Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Poured ruby amber with a medum tan head with big floaties...smell is hoppy and alcohol...taste is malty sweet with some spicy tea bitterness...not bad! Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle. Low bitterness with lots of tannins. Acidic. Slightly smokey and woody. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a thick frothy off-white head. Mildly earthy sweet caramel Belgian malty aroma speckled with cinnamon and cardamom and a touch of dry smoke. Starts sweet and malty with nice complexity and decent body. Very smooth and drinkable, leading up to a semi-dry earthy toffee finish. A nice and enjoyable Biere de Garde, but not quite as intense as La Bavaisienne. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
From a 25cL bottle. Deep malt aroma, sweet with raisin, caramel, brown sugar, orange peel, and spice. Dark caramel brown clear, with foamy off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with mild carbonation. Starts sweet, with rich malts and some raisin and brown sugar. Kind of watery. Mild dryness of hops toward the finish, and some alcohol warming. Mild acidity to finish, carbonic, with sweet-bitter-dry after, lightly chalky. Sweetness is a bit fake and watery. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
(750ml bottle) Pours a burgundy-brown body with a moderate white head. Aroma of heavy yeast, barnyard, musty, wood, and vinegar. Flavor of malt, yeast, and spices.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Dark amber orange, big head and thick lacing. Light spicy hop aroma. Perfectly balanced, caramel malts, typical mineral water flavor, spice. Soft yet rich, thicker than average biere de garde. Excellent brew. Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2005
For an x-mas beer this was a bit of a disappointment. BB date just 2 mos away. Poured a beautiful deep amber with decent tho not frothy head. Aroma was very subdued,mild malt sweetness and not much more. The beer went down very easy and had a slightly velvety mouthfeel,however I found it pretty one dimensional and lacking of anything that stood out. Enjoyable? Yes. Top notch? nope,sorry. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Bottle pours brownish caramel, large frothy off-white head, fairly sticky lacing, with light carbonation.   Hay like aroma, and what could best be described as pellet food.   Seems very organic, somewhat earthy and dried herbish like.   Herbal sweetness up front, slightly dry, followed immediately by a quickly fading soft sourness.   Enjoyable body, medium mouthfeel.   Finishes musty, malty, slightly sweet, with a soft sourness in the background.   Not a big fan of the style, but this was rather enjoyable. hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Corked & caged bottle. Large ivory head that was mostly diminishing with good lacing, transparent, and a reddish brown hue. Malty and sweet aroma. Sweet, malty, some spicyness in the flavor. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Smells almost like O.S.A, mixed with a brown, and sweet tea thrown in for good measure. Very interesting beer, complex, changing taste. Stars sweet like caramel, changes to a spicey alcohol taste. A VERY lasting taste. A very nice suprise beer.