HogTownHarry (6379) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev - tupalev’s bottle. Poured clear ruby with an average white head. Roasty-woody malt aroma, mild spices and yeast, some mushroomy bitterness. Taste of roasty malt, slightly sour grain, mild hops and lots of pungent spices and yeast. Thick, flat, astringent mouthfeel - this is pretty nice, sweet and roasty, a little less grain would suit me, let the yeast and spice carry it I say.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown, medium off-white head. Big farmy aroma, it doesn’t smell as dark as it is. Slightly musty, chocolatey. Hints at licorice, vegetables, rhubard, alcohol. Unexpected taste os cherries, licorice, radish. It’s kind of saved altogether by its nice farmy character: haystack combined with a brown sugar concerto. Dry. Hard to pinpoint really. Moderately high carbonated, medium bodied.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a big tan head. Caramel malty, fruity aroma and taste. Medium body with a light sweet finish.
ben4321 (5883) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle Michael Jackson’s Rare Beer Club (November 2010), 1/2/11
Aroma: The nose has some earth, malts, spice, yeast, fruit, and bread
Appearance: It pours a mostly clear mahogany color with a thick, creamy, lasting beige head
Flavor: The taste is spice malts, yeast/bread, like brett notes, and a some light fruit notes
Palate: It is fairly palatable, on the lighter side body-wise, but not particularly thin, quite drinkable
My first rating for the new year is also my first rating from La Choulette! This one was part of the first shipment I got from the Rare Beer Club after getting a subscription as a gift. First off, so far this seems to be a much better beer of the month club then the ones I’ve gotten in the past. It is going to get my trying some beers I wouldn’t necessarily run into in my local store. Second, I like this beer. It makes for a nice, flavorful biere de garde. Very solid stuff.
Happy rating in 2011!
thedm (5881) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew marked best before April of 2006 poured a large sized head of long lasting fine to large sized white colored bubbles that left behind a softly carbonated transparent copper brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was mild with smooth malty notes. The mouth feel was tingly smooth and contained vinous notes that mellowed in the finish. The flavor was mildly vinous with malty and hoppy notes.
JPDIPSO (5795) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark tan color with a tinge of blood. Earthy caramel and alcohol aroma. Taller tan head. Light malt and nut sweetness Earthy cobwebs and mild alcohol finish. Light and airy on the palate. Alcohol a bit to present in this one to rate higher. Seems more like an amber malt liqour.
notalush (5743) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
thornecb (5610) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber into a snifter. Off-white head recedes to look a little sickly. Tangy peach aromas. Dry dark caramel and pit fruit upfront. Lasting sweet malt finish.
jaghana (5596) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - NOV 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33cl, a clear amber red beer with nice huge head and good lacing. Nose is caramel like with peppery hops notes. Aroma is malty, sweet, fruity, wheat notes, fruit part is on agrumes and melon ! Very drinkable, not aggressive at all with 7° and not too sweet, some light diacetyl, very pleasant and balanced Biere de Noel.
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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