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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde - Brasserie Castelain

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BA SCORE
87
very good

192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain visit their website
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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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that slowly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of apples and spices in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The initial taste has a slight amount of sweetness and flavors of apples; this is followed by spicy flavors and a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a fluffy, but rocky, head; plenty of lace sticks to the sides of the chalice

Smell: Vaguely sweet and yeasty - smells like a yeast roll

Taste: Bready and somewhat malty sweet (almost in an Oktoberfest Munich malt way), with a developing grassy, herbal aspect appearing by mid-palate, with flavors of sage and thyme, as well as vanilla; after the swallow, the sweeter vanilla flavors dominate the finish, with just a hint of the grassy hops underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Close to a Saison in style, but with too much sweetness and lacking the herbal complexity; still a decent beer

Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I am a bit dissapointed. Not that it wasn't a good beer, I just expected more. Pours a strong carary yellow / straw color with a slight haze. Abundantly carbonated with an initial strong retention, but fleeted quickly. No lacing to mention. Smells nearly skunked, but certainly pungent, catty, earthy, and musky. Sweetness (pilner malts) is the lead character through the nose and flavors with a sturdiness, but no grainy flavors or bite. The hops bring out a light muskiness and barnyard-ey character, but not intense enough to greatly impact the beer. Feels like a firm pilsner, with hardly no tartness, sourness or astringency. Finishes medium dry with a lingering pungent aroma and flavor. A solid brew, but I just wanted more of the funk intensity.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of thick foam. Nice head retention and some patchy lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, grains and caramel.

T - It tasted of chocolate, candy sugar and some sweet caramel. Slightly bitter hop presence.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice Biere de Garde. Nice value and tastes quite good.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden/peach color..nice whiote head..fresh aroma:notes of citrus, bananas, vanilla. Medium body, great finish, lovely feeling that sticks with you--soft and sensual, perfectly refreshing!

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, bottled on 03/08/07 (not sure if that is American or European dating system):

Pours light golden yellow with a large white foamy head that descends to one-finger-plus and stays, leaving plenty of lacing.

The smell is grassy/hay-like, a bit musty with floral and honey notes.

The taste is of honey sweetness with sharp herbal/grassy, slightly metallic, notes. Sweetness pulls through again in the finish.

Light-bodied with effervescence, yet not too airy.

I was a bit surprised at drinkability after the first few sips, but it does have a refreshing smoothness and something likeable (despite the sharp, almost metallic notes that come in and out). It's not one of my favs. of the style, but a nice one nevertheless.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  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.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde from Brasserie Castelain
87 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.