caesar (6974) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy amber color, short off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, some hops. Taste is quite bitter, bit fruity, some malt and grain. Alcohol is well hidden. However, nothing special about this one.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours out a nice golden amber color, very clear for the amount of yeast in the bottle. Billowy white head forms and never leaves. Great fluffy white lacing is left behind. Aroma is a little musty, some cork and a bit of hay. Light to medium bodied, well carbonated. Refreshing flavors of fruit, grass and a bit of tart/sourness that never fully develops but lingers. Very nice.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar.Clear golden brew with an inch of the white stuff.This baby smells a little like sour apple candy.Highly carbonated with a sour fruit flavor.Has a good sparkling feel in the mouth.It is a style that I am growing fond of.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
...a.k.a., 3 Monts Grande Réserve Spécial Ale... Hazy dark amber with a frothy white head, this has a tart aroma but with strong sweet malt clearly present. Perhaps it’s Verkade Mariakaakjes that I’m smelling... (And yes, I took that from another’s rating. I thought it was great that bierkoning could get so specific!) Has a bitter, tart malty flavor as well with an almost face-puckering sour finish. I find this biere de garde to be more interesting than enjoyable.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great Biere de Garde. Thanks Phil. Yeasty and malty flavors. Aroma is musty like its been aged forever. Finishes very clean, smooth, and chewy. Recommened.
bierkoning (13057) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 vintage. Dark amber color, steady frothy head. Malty biscuit aroma. Slightly bitter flavor. Malt and cookies (Verkade Mariakaakjes, for the experts). Refreshing, a bit on the sweet side maybe. Medium bodied. Good beer!
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazed, copper-amber color, that sits beneath a frothy light tan head that creates a wispy Belgian Lace as it subsides. The aroma is spicy, fruity and malty with notes of apples, ginger, pear, caramel, vanilla, and toasted malt. This has quite the classic Bier De Garde nose, predominantly malty with nice complimentary notes of fruit and spice. This beer is well carbonated, it foams effervescently as it hits my tongue for the first time. The taste is sweet up front with nice fruity notes of apples, but then moves to a sharp prickly mix of carbonation, ginger and alcohol. This beer is quite good, though because of its strength, it does have tell tale notes of alcohol in the finish, which detracts a little bit.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Minty, almost candy-like yet herbal aroma. Dark orange and hazy body is topped by a small off-white head that recedes to ring with some patchy lacing. Orangey citrus character to the sweet malty flavour with some herbal hop flavour and a decent balancing bitterness. Medium body and strong carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
muzzlehatch (4939) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Biere de Garde and Various Oddments tasting, #10, with MartinT, Rastacouere and tiggmtl. 750 ml bottle. Medium cloudy amber, smallish head. Very fresh, wonderfully vegetal/herbal nose: mint, freshly cut grass and a touch of caramel. Heavy carbonation (perhaps a touch too much), fairly strong herbal qualities at the front, little sweetness. A rather rough and agressive BDG; though I liked it a lot, it doesn’t quite fit what I want most of the time.
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 Deep orange, darker than expected, murky. Light white head. Big off-dry aroma comes out musty. It’s fruitier than most bière de garde with this dried mango, orange and peach flavour profile. Yet it’s just as rustic with this old cellar counterpart, lots of fluffy mustiness in there, notes of ashes, cask wood, uncleaned fireplace, hay… Nice range. Dry dusty palate, never very sweet, yet fruity. Spicy, feeling green (chive). It has a slight lactic bite to it mysteriously. Notes of bubblegum, smoke, cement. I guess what I like the most is how the yeast planes over the rest of the flavours. Big carbonation, medium body. Good, but no cigar.. and I expected one. Cheers TAR!