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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde | Brasserie Castelain

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Brasserie Castelain
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Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 12-26-2001

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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 209
Photo of jrsqc7
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This one was purchased because it reminded me of my favorite underground black metal labels, Tour de Garde... for obvious reasons. A whole lot of malt hits you up front, and fruity sweetness lingers. Most notably is how it feels; light, bubbly, and crisp. Never before has a beer this flavorful been this light tasting and feeling to this here tongue. Wonderful.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: January 9, 2016... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... OCCASION... pinewood derby cars, cut and awaiting sanding tomorrow... APPEARANCE: a central whirl of bubbles power a light amber body with moderate clarity; a snow-white two-finger head simmer to a cirrus island with an atoll surrounding it... AROMA: ginger, resin, and vanilla join with light dough, bubblegum, and damp yeasts... caramel and toffee are sweet... quite a panoply of scents to breathe in... PALATE: medium-bodied, mellow--flatter than the glass suggests--and slick... TASTE: apple and pear roll out, almost as a cider, before the caramel and toffee sweeten the deal... this glass offers the bubblegum and pepper more associated with a weizen, but the malt is heavy and holds the flavor profile's roots down.... OVERALL: a strong, pleasant conveyance of 6.4% worth of ABV, with a fruity, malty flavor that begs for the next sip.... the sugary aftertaste suggests a dessertif...the late phenol might suggest a bigger hit than it delivers, but overall, an enjoyable experience...

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Photo of timontheroad
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden/copper color, little head or retention, so-so lacing. Smell is light grassy notes, with some light tart, sweetness and a bit of estery yeast. The taste was somewhat fruity up front, with a very sweet and subtle spice back end that lingered for a long time. Light mouthfeel, with a clean dry finish. Overall the flavors in this were pretty subtle, but well balanced, nice easy drinker.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A saison with a French accent. A bright gold-yellow, with a thick white head. Spicy, grassy aroma with a hint of the yeast. Flavor adds orchard fruits - I hope this makes sense - some crisp and some dried. Nice farm finish with grass dominant, yeast enhanced. A lighter mouthfeel, thus quite drinkable. My first Bier de Garde, sooooo...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i dont remember any other beers in this style being quite so sweet, this one has a real lingering sugar content to it, almost distracting and certainly in the way of the more delicate grassy hops and the near saison type farmy yeast. i think the malt is a little heavy in this one, a little less cleaned up than it could be by a very cool yeast strain that has some traits of warmer fermentation with high tone fruit notes and again the sugar, maybe not quite done. still, its a real enjoyable beer, beautiful in the glass, and holding a head all the way, great carbonation, and a lot more body than i think the style calls for, as undefined as it still is. love the yeast flavor and the straw notes in this, i think its got late summer written all over it, but if this was even 20% drier, i think it would be a far better beer. still, nice to see some of the french stuff coming around, and i think it has some cool culinary applications. i enjoyed it with a black garlic and octopus dish at bittersweet on alameda, great spot, cool beer program.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours with a light golden color. Clean transparent body. Half a finger of head which quickly subsided. Nice lacing left behind with each drink.

Smell: caramel and orange peel open on the front. Developed yeast character with easy flowing straw ride into the body. Fruits continue to flow with a lingering undertone of molasses.

Taste: subtle overall but well integrated together. Buttery yeast opens up with bright fruit esters following suite. Straw and grassy flavors develop on the back end and linger long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: very clean drinking. Carbonation is on the lower side but what's there is plenty.

Overall: my first authentic French biere de garde and it didn't disappoint. Flavors and aromas all play together expertly well.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeast driven nose with tropical fruit, spice and light biscuit and light sugar. It pours a slightly hazy gold with light copper highlights. A fruity palate with caramel apricot to pineapple and a suspicion of papaya are a perfect base for the above average carbonation and medium body as it traverses the tongue to finish with a light pepper note. There are not a lot of hops.

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Photo of babaracas
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium orange with sediment, fluffy off white head, clumpy rings down the glass. smell: fruity (apple, pear) with soft graininess, floral, buttery note. Taste: juicy nectarine, almost ripe pear, grapeskin, biscuit and honey, mildly spicy middle, then finishing dry with just slightly tart nectarine. Lots of pale malt sweetness throughout. Not the most complex, but tasty. 12/19/13 bottling noted on the back of the label.

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Photo of pkalix
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

nice fizz on pour. smell is bland, old-ish. slight acidic fruits. taste is non-existent. which is quite a feat for a 6.4% brew. slightly sour, but not much. not offensive. not exciting. slight cherry as I take a few more sips.... still fizzy like a champagne... and overall pretty neutral. which is not a bad thing. Four Loco tastes like CRAP and gives hang overs; i'm sure this is much more tolerable!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a haze-free body and a light effervescence. Head is two fingers of creamy white foam with good retention. Quite attractive!

Smell: lightly toasty malt with hints of caramel, breadiness and a little graininess. Not at all funky but well-balanced and delightfully autumnal. I quite like this brew's aroma.

Taste: nutty, bready and even a little bit floral. Kind of a combination between a Belgian pale ale and a nut brown. It's got a bit of biscuitiness, which isn't my bag, but overall it's quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a rocky creaminess. Not bad!

Overall: pretty tasty and quite drinkable. This would make a fantastic leaf-raking beer, or perhaps an accompaniment to pumpkin pie. Did I mention autumnal?

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Photo of puboflyons
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the corked, caged bottle marked 17/08/12-L11137. Sampled on November 28, 2013. I don't know whether that 2012 date is an expiration or a bottling date. If was an expiration date that may explain why it reminded me of a pilsener.

Going into some detail the pour is medium amber-copper with a short-lived white head. Good clarity.

The aroma does have some notes of toasted malts, yeast, biscuits, and butter.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has the same toasted malt and biscuit character with a touch of grain and a clean, mildly hopped finish. But it had a kind of pilsener quality to it which I did not expect.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some light hints of straw yellow. The beer has a three finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts with some light fruit (apple and pear) sweetness along with some lighter notes of spicy yeast and just a hint of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with some light amounts of light fruit sweetness (including apple, pear, and white grape). That is followed by a light amount of spicy yeast and just a hint of floral hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present in the finish but it does not linger for long.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with limited amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The beer is pretty refreshing and easy to drink, hiding the 6.4% ABV very well. I enjoyed this one and I would definitely get it again - it would pair well with just about any food.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a bright medium golden amber with a three finger white head that dissipates slowly, leaving tons of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, grassy, slightly floral hops and a hint of funk. Flavor begins with sweet malt, apple and pear juice, Belgian yeast, but then turns somewhat drier, finishing with light grassy hops and a more saison yeast flavor. Light to medium bodied with bright carbonation. An nice take on the biere de garde style. Flavor is somewhat subdued, but the flavor transition from sweet fruit to drier spritzer is quite nice. Very refreshing flavor and carbonation.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: beautiful, poofy, foamy white head.... some messy lace as it goes along... brilliantly-clear, yellow-tinged gold liquid.... the decent foam stand gives it a elegant look

S: at first, apples and champagne... reminiscent of a Belgian pale or a continental lager.... initially, almost grassy-hoppy or grainy-grassy or a mix with or mistaken for mild spicy phenols.... vague bubblegum/clove.... weak and clean overall until relatively warm

T: interesting fruity/grape-y when colder, with a toasted cereal-grainy aftertaste.... up front most of the flavor impact lies, and it's fairly subdued and mellow even as the malt and spice flavors come out more later.... when warmer, the taste peaks before mid-sip

M: quite light, crisp, and dry.... the foam feels nice and cottony-soft on the upper lip.... little bit of warmth in the finish... despite relative flat dryness, there's a touch of smooth body midway

O: it's well-garded!... just very mild and nondescript in flavor.... quite drinkable altogether, though I'd never seek it out for its taste.... may be best enjoyed with a light meal of salad and fish?

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle that i totally forgot i had so this definitely has some time on it...bear that in mind with the review. enjoyed from a spiegelau glass.

a - beer pours a transparent straw yellow that settles in the glass as honey orange. there are TONS of yeasty chunks and a generous frothy beery head.

s - nice earthy yeast. some pilsnery type of grain. belgian pale esters.

t - surprisingly big fruit blast. sweet honey and grain. toasted bready malts that almost have a caramel vibe to it.

m - medium bodied.

o - very nice beer.

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Photo of Maltmaiden
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: clear. bubbly. fizzy head that fades out very quickly. Orange yellow. A very pretty beer.

S: Damn..I hope this isn't skunked b/c I get a little bit of that kind of funk. Not nauseously powerful, but it's there. Light honey. Light malt. that's about it.

T: Hmm Less of a skunk and more of a barnyard funk. Kind of pleasant alongside the sweet honey, which is very noticeable. malt. Touch of white pepper. Maybe it's rye that I'm getting. Very interesting yeast. Very well balanced. So inviting. I would love to pair this with a meal!

M: Such a clean finish. It starts with a light sweet funk that leads to a slight bitter tangy with a refreshing crispness which rounds itself out to a beautifully clean finish. This, to me, is definitely the strongest part of this beer.

O: I Would definitely have this beer again. The smell throws me off a little but I can overlook that.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of hop, hint of yeast, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight alcohol, hint of yeast, hint of hop, and slight caramel malt. Overall, decent appearance, good blend, and decent aroma. For a Biere de Garde, the body is lacking in potency, though the flavor is still good.

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Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Avenue Pub

A: Pours a hazed golden/orange color. A two finger, pillowy whit head forms. Nice retention and lace. I really attractive pour.
S: Bready malts that are slightly sweet. A light honey sweetness in the nose. Musky basement like yeast. Some fruity esters in the nose as well. Apple and pears.
T: Love it. Toasted, bready malts that intermingles with the musky yeast and fruity esters. The esters become more apparent as this warms up. Apples and pears are strong, but also some grape flavors. Excellent.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. A great crisp snap that is smooth at the same time. Really clean as well. So easy to drink. I really enjoy this, and can drink it all day.

A great under appreciated version of an under appreciated style. Really well done. Something I enjoyed and would recommend.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Potsdam IGA NY for 10$

Appearance – Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, wood, green grapes, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with light yeast, caramel, green grapes, and hints of something along the lines of vanilla/almonds/coconut. It also has a oak/woodiness to it. It ends with a slightly bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall – Based on the price I expected a little more here. It's still a decent beer, just nothing that blew me away. The coconut type flavour is interesting though.

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Photo of beergoot
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 330ml bottle produced a solid, crystal clear golden body, complete with a thick, chunky white head. Nice carbonation. Light, toasted malt nose mixed with an earthy, grassy hop aroma (just like the bottle label indicates). A light, biscuit malt flavor, followed by a fairly noticeable bitterness rounds out the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, clean, dry, and crisp.

A tasty little French beer. The bitterness level seems just a bit too sharp to me. Perhaps its the combination with the mild alcohol presence that I get that. In any case, it's rather good for a lightly malty thirst quencher.

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Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (bottled either June 11 or November 6, 2011) into a saison glass. Pours a slightly hazy glowing orange/amber w/ a thick creamy haed, great retention, moderate carb. This is starting out nicely.

Aroma is pale malt, Belgian yeast, floral European hops.

Taste is subtle, floral/perfumy, a little watery, light and drinkable but not especially flavorful or complex. Gets a little soapy as it warms. Hoppy bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth but also has a slightly thin, watery aspect.

Overall a decent Bière de Garde and a good table beer, but not my favorite. Enjoyable but not outstanding.

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Photo of puertobrewing
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Krosno Polish goblet.

A - Beautiful light apple juice color with a half inch head and lots of bubbles. Reminds me of champaigne or cider.

S - Well balanced smell with hints of honey. Malty aroma with slight estery fruityness. The aroma also presents delicate spices and floral notes.

F - Oh why did I bought just one. This is just superbly balanced!!! You get the honey-malty flavor up front, followed by vanilla custard, and in the end, a hint of white wine, champaigne, and rose petals.

M - Carbonation is just perfect from start to end. It has a medium body and surprisingly it's kind of refreshing.

O - For sure I will buy this one many more times. Not quite sure if it would work as a session beer but for sure one is not enough because of its great taste and elegance.

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Photo of samie85
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with two and a half fingers of pillowy, white head.

S-Butterscotch with a bit of green apple and lemon.

T-Lemon and bitter herbs upfront with a bready malt base, some green apple.

M-Really slick and oily with a medium body and moderate, prickly carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking, crisp and flavorful beer. I picked this one up after reading The Brewmaster's Table, and I'm glad I did. A very nice, and decently priced 750mL.

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Photo of gatornation
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from corked caged 750ml bottle

A- pours a slight hazed golden yellow volor with a white head

S-was lemon.grass,malt, bread.hay and very slight

T- crisp floral hops,with sweet malts,lemon

M- medium carbonation a sweet oily bread/malt taste with crisp hops

O- nicely done BDG


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Photo of damndirtyape
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (best by 06/24/12) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Wow! Crystal clear perfectly rich golden yellow - really lights up in the glass. Just right level of carbonation coming up through the beer as I look at it. Poured a 1/4" white head that died back to form a persistent 1/16" white foam across the top. Some islands of and strands of lacing noted here and there. I really can't go on enough about the color - I'm just quite taken by it.

Smell: With a swirl - herbal and grassy hops. Otherwise, apple, a hint of peach and a bit more of those herbal and grassy hops. I'd describe this as delicate in aroma - it's not strong, but when it comes through it's quite nice.

Taste: Crisp tart apple up front, then a crisp bitter/earthy/spicy finish. Hops are almost German in character at the end with the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and dry - carbonation is mildly spicy and lingering on the tongue, but there is still some residue on the teeth after the swallow. Nice thickness under that carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: I had this with a meal (Chicken and couscous with a Moroccan Harissa sauce) and it went really well. By itself it's pretty good as well. An amazing beer to look at, and a neat style to try out. I will have to revisit this style again and see what other brewers provide.

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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde from Brasserie Castelain
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