RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
As a lover of saisons I felt it necessary to brew its French counterpart, the Biere de Garde, full of luxurious richness with its aroma sweet to tart candy apples. The palette is full of expressive malt yet finishes dry and spicy with a note of tartness from the yeast.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2010
bottle pours deep gold with a medium white head. Aroma is fruity with lots of yeast character. Flavor is fruity, raspberry, strawberry and a lingering sweet berry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Hazy body with a small head. Aroma has some citrus, wheat, a hint of spice and some faint funk. Flavor is bright, crisp, smooth and a little tart fruit, spice and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2009
POurs hazy brown. Nose is caramel, apples, mild funk, some spices. Flavor is semi tart, bitter apple peel, sweet sugars, some bretty notes, toasted bread and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeadMe (1644) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2010
A: Pours an brownish amber hue with a small off white head. Lite retention and no lace. S: Very yeasty. Subtle spice with some sweet fruit notes. T: Weird mustiness going on here. The yeast is rather dominate as well with a nice spicy quality. Mild fruit notes with hints of candy sweetness. M: Medium in body, zippy carbonation, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Courtesy Beerlando. Amber, off white carbonation. Very nice graham cracker-cookie-toffee malt with plenty of spicy, aromatic, fruity, funky yeast. Mild earthy bitterness. Medium body, well carbonated, very dry, yeasty finish. Very nice American brewed bdg.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle, sampled with Christmas dinner 2009. Pours hazy chestnut, topped with a fairly large tan head. Aroma was fairly spicy, with yeast, wheat, apricot and apple. Yeast was the initial flavor, which was gradually joined by spice, coriander, apple, citrus, and apricot. Dry yeasty finish, with some spice. Went well with dinner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2011
Bottle at Papsø tasting. Pours hazy-muddy brown colour with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, spices and light sour. Flavour is slight acidic with notes of caramel, clove, yeast and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Hazy amber color with a medium beige head. A little lacing. Aroma of honey, pepper, and a slight grainy bitter. Flavor has a highly fruity spice with a very warming alcohol. Body is rich and thick. A nice dry bitter flavor with some hay. Decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (586) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle. Huge explosion on popping the cork. Pours a really pretty blood-orange amber with a large, fluffy head. Can’t get much more attractive. Really interesting and surprising nose -- oranges, Asian spices, lemons, limes. Heavily carbonation is the first impression, and a little young wheat character. Unfolds into a really nice medley with bananas, cinnamon, cloves, some toasted pumpernickel bread, and orange zest. Refreshing and lively. A distinct apple flavor emerges as it warms. This is awesome and I’m probably underrating it because I don’t want to appear as a total Bullfrog homer. This should age amazingly well in my opinion.

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