omhper (24973) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2003
Bottled (2003 version with 8.0% alcohol). Pale reddish amber with rich head. Fruity nose with a hint of cherry. Cloves and other spices like oregano are there, as is toffee and yeast. The mouthfeel is light and lively. The lingering finish is full of toffee, salt and grass. Complex and really pleasant. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
While it says winter seasonal, I fing this more enjoyable on a warm slightly humid July evening. Clear yellow color with golden reflected highlights. Generous head and small bubbles throughout. Clean pasture smell, much like dusk in the country, with a faint sound of bagpipes cascading through the setting sun. Refreshingly clean and crisp with grass, cider, a touch of alcohol, and sour grapes. After the first glass and the sun has the set, the warming alcohol rises through the chest tasting sweet with the cool night air. An enjoyable, relaxing beer. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2003
My #300 rating so I figured why not do another country. Reddish amber hue with large creamy head and excellent lacing, medium-bodied. Very fruity and woody nose, vinous in style. Hints of toasted malt, dough and spices. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms. Acidic and bitter initial taste, more balanced flavor on finish. Dry and fizzy mouthfeel with a slight metallic and alcohol presence on finish. Very well made beer from a place normally associated with wine. Recommended late summer evening brew. mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Yeasty sweet grassy fruity pear aroma.Clear blond appearance with full head.Dry fruity apple pear flavors balanced by Duvel like hoppiness.Touch of mint towards the dry apple finish.By far the best Biere de Garde or French beer I have tasted. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 5, 2007
750ml, bottled as 3 Monts Grande Reserve. Pours a pretty, cloudy amber with a rocky white cap, like snowy mountains. Aroma is intoxicating with rich red fruits, yeast, toasted malts, herbs, soft but mildly spicy hops, hay and cookie dough. Flavor is more of the same, focusing on the yeasty and fruity components. Palate is medium bodied and silky smooth. The alcohol is very well masked. Finishes slightly astringent(hops), but full of lively flavor long after the last quaff. Very good beer.I would like to note that I have never had such trouble opening a beer. The metal bracket on top of the cork is a ridiculous contraption, not only does it keep the cork in, it kept me out for a solid ten minutes. I resorted to a screwdriver and heavy duty pliers to get it off. Sillyness.
ekstedt (6727) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2009 Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget, tools required to open it. Deep golden, slightly hazy, large creamy white head. Earthy malt aroma, with yeasty and spicy notes. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel with a light prickling sensation from the somewhat overpowering carbonation. Much drier than other Bière de Garde’s I’ve tried, which makes this my favourite sample of this beer style so far. BigBeer45 (1523) - Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Bottle: pours a amber bronze-gold with a white head, good amount of effervescense in the glass, mostly clear with a slight haze, sticky lacing left on the sides of the glass, aroma initially is of sweet brandy alcohol , faint spices and flowers, cellar fragrance as in woody, musty, funky and old smelling, spicy caramel and apples, some malt bread aromas, malty sweet with light toasted malt and bread flavors, there was a faint brandy alcohol flavor that is ever present, not overbearing in taste but always in the background as if there was a watered down brandy / cognac in the bottle, I could sense the alcohol on the palate but not a lot of warmth just the alcohol tends to taste spicy, some cinnamon, flavors of apple vinegar, some pepper at the finish, finish is mostly dry with a lingering pepper taste, has a light to medium feel on the palate, an enteresting brew. nuplastikk (6220) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2008
750ml corked bottle. Golden-orange color, rather cloudy. Nice thick head helps the beer maintain a smooth creamy effervescence. Lots of yeasty characteristics, from a peppery herbs to candi sweetness. This is a great beer, though perhaps a little pungent and out there for the non connoisseur. JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2009
750mL bottle I got in Gatineau, shared at our KW group tasting. 2009 vintage. Pours a nice deep gold with a huge white head. The aroma on this one was great, apple, tums, wet hops, yeasty, crisp like a Pils, seemed somewhat Abbey Tripel like actually. Flavour was quite nice and refined, sweet pale malt aspects upfront met fast by yeasty dryness and minor alcohol. Crisp and drinkable for something 8%. Caramalt in their too as well as citrus rind and the finish is fizzy with some astringency. A very enjoyable Biere de Garde if not very complex. Like a hybrid of a Pilsner and an Abbey Tripel. Another solid beer from this brewer! rarbring (2294) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2012
Aroma: Smelling sweet fruity, ripe apples, pears, earthy aromas, stable.
Appearance: The beer is clear orange with medium bubbles, a high nearly white meringue-like head that settles slowly leaving loads of lacing. Some curtains.
Taste: The taste is complex, initially sweet, caramelized sugar, dried fruits, orange zest, ripe cheese.
Palate: Medium high carbonation, foamy bubbles, medium body soft texture and a smooth dry finish.
Overall: The 2011 version. Much better than 2010, well balanced, complex and really rewarding.
Note: Bottle 750 ml. (Vintage 2011) Reviewed 2011-06-25.