Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep red/brown color with an interesting tannic, husky aftertaste, on top of balanced munich malt type flavor and noticeable bitterness. good stab at Biere De Garde.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly good product of Two Brothers. Clean with good depth, good malt and decent bitterness. Nicely balanced, good mouthfeel. Solid brew.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very cloudy copper/amber color, with a white head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Flavor is mostly sweet malts, with slight sour notes, and not much complexity. A very competent ale, though I've certainly had better.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colored, with a sizeable tan head. Nutty smell, with a bit of caramel. Slightly bitter, it has a caramel dominated taste. Somewhat dry.
argo0 (11104) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft): Clear copper body with small creamy off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, floral. Taste is same, with minimal bitterness. Medium body. Very pleasant beer.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Clark St. in Chicago. Amber hue with little head and no lacing. Medium-bodied. Sweet malty, raisin. pear, and touch of pine on the nose. Good balance taste, minor fruity aftertaste. Creamy and soft mouthfeel. A very comfortable beer and moderately interesting. Would drink it again.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber color with a tight tan head. The aroma was at first slightly sour. Once it settled the aroma included woody, toasted grains, caramel, musty tones, and a nice herbal character. The flavor was more toasty...solid malt background, burnt peanuts, and a gentle earthiness. Bubbly, lively feel with a crisp, but wet, finish.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 First sample, on tap in Chicago:
Resinous hop hormones in a heavy caramel anatomy...A buttery cartilage handles a powerful, bitter honey bravado...Unreasonable alcoholic protusions pierce a nutty oil and almost spoil the feel...3.7/5
Second sample, bottled this time, a few years later:
Cleansed blood orange hues under a meager crown of foam...Caramel fruitiness and grapefruity aromatic hoppiness create a simple perfume...Maltiness is so simple, the fieldberries cannot salvage it; the mouthfeel is therefore lazy, and sleep-inducing...It feels like they’ve filtered all possible flavor particles...2.6/5
Indra (2532) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly sweet, biscuity and caramelized maltiness in the aroma, with some lingering herbal spiciness. Medium orange-red in color, with many suspended particulates and very fine bubbles composing the slight head. Interesting blend of flavors here, some caramel, light breadiness, tobacco and sweetness meeting some tangy, fruity, spicy and leafy, fresh hop flavors. The malts here are quite European in character, and the hops are present in very American quantities, helping to make this a unique interpretation. This balance is maintained throughout. Gentle but interesting beer.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 Original Rating, May 1, 2003: Color is a cloudy amber. Small head that disapates rapidly. I can’t quite place the smell, perhaps a toasted malt. Taste is a little fruity and bitter with a little hops. Not quite sure what to make of it as I’ve never had a Biere de Garde before. I like it good enough. 7/4/7/3/15 Re-rating, June 5, 2008: I FINALLY get to retry this one. Copper color with a thin head. Very malty aroma. Some toasted and biscuty notes. A little yeast. The flavor is very bready, sweet malt and full of yeast. A little spiciness and some apple fruitiness. As solid as I remember it.