Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 Deep orange, darker than expected, murky. Light white head. Big off-dry aroma comes out musty. It’s fruitier than most bière de garde with this dried mango, orange and peach flavour profile. Yet it’s just as rustic with this old cellar counterpart, lots of fluffy mustiness in there, notes of ashes, cask wood, uncleaned fireplace, hay… Nice range. Dry dusty palate, never very sweet, yet fruity. Spicy, feeling green (chive). It has a slight lactic bite to it mysteriously. Notes of bubblegum, smoke, cement. I guess what I like the most is how the yeast planes over the rest of the flavours. Big carbonation, medium body. Good, but no cigar.. and I expected one. Cheers TAR!
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Partly cloudy dark blonde body with a large slowly diminishing white head. Aroma of cotton candy. Very sweet beer with bready malts and bland yeast. Somewhat saved by some crisp kind-of-noble hops. Drinkable but very simple sweet-fix like so many others. Bière SameOld SameOld.
larsniclas (6004) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep golden. Frothy, white head.
Fruity aroma with warm alco-notes.
Fresh and spicy flavour; pepperish.
Lively and rather salty finish.
ekstedt (5906) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2009 Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget, tools required to open it. Deep golden, slightly hazy, large creamy white head. Earthy malt aroma, with yeasty and spicy notes. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel with a light prickling sensation from the somewhat overpowering carbonation. Much drier than other Bière de Garde’s I’ve tried, which makes this my favourite sample of this beer style so far.
SaintMatty (5861) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle - Golden with a small head. Yeast, lemon, banana and spice in the aroma. Sultanas, peach, banana, yeast and spice all feature in the taste. Not bad.
nimbleprop (5794) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle of the 2013 vintage in Toulouse. Pours a fairly murky, burnt orange with some ringing, creamy, slightly off white head. Nose has quite a bit of spice to it, clove, fruit cake, heavy raisin, a little booze, candy sugar, some banana. Flavor follows, heavy raisin and heavy candy, clove, banana, some caramelized pear. Fairly heavy finish, both boozy and a bit harsh from the carbonation.
caesar (5769) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy amber color, short off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, some hops. Taste is quite bitter, bit fruity, some malt and grain. Alcohol is well hidden. However, nothing special about this one.
gyllenbock (5728) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, vintage 2010.
Clear golden with a medium, fluffy white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, spices and some floral notes. The same in the taste, also some white bread. Dry and drinkable, better with age?
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
...a.k.a., 3 Monts Grande Réserve Spécial Ale... Hazy dark amber with a frothy white head, this has a tart aroma but with strong sweet malt clearly present. Perhaps it’s Verkade Mariakaakjes that I’m smelling... (And yes, I took that from another’s rating. I thought it was great that bierkoning could get so specific!) Has a bitter, tart malty flavor as well with an almost face-puckering sour finish. I find this biere de garde to be more interesting than enjoyable.
czar (5568) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 clear golden orange tint, nice white head, good retention and lacing. fruity, grassy, soapy, hint of caramel malts, toastiness, biscuity, light to med hopping - citrusy. light yeastiness. short to medium long finish - peppery and citrusy. lively.