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Ch'ti Blonde - Brasserie Castelain

Ch'ti BlondeCh'ti Blonde

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BA SCORE
83
good

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


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 18:54:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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metter98

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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 06:02:22 | More by russpowell
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
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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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 02:40:19 | More by GCBrewingCo
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StJamesGate

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Sunnanek

Sweden

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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thierrynantes

France

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 18:24:33 | More by DaPeculierDane
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TheBrewo

Michigan

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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TheSarge

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 18:14:17 | More by TheSarge
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 23:12:30 | More by morebeergood
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flyingpig

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.

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Serving type: bottle

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

Switzerland

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

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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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Finland

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 18:49:25 | More by atis
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ypsifly

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 03:47:41 | More by ypsifly
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damndirtyape

Ohio

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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Nickls

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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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tjd25

France

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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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ThaCreep

Belgium

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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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

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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janubio

Spain

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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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Ch'ti Blonde from Brasserie Castelain
83 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.