rajendra82 (1109) - 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 (13191) - 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 (7501) - 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 (2069) - 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!
Gary (2094) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2011
(Bottled)I wish I could find a 750ml of this ale . . When residing in France in 2008/09 i became familiar with nice frog-biere but not sampled this ; nose is pretty rich and caramel accented, earthy hops , dirt and a butteryness. Sip this and you think of French arrogance and French culinary skill.. Big powerful syrupy malts, caramel ,cereal, earthy hops, and lots of dancing booze. but any rawness is eaten by real skill shown here - to bring united vibes. Quality biere. ads135 (5207) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 18, 2012
A very decent beer with multiple levels of subtle flavors, going from fruit to wood, to vanilla, to musty attic. Light orangish brown ale, thick head and medium body. walrussell (193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2015
(Kind of like a dubbel with less "Belgian" yeast character) Hazy copper. Smells like toffee, cereal, and a little metal. Just off-dry, low bitterness, a little sour at the end. Tastes like toffee, cereal, a tiny bit of licorice and grass. Medium body with lower carbonation and not much head. No ash character, no alcohol. Super smooth but very flavorful. Malt-forward with medium yeast character but not boring, too sweet, or unbalanced. Delicious.