hotstuff (5114) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle corked and caged dated best before 9/2/05. Large fizzy white head with good lacing, carbonated, hazy, and a yellow hue. Aroma was malty, sweet and spicy as was the flavor. Smooth palate.
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. green champagne style bottle.
Corked and caged. Freshness date on bottom of front label is of Dec 2005. Number on cork is 59111. Poured out a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a minimal white head. It slowly slid back to a yeasty island floating on top of the beer. Aromas are of fresh cut hay, sweet yeasty bread, slight toffee and caramels, and an esoteric sweet, fruity smell. Tastes are of sweet caramels and toffees, along with a fruity taste akin to papaya or the like. Medium mouthfeel, rich and smooth. No so highly carbonated as to make your tongue dance with excitement, but it has a decent level of carbonation all the same.
Alcohol aftertaste to it, but the hops (if any) are hardly discernable. Finishes rather sweet, but not cloying at all. A decent French ale by any standard.
muzzlehatch (4942) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Biere de Garde and Various Oddments tasting, #2, with MartinT, Rastacouere and tiggmtl. 750 ml bottle. Medium-to-light hazy golden, little head. Honeyish, slightly apple-tinted nose, lightly yeasty and herbal. Luscious, fairly thick palate, moderately sweet...acidity present but not obtrusive. Too bad the flavor isn’t comparable to the mouthfeel, else this would be top-notch.
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mealy, sweet marzipan aroma. Clear copper coloured with white head that recedes to cover. Simple and malty flavour - rather straight-forward and somewhat boozy. Soft smooth mouthfeel with gently fizzy carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dusty cereal and hay reluctant to wed the comely, silky sweetness...Wild rice allusions spark the flavorful malt husks...Fizzier than the full Bavaisienne and less coherent in its intricacies, but nonetheless an honest rural raconteur...
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 Clear straw blonde, almost no head. Hoppier than most in the nose. Sharp honey and straw aroma. Well defined malt though it’s not very deep and rather simple, bold and proposes more alcohol than I wish for. Simple sweet mouth entrance, not developing a lot of flavour until the powerful and original aftertaste which is spicy in a candyish way (oregano, chive, anise, mint) and just feels christmasty altogether. Mouth coating body, less earthy than most. Hard to pinpoint flavours once again, but I mostly enjoy it. High carbonation yet it seems subdued, full bodied, comfortable.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sharpness to the taste. Sweet lke sap with orange and pear... I was certain it was an abbey I was drinking at first. The smell is very harsh though. This drink doesn’t have a pleasant nose. It’s like a stale verison of the taste. Interesting.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange Coloring. No Head. Tastes Like You’re in a Hay Barn. Some Malts. Interesting.
badgerben (5063) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brazen gold color with a nice frothy head. Hay bail aroma. Matly taste with a fair hit of grass and cider. A dash of spice on the end. Given the rates, I was expecting less; it’s not too bad.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
09.02.04 750ml bottle. Pours a glowing, golden, yellow-gold with ample, fizzy head that settles and lasts. Aroma is fresh, lively, and barny. Some light vinous notes, pear. Nice and inviting but a hint of something plastic. Flavor is mild and grassy. Slight oxidation in this bottle, I think. Quite malty for a blonde, but the flavor leaves the party just before it’s over. A nice quencher; good with mild foods.