RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Our Holiday brew is a malty, French-style "Biere de Garde". This traditional style is brewed by small, independent farmhouse breweries in the north of France.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9960) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle shared by bhensonb. After gushing a bit , poured orange copper with a massive fluffy beige head and an enticing barnyard aroma. There is a mellow pale malt flavor with candi sugar and a lot of oak. Very delicous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle at Where the Wild Beers Are. Clear copper pour with standard white head. Rich aroma of caramel and savory pumpkin. Flavor is awesome of toasted marshmallow, toffee, and ground pumpkin. Lingering roasted malt flavor with caramel. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3088) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2010
I don’t know if this was fresh or not but it was quite good. Very earthy malty aroma from a cloudy amber pour. Nice head. The flavor was nicely malty with a very good sweetness. Caramel, molasses and some fruit. I will get another and let it go til Christmas at least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (10089) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Had this at BCTC after the fest, back at the campsite. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Sweet caramel and toast. Creamy toasted caramel. More cream and sweet toast flavors before more toast lingers on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 30, 2010
750ml bottle from nearbeer. Thanks! Poured a clear copper color with a dense, lasting off white head. Smelled of toffee, molasses, subdued brown sugar, and sweet cream. Light to medium bodied and delicately sweet. Carbonation was on the higher end of the spectrum. Toffee, spicy malt, and candi sugar flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2010
750mL bottle acquired quite a while back. Pours a murky brownish amber with a big bubbly head that recedes to a thick collar and has streams of bubbles feeding it throughout. The aroma is very sweet with pears and green apples coupled with some light grassy notes and flowers. Also of note is the heavier malt sweetness than most beers of this style. The taste is also sweet but I get more earthy character than the nose. There are sweet caramel malts in the background with a much bigger hay and grass element with a slightly fry finish. Not as dry as most biere de gardes, but not as massively sweet as I was expecting from the aroma. That said, still plenty of green apples and sugar in there. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated, effervescent in fact. This is a very sweet version of the style with lots of malts and fruit which forces the dry earthiness to the back. Very complex and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nickls (2498) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap) Beautiful ruby red color, with a quickly disappearing white head. Fairly muted aroma, with suggestions of fresh fruit and maltiness. The fruitiness of the brew was right up front with a good degree of malt sweetness. Pretty complex tastes, and hard for me to nail down everything to be honest. Medium to thin MF, and a little viscous. Hugely drinkable even with some complexities. Thoroughly enjoyable brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
A- body is a semi-translucent ruby-amber that pours with a giant frothy, foamy off-white colored head. Head eventually settles to 1/2 finger and leaves behind traces of lacing all the way down. Yeast sediment can be seen floating in the glass. S- Not much to the smell. Mild floral hops, a hint of funky yeast, and a hint of exotic fruit. T-Mild flavor upfront with a minimal dry, exotic fruity flavor and a somewhat metallic background. A burst of floral hop flavor comes through for the finish as well as some bitterness. The slightest alcohol burn rises at the finish. P-Medium weight body with low to medium tingly carbonation. Body is smooth and creamy. O- Decent beer overall but not as awesome as I thought it would be. Its a nice chance to try another biere de garde though. 7% is barely detectable. Wouldn’t mind having this again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-28-2008 02:01:58

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
12oz bottle. Golden nice, one finger white head. Nose is malt forward, some spicy hops, a touch of honey and a bit of fruit. Grain forward malt, mid honey sweetness, dry finish with a touch of tartness, earthy bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very nice looking ruby orange color with gray bubbly thin film. Aroma of malts, caramel, hay, cherry, coppery hops, with some berry too. Flavor of rich cherry malt, which sours a bit with some raspberry tones on the finish, with light spices throughout. This is quite nice.

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