beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2009
This is a very interesting beer, first of all there is crud around the lip and applying some pressure to the metal flip top actually gave off a hiss. Due to my worry about the future condition of the beer I wanted to drink this quickly. The beer pops with thunder. Surprisingly, however, the beer pours with just a medium head that fades into a thick lacing. The color of the beer is a dark orange caramel amber. Its is a bit hazy and grows hazier with successive pours. The final pour comes with some light particles and a bit of a gelatin appearance. Following the appearance it is a definitely distinguished and delightful beer. I am glad to be able to try this. The aroma is full of tart apple skins, all the way with the apples and not in the aceto or other sour ale brews. Behind the skins there is a bit of crust and a thick BdG maltiness more familiar to the style. But I love the freshness and liveliness of the aroma. Flavor is more on the malt biscuit BdG area with some honey features. The apple skins come in later in the flavor to round it off. This gives it a refreshing finish. Just a bit of toast back there as well. Everything melts away and a grape-like malt and light tart apple skins linger for a little while. Its not sweet or not sugary anyway, well attenuated. The body has a nice and medium-light heft. The carbonation is actually just average. This is a very nice brew with a definite traditional malt backbone but a nice original aspect as well. This is the best experience I have had with a French beer since I first tried La Bavaisienne Ambrée.
Ratman197 (14838) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2009
750mL flip-top bottle, dated BB 08/20/10, in a New Belgium goblet glass.
750 ml swing top bottle poured a clear amber with a large lasting light amber head. Aromas of carmel, dates, pear, yeast and spice. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, pear, dates and spice with a smooth lingering fruity finish. All right beer but not impressed for the price. notalush (5878) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2009
750ml swingtop - opens with a loud pop, followed by a geyser of foam - however, the beer only pours with a compact, soapy head - lightly hazy copper - highly estery nose, with some honey, toasted grains, biscuity malts, mild tartness, dusty/earthy character, slight buttery character - lively carbonation in the mouth - a bit tart up front - this soon gives way to a clean sweetness, honey - the sweetness sticks around, but quickly becomes subordinate to crisp, crackery flavors, slightly peppery hops, a touch of spicy alcohol - some esters, melon rind - tartness comes back near the end, as well as a hint of acidity - warming finish - subtle and tasty. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Wow, what a delightful treat this is. It reminds me of the AdR yeast, but with obviously much better flocculation. Very rustic, dusty, and lots of golden fruits, but yet very restrained in that it doesn’t have any real medicinal qualities that you often get from such an estery beer. You have to love the attenuation as well. Despite all the juiciness from the honey and fruit, it’s still really quenching. Spot on. Thanks for the recommendation TAR. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Sampled on 9/18/2009. This Biere de Garde pours a medium orange gold color from a 7500ml fliptop. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity, spicy and sweet. A medium bodied Biere de Garde. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. Touch of orange and pears. Hops are earthy. Nice balance. A touch sweet, but very smooth and clean tasting. A slightly dry finish that intensifies as it warms. Very pleasant beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean smooth and dry. Aftertaste is clean, smooth and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2009
Bottle from Cave à Bulles. Copper with a small head. Spicy malts aroma followed by more spices in the mouth. Ends semi-dry as a result. Hops difficult to detect. Drinkable, but nothing to write home about. DeanF (2464) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2009
Pours beautifully into a chalice, nice fluffy head, very solid, nice colour and good bubbling. Can’t say the same for the aroma though, it’s malts and a bit of alcohol, nothing too unique or strong. Has a hint of barley, some malts and slight syrupiness, some breadiness on the back end. Pretty good. travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is yeast, spices, fruits, citrus, and flowers. The look is clear, golden orange in color, with an off white head. The taste is fruits, spices, honey, and earthy. Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2009
Very dark, powerful aroma. Dark orange with a foamy head. Palate is very balanced. Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (honeysuckle flowers, herbs, apricot), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of tangerine, cantaloupe, dried mango, cinnamon, black tea, incense, Juicy Fruit gum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Having just had the Oct 08 bottling of La Bavaisienne a week or so ago, and having had this beer twice in the past month, I can say without hesitation that this is the best Biere de Garde going right now (of what I’ve had). Unbelievable aroma of the most succulent, nectar-rich fruits imaginable, along with honey and a perfect balance of rich malt and lovely, flowery hops. I haven’t experienced a 10 aroma in a beer in seemingly forever, but this beer is off the chart. Ridiculously enticing and complex. And equally so, the flavor is impeccably clean and perfectly balanced...I could drink liters of this and never tire of it. It’s rich and sweet, no doubt, but the finish begs another sip immediately. This harkens back to the days when La Bavaisienne was really nectar-like and succulent (it’s leaner and less complex these days, although still solid and enjoyable). This will undoubtedly be the "Beer of 2009" for me (as far as new-to-me brews go), and among the top five new beers I’ve had in this decade. About as close to perfect as beer gets.