benpickens (491) - Camarillo, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful clear bronze. Aromas of vanilla and lemon meringue pie; big creamy head of foam. Oily mouth feel with a bitter slightly tart finish.
vtafro (7017) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Golden orange pour with some scant white head. Yeast, maple sugars, and malt aromas. Flavor is sweet, with malt and a light bitter finish. Carbonation is nice for style.
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep copper with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, mild toasted wood. There are some mild maple syrup and sweet biscuit notes, as well as some muted floral hops. Flavor is mildly sweet, peppered with oak and wood notes. I do get some mild honey and biscuit notes, some cereal notes. There are some mild hop notes towards the back of the throat. This beer is crisp, refreshing, and lots of oak notes. This is delicious. This might be one of the best in the style.
AdamChandler (4757) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at BCTC. Light orange appearance. Sort of burnt orange 3 finger head that’s white. Smell is malty, mild hop presence. Piney but with a hint of grapefruit. Some oaky notes. Taste is more like the smell but with some sweet birch taste. Some burnt caramel.
Jow (3648) - New York, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle on Friday night as I oddly decided to watch the classic 80’s film Labryinth. Pours a burnt orange with large fluffy head and a tropical fruit nose. Tastes of caramel, pears, orange peel, oak, plenty of hops, slight booze, floral, and vanilla. It’s very refreshing with a sweet but not to sweet finish. Really good beer for a Jim Henson film.
bp (907) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: pours a burnt orange with a big foamy white head, aroma is yeasty and fruity, taste malty, sweet, a bit of the oak flavor, very nice.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a clear, dark amber with a moderately full, fluffy, off-white head which is somewhat diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is simple and a bit lager-like?, toasted caramel, raisin, light cherry, and a slight musty note. The flavor is similar with toasted caramel, light biscuits, still raisins and slight cherry, and a faint herbal note. The palate is medium, soft to lively, and creamy. The finish is short, malt rich with sweet caramel and slight biscuit. Almost like a simple bock with the toasty and rich caramel notes. Fairly boring example of a BdG, Ommegangs worst beer.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked bottle and served in my Ommegang 10 Anno Tulip: Pours a deep golden near amber hue with a lovely frothy head that left very good lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of herbal and grassy noble hops, pils and aromatic malts, very light oak, and very so slight Herbs de Provence character that adds both a savory and flowery ester to the nose. Some golden candi sugar vapours as well.
The taste starts with a ode to pale malts, plenty of pils malt snap along with some twangy sublime apricot notes. Very minimal tannic oak flavors and feel. I get a touch of crystal malt sweetness as this warms but also start getting some light pepper and lemon thyme. It is one of those rare birds that seems very simple and unassuming but when you dig deeper you find some hidden complexities. The best news is that it is not a "soured" farmhouse ale as so many American breweries think farmhouse ale need to be. While this could gain some lactic nature with age (due to wood aging), I think it would be a shame to let this get any older than 6 months and lose the crafted hop character.
The mouth feel is sprite and refreshing and the alcohol is so well hidden that it comes off as a session ale. Dry but overly dry finish. If I could I would give the palate a 6, it is so perfect to match the flavor profile. Wow, I am more that happy with this brew, greatly exceeded my expections. This would be perfect with a heavier Turkey dinner (or Thanksgiving, which is the time for Biere de Gardes). The whole is better than the some of the parts, Thanks Ommegang!
obguthr (5921) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rich caramel nose like Werther’s Originals, but not strong. Hazy copper, thick yellow head. Neat swirling blend of caramel and orange notes. Finishes with tangy orange peel, not bitter, and the faintest hint of balck pepper. Alcohol is well concealed, medium body, soft carbonation. Now, this is what I want from a BdG! Sweet, but not too sweet. Distinct transitions. Some subtle nuances. The only knock is that I didn’t get any wood character from the staves, but that’s ok. The beer itself is exemplary.
Strykzone (6944) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. From Shep. Orange gold with a golden hued head. A yeasty and malty nose. Yeast is the first thing tasted, too. Some wood, soft hops, and very light fruit notes. Alcohol is tasted. A nice beer.