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RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
Nuffield (4189) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2003 Gentle aroma, effervescent with a bit of bubblegum. Dark yellow color, loose white head. Aggressive palate, tingling and spicy at the same time. Bitter finish after a bowl of fruit in the mouth. Original rating: 7-4-7-4-15 (3.7) // Re-rate (August 16th): hazy orange, thin ring of head. Yeasty, floral, apple-bake aroma. Very attractive. A hint of sourness and gueuze. Some doubts emerge at the end but still a good palate and good beer.

3.7
Andrew196 (1973) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Cloudy orange with yellow edges with a coarse, soapsud-like head. Taste was of sour apples, finsih was bitter with notes of bubblegum....I believe this is my first experience with the style....not bad.

4.6
joet (2655) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Wonderful! Heathery, slight wet bandage, fruity esters in the apple pear range, clean finish, big aroma, cleansing palate, joyous!! My vote for Best in Show at Austin Tasting I

4
fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Buttery, round, full, acidic, sweet, delightfully complex. Confirms all the good repotrs I have heard about Southampton and my respect for those on this site that know their beers. I need to drag myself back up there so I can get more and really get lost ina a bottle (and check out their other fares).

4.5
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2003
750corked bottle: Hazy, penny-colored beer,with pillows of tightly,beaded bubbles. Excellent aroma of caramel,bread,wood,perfumey hops,and a little alcohol.Little barnyard as well. Mouthfeel is somewhat spritzy,but it coats the mouth and lingers.Flavors of caramel,grape,wood,light spice and some subtle sourness.Finish warms the insides leaving bready,earthy-hop flavors.The flavors and alcohol please.As the beer rests and loses carbonation the flavor and palate improve nicely,making finishing this big bottle a very fun time.THe finish turns to fine toffee and lingers forever. By the end of the bottle the barnyard flavors fool you into thinking you are drinking a true French biere de garde. A perfect big bottle to drink by yourself,the longer it sits,the better it gets. Nice looking bottle as well.

4.4
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2003
A warm and fuzzy mouthfeel, filling my mouth with the goodness this beer brings. Very sweet and malty, with definite caramel present. Heavy yet smooth. This is good stuff. Frothy white head on a dark amber body. I wonder what the alcohol content is?

4.1
notalush (5909) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 This came in a 750ml bottle (thank you shoreline beverage) with the most hard to remove cork ever. I pulled and tugged until my arm ached, and then the top of the cork broke off, then I could use a corkscrew. Now, to the beer. This is a quite unique biere de garde. It’s like a barley wine wedded with a belgian strong. The appearance is a deep, golden brown, and the aroma is of caramel, toffee and some fruit. Good head, nice lacing. The flavor is exploding with caramel, fruits, pretentious European candies, sweet maltiness, and perhaps some sweetbreads. The finish is smooth and sweet; the beer leaves a sticky feeling on the lips. This is great stuff. I need to go back and buy some more bottles for cellaring.

4.1
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Cloudy amber/orange color. Thin but persistent, creamy head and lace. Nose of mouthwatering sweet malt, flowers, light spices and subtle waves of alcohol. Almost medium bodied, playful carbonation but creamy and almost soft. Subtle/fluffy malt on palate, soft floral notes, a slightly musty, sligtly sour yeast character in the middle leading to a slightly bitter, innocently sour and lasting finish. Has a nice kick to it with wine wine notes to boot. Reminds me of a cross btw Bière des Sans Culottes and 3 Monts but more assertive. Malt could be a little more defined but thats just me. Won a gold medal at 2002 Real Ale Fstival Chicago. If your a fan of the style, hunt it.

4.6
TAR (2777) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2003 Creamy head, caramel malt aroma, firm and sweet malt foundation (similar to De Koninck?) Nice alcohol punch and subtle bitterness.


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