IslandHaole (1261) - Misawa, JAPAN - OCT 22, 2004
A clear dark amber color with a fine bubbled beige head. Nice rich malt scent, sweet but decent malt flavors. A slight metallic taste is a bit of a drawback to an otherwise solid brew. stephen louis (165) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
I has hoping for more.
On the pour:nice copper colour,with slightly off white head.The nose is mild and pleasant.
On taste:malt,some spice,and sugar,pepper and tangy earth.The finish is sweet but nice..Pleasant and not overpowering.A good beer.
A little watery,good finish.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Sampled at the Taverne Saint Germain in Paris, France.
Nose of caramel, toasted malts, ripe fruit, lemon and a hint of apple.
This was a very pleasant, very mellow, dry and a very flavorful and traditional Biere de Garde. Farmhouse characteristics. Burnt caramel, toasted malts, ripe fruits, perhaps a hint of ginger and a lingering suggestion of pit fruit on the finish. Lovely. clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 11.2 fl.oz bottle. cookie like malt aroma. faint hops. deep reddish copper color with a nice head. slightly burned caromel. slight nuttyness but the burned flavor is kind of distracting. metallic blood like flavor in the finish. not sure if that was intended. possibly a bad bottle. The store guy said that the distributer gave them a good deal. mabey spending some time in a hot wharehouse is why.
75 cl bottle. pours amber with a thin head. much mellower than the small bottles. malt and nut aromas. flavor is malty nutty with caromel and almost too sweet but tempered by the hops. finishes slightly dry wilth a lingering syrupy malt flavor. igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Presentation: Brown euro size bottle - 330ml. Freshness date 7/04 (just under the wire).
Appearance: A red/amber color with light carbonation and an off-white head (poor retention). Nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Malt, caramel and a grassy presence of hops.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is creamy at the start with a light hop bite and effervescent finish.
IMHO: A fair brew with a nice mouthfeel, but not a lot of memorable qualities.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 4, 2004
75cl corked bottle BBD 03/2005 Nice amber pour, head dies to nothing in my glass, but poured well. yummy modified/decoction-type carmel malt aroma...some faint dry fall day leaves aroma. Drinks with body, but delicately. This really reminds me of an Oktoberfest, with maybe a bit more bitterness and yeast funk. It’s a good beer, strong on the malt foundation. It can’t touch the La Bavaisienne in terms of luxuriousness, though. Still, quite nice. vanvenlo (1861) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2004
8 May 2004 - Light orange malt aroma. Cloudy light brown appearance. Simple very sweet citrus flavour. Easy drinking medium body. JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2004
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Amber coloured. Nice creamy, bubbly tan head.
Nice aroma of fruit, nuts and yeast, and a toasted smell. Taste is sweet caramel and lots more besides. Nutty, toasted, some yeast, some alcohol. Sweetish finish, slightly bitter aftertaste. Full bodied, excellent mouthfeel. Very good beer. shadey (2125) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Almost metallic amber in color. Quite a shine to it. Look is crisp with bubbles of carbonation clinging to the glass. The aroma is autumn in natue... thats the only way I can describe it. Apple, and pear and cinnamon and yeast. If this is Biere de Garde, then I am a fan. Quite enjoyable. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Pours a lighter amber color, medium head. Lightly nutty, some toasty malt, lighter fruits. Flavor is similar except with some tinny notes on the end. Medium bodied, earthy dry finish. Not bad.