SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Deep golden color with a small head that quickly turned to a nice thin lace. Mild hop aroma, with what smells like dried fruit to me. Has kind of a complex sweetness that is very thick and long lasting. Very syrupy and probably should only be drank with something like a dense chocalate cake. Not really to be consumed by itself, but would go quite well with sweets or a big hearty meal. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2002
Straw- slight haze in color; Head was thick-medium retention; Grassy, hay and dry belgian hops in the aroma. Candy sweet hits the tongue immediately, but framed by a tight dryness. Sweetness gets to be too much. austinpowers (2832) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2002
Hay, alcohol, malt. That's what I taste. Not good. The body looks light, but malty metallic tones make for a bad brew. Not recommended. MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2002
Absolutely blows Jenlain out of the water. Icredible head on this one boys. So sweet and syrupy a must with lamb. damn damn fine estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2003 Tastes like the cork or something. There's a sweetness in here that just doesn't work at all, it's cloying, but overpowered by a mouth-puckering something else (I'm not sure). This flat out blows, and I will not respect other ratings while trashing this one. Seven bucks for 25 oz? Gag.
muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2003 Feb 02: Nice cloudy, hay or cider-colored body; little head. Aroma complex with hay, yeast, apples, and bananas, and delicate as the flavors that follow. Taste very malty, slightly alcoholic and baked/candied-fruit like. Good medium body and finish. I didn't find this as cloyingly sweet as some have; this is I believe my first of the style and a winner.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2002
Mar 03: After a year and half a dozen more bieres des gardes, this seems a little weak, especially in the finish, and a little simply sweet. Still excellent, still one of my favorite styles. Vive la France!
Not overly impressive. I just didn't find much there. Some yeast and hay flavors but not a whole lot there overall. Not bad but I was expecting more from my first biere de garde. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2002
I really like the biere de garde style. Drinking it makes me feel like it is summer even though it is February and cold. This is a very good example of the style, it is like a lager or pilsener but a little different. Extra malty and yeasty, and highly carbonated. This beer is extremely refreshing and very well made. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2002
Quite pleasant, nice color and attractive appearance. Nice body and well balanced showing unique malt and hop characteristics. Some residual sweetness. Overall a well made beer. VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 25, 2001
Gorgeous appearance with a straw colored body, thick frothy head and flakes of spent yeast riding the bubbles like a snow globe that's been shaken violently. Nice farmy aroma of yeast, hay and grapes. Medium body despite the effervescence. Hoppy and fresh with loads of winey fruits and some slick honey sugarness. Gets thicker and sweeter once warm, where the body loses some grip but the malts never lose their hold. Well balanced and altogether a solid example of the style.