drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2007
on tap at piece. pours cloudy dark amber with thin white head. nose has really sweet fruity and caramel notes. way too sweet. flavor is again way too sweet, toffee, banana, cloves, over ripe fruits of apples, pears, and plums. i can’t stand how sweet this is and finishes odd. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2006
On tap at Piece, Aug 2006. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a white head. Spiciness, clove, banana and earthiness in the nose. Nice, bold and malty - notes of caramel/toffee with spicey clove notes, banana, grass, hay, fruitiness and light raisin. Pleasantly sweet with balancing bitterness. Proper spritzy carbonation and a smooth, medium texture. Quite enjoyable. And their pizza rules. NachlamSie (3534) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Draught during my Great Lakes region brew tour. Well, this is probably not a true Biere de Garde given that it is likey no secondary bottle fermentation took place. But I think it did achieve a likeness to others in the style and was definitely a solid beer. Surrender pours cloudy bright amber with a frothy white head. There is a aroma of caramel, flowers, banana. Mostly sweeter, malty notes are present. This is clean and sweet in the mouth with notes of cloves, corrander, banana. Hidden beneath the fruit/spice boquet is a tiny sour note of cloth and/or bacon which blends very well with the complexity of everything around it. This is very solid. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Draught: orange, coppery haze, miniscule ivory head. Very pleasing, fruity aroma that kicks with yeasty esters: mangos, blood oranges, pineapple pulp, along with other interesting notes of dark (lightly burnt) sugar, sourdough and ever so faint grains. The flavours were more controlled by the fruity sweetness as opposed to the dry, grainy, earthier flavours that I have experienced with this style. I enjoyed drinking this, but couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like if they could referment it in a bottle and I could keep in the cellar for a year and then sample… BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2006
On tap and served in a snifter, way too cold once again: Displayed a hazy and unfiltered deep amber hue with a nice frothy off-white head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of apricot, wild berries, crab-apple, earthy Belgian yeast esters, candi sugar, hint of wheat, continental hops, coriander, rose hips, and a bit phenolic. The taste is that of a young Belgium Strong Ale, alcoholic and brash. Sugary and earthy with a lot of fruity notes (I get some fig and mango in the flavors) with soft notes of coriander and anise, some spice from the hops too I think. It is very wheaty on the back end and once it warmed there is a some bitterness showing. Promising if only it could age a bit. The mouth feel is sappy and sticky but is lively enough to prevent it from becoming cloy. A fair amount of alcoholic warming noticed as well. Well it is not to style (so what), I found this highly drinkable and complex.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2006
tap at piece. served too cold, in a tulip. sitting next to the dysfunctionale, looked identical. in other words, a pretty nice red/orange. no head. used hands to warm up, and a lot more complexity came out of the taste. i don’t remember much about the aroma, except that at first it smelled hoppy to me. then once i tasted it, it was super super malty. then i was smelling a lot of malts. as it warmed up, the sour character became predominant. a little bit of belgian funk, a bit of candi sugars, a bit of spices. actually pretty reasonable balance and complexity. Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Dark, hazy orange with a thin, white head. The nose is big of fruit. Loads of tropical fruity esters (mango, pineapple), sweet oranges, brown sugar, coriander, fresh dough, some herbal (roses) notes and hints of mild graininess. The body is moderate and enjoyable if a little more aggressively carbonated than I usually prefer for the style. The body is quite a bit sweeter than in my experience with the style. The finish has a crisp bitterness and a fairly pronounced spice kick. This is really unique, in my eyes. The elevated sweetness, pronouced yeast and esters and strong spices are not what I typically understand for Bière de Garde. Additionally, there seems to be no caramelization of the malt, which I think is normally quite appropriate. However, the flavors are tasty in their own right and it’s cool to try. I wonder what a Piece example of my idea of BdG would taste like? Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2006
On tap at Piece. Poured a hazy toffee/chestnut with a short-lived off-white cap... slight rising carbonation. Spicy, malty, and rustic feel to the nose... with coriander and mild rust, caramel and lemony herbs laced with alcohol... very enjoyable and intriguing. Spicy malt middle in the flavor with a mild herbal bitterness at the edges of the palate... coriander and lemon accents throughout... alcohol warmth emerged in feel and flavor as the drink warmed. Very tasty! Spicy tartness from coriander and lemongrass on the palate... a little flat across the middle... long herbal finish. Really enjoyed it! RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Copper pour with rich off-white head. Nose has a yeasty fruitiness. flavors are slightly sour apples and pears with a light herbal or floral spicing highlight. Very slightly tart in the finish. Very drinkable now and could probably benefit from aging. ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a medium copper with a good sized head on it. Aroma and flavors are dominated by estery fruits such as pear and apple with pepper and coriander spices finishing it off. Quite good.