Ch'ti Blonde - Brasserie Castelain

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 68
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Castelain visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-04-2004

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Photo of haz77
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
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! (407 characters)

Photo of jhu1995
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a gold/straw, slightly cloudy color with a fluffy white head. Smell had slight mustiness, spiciness, and some caramel flavor. Taste was unexpected, but not in a good way, with the caramel flavor dominating and some mild sweetness. Thought this tasted too much like a brown ale or dubbel. Light bodied and not difficult to drink but nothing interesting about it that would make me want to try it again. (407 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
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 (362 characters)

Photo of biergeniesser
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (1,495 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in its own CH'TI glass, golden straw colour, with a big head that lasts forever. Leaves a good lace. Aroma is weak, grainy and lemon, with maybe some honey. Taste is mostly the same, grainy, lemon, with some fruit. I can't say nothing special, not a great beer, but not too bad. Refreshing. (297 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Trappist chalice.
This is a crystal yellow beer. Smells fairly good. Reminds a good Belgian blond (close to Leffe, perhaps...). Not bad for a French beer. Despite of the 6.4%, you do not feel much alcohol, which helps the drinkability. It should be a good option for a sunny day, followed by a barbecue and listening to Gainsbourg... :) (348 characters)

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with a light orange tinge, little haze, fair carbonation and 2 fingers of relatively fast fading head.


S: Some Belgian yeasts, phenols, malt, offal, sort of an AA Lager scent to it. A light peach fruitiness.


T: Light peach snaps taste, AA lager quality, phenols, a bit of Belgian style yeasts.


M: Very foamy, airy, light, slight acrid stickiness.


O: A very light brew. Reminds me of some Belgian Pale ales, like Cuvee de Trolls, but much more foamy in texture. Got it in China, seeing it’s a Biere de Guard, but not overwhelmed. Cool bottle. (564 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of robertfulwiler
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL cork and cage bottle.

A: golden color, very clear. decent head retention, good lacing.

S: apple, a little yeast.

T: very malty/cerealy. a tiny bit of bitterness as it went down.

M: moderate body, medium carbonation.

D: Not too interesting for the style. Its fine to drink now but I probably won't buy again. (332 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of Nickls
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a frothy white head that held just OK, not much lacing; crystal clear orangeish yellow hue

S - Some sweet apple aromas; a little bready; pretty uninteresting actually

T - Light hoppiness; dry earth tones; some mild fruitiness; pretty middle-of-the road, but not bad.

M - Thinner body; dry; tiny bubbles of carbonation

D - Not bad drinking as it's inoffensive but not the most interesting in the style range. Verges on macro in terms of the feel and taste of the brew

Overall, not a bad brew, but I won't need to revisit. (541 characters)

Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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. (432 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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 (253 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999.
Appearance: golden blond colour
Smell: aromatic nose
Taste and mouthfeel mouth round bitterness well defined, balanced
Drinkability: a good "bière de garde" in french from the brewery Castelain

Review added 11-18-2007, translated from french 2-13-2008. (290 characters)

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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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Ch'ti Blonde from Brasserie Castelain
81 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.