|Highest Rated||Gavroche (69 / 100)
||Average score||60 / 100 (Decent)|
|Lowest Rated||3 Monts (56 / 100)
Pours a red-tinged bronze, large fluffy beige head. Large bubbles in the body. Clumpy lace. Not bad, could use less head actually.
Smells malty, touch oxidised. Notes of currants, slight earthiness maybe a touch of funk. Spice, dark fruits. Not bad.
Taste is fruity, dark and sweet. Chocolatey caramel malt upfront with English toffee, then currants and prune notes, a touch of cinnamon then finishes jammy and spicy, pepper with plenty of earth. Maybe a touch old, but decent complexity, well worked.
Smooth, little bit of booze on the back. Nice.
Not bad, could use a bit more funk.
69 / 100
Mid amber hue, quite clear, with a huge fluffy head of yellowish white bubbles. Looks pretty damn good, and very much in the expected style for a Biere de Garde.
Dark, rustic, slightly organic notes on the nose. Dark, almost currantly sweetness to it too, and maybe just a hint of spiritous alcohol. Quite sweet, but with that earthy organic flavour always lingering around the back. Nice. I like this type of beer.
Again, it's grainy, organic and earthy on the palate too. Notes of cereal, backed with a lightly bitter alcohol heat. Finish is very dry, with a lingering grain husk and earth flavour. Nice, rustic, raw and unpretentious.
I didn't notice the ABV until after I'd finished it, and I was surprised it was so high. It's a nice beer; a dusty, dry, but refreshing brew.
Very standard lagery appearance, only with a huge foamy head that thins out, creating a bit of lacing. Mostly just plain amber colour with light carbonation.
Somewhat underwhelming nose too. Light floral hoppiness with fair amber malt characters, standard but not boring nose. It's got character, just no really unique features leaping at me.
Thick, syrupy malt flavour on the tongue progresses to a long hoppy palate with a lot of flavour. It's rich and strong with hints of coriander, soil and citrus characters. Slightly stinging mouthfeel and intense flavour makes it respectable but it's not all that complex, just strong and long, like my penis.
60 / 100
Beautiful clear rich golden colour, with a great big head of frosty solid foam. Fine carbonation around the edges. A beautiful looking beer, very regal and aristocratic.
Rather musty, almost metallic coppery nose. Light bread yeast overtones, but the mustiness, which takes on nuances of organic or grainy characters, wins out.
Malt and yeast on the palate, almost overpowering, before there's more grainy characters. Earthy malt and a noticeable wash of alcohol heat. There's a slightly metallic, solvent-like quality coming from the alcohol, and a tingle of hops bitterness, but not a lot.
Weird one this. I don't know if it's a stylistic difference that I find so challenging, but there's bits to this that make it rather difficult to drink. Whether it's the intensity of the yeast character, the heat of the alcohol which isn't quite covered up, or something else - something rankles with me here. When I've tried more Bières de garde, I'll probably know more, but for now I'll say good, but not great.