tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
Deep earthiness and plenty of wood and tannins in an aroma that also offers dried apricots and marzipan. Hazy amber body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, off white head that recedes to a cover that lasts throughout and leaves some lacing down the sides of the glass. Caramel malts are sweet in the simple flavour with mild bitterness and some mild cabbage-like notes. Dusty yeast characteristics and mineralic quality to the aftertaste. Medium dry body with moderate carbonation. Bottle (BB 12/05, Half Time, Sep-05) enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Siroy. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
Deep orange, gentle off-white head stays light, but offers light stickiness. Profound earthiness and fruited apricot/orange purée make up most of the nuances within my ability to catch. Focused orange flavours and peachy rather slim malts don’t appear as well integrated as they could be. I’m in fact a bit alarmed at how simplistic this seems. Certainly nothing noticeable from the hops while the yeast is barely a factor besides a soft estery nature. Airy palate from the very active carbonation that bites the tongue. A bit disappointing as the classic bière de garde from the makers of the awesome sans-culottes. Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 3, 2006
750ml bottle. Light, sweet, sugary aroma, accented by a moderate amount of herbal hops with a noticeable tea leaf character, along with lighter hints of fresh wood and orange. Rosy red-orange color with a lasting, foamy, off-white head. Mildly spicy and bitter to start, seeing an influx of candyish malt sugary sweetness that figures highly into the overall effect, and for the finish a blend of mild berryish fruit and gentle hints of peppery alcohol, caramel, spices and vanilla frosting. Lively yet lightly syrupy on the palate with a medium body. At first, interesting, but the effect seems to wear off somewhat by the end of the bottle. KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2006
The ambers are the best in Nord-Pas de Calais, but this is not the best of them. This one pors a medium bronze-amber with a large, only slightly offwhite head. For a beer that is 8 percent, you’d never believe there was that much alcohol in there --yet the first taste is a bit strong and sticky. The cherry fruitiness of this style is missing in this beer and is replaced by a disconnected yeastiness and a pinch of Belgian malt-salt. That is to say, it never develeps into the beer it should be. At best is it a super-fermented malt-liquor tasting too much like a Belgian blonde. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
Any first impressions?
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2006
-A quickly fading foam falls onto the rusted copper.
-A wet, farmy soil is tainting the sweet oranges and apricots in the aroma.
-Carbonation is very frothy, and expands in the mouth.
-Flavor is a direct follow-up of the aroma, with less dirt/earth thankfully.
What if you dig deeper?
-The vegetal yeast esters kind of muddle the fruitiness after a while.
-Minerals scratch the teeth.
-The sticky, sweet fruitiness might bother some.
-A fun product, but not cohesive enough to be very good.
Bottle; best before December ’05.
Medium amber, slight haze, pillow head, just a perfect appearance for a beer. Aroma of gummy caramel with a streak of candy fudge and the faintest hint of something wildish. The flavor matches the nose almost perfectly, and at the end some hop bitterness and yeasty notes balance things out. This was quite tasty. Hooker (468) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2006
Clear amber colour with thick off white head. Mild malt nose with slight toasted hints. Sweet malt taste with lingering sweet finish. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2006
Thin off white head that shrinks quickly. A cloudy, orange-amber body. Cocoa, malt and licorice nose. Flavours of thick, floral malt and strong anise spice. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Pours crystal clear amber with a few leasurely bubbles supporting a thin head. Very fruity aroma with toffee and spice and a few vegetable notes. Spicy, earthy caramel flavor with some candy sweetarts. Big, smooth body. Finishes sweet with some floral and candy orange flavors. If it weren’t for the mild astringency and a bit of dirtiness, this beer would be the best Biere de Garde I’ve had. Still great. thegreenrooster (4558) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Pour is a cloudy tan with a small white head. Aroma is a bit earthy and toffee. Flavor is almost like a dry wine. Very dark fruit with the right amount of malts used. Not alot of mustyness going on here unlike its blond brother but well worth it. Very tasty and a pleasure for all the sences.