RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
A biere de garde or farmhouse beer. It's brewed exclusively with French pale malt and German hops. A long boil develops a deep amber color and malty complexity. A small amount of black pepper in the boil contributes a subtle spiciness. The beer is fermented with a wonderful monastic lager yeast and the finished beer is bottled-conditioned and packaged in 750 ml. corked bottles. The bottle wears a label of beaux art. It features an image of an abstract painting by Canadian artist: Christine Haley.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
QAWSBeerGuy (15) - Teaneck, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2006
750ml bottle. Deep golden color with a thin-medium head that disippated quickly. Keeps it carbonation nicely without letting it overpower the beer. Good balance between sweet and bitter, malt and hops. Almost seems too light to be a 7.7 ABV. The bitterness sticks with ya, but it’s a good bitterness. I like farmhouse style ales and I enjoy this a lot. May have to bring one home instead of just drinking it on the job ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (8218) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2014
750ml bottle pours a hazy amber with some creamy, white head. Nose is malty, lots of yeast, wet blooming yeast, a little minty, roasted acorn squash, some salad dressing, dried orange peel. Flavor has some wood, mint, more roasted squash, some sunflower seed, heavy cork flavor, mild malt, heavy yeast. Clean finish. More than 10 years old and still holds up well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (4200) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle unearthed by brewandbbq, thank you for the opportunity Jeff! Pours a lightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of sweet bready malt, lightly spicy with a sugary sweet syrupy aroma going on. The flavor is like the aroma. Sweet and spicy with hints of orange and tangerine and a sugary caramel flavor. Medium body with a bubbly spirited level of carbonation, and a sweet mouthfeel. Nice older brew that I’m glad I got the opportunity to try, thanks again Jeff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (20826) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle at the Funky 8, Brooklyn, NYC. Very good beer, which has aged gracefully. Time shows most prominently in the malts. There’s losts of sweet brown sugar, some dark and faintly tangy fruits. Some dark bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Very modest warmth to fin with lots of attenuated sugars, toasty brown sugar, caramel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (16248) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Bottle with many thanks to Sloth. Pours toffee colored brown. Nose of toffee, caramelized apple, brown sugar and figs. Taste of dried figs dipped in caramel, toffee and a dusting of brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Tepid orange-brown, clumpy white head. Lightly creamy nose, honey and alcohol with a bit of walnut and cream. Light walnut, cream, nut, light oak and alcohol in flavor, dry, light. Very balanced, very drinkable. Of course this was after 30 other beers, so accept this rating for what it is... a reflection of my finely-honed, even when hammered, palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Hazy orange-brown pour. Toasted malt aroma with honey and cereal. Herbal minty notes. Herbal hop flavor with toasted cereal, much stronger than on the nose. Seems a little past its prime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
750mL courtesy of MrChopin. Pours a muddy brune with a light tan head. Good retention and lace. Aroma is cream of wheat, little diacetyl, licorice, citrus fruits. Taste is spritzy, light citrus, moving to malty, buttery (not offensive diacetyl), licorice. I think this bottle has been very well kept because it is developing little off-character. Still not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (24012) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2010
750 ml bottle, I believe courtesy of MrChopin - if so, thanks! Plenty of summer fruits in the aroma, and a slightly sour flavor with a good hop profile. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeBoy (7388) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2009
2005 Vintage Bottle thanks to ditmier for sharing. Pours out a cloudy straw with some orange highs topped with a small off white head. Aroma sweetness lots of candy and light hops. Taste more of the sweetness and the hops that have given up a little.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 30, 2009
2005 Bottle - Thanks SpringsLicker! - Pours a hazy golden with a medium off white head...aroma is gritty grain and yeast, diacetyl that I thought dissipated but others did not...flavour is yeasty and malty, fruit and caramel, very light bitterness...still prickly with carbonation, def a little over the hill, but interesting none the less...

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