DrSilverworm (9099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle, shared by Jay. Labeled "Amber Ale Sur Lie", 8.3% ABV. Code on back is "17 20". Mostly clear orange amber color. Many fine particles in the body make it appear slightly hazy. Thin white head. Only a couple loose bits of lace. Medium to bigger body. Softer carbonation. More dry finish. Kind of a nice belgian type yeast profile, more so than in the Gavroche biere de garde I just sampled before this. Light spice, some bready malt. Lightly spicy taste, light bitter. Alcohol is a tiny bit noticeable in the finish, a little heat here... I didn’t notice any at all in the Gavroche. Another solid biere de garde, though.
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber body with a moderate creamy head. (3+). Aroma of alcohol, light yeast and malt, dry. Very dry flavour with noticeable alcohol and a touch of pale malt, light bitterness. Average palate is quite effervescent. Average at best. 5/3+/6/3/12
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 bottle. Very highly carbonated, golden beer. A massive, thick, sticky white head. The aroma is really great. Big slightly musty, spicy nose. Fairly herbal with a light zestiness and a touch of black pepper. Softly sweet, but generally well-balanced. It’s a simple, but tasty biere de garde.
JorisPPattyn (8795) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge, lightly yellow head, quite stable over bright orange-foxy beer. Volatile spices in the nose with cinnamon and clove, as well as sweet cake. Ginger too and orange rind, certainly warming up. Sweet and very spicy with more cinnamon, clove, ginger, and a very faint sourish edge (oranges?), but mainly sweet. Scorched caramel flavour, but not bitter. Bit aggressive, burning MF, not very well-bodied, very slick. Not exactly my favourite, a bit too... too driven... Danke, S!
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 Stinging honey leaking out of a young oak tree…Graham crackers within frothy carbonation...Active yet shy hop leafiness, warming alcohol but not overdoing it, a few tasty yeast flakes and some cereal at the base of the trunk…Solemn and pleasantly quiet…
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2010 version. Bottle high creamy white lasting head. Clear golden body. Mild and sweet fruity aroma and flavor with a low carbonation and a long sweet aftertaste.
marcus (8000) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours light amber with a rich off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a hearty biere de garde classic flavor, a little bitter and very satisfying.
BMan1113VR (7911) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle marked "3 Monts Grande Reserve Special Ale" thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a golden body and a small white head. Aroma of skunk, grass, candi sugar, pear and apple. Taste is bitter with buttered toast, brown sugar and apple. Dry finish.
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[123-20061209] 750mL. Baby powder aroma with beery wheat. Golden yellow body with lots of bubbles throughout and a very large bubbly off-white head. Initially sweet complexity with gravelly hints of licorice. Light-medium body. Nice finish but... veggie burpies.
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle as 3 Monts Grande Reserve, probably a year or 2 old. Poured medium golden with light yeasty chunkage and a short cap of white head. The aroma opened with sour lighter fruits and vinegar, opening into a corn and bready core.. light, dusty spice accents.. warmth brought out a little lemon and dry floral notes that grew on me. The flavor had rather strong corn and pale malts at the core, giving faint whispers of malt likka.. tangy on the edges with lemon zest and dusty funk.. finished dry and a little sharp with light fruits and aged toffee. Medium-bodied, sweeter, and sharper than expected on the palate.. too strong to be refreshing.. OK overall.