Theydon_Bois (20659) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s new pad, from Oddbins LB, 15/10/13.
Lightly hazed golden with a thin off white covering.
Nose is tarte fruits, bitter orange, fishy, straw, lemon rind, pinch of spice, earthy nose.
Taste comprises orange pith, straw, tarte apricot, little pepper.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry grassy finish.
Decent for style. evergreen0199 (3494) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle from Oddbins London Bridge, London. A golden/orange coloured pour with a thin white head on top. Sweet, orange, pineapple aroma. Tastes similar, orange, tropical fruit, caramel, slight bitterness. Idiosynkrasie (7980) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 8, 2013
330ml bottle. Minimally cloudy dark golden to amber colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, white head. Herbal and piney hoppy aroma, minimally soapy, background-ish fruity hints of lychee, slightly perfumed character. Taste is complex dry hoppy, herbal, piney, minimally resinous, fruity, floral; robust biscuity malt basis. Excellent! rehbritton (15) - WALES - OCT 24, 2013
Wow - very tropical - lychee, pine, spice, cloves. Piney and grassy hops in the taste with some light spice and lemon. Lovely drink jimbaxter (23) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2013
Outstanding though a very haevily hopped version of this beer style. Love the depth of alcohol vs grapey hop presence. Also a yeasty depth which was a reminder of the classic style. Awesome beer
Scopey (15753) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle, thanks to Colin. It pours golden yellow-amber with a small white head. The nose is juicy pine, orange, tangerine, Irn Bru and bubblegum. The taste is juicy, earth, pine, metallic, pepper and citrus with a very dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Smells great and don’t taste bad either. Nice work. OliBird (30) - WALES - OCT 17, 2013
A well balanced beer. Poured clear golden from a bottle, with a fingers width white head, fairly good retention. Tastes fairly sweet and well balanced with bitterness. Strong aroma of melon, pine and orange. Lovely stuff.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle cheers to Colin. I know there is a bit of a debate about the style Biere De Garde, but either way, this is a damn fine version of this ’style.’ A damn hoppy version! Really hopped up nose, very tropical - lychee, pine, spice, cloves. Piney and grassy hops in the taste with some light spice and lemon. I think the hoppiness adds a little extra to a ’style’ I wouldn’t normally bother with. Nice Leighton (22329) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London. Pours clear gold with a bubbly white head. The aroma has dry bread, some grass, melon. Light sweet flavor with a bit of piney bitterness, orange, bread. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Mild bitter pine and earth to finish, bread, orange, grapefruit. Very tasty with a nice offsetting bitterness. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2013
On cask at the Whitefriars (Coventry)
An excellent Welsh beer this particular example of the style made me wish I had time for another pint. Well balanced, flavorful, but not overwhelming, it has all the hallmarks of a perfectly executed recipe.
Aroma / Appearance - The creamy caramel blonde base keeps only a thin layer of head after the cask pour. Almonds, wet earth, and musty farmhouse smells share with a spicy peppery undertone. The malt bill is dense and pleasing.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy as a good cask ale should be this one contains a rich array of tastes. From oranges to honey and almonds it starts light on the tongue. Next comes a thick burst of earthiness. Last is the finish of sweet marmalade with bits of real orange. The alcohol is evident but does not overwhelm at any time.