argo0 (13778) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2004
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(75cl, best by May 2004) Small off-white head atop a golden body hazed by yeast particulate. Aroma is herbal, honey, pear, some peat, light vinous. Taste is almost invisible, light malt, perfume, finishing with some peat. Watery light-medium body.
GregClow (3321) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich golden-orange colour with a medium white head. Aroma of whiskey and fruit with some citric notes. Flavour with pleasantly malty with mild hops in the finish. Simple, but well balanced and tasty.
Crockett (1113) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep gold with a medium sized white head. Quick disipation. Tiny bead carb. Sweet perfumey soap aroma. Flavours have stewed strawberries and cantelope. Pretty good.
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light sugary aroma, with decent floral-fruity hops. Beany. Low malts. Overall, not a huge aroma. Sparkling clear yellow-amber with foamy white lacing head. Medium watery body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts a bit sweet and musky, bit of barnyard and earth. Finish keeps the sweetness, and it is accentuated as the light acidity drops away. After is still sweet, with a light bitter nuttiness showing up toward the end. An OK biere de garde.
leaparsons (10219) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy orange/gold in colour. Aromas are sweet caramel malts and spices. Flavours have the same characteristics as the aroma with more spices and alcohol burn. Decent.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange golden body, medium head. Fresh hop aroma, some malt and spicyness. Flavor is malt, alcohol, bitterness, spices. Too much alcohol.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours golden with a small head and light lace. The aroma is spicy and slightly musty. The flavor is malty, spicy, and slightly tangy. The palate is medium rich. Overall, fairly good.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
orangey gold colour, well retained white head. tasty malt and lemony citrus hop aroma with a bit of alcohol and yeast. nicely balanced with good maltiness and mild earthy bitterness. nice.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruit aroma, plenty of yeast, hint of citrus. Golden amber, small white head, some lace. Malt at the start, alcohol greets in the middle, with bitter almond at the finish. Sweet, warming, medium bodied, very good.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 750ml bottle.
Leaving the large amount of chunky yeast at the bottom of the bottle, this one pours a mostly clear orangish-gold with a thin and tightly-knit white head. The aroma is malty sweet, with a hefty dose of fruit, most notably peaches. There's a bit of spiciness, along with a slight medicinal phenolic note. Some barnyard yeast as well. The flavor starts out quite sweet, before a peppery spiciness takes hold and attempts, but fails, to keep the honey-like sweetness in check. Like in the aroma, there's some barnyard yeast and musty farmhouse character, but it really gets mauled by the near-cloying sweetness. More medicinal phenolics. Fairly thin on the palate, with a slighty dry finish that has a touch of alcohol both in mouthfeel and flavor. I also detect a hint of a white grape peel flavor and astringency in the aftertaste. Despite the four or five main flavor components, this brew comes as across as thin, lacking in complexity, and overly sweet. Quite the lackluster example of the Bière de Garde style.