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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
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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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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 205
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!

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Photo of macpapi
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color, with a pretty full-sized white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Smell is comprised of light malt, funk, grass clippings, and hints of sweet apple and an ever so slight astringent hop aroma. Pretty nice.

Tastes pretty malty up front (oddly enough kind of reminiscent of a moderate flavored maibock.) Initial flavor is followed by hints of fruit; completed by a funky and bitter bite. Quite a bit going on here.

Medium carbonation, biting, and full of flavor.

On the whole this is a very nice beer. It's just malty enough to give it a bit of flavor punch, with other subtle flavors that round out a very complete taste. Other elements are solid as well, providing a pretty complex and enjoyable brew. Recommended as a nice spring or summer sipper.

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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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 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 rtepiak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a aged pilsner hop quality. golden mild murky in look with a subtle but sufficient white head. not something for the boisterous drinker. but something... made to sit. age hops quality with spice. brisk... but pollen quality. a bit citrus malt blend but its hard to say if that is infused or inherent in the beer. orange peel, honey blossom, grass, smoked meat and something distinctly mineral but not metallic. dry but not subdued. nose is unique in comparison to a aged palate quality... but it was bought from a place where the beer was not something of interest. great for smoked meat diluted with a creamy cheese.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Cinderbike
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Golden and slightly hazy. Tons of head and lace.

S: Great. Earthy, malty, tons of fruit.

T: Very refreshing. Slightly tart, some hop flavor. No barnyard/funk flavor in this biere de garde however.

M: Medium, with the high carbonation.

D: Insanely refreshing. I could drink this all summer.

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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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy orange with a big foamy white head, tons of lace and some good retention and bubbles. Real pretty.

Yeast, light toasted grain and husk, and some peach/apricot scents. Light floral elements as well.

Nice balance, no musty elements. Rustic lightly tart malts, with slightly sour stone fruit/peachy elements that turn to dusty husk bitterness. Long, mild bitter finish. Great.

Medium body, with good carbonation. Enough to swish around, not heavy nor watery, very easy to drink and enjoy.

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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 DefenCorps
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at The Perfect Pour yesterday. This is a style that's still fairly new to me, and the top ten for the style is littered with beers that are just horrendously misclassified. Best by 28 October 2010.

Pouring a clear light orange with a dense, white head that recedes to a disk, there's a little lacing left behind. The nose is quite excellent. Rustic and raw, the malt character is unrefined (in a good way). In some ways, this does come across as oxidized, even, with a slight dullness, but it only adds to the rustic character of this brew. Delicately fruity and a touch floral with some light English hop character, there's some grass, a little lime leaf and some honey. Solid.

The palate opens rather sweet, with a blend of honey, Splenda and some sugar. Sweeter than I like my BdGs to be, this does have a mild balancing hop character, though not enough in my book. Earthy hops are present, and the finish is light with a rather unpleasant Splenda-like artificial sweetness, along with a little bitterness, grassy in nature. Mildly fruity, there's a delicate interplay between citrus and light stone fruit here. Light in body with a fairly crisp carbonation, this is decent apart from the finish. I'll pick up the St. Sylvestre BdGs over this, though.

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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 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 wcintula
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy hay color with a nice foamy one and a half finger head. It leaves a decent lacing on the glass. The beer smells malty and fruity, slightly musty with a little yeast. This Bière de Garde has a great malt profile with fruity flavors and very light hop flavor. It has a lively carbonation that's refreshing with medium body. It's an excellent beer with interesting flavors. Shared with some co-workers who enjoyed it as well.

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Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle best by: 25/11/10.

Pours a clearish blond with a tall, foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is ultra fruity with a thick sugary sweetness.

The mouthfeel is nice and decently full-bodied. It has a great clean grain flavor with a hint of fruitiness. It is light, but full-bodied, a great summer brew.

This is one of the better Biere de Gardes.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle.

A: Hazy golden in color. Head is three fingers thick and almost white as snow. Carbonation is subtle, but head retention is excellent and lacing is optimal.

S: Biscuity malt notes prevail, with some notes of honey. Spicy hop aromas linger in the backround.

T: This beer is very balanced. Bready malt, with hints of honey, caramel, and straw. Floral, grassy hops balance out this brew with a finish that is just clean as a whistle.

M: Light to medium bodied, but very flavorful. Short, crisp finish, but very pleasant and smooth.

D: This IS the French session brew. It is so easy to drink, like many of the vinous counterparts that come from France. If this beer were Burgundy, it would definitely fall in the Premier Cru category. Tasty indeed.

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

750 mL bottle poured into goblet. Served 40-45 F.
A: Bright yellow orange. Somewhat hazy. Thin head.
S: Thin malts. Crisp lemon.
T: Body is very light and thin. Sweet malts, lemon, and faint orange.
M: Light on tongue. CO2 builds up on tongue.
D: Refreshing, light, and very enjoyable.

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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.

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Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one gushes a bit upon popping the cork. Very active carbonation. Pours a hazy golden color with a couple fingers of white head and tons of bubbles racing to the top. Keeps only a thin lace and not much stick, however.

Smells of some grain, a bit of honey sweetness, some spicy, musty and earthy yeast. Has a bit of a skunky quality to it, but I think it may just be noble hops. Not sure. Also a floral, slightly fruity aroma.

Taste also has a lightly sweet, somewhat grainy base, with a bit of a biscuity/bready flavor as well. I do think this has noble hops now, as it has a grassy and spicy flavor to it. I think the yeast is contributing some spice too, as well as some must and earth. Subtle fruity flavor here too. Slightly bitter and grainy finish.

Mouthfeel is a crisp medium body, very active carbonation. Finishes clean and on the dry side.

This is a tasty, enjoyable and very drinkable brew. Quite refreshing. I'm absolutely flying through this bottle because it's so smooth. Good stuff!

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  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

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Photo of flannelman808
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours with a huge white foamy head, and is a golden color. There is a ton of carbonation present .

I smell some barnyard funky goodness. Smells a little bit skunky (coming from out of a green bottle like most saisons' I guess this is not that surprising).

The beer is medium bodied I would say and would be very weighty on the tongue if it weren't for the high amount of carbonation. I get a grassy hay like flavor, and a most definite funk. Not sure how much is intended to be there and what is from the skunky nature of a green bottle shipped from France.

Fairly drinkable brew but not my favorite...

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Photo of atsprings
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a thin eggshell head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight toasted malts and hints of sweet fruits. The taste is a decent amount of fruity malts and slight hop bitterness. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol warmth. This is a decent beer, but not likely one I'd have again.

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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 BeardedBoffin
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 750 mL bottle as a dark yellow liquid with a lacy head of foam that dissipates to a wisp in a short time. The aroma is full of earthy tones from fields in summertime. Herbs such thyme and sage mingle with baled hay, earth hops, and a hint of the musty granary from my childhood. The beer rolls across the palate with a dry, full, malty feeling. The malt flavors are a subtle interplay between grain character and underlying sweetness which eventually--reluctantly--give way to a smooth earthy hop bitterness. A lingering sweetness is left behind, but in a pleasant way. The character of the malt shines through without being over the top and is nicely balanced by the hops at the end. A quietly complex beer.

Castelain is my favorite Biere de Garde. It is a beautifully earthy and comforting beer, and I love it for that. Pair with comfort food, when every possible.

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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde from Brasserie Castelain
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.