ThirstyBird (2676) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear garnet color with a lofty tan head than falls to a thin layer. The smell is brown sugar, roasted malt, yeast. The taste is rich malty, brown sugar, some fruit ending a bit dry. Light/ medium body a bit slick with nice tingling carbonation. A nice complex malty brew.
Koelschtrinker (18349) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Etwas muffiger, recht malziger Antrunk. Brotig, leichte Hefenoten. Das Bier wird weicher, rund, nett. Wenig hopfig. 8/9/7/9/8/10
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very complex subtle malt flavors. Layers of raisin bread, rum raisin, dried dark fruit, candied plums, milk chocolate, caramelized banana, honey, browned apple, light toffee and spices. Awesome mouthfeel. Fine, creamy carbonation. Medium-medium-light body. Rich flavors, without the extra weight. Super easy to drink. Belgian Dubbel like. Deserving of its acclaim.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle offered at farmhouse fest. rich bready sweet dough. rustic fall leaves. good.
Ernesto987 (5715) - Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the HF saison fest, as simple and rustic as it comes, malty and rich, very traditional
douglas88 (8664) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. An interesting nose of caramel and oxidation, fruit. The flavor is very nice: rich sweet notes, mellow slight sour oxidation, bready, berries, some light citrus. Very drinkable and good.
MikeJslc (778) - USA - JUN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-copper, hazy, off-white head. Aroma: lots of over-ripe fruit, doughy bread, berries. Flavor of grainy and toasty malt, some toffee, an oxidized, leathery note, fruity notes of peaches and pears, an earthy and musty note, low bitterness, malty balance.
reggiedunlop (3688) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poura a clear bright amber with a thin off white head...light sediment. aroma has some cereal and mild honey. flavor follows suit and steps up the honey...touch of earthy dry leaves. mouthfeel is mediuma nd silky with a dry leaves/honey/grain finish. tasty.
Pyrmir (5763) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, rated from backlog. Clear dark brown with white head. Aroma with malts, yeast and some fruit or berries. Flavor with malts, hops some fruit notes, bitter finish.
czar (8312) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours clear light brown-reddish topped by a light beige head, some retention and lacing. caramel and herbs, light skunky and barn notes, fruity and spicy malts, earthy and spicy hops, some dirt. average carbonation, light body - very smooth and nice mouthfeel, dry herbal-grassy-earthy finish - very good balance too! but not very complex - plain rustic, linear yeast. did not particularly enjoyed that one - did actually DP it.
this bottled brew would probably develop more skunkiness when cellared in its green bottle - which is not consistent with a bière de garde..