ryanscourt (1518) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Spicy, sweet summer fruit. Tastes like summer. Very pleasant. Slight alcohol finish. Nice offering. Tastes very fresh and lively. pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2013
On draught at Apex. Cloudy dark golden color. Yeasty aroma of dark cherry. Flavor of bubblegum, cherry, yeast. Sweeter than a typical bière de garde, but good nonetheless. 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… 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? 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.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
aroma is mostly clean with tiny hint of light hops and devoid of yeast. flavor is rock candy, sulfur and yeast. big hop pine comes and goes. appearance is dead hazy orange essentially zero head, carb or lacing with gritty/grainy mouthfeel and served at bonechilling temperatures. a rare wreck for piece. JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
Deep amber pour with decent off white head. Aroma of bread, soft touch of malt, hop bitterness. Taste quite hoppy, touch zesty, malty, ripe fruit. Body full chewy/ syrupy feel. Meh TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - APR 14, 2007
On tap.ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Poured what seemed to be a copper color -- hard to tell because the lighting was pretty dim inside the pub. Thin white head formed and stayed after settling a little, leaving good bits of lace. Aroma was pretty muted but gave up hints of sweet sugary malt, zesty yeast, modest hop bitterness and dried sour fruits. Flavor was quite sweet up front with a heavy dose of malt hinting at caramel and molasses. Hops showed up only enough to temper the sweetness, never really becoming assertive. The dried fruit character showed up in the finish, just in time to remind you that this is, after all, a farmhouse style ale; but it only barely makes an appearance. Palate was thick and a bit sticky -- pretty substantial. Not sure this stacks up well as a biere de garde, but when viewed without the confines of style guidelines, this is pretty tasty stuff. I would have rated it higher if they had told me it was an American strong ale, as that’s really more what it tasted like.
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. AndyAle (6) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013 does not count
Tastes like carmelized marshmallow, clarity brilliant, aroma complex esters, overall... Bottom of the server, awesome, that’s what a true bier de garde wants to be