GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750mL c&c Gavroche Red label thanks to wickedpete at Shenandoah Throwdown. The pour is a clear tea amber topped by a giant, beige head. Ice cream rockiness persists. Awesome appearance. The nose is odd- candy corn and sugar moving to some odd metals and iron. Taste is big candy corn, mild soap, malt forward but not rich and doughy. Lemon finish. Perhaps some toasted malt qualities. Unimpressed compared to Page 24 Biere de Gardes.
BVery (9934) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle - thanks Lou! Murky amber pour with a big foamy head. Malty, dark fruit, and some yeast. Almost a little like a dubbel. Good stuff!
Fin (9914) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle picked up from Carrefour, Lille, 30-07-07. Poured murky warm gold colour, with large erupting white head of foam. Having had two other Biere de garde’s in recent day’s I’m getting to notice the style now and this seemed quite typical of the style although the alcohol did become a little invasive at times. Some toffeeiness in the mouth, bit malty and sweet but fine.
allmyvinyl (9808) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle at home. Pours clear orange gold, big frothy white head. Aromas of yeast, sherbet, honey, strawberry jam. How can something be both dry and sweet? This is, and it works! Vinious qualities. High carbonation. Long finish. Lovely.
j12601 (9790) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this during the 2011 Shenandoah Throwdown. Corked and caged bottle as “Red Ale”. Pours a lightly hazed brown with a thin white head. Soft, sweet, malt and toast. Sweet with big carbonation, toasty, sweet musk. Dries out a bit, musk and caramel. Toast and dry musk and caramel.
DuffMan (9746) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased from the TRC Hotel in Launceston Tasmania. Hazy iced-tea amber colour with a very thick white head that displays excellent retention. Aroma is all butter toffee and bready yeast (smells yummy!). Caramel malt and chewy breadiness dominate the palate, along with mild spiciness. Really nice.
deanso (9726) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting.
thick white head. Clear amber pour. Nice easy drinking beer.
phaleslu (9708) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle from Belmont Party Supply. All head on the pour, a big rocky beige mess that leaves plenty of lacing. Underneath is a slightly cloudy amber-colored beer. Aroma of sour yeast, caramel malts, berry fruits, and toast. Flavor is also sour and malty, a little funky, with notes of berries, caramel, bread, paper, and metallic notes. Dry, bitter, and alcoholic on the finish. Medium bodied, with average carbonation and a metallic and malty mouthfeel. Decent beer.
Nose: Rather muted with some slightly sour stone fruit notes, some light caramel and milk chocolate notes. Almost like chocolate covered cherries. Palate: Medium bodied and with crisp/sharp carbonation. Lots going on here. The chocolate covered cherry thing continues and is met with strawberry and light toffee/butteriness. The palate is really sharp at first, but as the carbonation releases the taste buds, they are overwhelmed with fruit and dark candies. Notes: Had no earthly idea what to expect from this beer. I bought it simply because it was from French Flanders. Stunning beer. Wish we could get it here.
gnoff (9701) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle thanks to ekstedt. Sampled on October 28, 2011
Clear copper color, yellow head. Sweet, malty, cream, faint estery scent. Sweet, malty, some alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
alexsdad06 (9672) - Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled at home. Pours a hazy copper amber color with a large, rocky off white head. The aroma and flavor have bready malts, caramel, some citrus, light funk, mild peppery spice, a hint of metallic character, ok to try but I wouldn’t seek this out.