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Ch'ti Blonde - Brasserie Castelain

Ch'ti BlondeCh'ti Blonde

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain visit their website

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 haz77:
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2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear gold, with a dense finger of white head. Medium-high amount of carbonation, although head retention isn't great.

S - Apple, rounded plasticy phenols, pear drops. Muted and not very complex.

T - Really lacking in flavour. Phenols in the middle and green apple at the end. Short-medium finish, slightly dry.

M - The best part of the drink. Quite creamy with just enough carbonation to cleanse the palate.

D - Not one to go for. Smell and taste muted. There are much better expressions of the style available.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 14:13:46 | More by haz77
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-08-2014 22:11:47 | More by NightINgale
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-20-2014 12:25:11 | More by Schmoog
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Hong Kong

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-24-2013 09:58:15 | More by SWY
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New York

3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 14:42:38 | More by metter98
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3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: All white, thick, beautiful head at first, then the clear golden liqiud rises. Rather nice lacings.

S: Malt, sour notes, yeast and spices. Rather mild but still complex. Grass and green apples, some pears as well. Buttery notes in the back feels wrong.

T: Yeast and spices. Red berries and green apples. Grass, nettles and some hay. Sourness and malt.

M: A mild buttery part of the smooth full body isn't right. Mild carbonation and a pleasant, but short sour aftertaste.

O: The buttery notes brought down the ratings. Otherwise not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 18:22:18 | More by Sunnanek
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-14-2013 17:02:17 | More by mrfrancis
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3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2013 14:58:48 | More by damndirtyape
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear; golden; big head; good lacing on glass

Aroma: Biscuity; hoppy; citrus notes

Taste: Malty fruit; bitter-sweet finish; well balanced and not bad overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 12:09:45 | More by IchLiebeBier
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-09-2013 09:45:13 | More by Satyr179
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-28-2013 09:10:38 | More by matjack85
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:28:40 | More by Bouleboubier
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

10-09-2012 19:57:18 | More by HiPpYcHoP
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5/5  rDev +37%

10-06-2012 18:38:23 | More by Geiseman
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

10-06-2012 16:39:41 | More by GRUUMSH
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, orange to straw colour with a thumb sized white head that has a thick, bubbly looking appearance.

Fruity smelling with hints of apple and pear, there is also a sort of floral smell to it and some background skunk. Not too complex smelling but a nice aroma to this one.

Fruity tasting hops and an overall sweetness along with some bitter following this. I could taste an almost cider like combination of both apples and pears with a little bitter of spice, other than that there wasn't too much else going on here.

Medium bodied and smooth with a fruity sweetness to the beer and medium carbonation.


Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 18:48:46 | More by flyingpig
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-16-2012 12:04:47 | More by Morningstorm
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-09-2012 07:37:54 | More by schnarr84
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-25-2011 22:22:45 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-24-2011 23:31:54 | More by stevoj
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the smell is not too spectacular, fruity and peppery but rather rustic than ritzy

the taste however is well balanced: quite sweet (gingebread) and fruity (persimmon, golden delicious apple) and an very pleasant mouthfeel

a great artisanal brew, more accessible than it's northern neighbours (Belgium) but matching some of their better brews ...

N.B. I tasted this after the official date of expiry .... however, I am quite certain, the beer sustains cellaring of one to two years after bottling quite well ...

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:13:13 | More by Daredevil
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark clear amber. Decent head disappears quick, no lingering cap or any lacing. Lots of visible carbonation the whole time. Looks like apple cider.

Smells good from the outset, like apple cider with some mild herbal and floral hop notes. No spice or malts or musty funk, all of which I expected. A little boozy as it warms.

What a surprise, this tastes like cider too. Slightly tart. Mild noble hop characteristics. Moderate bitterness is contributed to by some medicinal phenol sort of notes. Mostly I get the apple flavor, a tiny bit of lemon, with medium sweet caramel malts and the very moderate floral hops and bitter phenols.

Too carbonated for me, and otherwise thin. Not super impressed or pleased by the prickly mouthfeel. The only thing saving this is the dry finish. After sitting out for a while and warming up/losing carbonation, it has a softer

Nothing here is bad, nothing is too much, it's well balanced. But nothing is terribly interesting either. Overall this is a mild improvement over Leffe as far as regular beer choice goes here in northern France, although it's so close to cider I would just buy that if this didn't have a leg up in the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 18:45:23 | More by dirtyskunk
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2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-08-2011 16:49:18 | More by ThaCreep
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-02-2011 02:10:19 | More by TheBrewo
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Ch'ti Blonde from Brasserie Castelain
83 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.