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Ch'ti Blonde - Brasserie Castelain

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 69
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TheSarge
4.36/5  rDev +22.5%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of bloberglawp
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of AmberMan22
4.12/5  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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of bellebouche
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, served at 6 degrees, poured into two Stella style continental glasses. Served with food (Blinis, Lumpfish Roe, Créme Fraiche, Shallots)

Pours Bright, crystal clear, golden light amber. Large head falling back to a few mm of head which then falls back further to a peripheral ring of bubbles only. No head retention.

Little discernible smell on initial pour.

A sip of the pouring foam and I had a massive waft of citrussy hops.

Taste is all hops, great structure, caramel notes. Alcohol is not present and the beer has a light foamy fine mousse (not unlike 3 monts) making it very very drinkable.

A delightful beer - highly recommended and a great accompaniment to food. (689 characters)

Photo of Daredevil
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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 ... (512 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (2,242 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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 (950 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was at the Blue Martini Bar on St. Martin/St. Maarten recently. Besides all of the usual Caribbean beers offered, I noticed they had Leffe on draft. So as I sat down, I saw they had a few Ch'ti bottles behind the bar, so I ordered one instead. First up was the Blonde. Poured into a Ch'ti Triple goblet. Hazy yellow body. Slight carbonation with a moderate sized head. Taste was very nice; something I had not had on this trip: a nice yeasty and sugary Belgian style ale. Mouthfeel was smooth and full. This was a terrific find, and a great beer in comparison to all the other lagers I had been drinking that week. (616 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice a crystal clear light golden straw with a small white head which never rose tall, but persisted and stayed to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with slight toffee and low levels of diacetyl and a slight spiciness.

The flavor was nicely malty with light caramel character and a slight and refreshing spice. The bittering was low, but well done to create a crisp yet nicely balanced beer.

The finish was dry and crisp with light caramel impressions lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium light.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Purchased at OUAV in Richmond for $10.99. Back label has stenciling that is 12/01/05. The bottle says Biere de Garde, this beer is not a Saison and not quite a Biere de Garde. A very light and refreshing beer, I could see opening a bottle while sitting as a small cafe in France. (867 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (751 characters)

Photo of dirtyskunk
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,184 characters)

Photo of malmquna
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can find this in tall-boy 50cl cans at the local grocery store. Right next to the Leffe Blonde. I'm surprised the cans aren't more widely available.

Poured into a glass, this beer is nearly yellow in color, with plenty of carbonation but no real head to speak of after a minute or two. There's nothing really notable about the way this looks in a glass.

The smell is quite nice, however, with some sweet malt mixed with some very slight hop aroma. In the mouth the feel is good, but somewhat overpowered by the high gravity (6.4% abv). Regardless of the higher alcohol content, the flavor still contains considerable sweetness. Some bitterness comes in at the end, but this beer is not altogether hoppy.

CH'TI is not the best example of the Bière de Garde style. I'll limit my consumption of it to sitting at home in front of the television or over a low-stakes card game. (878 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the stubby 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

S: Slight yeasty character and breadiness over a bed of light fruits.

A: The beer is more subtle than expected, with a slightly vinous backbone but a bready and yeasty character infused with light fruits throughout. Very refreshing.

F: The beer is very very carbonated with lots of bubbles throughout. Very prickly and almost soda like in feeling.

Overal, a good beer. The brew is very refreshing but is somewhat subtle. This is good on a hot summer day but also doesn't make it stand out very much (558 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750 with a date that looks like 12/01/08(?) jetted on the bottom of the back label. Its obscured a bit because it was printed over the importers name. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn for a mere $2.99 and poured into a tulip.

Clearish light gold with an inch or so of white that falls to a thick layer that just sits there. Ringed lace effect.

The nose has some caramel from the malts and mid level diacetyl with some baking spices and sugar in the back. Slight hop spiciness adds to the bouquet. The only downside is the buttery diacetyl that seems to frame the whole thing. It does have some complexity evn if it is rather faint overall.

The malts are upfront with some caramel and a hint of toffee that leads into spicy hops and a touch of lingering butterscotch and apples that is eventually wiped clean by the dry finish.

The mouth is moderate with just enough carbonation to get by. Pairs well with sharp cheddar and monterey jack. A good beer but nothing I would seek out in a store that has a large selection. (1,049 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  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. (842 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw with loose white head that speckles. Nose is barrel and bubblegum yeast. White grape and pear up front, a bit of honey, and spicy hops. Light body, sweet linger, no heat.

Reminded of chablis! Summery, but not as much character as other in the style. (267 characters)

Photo of jed
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Comes in a dark brown, 75 cl bottle with a cork and crown. Front label has two small hop plants and "brassée à l'ancienne." There's also a small ring of paper with a "Médaille D'Or 2004" world selection medal. Back label has a small blurb about the beer. To be consumed by 2/26/05. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very rich, golden yellow with a small head. The head is much more tightly packed than other bière de gardes; as it disappears it leaves a small amount of lacing. Trails of carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Lots of yeast, paired with grassy and dry apple notes. Fine hint of hops, and some spicy alcohol. More complex than something like Jenlain's Bière de Printemps.

Taste: Nose of yeast and grassy notes, followed by herbal hops. Very noticeable, defined dry apple flavors. Some mild spiciness, perhaps a little bit of cloves. Finish is slightly dry from the apples. Aftertaste is a mixture of hop bitterness and some lingering fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly above average, nothing amazing. Ch'ti blonde is fairly smooth, although a little bit thin for my taste.

Drinkability: Lacks the engaging flavor necessary for a good session beer, but nicely drinkable. Would be a good beer to serve to friends used to French macros; a step up, but nothing too jarring.

I paired this one with some sharp cheddar cheese to draw out the apple flavors. A competent take on the bière de garde style, but nothing amazing. If you're interested in trying a bière de garde, I'd recommend starting with Jenlain's first. Still, a decent beer and legions away from the lamentable French macros. (1,662 characters)

Photo of tjd25
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Ruby-brown with a light tan head and nice lacing.
Aroma is funky and fruity.
Tastes to me a bit like a brown ale. malty and nutty with a slightly bitter middle. Was expecting a bit of yeasty funk that doesn't seem to be there.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Overall, kind of underwhelming and not worth the price. Still, glad i tried it. (346 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (293 characters)

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Ch'ti Blonde from Brasserie Castelain
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