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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde - Brasserie Castelain

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 205
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-26-2001

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Photo of smilingPolitely
2.2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The bottle poured a very clear amber with minimal head retention. It had a very malty aroma and taste, very slight hoppiness, and none of the "low to medium fruity esters" as described in the style. Very light mouth feel.
Someone else here described this as reminiscent of an American adjunct beer. I couldn't agree more. This is the only Biere de Garde I've ever had and I can't say I would try another. Major disappointment.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.39/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle into my Rochefort glass...Light clearish gold, not appealing. A white rises quickly to two full fingers but then falls quickly to nothing, poor lacing....Aroma smells terrible, all skunky through and through....The taste is garbage, its a slightly more carbonated bud light...The feel is super bubbly, tickles the tongue...Almost impossible to drink.

This is a horrendous biere de garge, run far far away.

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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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy tan with a 1/2 inch head which persists. Taste is pretty much a generic ale to me and had no citrus like some of the other whites. I'll admit the classy tall corked bottle is what lured me in plus the fact we don't see a lot of French beers hit the shelves where we live. Unlike the Corsican beer I reviewed recently I really don't see anything too unique with this one though. Still drinkable, of course.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.84/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip it formed a large loose white head. Chill hazed yellow body with high levels of carbonation.

The aroma I'm hoping is a bit misleading as it smells very much like a macro lager. Corny and husky with lots of grain. Unfortunately this translates across the board to the taste. Its a dry beer and is loaded with bland malt. Very mild fruity undertones but more of an afterthought and not sturdy enough to add any new dimension. Decent hop level and once again dry.

Notes: There wasn't any glaring flaws. With that said it wasn't memorable in any way either. Hoppier than most I've had but lacks any character or depth. Pass.

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Photo of klewis
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a small head. Little sustain or lacing.

S: Sweet and fruity with undertones of yeasty esters.

T: Sweet and very sugary taste with flavors of brown sugar and caramel. Quite cloying.

M: Light-bodied and bubbly. Sticky feeling from the sweetness.

D: Not very drinkable. The sweetness is overwhelming and a bit unpleasant. I'll pass on this one next time, but I'm open to trying more of the style.

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Photo of granger10
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one looks like a lager and by most accounts tastes like a lager/pilsner. Body is kind of thin and weak. Nothing solid about this beer. A weak lemony flavor begins followed by some malty sweetness that seems out of place. Pears and other fruits are there but hardly. An earthy hoppiness is the only consistent in it. I was not impressed by this beer.

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Photo of swiftyschlifty
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured nicely with a straw and golden color. smelled like a mix of corn and cough syrup. i found it strangely similar to a name brand pilsner in the fact that it almost tasted skunked. the lack of fruit and quick finish let me down a bit. overall, i was let down. i thought it would have more fruit and a stronger finish. easy drinking but not much else.

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Photo of phishgator
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stella chalice. Mild carbonation, nice white head that laces the glass the entire session, and a dull golden hue. The aroma is sweet malt and crisp hops/grass. The taste is candy sweet malt followed by a clean, crisp hop bite. A drying aftertaste from the hops is throughout the session. Not very balanced and the body is a little weak. This is the first of the style that I have had and I need to try a few more brews.

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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 jneiswender
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a stemless wine glass. Served cool.

A-raspberry blond body, fluffy white head

S-melon and sweet flower honey

T-honey and black pepper notes


D-this is a great drinking beer that I would have again. No funk though. I know that the style doesn't deem it a necessary component.

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Photo of bruachan
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i grabbed this at acme in hudson a little while back. boy is it blonde; looks like a light lager. carbonation levels are high, as a big column up the middle keeps the head alive (it was superbad at first, but descended, leaving some spotty lacing)

smells like a pilsner, with just a touch of something else (spice, hop, maybe spicy hop), but it's not even enough that i wouldn't have IDed this as a pils if blind

yup...tastes like a light euro lager (not american, 'cause it's mostly all pils malts). i'm usually not a stickler for style characteristics, but this is nothing like what it's supposed to be.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a bottle of Castelain while having drinks at Brasserie Jo on Huntington Ave. Poured in into a house logo tulip glass. Pours with a nice white, fluffy head. The color was golden yellow with a slight bit of haze to it. The smell was of hay and grass, like a country breeze. The taste was sharp, with a pronounced corn flavor to it. Very easy drinking, and paired well with the apps we were eating. Not an overwhelming flavor, but a nice accompaniment to food. A great mild weather beer, as it's light but yet has some substance to it.

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Photo of nathi
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow with light fluffy head that falls fast and leaves very little lace. Low malt aroma with some sweetness. More malt and less sugar in the aroma then the Amand from the same brewery. Also has a much more complex flavor then the Amand, although the malt remains simple and sugary. Good dryness in the finish with a light tartness. Great pear like fruityness and slight muskyness. More subtle earthy character then Amand. Just a touch of spicy hops provide balance. A nice beer, but not a style I love. Ranks 2nd out of 5 bier de gardes sampled on same day.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

Hazy sandy blonde with smudges of brown mixed in is the color of the beer, head is adequate with room for improvement. Very dry grassy and floral hop aroma with subtle spearmint notes. Into the mouth it goes, it starts with lemongrass and quickly morphs into drying grain. Subtle spice, aspirin, and refreshing carbonation provide some diversification, and there's some barnyard funk here too. Finishes very dry, but not unpleasant.

An authentic bière de garde from France, but I was expecting a little better journey; the overall flavor seemed a little light for me.

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Photo of
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml at Paradise Alley in Jacksonville Beach. Poured a mildly hazy, pale yellow. Large white head. Some Belgian yeast in the aroma, sweet/malt and a faint hop presence. Flavor was mostly sweet, with a mild balance from the hops. Body was light and highly carbonated, quite refreshing. Overall, pretty good, but I prefer a stronger dose of hops and a little less "sweet" in the flavor.

Tried again 4/9/07 - may be a fresher bottle, as the hop profile is much stronger than I recall. Grass & oranges. I liked it better this time around. Bottle size also different (11.2 oz), so not sure if that made a difference. In both cases, first beer of a session, so pretty comfortable with observations.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 750ml dated 31/08/05. Pours very pale yellow in color almost translucent. Head forms but is quickly dissipated leaving thin film. I detect no aroma. First sip reveals a malty but very very subtle taste. Slight earthiness and chalky taste. I cannot overemphasize how subtle this beer is. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Now getting a slight grassy and manure flavor to the beer after taking a big gulp. You can easily down this beer as it goes down like a lawnmower beer with a bit more character than straight pilsner.

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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

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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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a sparse, light head. That segued into nothingness. Had a very straw-like appearance with some cloudiness and a grainy look. Very faint wiff of malt and a little grainy hops. Tasted very faintly of earth grass mixed malt. But other than that, all the flavors were very subdued. A semi-light mouthfeel with a spritz of lemon thrown into the mix. Not what I expected at all. Very bland and not worth picking up another bottle.

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Photo of kwakwhore
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour into a tulip glass(330ml bottle). Small white head leaves bits of lacing on the glace.
Phenols mixed with some fruity esters on the nose. Something verging on skunk at the start dissipates as the beer warms and phenols reassert themselves.
Lightly sweet malts mix with a fair amount of hop bitterness. The finish is not very long.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with some nice spritzy feelings.
Easy to drink but I'm not really sure I'd want another.
My first beer in this style and I'm not especially impressed. I might have picked the wrong time of year to try this. Summer might have been a better time for one of these. I'll have to try some different ones to get a better feel for this style.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours golden, with a thick white head which leaves a nice rim around the glass, solid lacing.

S: Herbal, flowery, with bready malt.

T: Sweet malt with a definite herbal bite. Rosemary and sage can be found there, with a light earthy hop profile.

M: Relatively light-bodied, smooth and crisp, prickly carbonation.

D: A good biere de garde, I think it would work better complementing food, never really drank this one by itself before.

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Photo of drewbage
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the BJ's Saison and Biere de Garde tasting.

Beer pours into a straight sided Silly Saison glass.

Beer is pale gold and brilliantly clear with a low white head

Aroma is grainy with citrus tones. The aroma closes snappily with a crisp grassy goldings hop aroma.

Flavor starts with a grainy continential pilsner malt character that lends sweetness and chewiness through the beer that melds with mild earthy mushroom like flavors. The flavor is finally broken by a pronounced spicy and peppery hop bite that leads the drinker to the finish.

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Photo of gopens44
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Nagolskis Butcher Shop, Goochland VA.

A - Crystal clear, plain yellow, with a thin fizzy head

S - Not a whole lot coming through here. Maybe some yeasty smells and a touch of lemon

T - Nice bitter hop taste at first that sort of lingers around a biscuity finish. Sprinkled around here were some grassy flavors as well. A sweet malty taste is featured as a nice backbone.

M - Well carbonated and full bodied. Little bit of a bitter aftertaste.

O - I enjoyed this quite much. Hadn't had a "Biere de Garde" before, so this was a very pleasant treat indeed.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer de garde. Poured out to a deep golden yellow hue, with some haziness. Some notes of lace and medium high level of carbonation. Aromas of malt and yeast, with some sweet citrus notes. Taste was along the same lines as the aroma, but a bit lighter and lacked the depth of what I would've really liked. Flavors of malt and light herbs were mild on the palate, with a medium dry finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, but overall this brew did not really do it for me. Worthy of a try, for fans of the style.

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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde from Brasserie Castelain
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