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Ch'ti Brune - Brasserie Castelain

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BA SCORE
80
good

11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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 01-19-2005)
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Photo of pipinmalikonj
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

pipinmalikonj, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

t0rin0, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of PartyBear
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep rich chocolate brown in colour, with slight off-white head. Quite intense but fine carbonation. 3.5

Aroma: Fruity nose, robust blackberries, and winey grapes, with a sweet almost sugary base. The overall aroma is fairly reminicent of port. 3.5

Taste: Sweet flavours up front, definitely lots of dark sweet fruits, more blackberries, with raisins. Hints of vanilla, along with cinnoman, and a touch of syrup. 3

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body, with a slightly greasey texture. 3.5

Drinkability: A bit too sweet for my palete but decent interpretation of the style. 3

PartyBear, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (75cl), tasted in 2004.
Appearance : brown colour, low sparkle, brownish foam.
Smell : cofee nose, which turns into chocolate flavors.
Taste & Mouthfell : thin in the mouth, we can see the light flavors of roasting in the final.
Drinkability : a good beer flirting the porters

Review added 10-19-2007, translated from french 2-13-2008.

thierrynantes, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of bushbeer75
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle

Thanks go out once again to my brother-in-law and sister for this tasting

Appearance: Dark Brown in color with a “tanish” head. This is the best aspect of this brew

Smell: An aroma of cola and nuts. I was a little disappointed with the aroma as it was a little weak.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very similar to the smell, although a little stronger and better. A little sweet malt, “roasty” and “toasty”. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and a little thin.

Drinkability: An average Belgian Dark Ale

bushbeer75, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark mohogany with a rocky tan head that very slowly falls in to a thin sheet.
the aroma malty with a hint of plum, fruity, and a hint of cocoa and peaches.
the flavor is soft, with a good dose of malty goodness, a hint of plum and an other unidentified fruit, light on the pallot, finishes minerially.

plaztikjezuz, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of denjen
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is definitely one of those beers that tastes better as you get further down the glass. A musty malty aroma dominates this beer, while the taste really amplifies the same. Originally I swear I got a slight metallic taste that seemed to vanish halfway through the glass. Kind of reminds me of what a musty old butterscotch candy you found in a forgotten pocket of your grandmothers purse would taste like. Oh yeah, and it had been in the basement for 15 years. Even for the discounted price I don't know if I'd recommend this, but I wouldn't turn it away if it was given to me. Tough call....
Jen: I am happy that we purchased this on clearance, as I am not overly impressed with it. I can immediately smell the sweet malts with a mild creamy undertone. The taste is more of the same. It has sweet malts backed with a creamy mouth feel. I also sense a little roastiness to it, along with some caramel candy sweetness. I don't find this to be all that impressive, but it is decent, but not great.

denjen, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750 purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a tulip. No dates.

Deep brown, almost black with a tall head of tan that shows decent retention and leaves lots of fine lace. Off to a good start.

The nose is very malty with caramel, nuts, a light spicyness and some butterscotch. Reminds me of a Brown Ale with some X-mas spices.

Tastes very malty upfront with caramel and butterscotch like spice. A fair dose of hops come in halfway through followed by some nutty flavors and lingering spice. Again, very Brown Ale, yet, overall the flavors seem a bit muted.

The mouth is on the thin side and doesn't do much for me. Worth the $2.99 sale price but I would not pay the regular $9-10.

ypsifly, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of Skidz
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Happy birthday to me, at least when I got the bottle.

Pours out bright garnet, nearing straight brown, sits deep, dark crimson-tinted brown in the glass with a good sized light tan head. Fades slowly, leaving a good thick skim and leaves a good coat of lace on the glass.

Aroma is all over the board. Big nutty hues featuring walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds. Rich, roasty caramel dressing with faint chocolate notes. Roasty malts offer hints of toasted wood. Nearing on flowery.

Tastes delightfully malty, huge malt character. Roasty, toasty and everything inbetween and on all other ends. Toasted nuts soaked in a light apple juice, blended with caramel. Dustings of cocoa combine with a lightly dry, wooden flavor, hinting at oak. Mild bitterness lends some leafy flavors. Finish is still quite malty, some fruitiness peeking through. A faint hint of sourness is detected, but lies within the malty core, very, very faint.

Quite smooth and creamy in the mouth with soft and giving carbonation. Medium-full in body, rich all around.

At $11 a bottle, it's not worth it, at least on a somewhat regularly sporadic basis. But thinking outside of that box, it's a very nice beer. Very well balanced on all levels, excellent flavor. Very easy to drink, and easily enjoyed. Apparently, it's fairly inexpensive in France, says my roomate, but something must have really pushed this price up. Yikes.

Skidz, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Corked and caged, embossed bottle.
A Biere de Garde, according to the label.
dark brown in color, showing ruby tints held to the light, adorned with a fizzy tan, lace-leaving head.
Aroma is smooth and mellow, speaking of nuts, cocoa, a whiff of dark fruit, but not much beyond.
taste: mostly, it's like cola, even root beer. Nuts and cocoa, again, bright, flavorful...Malt is king here, feels nearly sweet, ultimately drying, but mostly, this is a tasty, lean brown ale, the English kind, but done in Belgian style. Easy drinking, nothing to shout about. Not sure I'd recommend it, based on the $11 pricetag, when finer Belgian ales can be found cheaper, but it is a nice drink, so I can't dissuade anyone from the pleasure of tasting it.
Just a bit too rudimentary to justify the pricetag, or presentation.

(Sidenote: I obviously got a different bottling from the fellow in Holland, but I can be sure that the sample at hand is fresh, as it only now entered the U.S. market, and just reached shelves in my town, courtesy of a salesrep for the importer. I detected no Diacetyl.)

feloniousmonk, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
1.98/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Best before 20-10-05 so well in time for a try out. Pouring this one in gives you no problem. Nice foam, litle yellow. Dark brown color and clear. Smell is buttery( diacetyl) and oxidised. Further sweetmalty. Taste is drymalty but again badly disturbed by the butter. Has a lightbitter aftertaste. Don't know how this one was fresh, but tasting the large amounts of diacetyl makes you concude that there was something really wrong at the brewery.

paterlodie, Jan 19, 2005
Ch'ti Brune from Brasserie Castelain
80 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.