SG111 (410) - New York, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours a nice copper ruby color with a solid white beige head and lacing that leaves nice rim around the glass. Aroma is toasted malts, caramel, lots of sweetness. Little bit of hop undertones. Flavor is sweet caramel, some vanilla, little bit of hop citrus balance. Very malt forward. Flavor is a little bit more pleasant or at least complex than the aroma. Decent mouthfeel makes this refreshing without being bland. Not bad.
UrbanCaveman (136) - Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sammy’s Gourmet Burgers & Beers, served in a shaker pint (not chilled, only due to my asking for it that way).
A: Arrived in the glass a slightly cloudy deep amber, with a creamy, just off-white head. Said head left sheetlike lacing down the sides of the glass as I drank. Bubbles streamed continuously from the bottom of the beer.
S: Unfortunately, due to the location, I couldn’t get much of the nose. What I was able to smell involved toast drizzled with honey as one sits amidst a freshly mown lawn.
T: Much like what I detected from the nose, actually. This reminded me of mowing grass around a beehive overflowing with honey, near a bed of fragrant flowers and an open window out of which wafts fresh baking bread. What hop presence is there does not cut into the sweetness overmuch, allowing it to star. As the beer warms, some subtle spiciness emerges, hints of coriander and cardamom.
M: Light in body and rather well carbonated, this drinks lively.
O: A rather enjoyable biere de garde, which manages to provide a decent array of hop flavors without steamrollering the malt.
EtTuCthulhu (1290) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a dark reddish orange color with a small, rapidly fading off-white head. The aroma isn’t terribly strong yet blends caramel and toasted malts with a hint of earthy hops and grains, and the taste is an interesting blend of mild sourness, slight bitterness, and slight umami. The aftertaste is quite grainy with the fullness of the malt bill lingering on the tongue. The palate fuses a soft carbonation that has a bite, medium body, and slick texture.
rdixon77 (1403) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice Amber color. Caramel and dark fruit in the aroma. Taste is slightly grainy and sour with a bit more caramel nastiness. Not super light like I might of thought. Interesting, but not earth shattering.
ryrpat (169) - Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice flavorful beer. Heavier than I would have wanted but would buy this again
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jb (2412) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Tap and Mallet. My experiecnce doesn’t seem to match reviews I am reading. Orange and clear. Very fruity in the nose. Extremely bland. Not much in hoppiness but then I had it after an IS with chilis.
Bif (1617) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small head and wispy lacing. Aroma of fruit, bit of caramel and herbal. Taste of fruit, bit of caramel and spice. Sharp bitterness that lingers. Moderate body, with slight malty feel. Interesting beer.
UDBeernut (1993) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in Chicago pours medium golden amber, off white head. Some grass, cracker, blue cheese, no sour. Light body, booze burn.
boozedude (2166) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared with hakes dr at club w//clear dark reddish pour with thin white head, carmel, fruit wine aroma and taste, weird, but I lik it
kdm1984 (780) - Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice head with minor, splotchy lacing. Smells toasty and toffee to start, with some acid. Taste follows suit. Boozy finish; caramel sugar. I didn’t know what style this was when I had it at first; no farmhouse funk or anything sour to make me think it was a Bière de Garde. Good beer, at any rate; had no problem finishing it.