GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at ChurchKey. Pours a hazy, golden amber with no head or lace. The nose is dominated by white chocolate, caramel, spiced fruits. Taste is rye malt, burnt toast, lots of earthy/dirty hops. Excellent silky mouthfeel and super soft carbonation. Labeled at CK as Belgian IPA. I’m going to nix that. And Biere de Garde? I’m no expert on the style but my understanding is that Biere de Garde is light bodied table beer for pairing with French food. Sort of like a castrated saison. But this is more like a hoppy rye beer.
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Max’s in Baltimore. Pours a hazy, translucent copper with a very creamy, eggshell head. Aroma is malty, fruity, perfume, a little grass. Flavor is malty, crisp, grassy, a little astringent, lightly medicinal, sweet, lemon peel, a little anise. Full bodied, sweet finish. Might be the best Biere de Garde I’ve ever head.