JK (6061) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 My first biere de garde and I enjoyed it very much. French in origin, but all characteristics are of a Belgian ale, much like a saison, but there is also complex yeast and malt make this similar to an abbey style beer. Combined, these qualities show why biere de gard is hard to fit into any category. This beer is very floral, with a pleasant light body. Some light fruit flavors.
PorterPounder (7835) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Whole Foods, Sandy Springs, Ga. - 750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly murky, medium golden with a very frothy white starchy head with excellent lacing. Fresh, lemony aroma with hints of mown grass. Flavor has some slight caramel notes, some essences of raw cookie dough and a hint of lemon. Mouthfeel is decently sticky and thick. Astyle I am still tryin got get a handle on - but this appears to be a good sample of one.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I picked this bottle up in Iowa. The body is a glowing straw/copper color with a thin whispy white head. The aroma is a slight sour grains and some saltwater taffy. Fresh smelling. The flavor is a light sour grain with some silage qualities. Lemongrass. Smooth and good. Sweet, medium-full body. Dryness on the finish.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
straw yellow color fluffy white head.. very tall and well laced. Light yeasty aroma touches of grain and soe nice spice w/ a hint of bannanna. Full palate even and well coated. Flavor is a light yeast some spice, grains, a floral hop and t ouch of warmth in the finish. Pretty good.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 thanks to Blake. Labeled "Blond Biere de Garge". Clear yellow body, thin white head that laces pretty well. Taffy aroma with light lemon grass and lime (mineral). The flavor focuses on sweet pale malt with spicy lemon grass. Wheat bread crust and light stone. A well put-together bier de garde.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color with a thin white head, slightly cloudy. Sort of earthy,grassy smell. Earthy, cheesy flavor, slightly sour but with a sweet finish. Good stuff.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First Biere de Garde i have had so no idea what to expect. Wonderful aroma and mouthfeel. Good head which faded soon. Noticeable alcohol. I’d get it again!
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A malty body giving off subtle tones of breaded fruits and a clean warm finish. Easy to enjoy.
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Granted, this is my first biere de garde, but I really loved it. It seems saison and this style have really won me over when I dont want an in-your-face apa or such. Great aroma typical of a farmhouse ale, with the malt taking a front seat to the yeastyness. Overall, it has this flavor similar to Unibroue Edition 2004 to me for some reason, mixed with Saison Dupont. Very much enjoyed and highly recommended!
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This would be one of my absolute all time favorite beers.. if not just for the aroma of it when properly aged. Nothing else smells quite like it, best I can say is like a flowery cork. This stuff drinks VERY easy and tastes delicious on a hot day. And I don’t know what they put in it, but it feels like its a hell of a lot stronger than 6.4% alcohol. Quality brew can be deceiving like that. Anyway, if you have the good fortune to come across this brew-by all means try it.