Ch'ti Ambrée - Brasserie Castelain
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2.99/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
10-27-2013 13:57:46 | More by dcmchew
3.85/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
07-20-2012 01:56:50 | More by matthiasbrau
United Kingdom (England)
2.88/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
04-07-2010 16:20:14 | More by soulgrowl
4.1/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
08-29-2009 17:53:57 | More by BoitSansSoif
3.98/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
02-27-2009 23:29:49 | More by brc
3.83/5 rDev +11%
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.
12-28-2007 01:07:27 | More by mpyle
3.5/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
11-18-2007 09:54:40 | More by thierrynantes
3.58/5 rDev +3.8%
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
12-23-2006 05:07:52 | More by russpowell
3.25/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
07-02-2006 22:15:24 | More by denjen
United Kingdom (England)
3/5 rDev -13%
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.
10-20-2005 20:08:57 | More by wl0307
3.13/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
07-17-2005 21:49:42 | More by paterlodie
3.5/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
03-27-2005 20:13:42 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.38/5 rDev -2%
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.
11-05-2004 20:07:41 | More by putnam
2.9/5 rDev -15.9%
On draught (pression) at Falstaff in Paris. Clear orange color with light bubbles and a medium thin off-white head. Very thin lacing. The aroma is mildly malty and hoppy. Rather thin body with an blandly sour malt flavor coupled with sweet caramel and yeast. The finish comes up a little short, making for a misfire as far as this beer is concerned.
04-13-2004 19:33:37 | More by Dogbrick
3/5 rDev -13%
The cap is taped on the bottle with a piece of paper, so when you pour the beer into the glass, there's a nice "bling bling" noise (maybe it was more "schling schling"...)
An orange copper color, with very little head. A bit transparent, which made me doubtful about the beer's complexity.
Definitely malts and some hints of hop in the smell. Maybe also some sort of liquor smell. A fruity taste (my guess was red fruits, blueberries and raspberries), some complexity. It's hard to define what really is in the taste there. A very doughy hoppy aftertaste.I don't understand how this light-looking beer can be so thick in the moutfeel and the aftertaste. Interesting, but not really to my taste, and not that drinkable in my opinion.
03-20-2004 23:41:27 | More by tjd25
3.88/5 rDev +12.5%
Quite an interesting beer. I purchased this corked and caged 750ml bottle in Ireland. The entire label is in French.
Upon pouring, I was rather surprised at what I saw. First appears a deep amber color, then as the head fades off it turns to a cloudy, pink/orange color. Unlike any color of beer I have ever seen. Almost looks like grapefruit juice with tiny bubbles cascading towards the surface.
Initially, I could pick up very little in the nose other than some sweet malt. Now I can pick up a slight twang of hops, along with the sweet malt, some alcohol, yeast, and fruit.
Flavor is not all that complex, and it does remain light and rather refreshing. Citrus and a mild spice flavor from the yeast is detectable. Mouthfeel is somewhat spritzy and bubbly, yet goes down rather lightly and easily. An interesting brew. Recommended if you can find it.
10-30-2003 02:00:48 | More by IrishRedRock
Ch'ti Ambrée from Brasserie Castelain
80 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.