mauropd (37) - ITALY - MAY 2, 2003
thanx supermarket :-) they're renewing the beer shelf and this was the surprise I got; check other ratings to get pro-like details, I just wanna point out it's rounded, a little bit heavy and tasty, palate is funny dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2003
Good offering. Amber in color, slightly hazy,fine head,long lasting. Aroma more yeasty/bready/malty.Tasted less assertive in fruit character than some Belgian versions and with a touch of earthiness I assume from the hops. bierkoning (13821) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2003
Red copper color, big frothy head. Apple aroma. Very good lacing, in fact prickly. Medium bodied. Malty flavor with alcohol, just a hint of smokiness, some licorice, apple and grapes. Slightly bitter aftertaste. A bit vinous. Not bad, especially for a French beer. DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2003
Malt and bread aroma, copper with a medium sized creamy, off white head. Taste is of strong malt. Full bodied, alcohol is apparent. Pretty good. Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2003
Toffee, bit sweet, musty, bit of hops. Copper brown clear with off-white foamy lacing head. Medium silky-watery body and medium carb. Musty malt at start, not sweet. Good dryness, bitterness in finish. Light bitter after.
The Etruscan (711) - Tuscany, ITALY - FEB 22, 2004
White large and strong head. Dark amber color. Aroma is fruity with spicy, walnut and light alcohol notes. Flavor is fruity too, with raisins, apricots and light caramel tones, ending in a moderately sweet, fruity finish. Medium to full bodied. kepano (284) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 It seems sacrilegious for a French beerophile to go so long without trying a Bière de Garde but I finally decided to start with Gavroche. This beer begins with a wonderfully dynamic beige head that initially billows a foamy beige cream and then puffs up in the center. The body glows a deep cloudy pinkish orange, which you might call a dark salmon color. The head reduces fairly rapidly, lacing nicely as it diminishes. Light malts are prominent in the nose, especially caramel and toffee, chestnut honey, brown sugar, nougat, burnt butter, biscuits and café au lait. A pleasant aroma, with an unexpectedly complex array of these fluffy malty fragrances. The flavor is a bit less appealing and reminds me of New Belgium’s Fat Tire (but better). Caramel and biscuits are echoed from the nose, but reappear here in a more hostile environment. The coffee feels over-roasted, the toast a bit burnt and a metallic twang resonates in the mouth. The palate saves the buccal experience by providing a smooth creamy texture and great carbonation though I found the finish a bit acidic. Overall a decent beer but I hope other Bières de Garde have a bit more to say than this one. rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2006
Cloudy amber-orangeish hue, with a frothy white head, with caramelized malt, toffeeish note, hint of fruitiness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet toasty malt character, a faint floral hops note, with a warming accent, leading towards a nice warmth and hop bittering finish. Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2006
Robe cuivrée aux reflets dorés surmontée d’une mousse blanche épaisse et persistente. Arômes de houblon amérisant et de caramel. Saveurs de malt, de caramel et d’alcool. hotstuff (5282) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Huge frothy, fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with minimal lacing, carbonated, slightly hazy, and an orange brown hue. Malty, caramel, sweet, and fruity and ditto for the flavor along with some nuttiness. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium body.