GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma:LIght floral nose....
Appearance:Hazy brown,light head....
Flavor:Light sour,caramel flavor,flower....
Quevillon (2947) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bu au Mondial de la Bière 06. Couleur ambrée, beau petit collet. Arome légèrement caramelisé Goût sûre/amère et caramelisé.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead. Thanks, Kevin. As one who wasn’t blown away by the non-reserve Biere de Mars, I was amazed at the reserve. This is impressive stuff. There’s so much going on on both the nose and the palate, that its frankly hard to describe. There’s the characteristic Montmorency cherry notes, and the raisan and wine, but there’s also a great presence of spice. Finish is long-lasting and impressive.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to CaptainCougar for this one.
It pours a cloudy dark amber with a thin, dirty white head.
The flavor is tangy with some chardonnay-ish notes to it. I like the finish, it has a touch of sweetness.
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Garnet. Clingy dirty-white head displays a lathery thickness. Tangy and robustly vinous nose with notes of mangoes and balsamic vinegar. Faint notes of must, iron, and bourbon. Soft, finely conditioned carbonation. Watery body. Fairly depthless, initially, with a restrained sourness along with a loose tannic clutch. Tannins make a solid attempt at reinforcing the body, but fail to take foothold due to the wateriness. Delightfully composed bourbon offers a glimpse of sweetness which does strengthen the body a bit. Clean oakiness provides the palate with a gritty dryness as it gently skims the palate, but the flavors remain relatively simplistic up to this point. Extremely supple, however, with juicy tannins accentuating the ensuing succulent burst of melon and passion fruit. The lack of well-structured malt hurts the body somewhat, but the malts end up redeeming themselves by artfully underscoring the explosive juiciness with a straw-tinged backdrop. Finishes soft as satin with lingering hints of coconut and oaky tannins. Unlike many of their beers, which tend to be one-dimensional in their sourness and overrun by lactobacillus, this could actually use more acidity. Also needs a heftier body to coincide with the beautifully textured carbonation. With that said, the nose is particularly bright and aromatic (actually comes off as more of a Flemish Sour or Oud Bruin than anything else) and the flavors are a brilliant showcase of subtlety. Thanks, Styles.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Styles. Thanks VERY much. The beer wanted very much to come out of the bottle. I had to put my thumb over the top. Fortunately, it was just a little extra carbonation and had no trouble after 10 seconds. The beer pours to a red-hued brownish body that’s hazy, carbonated, and has a dense off-white head. It irradiates a glowing feel. The aroma is lemons, cherries, brettanomyces, pie. Interesting and nicely balanced. I wouldn’t say Bière de Garde at all. More of a Flemish Sour mixed with an Old Ale given the aroma. Either way, it’s really good. The flavor is oak, dry leather, very-light bourbon, orange peel, pepper, tart cherries, floral hops. I sampled this at room temperature. Thank goodness too. So many components of this might have been muddled by coldness. I agree with Mike, this is perfect. The palate is tart, medium-bodied, very easy drinking. Warming feel even at only 7%. Yet again, Jolly Pumpkin makes me a very happy person.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hmm, the carbonation level here is superb, leaving little organic islands. Love the color of this beer. The regular BdM is a great beer when it’s on, but lately with the second bottling I’ve had some reduced carbonation and flat flavors. In an ideal sense the BdM should have a tart leatherness, as this version does (after all, it’s from the first run trough of this beer!). Almost 9 volt stinginess, plus some real fruitiness. Wonderful slippery, carbonated mouthfeel. But this one has more - it has a very nice bourbon presence that compliments and never overwhelms. Surprisingly good, about the same high level of craftsmanship seen in the Luciernaga Reserve. BBB63 is right, there are some flowery bits too.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Chris for the hookup, served in my NB worthy glass: The brew pours a crimson imbued brown with a small tight fizzy head and very good lace. The nose detects brett and horseblanket, cherry and plum, tannin, rye and biscuit malt, mild cardamon and clove, and just a hit and run of bourbon, smell very inviting.
WOW, I was worried this would have become a brett sour bomb but it has kept just enough of it’s past life to make me really enjoy the new infusion of oak and bourbon which was done light handed, oh so YUMMY! Tart when it has to be and dry and flowery the next go around. THIS IS MORE A FLEMISH SOUR and a DAMN GOOD ONE!!! Some spice and even a bit a earthly yeast is noted as well. The mouth feel is light , airy and refreshing, much more approachable than many "sour" beers.
This is it Ron, please don’t over do that aging, this is what I want....I NEED MORE!
Oh, Thanks again Chris.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a murky tawny-brown body with small, soft yeast floaties and a short lasting off-white head that slowly recedes to a small cap. The aroma is pretty awesome - light tart cherries with some notes of bittersweet chocolate, whiskey, and butterscotch. Interesting commingling of tart/acid fruits but certainly not as bretty and dry as the other varieties. Dark malt flavours with a good woody base and bourbon caramel softness. Sticky alcohol in the finish. Really nice balance and flavour integration. Thanks to Ron for the bottle!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Semi-translucent and deep reddish-amber in color with a thin grey sheaf for the head, recessing to an expansive ice overlay. Profoundly ripe aroma rolls out sour, tannic cherries augmented by whiskey, rye, melba, smashed pinot grapes, lively peppered toffee, and pumpernickel soggied by a dry raspberry-chardonnay sauce. Mighty dry and tart as we progress to the palate. The course and harsh pils malt profile of the stock ale gives curt, husky resistance to the whiskey & rye bourbon composite. It’s flavorly forceful, imparting tart bordeaux cask qualities of turbid acidic accentuations. Cackled white pepper meets hardened pumpernickel crust. Citric acid of lemon rind scrapings impart sweet & sour tendencies with an earthen juncture interceding as if it’s been picked off the cotton farmer’s floor. Effervescence is genial, body is mild mannered, and it’s got a stinging bite about it. Semi-traditional hop prominence is accented by the dry, peppery rye persona, with a finish that commandeers attention, settling the score with oak, pinches of lime juice and chardonnay grapes going south. Big thanks to Styles for the bottle (if this guy’s not going to heaven, we all don’t stand a chance!)