notalush (5935) - Lakewood, 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. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2005
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
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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Got this 750 ml bottle for $6.50. Dated best before 20-3-09, tasted yesterday. Pours a deep slightly hazy amber, with creamy off-white head. Very rough and earthy.. lemon zest, hay, pear, leather, caramel malt, dirt, nuts, and light sweetness. I love the rough flavors and complexity, one of the better farmhouse style beers I have had. zacgillbanks (5548) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle from Carrefour, Calais. Hazy golden coloured with a large white foamy head. It has a toffee and slight spicy fruity flavour with a smooth fruity finish. Ok, but too high ABV for the flavour. duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2006
Bottle. Another nice one from this brewer. Nice savoury mouthfeel, touches of caramelly sweetness, with nice vinous character, some herbaceous hops in the finish. Very well balanced i thought, and would probably go really well with turkey at Christmas time. Lovely stuff.
charlotte (5426) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2009
Dark amber colour with medium white head.Aroma of apple and dry fruits slight tosted mouth feels with medium body.Has some note of toffee caramel and brown sugar overall a o.k beer. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Sampled on 3/26/2011. This Biere de Garde pours a medium brown color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized beige, rocky foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are earthy. Malty, but not very sweet. Nice carbonation. Seems like a milder Biere de Garde. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. badgerben (5355) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Dark red color with no head. Bitter malt aroma with a bit of cinnamon. The taste has a solid malt start with a nutmeg finish. Very interesting biere de garde and one I would not mind having on hand at the holidays. Although it is missing that spicy barnyard taste associated with the style. hotstuff (5274) - 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. thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2009
Aged bottle (best before 1993?) at Den Stillen Genieter. Red colour, lots of sediment, small tan head. Cellar and fruit aroma. Dry, dusty flavours with port and fruit in the background. Body has become lighter with the years. A classic that ages well.