Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle. Clear amber with a sma head. Aroma is mostly malty. Taste is just dissapointing thou with just the flavor of malty soda water. Some yeastiness but not much at all. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy bronze body with an average-sized off-white head. Aroma of caramel, florals, and toasted malt. Flavor of toasted malt, cocoa, and toffee with a dry finish. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 21, 2006
12oz bottle.beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Pours amber-gold with a bare hint of haze, thin white head with little retention or lacing. Aroma is grassy sour, appropriate to the style but not as spicy as more succulent versions of the style. Flavor is grassy, grainy, slightly sour, caramel, and a bit thin. Pleasantly smooth palate, medium mouthfeel. Basically to style but nothing separates it from mid-pack.
Same basic characteristics as bottle version but with fuller head and sour almost to the point of being unpleasant. Definitely prefer the bottle version, though I’d do just as well to skip both in the future.
(01.13.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 5.9 %ABV. Label states best before 5/17/06. Clear red amber with no discernable head. No discernable carbonation. Caramel and sweet malt aromas. Medium bodied that starts with light malt sweetness and toasty malt and caramel flavors. Finishes dry with light lingering hop bitterness. Well balanced. A very good drinkable ale. Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a limited head. Smells of caramel and toast. Sweet fruits on the palate in tandem with a honeyed caramel. Compared to the other Biere de Gardes I have had this represents more of an amber. It was not as lilting as the others of this style I have tasted. Thanks Beervana for the bottle.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Loads of marshmallow in the aroma. An unattractive orangey color. Too malty but not a half-bad brew. steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pours reddish orange with off white head. Nose has a blend of outdoors;earthy, flowerlike and mild hops. Flavor has a mild spicy yet caramel character. There is a noticable fruit presence which transfers to a slight sourness in the finish. Pleasant brew. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Copper Coloring with White Ring/Skin. Sweet Roasted Caramel and Light Grains Aroma. Something a Bit Off...Bit Stale in the Aroma...Although Strikingly Similiar to a Bad Sake Aroma. Good Caramel Malt and Wheat Flavor..Wheat and Hops Drying Your Palate at the End, But Not Giving Up the Creamy Medium Mouthfeel. Nice But Nothing Outwardly Wonderful About It. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a very attractive, clear, dark copper with a holding, creamy, yellowhite head. There is light diacetyl in an otherwise appealing aroma of roast grain and light caramel, although the buttery aroma is almost a compliment to the others. Latent notes of violets and field flowers. Flavor finds a malt base which is wheatish and sweet with a caramel lean... and hoppy notes do emerge (as promised) for balance in the finish.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2005
<font size=-4>Single bottle from <a href=http://www.worldmarket.com/costplus/findstore Plus World Market, Orland Park, IL 60462<font size=-1>
Light orange/amber, highly filtered. Some minmal white head rounds out a very lackluster appearance. Nose is sweet malts and butterscotch, maybe some weird dough notes. Taste is all malts, rather sweet, some toffee and butterscotch here and there. Finishes with a clean hop bitterness. Different.