jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2007
12oz bottle-pours a disappearing light tan bubbly head and copper/brown color with effervescence. Aroma is medium malt, cognac, caramel/sugar, oak, coriander?, secondary earthy hops. Taste is cognac, vanilla, medium/light malt, grainy, oaky, sweet but well controlled, secondary earthy hops, coriander/peppery. Semi-dry finish. Mild carbonation. Nice to style plus oak. Occasional. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2007
A cloudy light brown ale with a small vanishing head and spotty lace. Bread and yeast, some Belgian sourness, some hops to the finish. Smaller than I wold expect from a Biere de Garde. Some nice oak notes, some nice Brandy notes. Just limited intensity. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
My Bottom Line:Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2007
Caramel sweetness and peach liqueur fruitiness are summoned by the alliance of the chosen malts and oaken Cognac barrels, while smoking earthiness renders even more depth to this already complex interpretation of a Bière de Garde.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A big-bubbled veil of foam sits atop the clear reddish orange.
-The tame carbonation and vivacious fruitiness proffer pleasant juiciness.
-A peppery, herbal hop finish works with the preceding citrusy twang.
-The flavor profile leaned towards sweetness, albeit of high complexity.
Bottle; thx Mike and Dany!
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2007 Aged bottle at the brewpub. Slightly cloudy dark blonde body with a little head. The aging in the brandy/cognac oak really shows, the beer definitively has some brandy notes. However the taste is not very intense and the body is light so this does not turn into one of those almost-liquor-beer. Instead the brandy flavour melds well with the dry earthy flavours, light citrus touch and maybe some kind of spicy aroma (ginger?). Really atypical for a Bière de Garde yet very enjoyable. Napoleon Exhilarating. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2006
12oz bottle from 100 bottle limited release at the brewpub: Hazy orange with a thin white head, aroma has earth, wood and sweet molasses, medium bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel, starts and ends lightly sweet with a vanilla ending.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Cold 12oz bottle at Milly’s Tavern: Pours a clear light amber color with minimal ivory bubbles around the edges of the glass. Aroma is of cognac and oak wood. Taste is of rich malts and subtle earthy hops with notes of citrus, honey, caramel and vanilla. Ending is dry with some bitterness and citrus. Medium bodied and well carbonated. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2006
Sampled at the Belgian Beer Fest, Boston - Not a particularly carbonated beer. It is generally very spicy with a pleasant cellared quality to it. I agree that it has a very winelike quality from a hint of grapes. Not as full bodied as I was looking for, but easy to drink nonetheless. notalush (5874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2006
Sampled at Belgian Beer Fest - quite a golden colored biere de guarde, making me expect a more hoppy, pilsner-like flavor, as is often the case with the lighter ones - perhaps the cognac barrels softened them, but there were hardly any hops here - slightly sweet, and quite mild, with medium to light body - the cognac comes through quite a lot, but doesn’t overpower the light spiciness, and hint of light fruit (grapes mostly) - quite interesting, but their other offerings were better. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2006
BA BBF 06. light amber/golden in color. Aroma: spices, malts, and brandy. Taste is slightly malty, with notes of brandy, oak, light vanilla, and spices.