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Ch'ti Blonde - Brasserie Castelain

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BA SCORE
81
good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-04-2004)
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a stange cylinder glass at a conference dinner location.

Appearance: Clear bright gold. Thick white head upon pouring, died back to a thin foam across the top. Some strands and sheets of lacing noted.

Smell: Floral hops, some malt sweetness under the hop aroma.

Taste: Nicely balanced between floral / herbal hop flavors and biscuity malt sweetness. Hops are nicely tuned to counter the malt sweetness, but not be too bitter, and the malt is not too sweet to clash with the hops, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation. A little sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable - fantastic with food. Kind of wish I had it in a different glass as I think the smell may have come out more, but otherwise a good beer. Definitely one of the better French beers I've had.

damndirtyape, Jul 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle had Bier de Garde printed across the label. I will review under the assumption that this is a Bier de Garde rather than a Saison as listed. Best by 19/01/07 printed on the bottle. Bottle consumed 12/05.

Appearance: Miller Lite like color and carbonation. Luscious, large frothy head. Minuscule carbonation.

Nose: Smells like donkeys. Plenty of barnyard fecal matter and hay. I think this might be setting off my allergies. Sweet sweaty horse dung and rotten grains. Not very appetizing but kind of cool.

Taste: Lighter than expected earth, musk, grass, and grain.

MF: Dry and crisp. Light bodied.

D: A bit repulsive at first, I grew to really enjoy it. Once room temperature it becomes a rather interesting beer.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of Satyr179
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Satyr179, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Schlafly33
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Schlafly33, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one at the Gatineau Select SAQ. Pours light blond with big thick white head, less so in others' cups. A mild spiciness, lighter easy drinking mouthfeel. In fact, I found this reasonable hoppy bitterness, with some sugar and malt, and something akin to an American take on a Belgian blond.

Sammy, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottled by date of 12/01/06

Poured a slightly hazy but efferevescent golden color with a 1/2" white head that drops to a healthy film layer fast. Good film stays all the way down & okay lacing

S: Some grainy notes, honey malt & a hint of lemon up front

T: Light lemony, grassy & grainy notes on the front side. Sweet light honey malt with a slight fruittyness & even slighter yeasty twang as this warms. Some more earthy/phenolic notes as this warms. Finishes fruitty (pears, apricots & apple juice) with a hint of pepper

MF: Sprtizy & light

Drinks pretty easy, a nice quencher, nothing super mid-blowing here, but the cleaness of this helps drinkabilty. A training wheels saison, but I preffer this to some OTT saisons I've had

russpowell, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of floral malt with some light fruity yeast notes. Taste is also a very well balance mix between fruity yeast notes with some floral malt notes and a very unique and interesting grain bill. Body is quite full with some great carbonation. Very well done and refreshing with some nice complexity.

Phyl21ca, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +12%

matjack85, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of bloberglawp
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden yellow, rocky white head that dissipates down to a thin film, lively carbonation, nice and clear.

Aroma of european malt a very little spice note from hops. Phenolic and estery notes are almost undetectable. Flavor of rich malt, a hint of honey and a hoppy bitter finish. Smells like a strong german pils and taste like a hoppy belgian pale ale minus the estery and phenolic notes.

Exellent and refreshing. I'll buy it again.

bloberglawp, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber-yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apples are present in the nose along with notes of toasted malts and hints of herbs.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the toasted malts seem to stand out a little more in front of the toasted malt flavors. Hints of earthy yeast are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pleasant to drink and doesn't have any strong flavors so it would be well suited to pair with a meal, especially with a dish that uses apples.

metter98, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big bottle, little umph.

Caged 75cl bottle, bought from Boozers Warehouse, Calais (1.99 Euro) in Dec 2006, drank Dec 2006, best by feb 2007.

Very light golden in colour, with a constant flow of bubbles flowing towards the thin white foaming head.

Weak aroma of oak or beach sap.

Tastes of nothing really, very disappointing for a 6.4% beer.

Again no real mouthfeel, so no drinkability either!

BlackHaddock, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of ThaCreep
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On the nose, we think of lager but with a subtle touch of brown sugar. The body is light, scent, with a bitterness that makes it dirty mouth while she is far from good. A feeling of artificiality complete the observation that beer is just ordinary. Pleasant to drink but there are much better unless you're an absolute fanatic of"Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis" movie

ThaCreep, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of HiPpYcHoP
3.25/5  rDev -9%

HiPpYcHoP, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of AmberMan22
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a pitifully small 25cl bottle. I wish it were sold in much larger quantities.

This bière de garde pours a slightly hazy, light copper color. The head is fairly unimpressive, but the surface at least retains coverage the whole way down. Specks of lacing clling to the glass, though not as much as I'd hope.

The smell is of light toasty hops, alcohol, and a touch of hop bitterness. Smells good.

It tastes good too. The alcohol is certainly present yet not overwhelming. There is a distinct and assertive toasted malt flavor, backed by some hop undertones and bitterness. It makes me feel like I'm drinking an ever-so-slightly dialed back Maibock, so I like this quite a bit. Left with a dry, bitter/alcoholic finish.

The body is a strong medium heft, which is impressive for a beer of this color. Carbonation is present but non-interfering. Creamy feel.

I love this beer. I don't care how it looks, I care how about everything else and that's where it scores well for me. I enjoy Maibocks quite a bit, so finding something slightly dialed back just hits the spot for me. Plus, with a ~8oz bottle, at 6.4% you could knock back plenty of these for a good session.

AmberMan22, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -2%

gold, clear, filtered, lots of bubbles, good white head
Belgium yeast aroma: phenols and esters; if you are accustomed to the toasted malt aroma of darker Biere de Garde you can find it here as well.
phenolic, dry, typical toasted malt flavor, hop bitterness low but clearly there
medium body and refreshing carbonation well integrated
Solid blonde Biere de Garde, clearly different from a Belgian blonde, not great but worth a try.

safaricook, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Kitsune
1.5/5  rDev -58%

Kitsune, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of biergeniesser
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This 750 ml bottle of Ch’Ti Blond described itself as a Blond Biere de Garde on its label; however, having tasted a few examples of both Blond Bieres de Garde and Saisons, it is apparent that at a certain range in the fringe of both styles similarities abound.

This beer poured light blond with the slightest haze. It formed a thin white head which dissipated instantly, and left almost no lacing. Large fish eye bubbles evolved slowly from the bottom and sides of the glass.

The aroma of this beer was quite vinous. Alcohol aromas were definitely in the foreground. Hop aromas were mild and subtle and tended toward a kettle hop with a slight degree of skunkiness.

Hop bitterness, kettle hop were the two most predominant flavors in this bottle of Ch’ti. In the middle ground, clean malt and alcohol flavors were easily detectable. Slight citrus notes were in the background flavors of Ch’ti Blond. A healthy dose of carbon dioxide “bite” also was evident.

The body of this beer was quite light. It was refreshing and finished dry with a relatively high degree of carbonation than almost seem to scour the mouth.

Ch’Ti was a decent, albeit relatively expensive ($10.95/750ml) Blond Biere de Garde. It appears to have been brewed by the Brasserie Benifontaine, the same brewery which produces the notably less expensive Castelain Blond Biere de Garde. All things being equal among Blond Bieres de Garde, Ch’ti was enjoyable, but not as much so as its relative Castelain.

biergeniesser, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of TheSarge
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man, I can't believe this doesn't have an A average. This brew has a perfect appearance with a good three finger thick bright white head, and a golden clear body.

Fragrances are arid with toasty and biscuity malt, and a slight hint on lemon. As this beer warms a bit, there is a slight cooked veggie characteristic.

The taste is very sweet up front, and finishes off with a hint of what may be a grapefruit like taste. Another quality that comes to mind is white grape as the brew warms up.

This brew is very smooth and crisp. It definitely reminds me of a good clean lager.

This is totally refreshing, but has a slight warming effect in the end making this a very diverse beer to be enjoyed no matter the temp outside.

TheSarge, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of tjd25
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head was decent but didn't last long enough. Hard to get anything from the smell in the bar; some notes of wheat and anise. The taste is interestingy round, very creamy, almost like sour cream. Notes of white wine, fruity but a bit dry. The mouthfeel is quite thick and a bit chewy with some spicy notes. Kind of still from the tap, but I liked it.

tjd25, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of TheBrewo
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of classic gold. It holds virtually no head, even on a rough pour. There are, however, bubbly bits clinging around the edges of the glass, with a thick hazy film over the top of the liquid. There is moderate haze, but complete opacity is not approached. Carbonation looks to be standard, but the bubbles rise slowly, as if the beer is sticky and syrupy. The first thing noted about the aroma is a sickly, fruity sweetness of overly ripe strawberries. This leaps around lightly toasted malts, and faint bubblegum esters. There is also a dank mustiness about it, but at the same time it is as if that earthiness is hiding something synthetic, like a plastic-smelling hair product. Curiously complex, to say the least. As we sip those toasted malt hit up front, and are quickly met by a surprisingly strong hop bitterness for a balance. Here, too, there is a faint apple flavoring that flashes across the tongue, adding some residual sugar to the mix. Moving through the middle we become better acquainted with the grains used, while that musty, yeasty aroma begins to take form in flavor. This helps round out the finish, where the hops return with a bit of sugary sweetness to balance. The very end is characterized by a final, boozy washing. It has spice, of raw cinnamon and dark herbs, which add a bittering to the alcohol. The aftertaste breathes grainy, and slightly metallic, with some more fusel alcohols and faint hop action. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left slippery, and then astringently dried. There is not much coating, but a nice light creaminess forms to each sip, likely due to the carbonation. The abv is standard and the beer drinks easily for the style.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was picking apart the complexity of the aroma. The strong musty earthiness is actually quite inviting, and asks the drinker to dive down deeper. What was even nicer was how many of the aromatic credits made appearances in the flavor, with a surprising cameo from some bittering hops right out front. We found this to be a nice example of the style, as a whole, and were pleased that it was able to contain many of the primary characteristics of it within.

TheBrewo, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Ireland purchase. Never seen any of these Ch'ti beers here in the US. Pours clear and golden with a large pillowy white head. Smell is rather funky, musty, earthy and grassy. Quite herbal and dry. Earthy notes of hay and dried fruit balance the herbacious hoppy finish. Bubbly carbonation. Finishes dry. As this beer warmed it began to grow on me more and more, though it still is not one I would seek out again. Nonetheless, it's worth a try.

IrishRedRock, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of sokol_1993
3.75/5  rDev +5%

sokol_1993, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of atis
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale golden with large and soft white head that slowly fades to a small patchy layer that lasts till the end of the glass, small downsliding lacing. Aroma is sweet malty, some caramel.

Taste is citrusy malt, some herbal hoppy bitterness, faint fruity esters with rather dry finish, light citrusy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-light with average carbonation, no alcohol could be felt.

Overall, very good one, although it felt too light. Very, very drinkable and alcohol could not be felt at all.

atis, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

no idea how old this (33cl) bottle is - found it chilled in a bottle shop in Center City Philly.

A: tall, spongy off white head, fell fast - yellow-orange like a lion - sediment in suspension?! - noticeably hazy

S: bright - light fruit and a honeyish malt that shows increasingly candy-like, light caramel and later toasty and burnt sugar notes

T: moderate, dense creamy caramel - slight overtone of grass stalk - bit of yeasty spice late on the tip of the tongue - aside from the heightened sense of concentrated (caramelized) malt, it tastes like a relatively normal (Belgian) blonde ale

M: smooth like caramel - almost slick/syrupy back off the tongue - little bit of an alcohol sting up front - does end up fairly dry - would i want to drink a lot of these?...

O: what is unique in its (malt) flavors and mouthfeel are about all that makes its ale noteworthy - all in all, it's okay - i could see having it again if I came across it on draft

Bouleboubier, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle purchased in Dunnes Stores, Ireland. Poured a pale straw coloured brew with a foamy head. Looked quite well. Not much to smell; some grassy hoppiness, but little else. The taste was thin, but drinkable; hard to believe that this is a 6.4% ABV beer. The mouthfeel was silky smooth, something I would associate with a better tasting brew.

Overall, a decent enough brew; drinkable, but not worth going out of the way to buy.

JohnfromDublin, Apr 01, 2008
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Ch'ti Blonde from Brasserie Castelain
81 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.