JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 30, 2017 guinnesses (11) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A brilliantly clear amber ale, moderately carbonated. What stands out to me is the clear use of a Belgian yeast. I generally expect a biere de gard to have little to no yeast character. This beer seems to be more of an amber saison with some holiday spices added. Don’t get me wrong, this beer would be delicious for thise who enjoy Belgian style beers, but a true biere de gard is a cleaner beer.
Dark copper to burnt umber in color. Moderate sized beige head. Smells of yeast, wheat, toasted bread and hints of tanned leather. Quite sweet, with molasses, toasted grains and light fruit. Much like a dunkle weisse to weissebock.
outlawskies (564) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Julie has a odd look while sampling. Ultimately she didn't like Julie gives a 2.0.
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Pours a dark amber color with off-white head. Spice, caramel malts, and some light fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with spice. gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle, pour amber with small head. Tastes of caramel and spice. Probably the best beer in this series that I have tasted. steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Here it goes had this 2 months apart and in those 2 months it was almost a totally different beer strange... December it was awesome sweet sour almost like a jolly rancher one of the best and strangest beers i ever had. Wild... 2 months later had another and it had mellowed quite a bit still good but darker in color and a lot of the original flavors were gone leaving a kind of dark winter ale in its place nice job Schells!!!
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Pours a nice looking amber with a medium sized tan head. Nose is spices with a whiff of hops. Fairly creamy on the palate, the taste is malty with some caramel and ginger notes. Slight hop flavor on the finish, still rather sweet though. A good winter warmer. bhensonb (15758) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle from Andy (Guerde). Pours dark copper amber. Not much head. Aroma is a bit spicy. Med body. Flavor is fruity, spicy, a little earthy. It’s med fruit, not dark. It drinks very nicely, has good overall impact. Might consider there to be some toffee characteristic. Finishes pretty balanced. Good beer. Just leaves me uncertain about flavor components. Which is ok. nuplastikk (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2013
12oz bottle. A pretty cool, under the radar beer. Amber-tan body, filtered. Not much head, fades into some oily traces. Sweet, faint spearmint and other spices in the aroma. It certainly isn’t the best example of the style, it still has a sort of budget feel to it, but it does almost manage to actually capture the essence of Biere de Garde....OK maybe not. Tolerable. boozedude (2229) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2013
pours brown , whiytre head... nice spice aroma, taste is some apple and cinnemon spice, and malts, decent stuffs fidelis83 (2509) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Nearly clear, copper to amber pour with a small, blotchy beige head. Aroma of intense raw yeast, caramel, tree fruit, banana, hints of toast, caramel and rubber. Flavor is just as intensely yeasty, lots of bread and plain old bottom of the fermenter sludge, banana, cloves, anise, light caramel and dried grassy plants. Medium body, with an oily feel throughout and a little chalkiness to the finish, and light, but sharp carbonation. Im not a fan, it’s all yeast and spice. Reminds me of what I remember of Celis Grand Cru. I haven’t had that in several years, but I think I liked it better.