Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Bottle RBWG 2010. Pours a nice medium amber with a low to mod carb and a medium to small head- lasting. Aroma is nutty, toasty and earth with some moderate caramel sweetness and light herbal phenolic yeastiness. Flavor is earth, toast, herbs light nuttiness, some honey sweetness and a good fresh doughiness and lightly burnt bread with good grassy bitter hop finish- nice. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2010
Bottle from Cave à Bulles. Hazy ruby red colour. Complex spicy nose followed by cinnamon and other spices as well as berry flavours. Well-balanced, hints of sourness. Very accomplished- the spices augment rather than distract. erickok (6037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2013
It’s brown bodied, slightly misty and light tanned head might look Christmas-y, the aroma immediately makes clear the intent of this brew: to be a lightly spiced yet very drinkable ale that many can enjoy. And although I’m not overly impressed with the light bready and nutty aroma - a bit too mellow for me - the palate brings forward a sweet bittersweet brew that combines caramel malts, cookie spices and surprisingly high drinkability. Certainly a well made beer, but probably the best part about it is how it does not try to mimic the well-known Belgian Christmas sippers or turns around and be nothing like it. Instead, this delicate yet rich tasting brew brings a well flavoured and enjoyable beer for those winter night that aren’t quite as cold as tv would like you to think it is. Suits me well. (33cl bottle from Auchan in Tours in 4-pack with glass) TAR (2745) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Chestnut-hued rust. Persistent creamy eggshell foam holds beautifully. Refined almond skin and breadcrust maltiness comprises the aromatically malty nose. Equally pleasant suggestions of sponge cake, sassafras, black tea, candied fennel seed, plum jam, and puttylike yeast. Soft carbonation. Fully malty, initially, with a luscious plum jam punch laced with deep poundcake girth and a finespun cookie firmness. Endlessly deep malts yield a plethora of bouncy, mouthwatering vanilla-kissed melonoidins which provide a sturdy foundation and buttress the captivatingly lustrous esters. Explosive Special-B-like character partly succumbs to the medicinal tackiness and considerable alcoholic warmth. Otherwise very mineralic and clean. Scratchy yeast and fallen leaves displace some of the sugars as they combine with the daintier nut skin malt to lend delicateness and rusticity which immediately beckon you for another sip. Expertly polished shades of cookielike malt line the well-rounded malt-centric finish. This is borderline cloying, but nonetheless it’s a rather exquisite malt showcase. Love this brewery. guzgorog (847) - FRANCE - DEC 14, 2015
Belle couleur ambrée rousse, belle mousse aux reflets orangés qui retombe rapidement. Nez caramel, biscuit, pain d’epices. Bouche sucrée, caramel, epices, léger cote piquant, belle amertume. Corps legerement liquoreux, belle petillance. Etrange, originale ... et bonne !
Ernest (7669) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, cake), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of Mandarin orange, cantaloupe, cinnamon, black tea, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Another delightful brew from the Page 24 line. Life-affirming kind of estery-fruity aroma chock full of Mandarin (think Satsuma) orange and cantaloupe, two of my favorite fruits of all time (I’mma let you finish, but seriously...of all time!). Along with sweet malt notes, floral hops, and cobwebby yeast (and no off notes) it’s an easy 8 or 9 for aroma. I will admit the syrupy sweetness is a bit much in the mouth, so it’s a challenge to drink a lot of it, but for a glass or two’s worth it’s delicious. I know it’s a winter warmer and all, but balance is critical no matter what IMHO and frankly this could use more bitterness. Drink on the chilly side and don’t blow out too much of the carbo on the pour, and you’ll have a better experience...both help a bit to counter the sugars. olio (10169) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2013
75 cl bottle @ Timo A. BBE 03/2010Sigmund (7394) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
Pours clear mahogany color with a small head, a bit lively. Aroma has quite a lot of ripe fruits, caramel malts, some mild spices and some yeast. Flavor is a bit watery, spices, caramel malts and ripe fruits, plums and raisins on the front, some distant berries also. Probably one of the best Biere de Gardes I’ve tasted, maybe they age well..
On tap at Amundsen, Oslo. ABV was 6.9%. Ruby red colour, moderate off-white head. Nice aroma and flavour of Christmas spices, malts and caramel. Not too sweet, pleasant. Would buy again. Skinnyviking (9550) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2014
Swingtopbottle at home. High fluffy lasting off-white head. Clear dark amber beautifyl body. Herbal malty straw aroma. Sweet fruity roasted malt caramel plum raisin flavor with a spicy note and little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long sweet finish. Leighton (21092) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle shared in Belgium - picked up at a Carrefour. Pours clear amber with a big, billowing yellowy off-white head. The nose holds lots of bready malts, caramel and toasted sugars. Medium sweet flavor with sugary, lightly toasted malts, hints of cereal and caramel; but thankfully the sweetness is never excessive. Medium to full in body with average carbonation. Lightly dried caramel in the finish with further toasty, rich bread. A very nice biere de garde. Pretty well balanced and drinkable.