Formerly brewed at Bières23
Style: Bière de Garde
St. Etienne de Fursac, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
French Country Amber Ale (brewed by a cranky Englishman)

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12328) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2010
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours clear amber with a big, staying, frothy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, some apricot, caramel, light estery, red apples. Highish carbonation, dryish mouthfeel. Flavour is nicely hoppy, piney, light apricot, a hint of cardboard, caramel malts. Good, long, lingering bitterness. Very elegant for a hoppy French ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HenrikSoegaard (13744) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 29, 2010
Bottle at Torben Mathews tasting. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma. Some cheasy notes. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (17909) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 29, 2010
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are caramel, malt and fruits. Some smoke in the aroma as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3618) - Sabro, DENMARK - APR 23, 2010
Bottle. Hazy amber colour with a small off white head. Sweet aroma and taste of malts, fruits and citrus. Light hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2009
750ml bottle, courtesy SoLan. Pours a hazy, brassy, reddish-amber hue with a fading off-white head of froth. Wet suds mostly rejoin the body, though some minimal spotting does remain on the glass. The aroma is initially lightly sweet, based in notes of caramelized cereal grain, with a bready yeast profile, drying brett must, and peppery, floral and grassy hops. Flavors show very similarly, with the early stages of brett funk drying out the underlying sweet, bronzed caramel and grain malt. Aged hops come across zesty and grassy, with hints of citrus. Medium-light on the tongue, and lively with fine carbonation, the young brett lends a bit of a dusty feel. Interesting brew. Seems like it will get better and more funky with time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7458) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle. Cloudy amber pour with no head. Funky sour aroma with cherry and some other fruits I’m having trouble picking out. Tart and funky apple flavor with some malt. A bit undercarbonated and finishes thin, but still pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12760) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with an average, fizzy, white head, lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, meal), average hop (flowers), heavy yeast (horse blanket, barnyard) with notes of sour apple, pear, and light dust. Medium bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a sour finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness. Good brew, lightly tart and acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Poured a lightly hazed amber with a thin off-white head. Sweet aroma with notes of apples and leather. dull malt flavor with apples and a tartness. Light body with a dry finish. Mildly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2009
I pulled this beer from the cellar and I noticed that it had some bubbles rising up through it even before I had popped the cap (live beer indeed). With my 25cl tulip glass waiting at the ready, I was prepared to catch the foam from this slow gusher. A careful pour produces a pale, frothy head. The beer doesn’t show near as much carbonation as I would have expected, but does show a nice amber hue and a lightly hazed, amber-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a soft fruitiness to it up front (plum and apple) that is backed by a more earthy, slightly musty and some definitely farmhouse fruity cheese like notes towards the finish. The fruitiness is the most prominent aromatic note here, with the funkiness just being an ever-so-light character that sort of accents things. Touches of cracker like grain are noticeable if you dig for them. This has a nice soft nose to it that is a bit more interesting than you might expect upon first blush.

Fruity tasting up front, but really doesn’t have much sweetness to it. The fruit character aromatically explodes as the beer hits the tongue and the notes of apple, tart-aromatic plum and currant seems to permeate my taste buds as they linger on in the palate after each sip. The beer was served at about 61°F / 16°C or so, which I am sure accentuates the fruit notes. There is a touch of sharpness here; a slight bitterness, some definite peppery carbonation, a slight herbal hop character (that seems to accentuate some berry like notes as well). This definitely has a nice black pepper character to it including the berry side of the peppercorn; this is influenced by a sort of woody note and a sort of phenolic influence here that is not quite plastic. This last seems like the first kiss of Brettanomyces influences and leaves me wondering where this beer might be heading; the phenolics are extremely subtle right now, but would certainly explain the continued bottle fermentation.

An interesting beer; there seems to be a bit of oxidation that is starting to take hold of this beer, things are starting to taste just a little stale around the edges. Honestly it seems to be half way in between a too old lighter beer and a funky complex awesome beer; give this 6 months to a year for the Brett to develop and I have a feeling this will be fantastic.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (13011) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a thick off-white head. Aroma of wet leather, barnyard, fruitiness, and light floral/herbal notes. Flavor of hops (grassy, floral, herbal, citrus), brett, and yeast.

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