GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2010
750mL bottle courtesy of barleydine.
As usual, there is a forceful pop when the cork comes out and this one pours a deep, murky amber with an enormous pillowy beige head that refuses to go away and leaves sheets of lacing along the sides. Gorgeous beer.
The aroma is clean but earthy and sweet all in one. There is plenty of earthy spiciness from the yeast as well as some candied apple sweetness and some caramel malts. There’s not a lot of funk in the nose, but maybe some light grassy notes.
The taste has bit more bitterness to it with a very crisp grassy hop taste up front. The sweetness of the caramel malts is big underneath some light fruits and honey. The finish is where the funk finally starts to show, though it’s very subtle and the sweetness still lingers through the finish as well.
The mouthfeel is almost effervescent with tons of carbonation and a very dry, yeasty finish.
I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and it’s one of the better Bullfrog beers I’ve had. I like the fact that the caramel and fruity sweetness is heavier than I was expecting and that the funk is understated and not dominant, like some of their other beers. Nice stuff. Sammy (12600) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2010
Bomber, obtained at the brewpub in November. Great big foamy head, on a cloudy grapefruit coloured body. The aroma is a tad funky, it draws you in. Well malted, there is some acidity. Nicely drinkable, and would have ’er again. puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Bottle from Hopdog. Lactic, fruity, pineapple, some clementine; a great selection of summer fruits. Nice complexity. Nice and dry, doughy, cookie, a little bit of lemon cake, and milky eggs. Not quite a Biere de Garde, at least in the traditional French sense, but this seems like what a BdG would be if the French examples were actually any good. Let’s call it an idealized Biere de Garde. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Brown pour. Yeasty aroma, dry apples, and some light tartness. Flavor is dry and fruity with some yeast. Interesting. Not bad. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Poured a hazy brown color with an off-white head. Mildly sweet aroma with spicy phenols hitting the nose. The flavor was sweet and malty with notes of yeast and phenolic pepper. Light to medium bodied.
alexsdad06 (10639) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by? Pours a hazy copper color with a large dense beige colored head that leaves thick lacing. The aroma is floral, spicy, grassy with some caramel and bready malts. The flavor is sweet bready malt, caramel, with spices, dry citrus, and floral notes. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a nice dry finish. This is not a style I have had a lot of, but I found this to be enjoyable.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Bottle thanks to ? Pours a near clear auburn with a medium off-white foamy froth. Medium sweet urinal cake aroma, bretty, floral, fragrant botanicals, maybe some spearmint. Flavor is kind of minty, bretty, super dry, chalky. Thin bodied with too much carbonation. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2010
750ml bottle cork and caged.
There’s an explosive bang when the cork is popped and this one is a slight gusher. Pours a deep, dark ruby red/chocolate caramel brown color with some coppery hues when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy, soapy light beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Large chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.
Slightly earthy aroma with a prominent malt aroma and hints of zesty spice, syrup and bready yeast. Lots of caramel malt alongside a slightly funky presence in the nose with dark fruit and pepper notes. There’s also a sweet green apple character alongside the dark fruit notes.
Soft carbonation up front with a slightly chewy medium body that has a nice balance of zesty spice, dark and light fruit and leathery malts. Much darker and fuller bodied than other biere de gardes I’ve sampled. Pretty complex with a lot of peppery spice, dark fruit, caramel malt and sweet light fruit. Slightly tart with a dry finish and you can really taste the sweet green apple flavor. I find a lot of beers in this style light, watered down and boring but this beer is the extreme opposite. Full bodied with a lot of heavy flavors, yet still highly quaffable.
emacgee (4704) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Thanks JCB for sharing. Pours a murky caramel amber with a profuse fizzy tan head. Nose is sweet, acidic, yeasty, caramel, some fruit, definitely malt dominant. Flavor is tart and vinous, muscadines, malty, mildly astringent, some yeast, a bit of spice. Palate is dry with a some astringency. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy, dark, reddish-amber color with a tall, lasting head of dense, spongy, khaki colored foam. Thick, sticky sheets of lacing coat nearly the entire glass. The aroma shows notes of spicy, peppery wildflowers, white pepper, and dried grassy hops atop a malt base of dusty, dried out caramel and bread malt. It’s solidly balanced between the malt, spice, and floral hops. Flavors include graham cracker
malts and more dry caramel, with notes of dusty white pepper, marigold, coriander, and a hint of dried orange peel. The spice profile is really quite nice, working perfectly with the low hop presence and the bready malt. Medium bodied, with a bubbly, spritzy carbonation, the palate starts out round, moving towards a dry finish. Good bière de garde.