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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This French-style country ale is deep amber in color. With a toasty, sweet caramel start, it finishes with just enough hops to clean off the palate. Bon Appetit!


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5685) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Spicey, light hops, and a touch of Euro-lager aromas. Pours a transparent amber with a small white head. Lightly fruity with some extremely light yeastiness. Lots of spice in the finish (clove) with a touch of hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUN 18, 2005
Pours ruby brown with a small head. Malty aroma. Caramel sweetness. Earthy nose. Light hops. Drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gmku (296) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 It reminds me of a dubbel, in a way. In the way it is spicy but sweet and malty and not overly hopped and in the way it is slightly sour like some dubbels smell in the end of the glass. I have just come in from pitching the hey and it is a crisp autumn day and I must say to my French housewife Leave me alone to my beer and later we will make love but for now there is only a bierde de garde.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with a little off white head. Aromas were very malty with earthy undertones. Flavors were similar to aromas with a strong finish. Overall it was quite enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Had this on draught in Geneva, Illinois. Orangish-reddish pour with little head, quite malty although not much else. Somewhat dissapointing production coming from a great microbrewery.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Poured a reddish golden color with a nice, small head. Aroma is very earthy, flowery, with lots of sweet malt and a hint of white wine -- vinous you might say. Taste is malty, slightly toasty, with a nice sourness at the end. Hops are evident; dry & tingly mouthfeel. I thought this beer had a decently full body compared to the other bieres des gardes that I’ve tried. This was a really nice drink, appropriate for a warm mid-May Friday evening.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Pours copper color with not much head at all. Aroma is caramel malts and a touch of grapes. Tastes about the same as it smells. Starts out sweet then finishes slightly bitter and sour. Light and watery on the palate. Very unique flavor I guess when I bought this I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it would be more of an amber ale. It was a surprise indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 RERATE 12oz bottle. Aroma is caramel and earthy, with very rich undertones of butterscotch. Taste is malty with caramel, biscut, and earthy hops flavors. A moderate bitterness in the finish. Has a little spice. Big bodied, but easy drinking and finishes balanced. 10.5oz glass. On tap @ hopleaf. Reddish color. Aroma is buttery caramel. Taste is buttery and caramel. Very full with a refreshing, slight bitterness and perfumy hops. Some lingering bitterness. This is the first beer I have had with this much diacetyl in it, very unique.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 Reddish amber color, very thin head. Rich malt toasted aroma with a fruity grape fragrance. A caramel sweet malt taste with enough bitter hops for a nice finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2005
Red-copper look. little off white head. Dark chocolate, cookie dough, and nuts for aroma. Flavor at first is the same then a bit of flower and medium hops at the end. Very clean and tasty.


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