DocLock (10706) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy deep coppery pour with aroma of caramel malt, fruit, some vinous notes, plus some funky cabernet notes. Tastes fruity, with caramel malt, vinous, nutty, and some cognac notes. The hops and spice appeared at mid-palate, and blended well with the flavor. BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle 75cl - Distinct aroma of chocolate. Exceptional amber color with zero head and slight lacing. Sweet tasting with a lively feel and a long strong alcohol finish. Vive la France! KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2010
Bottle at Hall’s Beerr Tavern, Paris.
Gentle carboanation in a hazy amber beer. Very fruity, plums, peqaches, sour cherries. Feel srelated to an Altbier. Well balanced, quite complex. A little hint of barnyard, a small edge of vinegar. OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2003
Faint hazy amber ruby with small bright yellow beige short lasting head. Strong caramel malty, milder musty cellar yeast and port winey vinous with hint of spice. vinergary toffee and tropical fruit aroma. Medium smooth, ’fly of the tongue’ body. Short mild bitter hoppy start. medium strong hearty and delicious sweet heading towards sticky caramel malty, vinous and yeasty/spicey middle. The alcohol comes through in the middle and finish together with a faint bitter finish. Most fortified vinous of the Bière de Garde"s I"ve ever tasted. Nice. thedm (6187) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2004
This bottled brew corked, caged and marked best before 2004 poured a very large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained average carbonation, was transparent and copper brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of nice but mild malty caramel . Its mouth feel is initially tingly slightly thick smooth full bodied with a palate and a aftertaste. Its flavor contained wonderful cacophony of flavors that included notes of toffee vinuous malty caramel hoppy roasted notes and was very tasty. An excellent beer that I would buy again.
rajendra82 (1093) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2005
The packaging consisted of a green 750 ml bottle, with a champagne style cork, and a wire cage. When the cork was pulled, a satisfying pop revealed that the yeast had been nicely active in the bottle. Poured into a 16 oz wine goblet, the body was clear amber red with moderate carbonation, and could be easily mistaken for a wine. The aroma was also somewhat wine like, with notes of cherry and oak and very little if any hops. The taste was smooth and refreshing. The body was very dry and woody with an astringent tartness, but almost no sourness. Fruits like cherries, red grapes, and pears were also abundant. Floral hops showed up in the middle of the peppery finish. Mouthfeel was surprisingly full. This Bière de Garde tasted much maltier than my previous experiences with beers from the related style Saison, and exhibited fewer funky flavors. Overall this was quite an enjoyable beer, which will most definitely turn me into trying more of its brethren. hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!). Best before date of Nov. ’05. Poured a darker mahogany color with a smaller sized tan head. Kinda of a musty and earthy aroma with leather coming out as it wamed up. Tastes of spices, light caramel, and earthy. Light alcohol in the finish. HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2005
Poured medium amber with long-lasting head. Nose was faintly of seafood and strongly of fresh malt. Flavour was somewhat sweet caramel with a warming cognac quality. Mincemeaty fruitiness. Very balanced and the malt had a lovely fresh taste too it. If I didn’t know better I’d say it was brewed just up the road rather than all the way over in France. Radek Kliber (7368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 20, 2006
Fine haze, amber light brown. Good solid fine tanned top, nice lacing.
Pleasant nose, malty, gentle aromatic hops with hints of spice and yeast.
Slightly earthy, woody in character with semi-sweet malt touch. Smooth and very easy to drink. Be aware this one is 8 %. Classic.
Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Oct. 2006 - Beer poured looking like a slightly red iced tea. Aroma was barnyard funk. The flavor was funk with a taste like overly ripe mandarin orange, strong tang. Unique type of funkiness in this one that was really pleasant. Nice crisp mouthfeel. Good beer!