tennisjoel (1460) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
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. 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. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2010
750ml bottle on sale for $10. I was not sure what to expect from this beer but I was a little surprised how much I enjoyed it. It was a dark amber color with a good head. The smell was spicy and dusty, not bad. The taste was spices, dust almost like a dark saison but also made me think of Christmas spices which could be the power of suggestion at work. Overall I thought this was a good beer but I would not revisit it. I will however purchase their framboise next.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-26-2010 02:15:32 AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Bottle. A bit dark for a bier de garde, the style that just came out of nowhere on ratebeer sometime last year. It goes surprisingly well with the environmentally irresponsible half pound of beef that I am consuming with it. Thick, complex malty aroma with hints of fruit, and some holiday type spices. Sweet in the finish. The mouthfeel could be a little bit stronger, but otherwise this is an excellent beer! MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 750ml - best before March 2004 - Aroma is sweet carmel and toffee with a touch of spice. Pours dark brown with a nice lasting medium head and great lacing. Flavor is a bit stale and metallic. The aftertaste matches aroma with some dark fruit thrown in. Palate is sticky. The thing about it is I haven’t had a fresh one to tell if it’s age or just the biere de garde funkiness. Even 2 years past the ’best by date’ it is drinkable and good, but not great. I may have to re-visit next Christmas.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Re-rate - had lots of caramel and some dark fruits. Much fresher this time and quite tasty.
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. bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 (Bottle 30/11-2011) large fast fading off-white head, clear amber color, low to medium co2, fit body, slightly sweet aroma, slightly spicy taste. Rather balanced Christmas beer. BB date 22.04.2012. nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2008
Reminds me a lot of a tripel. Smells and tastes of fermented apple cider and skunky yeast. ajm was spot on with his comment about weed, but that almond milk noise is just pretentious. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Had this at BJ’s Winter Ale Fest. Beer poured a clear, dark amber color wth an average, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma was pretty plain jane: moderately malty with notes of roasted grain and caramel with light miscellaneous notes of clove, coriander, trace raisin. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter with an average-length finish that ends with an increasing amount of bitterness until it ends with a heavily bitter pop. There is an unfortunate unclean flavor here too. The body was medium-to-full, the texture was creamy, the carbonation was soft and there was a light alcoholic burn. 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.