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Ch'ti Ambrée - Brasserie Castelain

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80
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-30-2003)
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3.52/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of patre_tim
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Ty1607
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Schmoog
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of dcmchew
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Definetely a biere de garde. Dark amber with a medium beige head. Smells slightly of coffee, dry wood, toasted malts and dry grains.
Caramel mildly toasted malts, almost close to roasted, not too sweet; coffee notes. Very low fruitiness (some dry apple, apricots, low raisin), the malts are the star of the beer;
There's also a nuttiness; spices not so big, but the yeasts are earthy, rooty; the sweetness is cut short by some bitter hops, pretty rough in the finish, maybe because they're backed by some mild (maybe a bit unpleasant, medicinal) alcoholic phenols;
The fizz goes away as it warms, but the density of the malts doesn't go for sure, it's a malt-heavy example of a French bière de garde;
Still it does have some pretty big off notes, not the best example.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of canders0927
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of samEBC
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of GRUUMSH
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Geiseman
4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

Photo of matthiasbrau
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft at the Blind Tiger, NYC, 7/16/2012.

Malty up front but not sweet; slightly bitter finish. Smooth, with medium mouthfeel. Similar to Unibroue Seignuriale, but not as boozy.

Not a BPA, in my opinion, as it lacks the spicy notes I look for in that style.

Quite rare; I've never seen this in bottles anywhere, so on tap at the BT was a real coup.

Overall, a terrific biere de garde, if that's your thing (and it certainly is mine). Hope to see this more often.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of soulgrowl
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Darkish maroon with a full, ivory colored head, crackly and spotty. Lots of peanuts, tobacco, caramel malt, and weak coffee in the aroma. It smells like a bar, and not really in a good way. Pleasant on the palate but a bit too sweet and oddly tinged with a cigarette-ish or leathery earthy flavor. Light carbonation cuts through the malts and highlights the peppery hops nicely, but overall this beer is a bit shoddy.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear amber-golden color w/frothy head and decent retention.

S-Toasty malt aroma w/fruit esters-primarily red apple, light spice and nuttiness,

T-Clean toasty malt flavor w/complex blend of character in the midpalate and finish. Midway the fruit emerges w/a bit of caramel malty sweetness that is washed away by a nice touch of hops in the finish that cleanse and dry. The aftertaste is toasty w/a bit of nuts, and a dry sensation in the back of the mouth.

M-Lighter-medium body, crisp and well-balanced.

D-Really hits the spot. A well-made beer that is refreshing and interesting. Flavors are light, subtle, and well-balanced.

Photo of brc
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 25cl bottle. Almost no head, though the little that there is leaves some lacing.

Color is dark amber, on the dark side for biere de garde, approaching red. Quite clear.

Aroma of toasted grain and caramel, very light.

There's a good bit of complexity in the malt character. Notes of molasses or gingerbread, walnuts. toasted bread. The hop character is not noticeable at first, but leaves a light lingering bitterness in the finish.

Though the carbonation is too light, the mouthfeel is still good. There is decent body, a touch past medium, and a bit of warming in the end.

Some more carbonation could help the appearance and overall drinkability, as it is approaching flat beer. Surprisingly good, considering.

Photo of mpyle
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - slightly cloudy, rich ambert color. Moussy, off-white head, moderate in size but with very good retention

Aroma - malty! Slight plum, candy-like caramel sweetness. No hop, and overall very clean

Flav - malty with a toasty, caramel flavor. Sweet, but a bit mineral-like. Remains quite sweet through the finish - no hop bite, no real drying in the finish.

MF - med-full body, moderate carbonation, and a slight hint of alcohol warming. No MF elements are harsh, and they all work to give it the rounded feel of a bigger beer.

o'all - very flavorful, yet rounded. Very slightly too sweet for my taste, but a nice, malt-focused beer.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance: copper colour, creamy foam
Smell: slight caramel
Taste and mouthfeel: mellow
Drinkability: a good beer (style = bière de garde) in french from the brewery Castelain

Review added 11-18-2007, translated from french 2-12-2008.

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle pours peach/amber with a 3 fingers deep offwhite head. No lacing or head retenton

S: Sweet malt & apple skin, big-time fruittyness

T: Bready with apple skin (yeast) notes up front. Caramel & candy sugar follows as it warms. Then some dryness, apricots, brown sugar & more appleskins in the finish

MF: Low carbonation & medium bodied, slight acidity from the apple skin notes

Drinks okay the oversweetness & apple skin kind of make this a one & done session-wise, but having been in France a few times this would be a pretty good one to session on there, a back handed compliment to be sure. This is NOT a Belgian Pale

Photo of denjen
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dennis: Our first CH'TI beer....go ahead try to say it out loud without laughing a bit...and not to bad. Excessively carbonated (much like Unibroue does with their beers) with an aroma that is doughy/yeasty and slightly sweet with dark fruits. The taste is similar, with the carbonation not really taking away from the beer, you'll get some sort of funky sweetness and a long malt follow through. For the price we paid, it's a steal even at a paltry 5.9%.
Jen: I don't find this beer to be very enticing. It has a malty smell to it with slight hoppiness to it. The flavor is along the same lines: sweet malts with a mild hop finish. It also has some kind of weird fruit taste that I can't quite put my finger on. It also seems to have a bit of sourness to it. Also, lots of bubbles, too much bubbles. This is something that I am glad we got on clearance, but I am always up for something different.

Photo of wl0307
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brownish 75cl bottle, corked and caged. BB date: 01/07/06.

A: in a goblet it pours a nice, shining copperish hue, coming with a beige beer head pretty frothy and sustaining quite well; lightly carbonated body.
S: slightly sour-sweet green-apple-ish hop aroma (a little bit like noble-hop species) on top of a bed of flatly sugary caramel-maltiness along with a semi-sweetish note of dried dates other kinds of dried berries--overall the refreshingly light fruity aroma denotes a thin-flavour on the palate, but I shall see.
T: caramel-sugary+lightly sour-sweet maltiness upfront on the palate with a touch of fruitiness(?), turning a little bitter with a root-vegetation and dryish herbal edge along with the thinly sugary flavour throughout, while the short finish has very limited bitterness felt on the sides of the tongue.
M: sharply fizzy at first, turning more and more thin and flat on the palate--against the overall timid flavour, the combination makes this beer tastes almost too light to be enjoyable.
D: thin-bodied, one-dimensional flavoured and lack of depth, this is by far the least impressive Biere de Garde I've tried, and not even as good their average-quality Tripel and Blanc. Not recommended.

Photo of paterlodie
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 20-12-05. Nice head that is lasting good and a amber colored but hazy beer. Nose is lots of sweet caramel candy in some yeasfruit as is litle piney. Maltiness missed in nose and taste witch is sweet, porty litle sour caramellic. Aftertaste is moderatly bittered witch is about to say of most of the beer; moderate. Body( of malts) missed in this brew witch makes mouthfeel empty.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice a medium amber brown with a light and tight off-white head that fell quickly but lapped at the glass and left some lacing.

The aroma was toffee and caramel and slight diacetyl with a light fruitiness.

The flavor was toffee and caramel again with some diacetyl and a light and crisp bittering component that was earthy and balanced the maltiness. The malt flavors were sweet as the beer first touched the pallet but quickly dried due to the bittering.

The finish was dry with slight lasting bittering and a very slight reminder of the caramel and toffee. The body was medium light. Very crisp and quite refreshing, but not complex at all.

750 ml bottle corked and bailed. The label says Biere de Garde. $10.99 at OUAV in Richmond. When in France...when in America I'll choose something else for the price paid.

Photo of putnam
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber and frothy. Aromas are of cherry pits, curry spices, vanilla and cured meats. On the palate the fizz is aggressive, while delivering tangy caramel, raw, rinsed grain, orange peel, pepper and alcohol flavors. While there is much that is charming about this beer, it seems to lack the guts and persistence of the finest low-country ales.

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Ch'ti Ambrée from Brasserie Castelain
80 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.