Scopey (15471) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle at Sous-Bock, Paris. It pours amber, with a long-lasting thick beige head. The nose is caramel, wood, leather and spice. The taste is caramel, wood, very spicy, earth, some dark fruit, metallic, brown bread, leather and some warming alcohol, with a dry, spicy finish. Medium body and fizzy champagne-like carbonation. A great biere de garde. TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Amber pour with a tall, fluffy tan head that recedes to a short ring of foam in a matter of seconds. Aroma is spicy and grassy and almost has a hint of steamed and spiced (Old Bay?) seafood. Taste is grains, soft caramel, malt notes, spice, dusty yeast, dried flowers and grass. There’s more of that Old Bay type flavor as well. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more spice notes, grass, caramel, malt, toasted grains, straw and dusty yeast. BlackHaddock (7583) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2012
May 2008: 75cl Green cork and caged bottle, poured into two Corsendonk stemmed tulip shaped glasses.
The pour was in one almost smooth action, but the second glass ended up with a few pieces of sediment. Otherwise the beer was a lovely amber, a little lighter than a typical Belgian Amber beer but with the same good biege foaming head. The beer was opened 4 months after the Best Before Date.
The aroma was like a fairly sweet malty biscuit straight out of the oven.
Good flavours throughout, this is a well balanced beer and I really enjoyed it. The 8% doesn’t knock your socks off, but you know it’s there.
The French beer scene is a lot better than most poeple realise, this is a good example of what they are missing.
Travlr (25806) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bottle. Deep, dark, murky chestnut color, large thick, fluffy beige head, solid lacing. Aroma is very earthy and lightly spiced pumpernickel bread and drief fruits. Taste is winter fruits and roots, with rich caramel and Soda bread. Classic example of the style. reebtogi (6350) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2012
750ml corked bottle pours amber in color with a big white head that settles slowly leaving a healthy lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel and light chocolate with some spicy hops. Taste is malty sweet with with some spicy hop bitterness and hints of fruit and yeast. A very well done amber ale which was quite tasty.
imdownthepub (15132) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2012
Bottled, 330ml from Carrefour, Coquelles, France. Amber with white head. This proved to be quite a sweetish, caramel beer, toffee but with a yeasty spiciness and light lemonade note. Pleasant and easy drinking, quite decent. Brandman (2963) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2012
Clear amber body, white head. Aroma of caramel, medicinal hops, berries and some molasses. Flavour leaves dry dough and some unpleasant floury feeling. Alcohol is veery present. Overall might be nice beer, but I just dislike the strong amber ones. humlelala (1375) - DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
(33 cl bottle from Brødrene D; BBD: Jan 26th 2013) Pours a clear amber with lively carbonation and a medium, white head. Good retention and a little lace. Aroma is yeasty (basement) with bready notes and not much trace of hop. Oily texture, medium body, slightly sweet finish. Taste is mildly sweet with a little bitterness towards the end. Interesting but still confirming to me that biere de garde really isn’t my cup of tea. Girlfriend says: "It’s some kind of spicy." tderoeck (10002) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2012
19/II/2012 25cl bottle @ Le Lion Bossu (Lille) - BB:21/VI/13 (2012-147) TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 17, 2012
Clear reddish amber beer, small creamy head, adhesive with nice lacing, pretty stable. Aroma: very nutty, toast, bit of caramel, mocha and even coffee. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: dark chocolate, bit of mocha, dried fruits, some nuts, dark caramel. Aftertaste: mocha, some hop bitters, toast, little nutty and caramel. Pretty good stuff!
Bottle. Pours amber with a handsome white head. Lots of deep malt aroma similarly malty flavour. There’s a yeast bound spiciness. Reminiscent of a belgian blonde but without the esthers. Comparable to a doppelbock but less of a toffee edge. Bags of caramel. Very flavoursome indeed.