kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ Max’s. This was my favorite of Brian’s beers that I was able to try, and it’s probably the most enjoyable experience I’ve ever had with a Biere de Garde; lovely the pronounced English hop character here. Seriously gorgeous pour: slightly hazy copper / bronze color, like the color of wood; creamy, fine-bubbled white head with great retention and lacing; awesome-looking pour. Soft English hop character coupled to a solid biere de garde character in the nose: delicate earthy and floral and zesty hops, along with a doughy / bready core with hints of vanilla; soft, delicate, excellent. Medium body; relaxed, soft carbonation; medium levels of doughiness, breadiness, and a hint of brown sugar; nicely balanced earthy and floral British hop character; not a ton of bitterness, just enough to balance, along with a whole bunch of soft, well-integrated hop flavor; just beautifully done; hugely drinkable even at 6.5%; we didn’t want to leave Max’s. Awesome hybrid of an often lackluster style; love the English hopping. Medium finish: toasty / bready malts, soft earthy and floral bitterness lingering; nicely dry.
nuplastikk (5960) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at PP. Wow. Reminiscent of Fantome. Brown-black with a lacy white head. Sort of like a dark Saison, with some chocolate malt balanced out by mellow sour tones. Incredibly drinkable. Call me a homer but this is awesome.
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at RFD Washington. Deep amber pour with a tight white head. The nose is a bit soft and spicy. A touch of bright zippy hoppiness over a fairly rustic, earthy malt base. Hops are pronounced with a mixture of earthiness and noble character. The yeast is well-developed and shows a bit of light earthiness. Fairly assertive bitterness with a lingering spiciness. Really fresh and lovely. Another winner from Stillwater.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes.
Pours from the cask with a nice amber-brown color. Good white head and some nice lacing. The nose brings some light sweetness, honey, and a bit of spice. The taste is pretty light with a bit of sweetness. Feel is good with really nice carbonation and combines spice with the sugar quite well. Drinks nicely and is toward the better end of the Biere de Garde spectrum.
Serving type: cask
Reviewed on: 11-03-2010
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Max’s. Hazy red-brown pour with a thin silky light tan head. Slightly toasted aroma with moalsses. Floral and apple notes. Very dry toasted flavor. Some flowers and chocolate. Very bitter finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Herbal hops and doughy malt nose with some notes of fruity yeast. Lightly sweet taste, lightly bitter with doughy yeast, light toffee and green grapes. Medium body is very soft with gentle carbonation.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber, thin off white creamy head. Herbal earth and fruity-like notes warm to touches of white pepper. Rustic earthiness and peppery hop flavors round with a touch of sweet yeast and spice. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Was a great way to kick off this series…
nimbleprop (7849) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Max’s in Baltimore. Pours a hazy, translucent copper with a very creamy, eggshell head. Aroma is malty, fruity, perfume, a little grass. Flavor is malty, crisp, grassy, a little astringent, lightly medicinal, sweet, lemon peel, a little anise. Full bodied, sweet finish. Might be the best Biere de Garde I’ve ever head.
Travlr (22907) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Churchkey. Hazy chestnut color, large bubble head. Aroma of apples, malt, Taste is apple tart, citrus, smoke. Light body. Tasty.
ekstedt (6606) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark. Dark brown, medium beige head. Fruity, berryish aroma with some fudge, cacao, prt wine, and herbal hops. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Medium dry with some acidity, medium bitterness.