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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (2152) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2010
750ml bomber: This one pours a cloudy orange-dark golden color. There was a bit of an effervescent tan head on it that dropped away rather quickly. Nice aroma. Somewhat fruity, grassy and floral. A touch yeasty also. Very nice taste. A touch of tartness is up front. Not too heavy of a body. Caramel and fruit (apples and lemon) notes on the tongue. Just a touch of spices too. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Drank from the tap at Lazy boy Saloon in White Plains, NY. Tastes like a more refined Blue Moon. Spice, yeast, sugar and citrus all make their way onto tastebuds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle from 07. Poured a murky dark amber with a thin white head. Nose is light with yeast notes. Lots of carbonation. This is fruity with light spice notes and a dry spicy finish. A wee bit hot. But good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (6064) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Location: 750 ml bottle from Whole Foods - Bowery, 2/24/10

Aroma: Nose has some sugar, yeast, citrus, leaves, and spice
Appearance: Hazy golden/orange colored beer with a medium-large fluffly white head
Flavor: Taste is lots of yeast, spice, earthy, not much else
Palate: Body is fairly light, this one is pretty easy drinking, decent mouthfeel
Overall Impression: This will serve as my first rating of a Biere de Garde. I’ve been meaning to knock this style off the list, so we’ll do it here. A pretty solid beer. Not the most exciting thing I;ve ever had, but it is pretty good. Drinks really easily, and it has some solid components to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (7123) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Draft at Blind Tiger. Hazy mahogany pour with white head. Spicy and earthy aromas. Not the best beer from SH. Musky flavor with some earthy tones as well as some dried fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Transparent amber with a thin white head. Belgian nose with candi sugar, light yeast and citrus. Flavor of more sugar, pumpernickel, honey, and some recurring wheat. Sticky full-bodied palate that stings with a bit of carbonation, alcohol with warmth. Overall, a rather aggressive and singularly sweet BdG that, while still enjoyable, may be more aptly anticipated as a Belgian Strong Ale. I like some elements here but won’t return when I want a BdG or BSA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2009
First pours very nicely also looks and tastes rather true to style. Half an inch of head on the initial pour that seems to be staying around as it should. I taste malts, very bread like flavor, wheat along with some subtle fruit nuances there like a candied sugar. Awesome depth in the color of this beer. Light bodied. I can see some sediment floating around in the beer as well. Overall a nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Some residual candy sugar on the aroma, with not much else. The pour yielded about an inch of head, with some decent lacing. Taste is rather subdued with some fair amounts of light caramel and belgian candy sugar. Very decent for this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2770) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Bomber. Pours a slightly hazy deep orange with little head and aromas of sweet malt, oranges, cinnamon and cloves. Flavor is all of the above with only a slight addition of astringent alcohol that appears from time to time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Aroma has some spice and caramel malts. Flavor is very mellow, light, faint spice. Nice body, light grain and finished fast.

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