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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde - Brasserie Castelain

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BA SCORE
87
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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: Mitchster on 12-26-2001)
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Reviews by Maltmaiden:
Photo of Maltmaiden
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Maltmaiden, Mar 12, 2013
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.

oberon, Dec 19, 2003
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.

lordofthewiens, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Billolick, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Guinnsslvr, Nov 09, 2012
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.

puertobrewing, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Janeinma, May 02, 2013
Photo of ADR
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

ADR, Nov 18, 2002
Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +3.4%

valkyre65, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of OStrungT
2.38/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

OStrungT, Sep 24, 2007
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

Shovelbum, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

ste5venla, May 23, 2012
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!

nickthegun12, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of marmstrong1212
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

marmstrong1212, Jul 04, 2014
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.

cokes, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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!

NeroFiddled, Apr 20, 2005
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.

zaphodchak, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of HuntDaddy540
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

HuntDaddy540, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of trocketsauced
4/5  rDev +3.4%

trocketsauced, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Gonzoillini, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

andjusticeforale, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of BeerZack
4/5  rDev +3.4%

BeerZack, Oct 03, 2013
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.

dgallina, May 19, 2005
Photo of IKR
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

IKR, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Gmann, Nov 07, 2009
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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde from Brasserie Castelain
87 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.