ryanscourt (1475) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Don't prefer the wood barrel aging. Drank at a bar when it's probably better aged in the basement for a few years then drank Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JUL 27, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-17-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a hazy golden orange color with a one finger white head. The head faded slowly over time to give a spotty lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest citrus and a sweeter malt smell. Mixed with these are aromas of a more woody and peaty nature as well as some lighter notes of yeast and spice.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice caramel flavor with some hints of a citrus sweetness mixed within. As the flavor moves forward some buttery flavors comes to the tongue, with the caramel taste that was present in the beginning taking a more toffee like nature. This buttery flavor is also accompanied by some yeast as well as a nice oak like taste. These flavor blend well with the sweet and savory flavors the preceded their arrival and create a nice smooth taste. Toward the end, a light herbal flavor mixes with the rest to leave a nice lingering aftertaste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side with the carbonation level being slightly on the higher side. While a slightly thicker body may have been better for the toffee and buttery flavors, the carbonation did do a nice job with in making it a rather refreshing tasting brew. Overall a pretty good balance.
Overall – A pretty easy drinking brew with some nice oak and yeasty flavors. Quite enjoyable.
sinfull (1655) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Clear amber/orange color , huge off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt , hint of yeast , fruits and floral notes . Caramel , fruits and hint of yeast in taste. Full body , medium carbonation . Light bitterness and notes of wood in aftertaste. Great! HogTownHarry (6872) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
2013-01-18 - with blankboy, jercraigs & mabel - 750ml corked & caged bottle c/o ... blankboy? Very bubble amber-gold with some floaties and a large creamy-foamy beige head. Sweet light grain aroma, a touch vegetal, some floral/perfume bitterness to it. Taste is fine - not vegetal at all - decent floral bitterness, light dry spice, some fruit and alcohol [at this point the tasting notes were interrupted by a discussion of "Jer’s shit rock" and whether it would/should be thrown away ... no, I have no idea either]. Average body, good carbonation - quite lively and frothy, fairly quick crisp finish and no aftertaste - like a delicate fruity saison with floral bitterness - enjoyable. solidfunk (8964) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Very well done for a biere de garde. There’s a light taste of Ommegang yeast, which is generally light floral anyway. Light sweetness, with some citrus. Tap at Smoke and Barrel.
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Nice malty, fruity flavor and smooth finish. Slightly cloudy appearance. Can definitely taste the maple wood. Overall a nice beer and I will try again. slang14 (23) - - MAY 18, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2014 This beer is solid. The alchol starts a little heavy but quickly blends down grainy not too hippy nice malty notes ur always is gone before I am ready Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2014
Murky burnt orange pour with small khaki head. Notes of caramel and oak and a bit of coriander or rye-esk spiciness. A little perfumey and bready yeastiness on the nose. Vanilla and woody finish. Moderate carbonation prick on the palate. Not sure what this style is actually about, but I don’t particularly care for it. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2014
From bottle. Lightly oxidized caramel, neutral fruity character with floral hop and nice light oak notes. Medium amber-copper hazy with thin head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Nice sweet start, oaky with caramel-bourbon notes. Light bitterness and carbonic tang at finish. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a dark orange/brown body yielding a two and a half finger head in the chalice and closer to a one and a half finger head in the tulip, lightly clingy lacing in the chalice eventually spiderwebs after a good three minutes, closer to a minute of lacing spider-webbing in the tulip.
The smell had clove, subdued Belgian yeast/banana thing goin’ on, fruit, spice, combined maple/wood/syrup thing goin’ on startin’ to come out as the beer warms, noticeable pear as it continues to warm, honey - hmmm... unsure, alcohol not noted.
The taste was mainly sweet through previously mentioned flavors, slightly oaky and floral at different times, slightly bready as well.
The palate sits about a medium, slightly sessionable - mostly smooth, sticky sweet aftertaste and finish, adequate carbonation is felt, alcohol not felt.
Overall, though I’ve had some Biere de gardes before I don’t have much to compare to - as I continue to explore this style, very complex smell.