(Artwork that in 2000 Missouri found offensive and suspended the marketing/distribution of the beer in the state. Because the woman waving the flag and defending the barricades is bare breasted—nevermind that the painting is a classic of French Romanticism and has been featured on school textbooks and even money.)
Appearance: Cloudy golden orange with a big fluffy white head and great lacing.
Smell: Sweet and farmhousey; fruit with a touch of sour, spicy characters like orange peel, maybe some anise, some coriander, cardamom? Some vegetal aromas with a musty impression, though mild.
Taste: Nice and tasty—beets and a hint of white pepper, crisp pilsner-y malts. The “beet” character is prominent in the sweetness (candi sugar) and there’s an earthy character kind of like mushroom… quite good actually. Light but hearty with nice golden Belgian characteristics; mild but flavorful. Touch of alcohol as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Medium with a lively, colorful presence on the tongue; nice spicy-earthy aftertaste lingers.
Overall: As good a Bière de Garde as I’ve had—exemplar of the style.