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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde - Brasserie Castelain

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BA SCORE
87
very good

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-26-2001

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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 127
Reviews by Maltmaiden:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice rich yellow with a decent head that doesnt leave to much lacing,the aroma is malty sweetish with some very light iron tones.Taste was more rich than what I had thought it would be very malty and sweet with some alcohol notes coming thru dried fruit flavor comes thru,this pretty rich tadting.A good beer not overly complex but flavorful and hearty I would buy again.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this at Tully's. Can't remember what I paid for it, but I remember thinking it was a pretty good deal. It was a straw-colored beer with a wonderfully thick head. It had a nice floral aroma, as well as some citrus. It was a spicy, hoppy flavor, which I enjoyed. A trifle on the bland side, but quite drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked. Brewer calls this a Biere de Garde, but BA says its a saison? So be it.Pours very light amber, slight haze, delicate white head, dying slowly down to a tiny bubble film and leaving very fine and scattered lacing. Nose is reserved, just a hint of peppery spice and fresh fruit.

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.

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.

Photo of ADR
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicate pale yellow, translucent to hazy. One half inch of head in a fluted glass, laces in rings. Sharp aroma, some wine grape and a sense of barnyard hay. Very laid-back malt -- a little lemon, spiced pear, and a sugary green tea-like flavor with a woodsy sense. Dries at the end. Hop is pretty minimal to my tastes, slight sense lends to the dry finish. Nice overall impression of subtle fruitiness, flavor may be less complex than the aroma but a highly drinkable beer.

Photo of OStrungT
2.42/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale yellow color. It is cristal clear. It has a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving minimal laces.

This beer smells nothing like I expected. It as a very mild grainy aroma. It smells vey much like an American Adjunct Lager. A little corn, and some boiled cabbage. I feel very let down.

This beer tastes like you run of the mill Adjunct Lager. Nothing like other beers I have had from this style. I am very disapointed.

This beer leaves a corn like aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. Although I hate Adjunct Lagers, they are easy to drink if you can get past the flavor. This beer is the same.

Overall: Not worth my time. I am sad that I spent a decent amount of money on this. I could have got a case of Bud for the price of this one bottle. Not that I would want to. Oh well, not every beer can be great.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thick rapidly fading white head over a translucent golden hued body. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, and hints of fruit, spice and earth. Green apple flavors up front in the mouth with smooth malts and a touch of pepper. Hop bitterness lurks in the background. Lean to Medium in body. Crisp in the mouth with moderate carbonation. Mellow to slightly drying finish.

I prefer the darker, maltier versions of the biere de garde style. However, even as a blond this beer seemed to be lacking a certain degree of complexity found in other versions of the style. Decent maltiness, but nothing to drool over

Photo of nickthegun12
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

oh wow...is that what a biere de garde is supposed to taste like!....i love it!

nice orange to brown tint to the beer....not much of a head...not much of one needed!....excellent lacing

smells are of a complex fruitiness...toasted malts....very low hop profile

taste is incredible....fruitiness on the front an excellent toasted flavor in the middle....and about one of the smoothest finishes i've ever had!

feels great in the mouth enough said!

overall this beer is fantastic...i wanna brew one of these!

Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10/2002.

Clear and gold, with tiny, rapidly accending bubbles and a stately ivory-cream crown.
Fragrant of tangerine, white pepper, and clove. Backed by ample rustic yeast tones, and a generalize sweet maltiness.
Enters with a firm malt base. Sweetish, yet mostly dry. Carapils? A honeyed sensation gains a foothold, and mingles with vaporous citrus fruits. Orange peels mostly, but a bit pulpier that that. Spice adds clove and vanilla. Yeast contributes an earthy pillow. Not sharply "farmy" though. There is something of an oat-like feel and flavor to this that I find difficult to grasp. Ends vaguely florally bittered, almost minty. Lingering, lemon-honey tea afterward.
What's impressive here, is that everything seems compacted and necessary. Nothing forced, nothing raw. Mellow, flavorful, and right. Not flashy. Just tasty.
Spritzy, but never sharp. Cushioned but not fat. This is like a lightweight fleece blanket in the mouth.
And it begs for large doses.

This one is nice, Hugey. Thanks bro.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beautiful, hazy (bottle-conditioned), golden northern French ale delivers sweetish, honey-like malt tempered with mustiness and some cork, but no Brettanomyces (barnyard, horseblanket, etc.). The appearance is quite nice, and it leaves some decent lace. The body is medium/almost-becoming-full; which matches its malty flavor. It's lively effervescence, however, is refreshing; and helps to balance the malt as its bitterness is somewhat restrained. It's quite drinkable; and satisfying with enough character to keep it interesting throughout several glasses. A classic!

Photo of zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden applejuice colored body with fine white lacing.

Nose is intensely tart, like a Flemish sour.

Taste is much more subdued as compared to the nose. Super-faint apple balanced by super-faint hops... they don't quite cancel out, it's subtle.

Mouthfeel is enough to keep it interesting.

Overall nice, but not outstanding. I'm not super-familiar with the style, but I could see this as a tart French-style ale.

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow, frothy, and smellimg a bit like a german euro lager, the next smells that hit you are sulfur and lemons.

The taste was bubbly and tangy with a medium to light mouthfeel. There was bitter orange, some very faint hops, and a consistent feel through the finish.

This reminded me of a cross between a saison and a wit bier. This was really way too drinkable.

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

Pours an almost clear orange-peach with a big pillowy white head and minimal lace. Smells quite yeasty, with a slight fruity background. Quite effervescent and dry in the mouth. Loads of yeasty and slightly spicy dryness up front. As the beer warms, it develops an appealing but restrained fruitiness.

Easy drinking, delicate, and clean. This biere de garde is missing the funkiness and complexity of the best saisons, however.

Photo of IKR
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw yellow color with an slight orange tint with a generous effervescent white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Bread-like aromas and mild fruit notes. Fairly restrained nose to my tastes.

Taste:Some bread notes, mild hops and some fruity notes. Very clean after taste that finishes with some lingering hops.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light body with a effervescent fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: First of the style for me but judging from this example it appears to be a style I'll seek out again.

Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy straw color with honey hightlights, big meringue white head that left chunky lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma has the farmhouse effect; spicy with clove, white pepper and horse blanket. Some light lemon fruitiness and mild apple skins. The taste is of pale malt, grainy sweetness, light honey and metal; unfortunately the funky yeast is subdued by the malt. Moderate feel, tingly carbonation; finishes quite neutral with a touch of a grassy hop. The brew starts off great but just coasts its way through. The rather bland malt crushes the yeast and muddles any of the nice flavors. There is no off flavors and is well made but is just ok. Biere de Gardes are all about the caramel malt and this is absent is this offering.

Photo of philipquarles
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, this is a very hazy golden orange. A nice white head forms and dissipates very slowly, leaving a foam sheet and a good deal of lacing. Smell is slightly caramel-like malt, with a hint of sour fruit, some earthiness, and a lot of floral notes in the background. Very nice. The taste is again strongly malty with a stony character. Strong floral notes and a good amount of hop bitterness make this a very well balanced, complex beer. Palate is nice; slightly thick without being syrupy. Could use a bit more carbonation. Overall, a quality beer with a lot of character.

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.

Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle for what is my first biere de garde. My understanding is that there are certain similiarities between bieres de garde and saisons, so I am looking forward to this.

Appearance: The ale pours a yellow color that resembles apple juice or white grape juice. It is clear with no hint of sediment, at least in the first pour. The ale is carbonated (as the attenuation in the Chimay goblet is showing) and there is a small ring of lace.

Smell: The aroma reminds me of a BSPA. There are notes of fruit and spice dominating, specifically pepper (at least I think, I tend to notice pepper a lot, so I could be full of BS).

Taste: The taste is more tripel than saison. There is a defined hop presence and some soft malt notes that are balanced, slightly edging toward the hops side.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits nicely with the spices providing a playful side.

Drinkability: I am surprised. The taste of a tripel with the punch of a weaker beer, very hard to pass this one up. It is my first biere de garde, as I mentioned, and look forward to exploring more.

Photo of Beejay
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A crystal clear beer, dark chardonnay color, with plenty of white head. The bubbles are exploding from the laser etching on the bottom of the glass.

S: I am picking up a lot of berries in this, quite sweet smelling. There is a nice toasty biscuit aroma that I like. It has a fruity champaign scent to it, that I really like.

T: The is a nice subtle tartness right at the begining, but this quickly fades and the flavors of malt, peaches, and dried apricots takes over with a slight touch of yeast. Nice.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel, very crisp, and tons of carbonation. Good for the style.

D: Very drinkable. Tasty, and crisp, although it does come off as just a touch watery. Very nice.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter.

Clear "blond", golden hue with a pearl white head that settles to a thick rim along the glass. Stringy lacing.

Light, sweet grainy notes with a touch of grassy hops.

The grains are very light, allowing a bit of tart acidity to come through. The hops aren't really present in the flavor. There is a light buttery taste in there, possibly from the yeast. Light bodied with high carbonation. Very clean finish.

This is a very good BdG. I'd say the style is the perfect summer farmhouse style ale. Recommended.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and capped 750 ml bottle, as shown in the BA photo, with the following printed on the back label: "07/2002 L1 199 17.20". I assume a bottled on date, and so this one is not quite 3 years old. Hope it's ok.

[Edit on 5/16/05] Thanks to some feedback from fellow BA irishsnake, it is quite possible that the 07/2002 is a best-by date, which means I bought this a full 2 years (actually more) after it was "out of date". Oops! But it was still pretty tasty. I wonder what it was like when it was good? <Back to the original review, which is already in progress!>

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden honey colored- kind of thick looking like a Belgian Tripel. Slight head in a goblet from the initial pour quits down to a thin cover, leaving no lace. Aroma is sweet and inviting, honey and apricots, peaches, and pear syrup. A slight spiciness behind the sweetness.

Flavor is pleasant, less sweet than the aroma, but not powerfully spicy and tart like a Belgian Pale Ale or Tripel. Spiciness is there, but not strong. A yeasty bite and subtle alcohol is present, growing slighly as the glass empties.

Mouthfeel is full and round, leaves a sense that you have just drunk something when you had this. Overall, pretty good stuff.

Photo of wedge
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-yellow with active carbonation creating a thick mass of milkshake-like foam on top. Grassy, spicy aromas mix with sweet pale malts and yeast. Light and fresh with hints of citrus and cake. Sweet, toffee malt flavors upfront followed by earth, dried fruit, spicy hops, and a dusty hint in the end. Medium-light bodied, finishing dry...smoothness increases as the carbonation lessens. Nice and refreshing.

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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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde from Brasserie Castelain
87 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.