Superman75 (173) - - MAY 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very clear pale yellow with a medium head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is light, but pronounced barnyard, with hints of grainy malt. Medium body with nice carbonation. Flavor is sweet, and dessert-like apple with spices, and a little hot alcohol in the finish.
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 11, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very unique flavor. Strong beer, can taste the alcohol. Has a great champagne like bubble to it.
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pour.Musty smell with a little fruitiness and hop hints.Was a nice golden color with a big white head.Tasted of hops and fruit with spicey notes.My first Bière de Garde and I liked it.
PalCabral (111) - SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2013 Bottle bought at Systembolaget 17/5-13. This is the 2013 version. The beer pours clear golden with a bubbly frothy head that settles to nice foam layer over the beer! Compared to previous years, the beer is clearer and resembles more a golden lager - has there been filtering? The aroma is sweet and yeasty that entice the palates and boosts the thirst. Perhaps slightly more discrete than previous years? In the taste, this is still such a malty sweet beer, but this year I sense more bitterness. The hops are more dominant now and it gives the beer a much more peppery taste. The mouthfeel is medium-full and the carbonation elevated. This is a great example of Biére de Garde but compared to the 2012 and the 2010, it is a tad too hoppy and peppery to reach the same high scores. I also wonder if the change is not caused by filtering? The quote "Sur lie" on the label maybe should be removed? Pourquoi non faites la biere plus robuste?
But, rest assured, this beer is a heck lot better than the disasterous 2011. Bon!
malbert (105) - odense, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
like champagne, but else I don’t find it ’Speciale’
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml gradually poured into a tulip glass...
Nice golden colour to the body, with some haze and a rich foamy white head. Noble hops on the nose. Some fruitiness, some herbal notes, and a bit of toffee. The taste is fairly yeasty, with a moderate hop punch, followed by a bit of sweetness, some apple fruitiness, and quite a pronounced alcohol taste. Some bitterness in the after-taste. Medium-bodied. Quite highly carbonated, and quite boozy too. Not too pleasant.
Judging from the one bottle I had the drinkability is pretty low. This beer will surely warm you up and inspire some hearty conversation, though!
BeerBeCue (84) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle poured into snifter. Pours a nice amber with a big 3 finger-thick head. Aroma is apples, a bit of white wine (?!?), "cherries", it gets a bit more vinous as it warms. Alcohol definitely has some presence here. Taste is medium-heavy sweet and becomes only slightly sour as it warms up. Body is medium, texture is thin-slick, carbonation pretty high (that brew made me burp like crazy...!!! o_O). Overall an interesting brew. I find Saint-Sylvestre to be the only French brewer of interest I know. But still, the "biere de garde" style is not one of my favorites. This one had something special to it though, and although it would not become a regular brew for me, I wouldn’t hesitate buying it again once in a while. It was good with a blue cheese burger I had tonight.
Sparf (64) - Östersund, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Härligt syrlig doft. inslag av källare och övermogna äpplen. Drar aning åt spontanjäst.
Mycket kolsyra som skapar ett stort ljust skum. Färgen är särdeles trist brunaktig.
Smaken har renodlade malt- och fruktsmaker. Dock stör en oblanserad sötma intrycket. Det hela blir brygd där smakerna inte gifter sig på ett bra sätt.
Eftersmaken har en träig beska och en lätt örtig, pepprig ton, allt inslaget i kartong.
Kroppen är tämligen tunn dock utan att vara vattnig.
seke (12) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, 75 cl. Colour is a hazy golden hue. Very nice rocky head. Aroma is very yeasty, much more so than would be expected from the still relatively clear appearance. Fruity and somewhat sugery/cidery flavor. Yeast is a bit too apparent in the aftertaste. (I know it says "Bière Nouvelle sur lie" on the label.)
A Bière Nouvelle as a Bière de Garde is a contradiction in terms...