SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
75cl bottle. Big fruity and malty nose with an earthy apple quality. Seemingly some neutral to beneficial oxidation giving some honey and dried fruit, but I didn’t think this was that old. Perhaps aged before release? Still has a good amount of bitterness to it. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Seems pretty typical of the style, if we could call it a style, or at least our idea of it. Not bad but I can’t say that I really like it. Too much earthy apple and malt sweetness for me.
asheft (3026) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2017
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle--thanks, Probstblueribbon. Potent brown sugar and sherry aroma with lots of strawberry jam. Hazy brick dark orange under a thin, white collar. Sweet rich malt flavour with dark toasted bread and some strawberry jelly with low bitterness. Medium full body, moderate carbonation, smooth. Overly sweet.
ClarkVV (6082) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Undated 750mL bottle shared by Brian on 10/15/16. Probably a few years old at this point.
Still very nicely carbonated with a big, off-white head that is well-retained, topping a cherry-tinted auburn-golden body with good clarity.
Oxidation is very apparent in the nose, but it’s not of the cardboard type. Rather, dates, vanilla, cherries, almonds and such arise having blended with the varied fruity malt notes, caramel and toffee sugars spicy phenols and light earthiness of the yeast. More fruitiness as it warms in the form of apples, cherries and pears, with big vanilla notes from the oxidation. No alcohol or flaw.
Fairly sweet in the mouth though the oxidation somewhat works against that. Definitely not underattenuated, though, and malty as many true BdG’s are. Big fruity notes, lots of vanilla and medium-dry caramel, with yellow fruits, spicy phenols and earthy, mineral-laden notes from the yeast. Malty texture with strong, but mostly tight carbonation and no alcohol or flaw. Cool, been a long while since I thought of Schlafly and this was a fun one to see. Thanks, Brian.
AdamChandler (4756) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75CL, Thanks WillRun. Reddish orange, slightly hazy. no head. Smells like a watery orange peel with gatorade. Sweet flavor. Candi sugar, mango, oranges, very sweet. peppery finish.
AirForceHops (6570) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by Willrunforbeer. Orange in color, thin bubbly head. Aroma is delicate, bread, sugar, and light oxidation.
Flavor is yeasty and bready. Dried fruits, honey, orange peel, mild cardboard.
Light oxidation but to be fair, this is well over a year old. I will grade on a slight curve.
WillRunForBeer (2442) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from trade. Pours orange brown gold with an off white head. Aroma is multigrain bread, caramel. Flavor is caramel, rock candy, light grains. This is sweet, but the flavor is quite nice.
muzzlehatch (4901) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle from Artale in Rockford, IL, served at cellar temp in a Duvel glass. Big, fluffy, lasting head leaves chunky lace atop the dusky dark amber body...big expressive nose is cidery/tart, spicy, fairly funky/yeasty, quite potent...on the tongue, also quite cidery and tart, very acidic at the front, with notes of sweet-tart cherries as well, pale malts coming through eventually along with a lactic sourness that is fortunately restrained...finish is relatively drier though the fruitiness never abates, and faintly peppery/alcoholic...moderately full body, aggressive carbonation. It’s been a while since I’ve had a traditional BDG, so I can’t say that I’m qualified to suggest whether this is "true" to style or not; seems more tart/sour and fruity than I remember being typical. Pretty decent on the whole though I feel it’s going to be an effort to get through this whole bottle alone.
thepatrickman (1062) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, about a year old, from Michael (misterburd) -- cheers, buddy! I love a good Bière de Garde, but they get a bad rap sometimes: they’re sweet, caramel-y, and biscuit in a world that seems to go nuts for whatever’s the latest hop bomb. This has a lot of the great malt flavor of a classic BdG, but the yeast added a Belgian Abbey ale flavor and aroma. It surprised me, but not really in a bad way. It just ended up tasting like a combination of a Bière de Garde and a Trappist beer.
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of malt with lactic. Malty and mellow bitter. Tootsie pop chocolate. Yum.
kevinator (1985) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of earthy malt and yeast. Murky tangerine color with a small head. No real lacing. Full and weighty. More malty Flavors with an earthy and barnyard aftertaste. Some hints of fruit tartness. Low hop presence.
rxeight (2776) - Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. 9/4/12. Hazy dark brown yellow. Taste is a wired mix of raisins, pears, floral.