Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Cherry hued straw beneath a thin, off-white. Tons of light malt with a bit of subtle spice. Oranges, toffee, cinnamon, lemon zest, white pepper and some oily nuts. Light, crisp and refreshing body with a clean finish. The flavor is pleasant and not overbearing, as I feared this holiday beer might do. The subtleness is key to a nice Biere de Garde and I'm glad this didn't disappointed. Well done. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2004
750 ml bottle [corked and caged]: Deep garnet with a fluffy white head. Wonderful green apples and ripe pears sing out of the glass. Airy malt and tasty yeast. Buttery rum flavours along with luscious fruit, light herbal spices and more yeast. Not as “winey” as some other Bière de Gardes I have had, which I really like. This is a full flavoured: cocoa, figs, raisins, honey, simply elegant. BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Apple cider smell noted. The beer tasted like the small of evergreen trees. Very carbonated beer. Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Malty aroma - chocolate and biscuit - with dried fruits. Flavor has an even balance. Dry, slightly astringent (grapeskins) finish, mild warming. Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Pours a deep orange/ruby/amber. Light tannish head. Sweet, malty, spice nose. Sweet, plummy, spice, vanilla, dusty, light caramel, ripe fruit, chocolate, cinnamon, yeast, bretty, funky, bitter, herbal finish. Medium bodied, very well rounded, not overly spiced, very drinkable. I wish this was available all year.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2004
Brown colour w. nice head. Very malty, lightly spiced, pleasent mouthfeel, yummy. MaBeer1972 (2051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2003
I was expecting something spiced, but was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't. Deep brown color, nice loose tan head. (Frothy). Flavor is intense and woody. Somewhat sweet on the tail end, but not sickening. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2003
I was very impressed with this one. Deep orange color with a lasting tan head. Cinimon and spice aroma that is not overwhelming and at perfect levels for a beer. Full bodied beer with gentle spice notes throughout the carmel malt flavor. Nice balance and very drinkable. Worth a second bottle. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Yeasty and cakey in the flavor. Chewy, and altogether quite well-balanced and enjoyable. Not too sweet at all, which is refreshing. A nice mild dryness to it. Strong yeasty aroma with the essence of Xmas candy. notalush (5873) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
This is a very attractive beer - deep, clear amber color, with a huge, frothy, off-white head - yeasty, spicy, fruity aroma - flavor is tart up front, quickly making way for some mildly sweet fruit, some spices and lots of cookie-like, bready qualities - a subdued hop presence comes in the finish to compliment the spicy qualities - this beer does, however, fall short in some respects - the mouthfeel is a tad watery, and the flavor, while good, tends to be a bit thin at times, esp. in the finish - still, quite a nice Christmas beer.