evergreen0199 (3148) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle bought at Cite Europe, Calais, France. An amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top.Fruity, malty aroma. Tastes fruity, malty, caramel, spice. Wouldn’t call this a Christmas beer though.
NikkTwist (2898) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Farmers Cabinet. Slightly hazy dark orange pour. Foamy off-white head. Very little aroma (when cold at least.) Muted mellow Christmas brew. Roasted chestnuts. Appears to be a witbier hiding beneath a now more golden Noel ale. Fluffy red fruit. Golden raisins. Vanilla malt. Juicy but notably muted back end.
Benfi (692) - DENMARK - JAN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel and brown sugar with some roasted marshmellows and caramelized dates with raisins. Pours a dark amber with a very thick white head, fluffy. Caramel malts, with grilled mission figs, with dark raisins and light molasses upfront but finishes surprisingly dry.
sblsimone85 (379) - USA - JAN 21, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bier de garde del nord della Francia al naso molto fruttata e floreale, poco corposa. Fruttata con un retrogusto amaro leggero.
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Stefano (1986) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber coloured beer with a medium white head. Aroma is malty and caramel. Flavour is sweet roasted caramel, brown sugar and medium to heavy palate.
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lovely winter treat tried from a 750ml bottle at a winter beer tasting. Pours a clear brown with frothy off white head. Notes of pepper, spice and dark fruits and candied malt.
erickok (5629) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown body and creamy light tan head. Sweet base, figs, caramel, rough malts and spices like juniper berries. Active big bubbly carbonation. Fairly simple brew and not as excessive as I like a Christmas brew to be. Drinks well though. (33cl bottle from Auchan in Tours)
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a clear amber with a frothy white head. Aroma of peppery, floral hops. Medium body, sweet fruity malt with a slightly dry finish.
b33r (863) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium translucent brown color with minimal off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is rich with sharp fruitiness and malts. Flavor has strong malts up front but fades away quickly and becomes dry and papery. Seems oxidized but that’s apparently what a biere de garde is supposed to taste like according to it’s style description?
rauchbier (3831) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage bottle, BBE May 2000. Hazy red brown, minimal head and condition. Big woody phenolic oxidised nose with hint of figs, sweet malt and fruit and a touch of mouldiness. Soft and earthy in the mouth with touches of yeastiness and fruity figs, quite woody and peppery and obviously oxidised, lingering earthy bitterness, fruit and oak notes in the finish. Obviously a beer that will keep in bottle but maybe only for a few years.