Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-brown body, thick beige head. Dense caramely aroma with layers of breads and hints of toffee. Nice biscuity, bready, toasty body, sweet, with brown sugar and caramel, toffee, and a touch of raisin. I’m actually quite surprised by the complexity and ingenuity displayed by this tasty beverage. There are some similarities to La Bavaisienne, an excellent beer worthy of its rank as the highest-rated Biere de Garde.
tennisjoel (1401) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at a beer tasting party. Fruity aroma. Vanilla and Caramel flavor. Not memorable but decent. No where near the level of Rochefort Trappistes line or Victory V12.
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head was spare and diminishing. This beer was very carbonated and had a sweet taste to it.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had during a beer tasting party. Poured reddish brown and tastes of sweet broth.
Not really the most enjoyable to me.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is supposed to be a "fuller flavored version of the classic bière de garde," but I found it to be a bit thin. Pouring a lighter brown body, it sports a fizzy, cream colored head that visits only briefly. The aroma is sweet, sweet malts with dark, hard candy and a bit of nutty bitterness. The sweet malts taste lightly roasted and the candy flavors remain strong, the bitterness fading into a memory. The finish is rather abrupt, clean without much lasting flavor.
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Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy dark amber color. Aroma is creamy and sweet. Flavor is dominated by sweet malt flavors. Not bad..
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 750, this one has a thick frothy/foamy off-white head that disapates to a thin head. The body is bronze, mahogany color. Good lacing. The aroma has a light soap quality to it with a malt backbone and dust and basements, light apples. The flavor has some perfume hops and some floweryness to it. There are some light toasted malts as well, light roasted malts. A biere de garde... The palate is quite thick with a velvety texture.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Blake. Clear brown body with a thin ring of white bubbles. Dusty limestone and light hops in the aroma. Brown malt and musty dry hops round out the flavor.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2005 (Bottle 75 cl) Ruby-red or perhaps rather mahogany? Slightly hazy. Very full-bodied, lots of malts and a caramel-like sweetness. Has a somewhat vinous touch - sherry? Fine - albeit discreet - bitterness to give balance. Typical rusic biere de garde-character. A true Christmas beer. 230405
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a copper brown color with a medium off white head. Malty aroma has notes of caramel, light spice, and alcohol. Flavors of brown sugar, spices, pepper, and alcohol. More alc than I would have thought for 7%. Light body.