beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
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JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from JoshuaB. Pours a light orangish/amber color with a small white head. Very clear beer. Nose is caramel malt, lots of butterscotch. Taste is lightly malty with caramel, some light butterscotch here, random candied fruits.
jimhilt (2602) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a three-finger head that fades to a ring leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is a earthy hop. Starts slightly hoppy has an earthy spice flavor, finish is clean, more hops than malts. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The tempting aroma of sweet prunes, toffee and sour grapes is very unusual to me, but this is the first Biere de Garde I have tried. I’m not sure if I’m smelling a fruity yeast esther, but it’s great smelling whatever it is. The sweet caramel malts and loads of fruitiness rush in to quickly fill my mouth on first sip. The body is nicely complex, moving from to sweet to almost sour. An interesting style that I will definitely be searching out.