonders angenehmer Nachtrunk. - Dies Bier ist weder ein Saison (wofür ich es in meiner Ahnungslosigkeit zunächst gehalten habe) noch ein Tripel, sondern ein Bière de garde, hätte also wohl noch etwas liegen müssen. So früh genossen war es etwas zu süß und unharmonisch, um zu überzeugen. (Verkostung: Febr. 2013)
_angst_ (2564) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. 2012 vintage. Pours deep golden with a big frothy offwhite head that slowly dissipates while leaving some sticky trace on the glass. Smell is phenolic and fruity with marzipan, sweet white bread, biscuits, figs, hay, baked pears, orange zest and hints of alcohol and glue. Taste is sweet, bitter, phenolic and fruity with caramel, sweet white bread, marzipan, baked pears, hay, white pepper corns, glue, alcohol, sheet metal and plums. Mouthfeel is round, tiny spicy astringent, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, tiny bitter and phenolic with sweet white bread, hay, marzipan, apples, pears, orange zest, alcohol, glue and soil. Too phenolic and quite hot... Made for aging perhaps. Would be interesting to try a really old bottle.