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Ch'ti Blonde - Brasserie Castelain

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BA SCORE
82
good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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haz77

Australia

2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
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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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 18:57:35 | More by BlackHaddock
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Schlafly33

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

06-06-2014 20:16:13 | More by Schlafly33
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jhu1995

Maryland

2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 00:18:47 | More by jhu1995
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ThaCreep

Belgium

2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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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biergeniesser

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 00:35:55 | More by biergeniesser
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janubio

Spain

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 21:00:07 | More by janubio
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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... :)

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 19:05:40 | More by eduardolinhalis
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 09:46:20 | More by JohnfromDublin
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HiPpYcHoP

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

10-09-2012 19:57:18 | More by HiPpYcHoP
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

10-06-2012 16:39:41 | More by GRUUMSH
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 13:22:33 | More by IrishRedRock
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robertfulwiler

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 14:51:02 | More by robertfulwiler
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.45/5  rDev -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 Evil_Pidde
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Nickls

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 19:03:23 | More by Nickls
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Satyr179

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-09-2013 09:45:13 | More by Satyr179
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

France

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 09:50:46 | More by thierrynantes
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uturn

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-17-2014 20:59:39 | More by uturn
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 02:55:02 | More by Sammy
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 18:48:46 | More by flyingpig
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tjd25

France

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2004 16:52:06 | More by tjd25
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jed

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 12:26:53 | More by jed
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StJamesGate

New York

3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 16:44:40 | More by StJamesGate
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Ch'ti Blonde from Brasserie Castelain
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