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Jade (Biere Biologique) - Brasserie Castelain

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 38
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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France

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-07-2002

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is very possibly my favorite Saison next to the Ch'Ti from the same brewery. This is a lower alcohol, and organic brew. Hazy gold with a huge white head that holds fairly well. Good Belgian-lace throughout the goblet. The nose is quite complex: earthy with some hops, fruity with a tartness and distinct notes of apricot, spicy with gentle clove and a hint of lemon. The high carbonation just keeps wafting the aromas upward! Obviously, there's some mouthfeel from the zesty bubbles, but coupled with a medium/light body it appears fuller. The flavor starts with hops (huh?), softening into a solid malt across the middle of the tongue, and finishing with a spicy, peppery, and earthy/mineral-like dryness. Very unique in it's hop presence, and quite crisp. Really quite unique amongst French farmhouse ales. (813 characters)

Photo of inebrius
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you have ever spilled apple juice on a jute rug then smelled it while chewing on a caramel candy you might approximate the aroma of this fine, organic, low alcohol Biere de Garde. Pours a deep suspended yeast hazy gold under a wafer white head. A full malt spine is well hopped and earthy, very earthy, like dipping your beer glass in potting soil as margarita glasses are dipped in salt. I suppose this is what the French mean by "taste of the land". Tastes like prime real estate with harbor views. Very drainable, but not a mindless quaffing brew. Could hold its own against the bigger Bieres in the right atmosphere. (623 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The tremendously dense, formidably thick and rocky white covers a golden hued brew w/ light haze. Large flecks of yeast aggregates lazily flow amongst the streams of bubbles in a lava lamp like fashion. Tart, lemony fruity esters hit the nose at first, then are ceded by sweeter orangey citrus and a hint of yeast mustiness. A snap of honey like sweetness hits the palate at first, then is immediately followed by notes of tart citrus and mellow, non descript spices with coriander as a dominant component. Yeast fermentation byproducts are appropriately mild for this light brew; a hint of clove persists at a low, constant level. Hop bitterness perfectly offsets the light malt sweetness, leaving this brew balanced and dry overall. Expectedly light in body, but agreeably smooth and dextrinous in mouthfeel considering the strength. Finishes lightly bready, a touch tart, and dry indicative of the high attenuation. Jade is a very flavorful and complex brew considering its low strength. It's reminescent of a "Saison light." The drinkability is superlative. It's a session brew with serious character. (1,117 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After I wiped the thick, rocky white head from my nose and got down to the business of negotiating the beer's surrender to my thirsty lips, I found a superb brew here. Lightly hazed and golden-ish in color. Most of the yeasties felt like sticking to the inside of the bottle, but there's clearly some presence (the haze!) here.

Estery nose. A little citrus and tropical fruit. Slightly watery, I think. Starts a bit weak -- but sweet. A Tropicana-ish interpretation of fruit -- orange / banana. As it warms and lingers in your mouth a bit, a big wheaty lemon flavor comes to the forefront. Mild hop presence to offset the mild but complex set of flavors.

Super drinkability! I wish I'd had this a month ago when it was a bit warmer -- would have been a delight. Regardless, this was a fun, easy brew. (806 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a huge, rocky head of white. The aroma is full of funky, spicy fruit flavors, and awesome bread like maltyness, and a great herbal hoppiness! The taste is spicy and fruity up front with a lovely maltiness in the middle and a dry, herbal hop finish. The mouthfeel was crisp, refreshing, and just right, and the drinkability was the bomb as well. A damn good Saison! (382 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice refreshing ale,nice yellow appearanc rather spritzy for an ale.Hade some minerally tinges in the aroma with a little malt background.This would be a wonderful beer to drink out on the porch on a warm summer day,I think it was what the beer may be intended for.Just tasted like summer,rather grassy and real easy finish and very very easy to drink. (357 characters)

Photo of DrewS
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After all the winter seasonals, this was a refreshing break. Contained in a 750 ml. bottle, this beer pours out golden yellow and quite clear. Light malt on the nose with some earth and minerals. Very easy to drink with a nice smooth mouthfeel and clean finish. Good carbonation throughout and suitable for the style. Flavors of malt and grassy earth are predominate. Hop bitterness is there but practically undetectable. To some this beer might be perceived as thin and not very complex. I suppose in a sense this may be true but I don't believe it was intended to be a massive beer. As a light refreshing ale I enjoyed it thoroughly. Give it a chance if you want to give your palate a break. (693 characters)

Photo of deejaydan
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

French Country Ale... hmm.. Organic too. Cork came popping off, poured very carbonated. Took a while to get enough actual beer in my glass to taste. There is a familiar taste here, but I can't put my finger on it. There isn't a ton going on in the aroma department here either. It's light and crisp for an ale, which is very enjoyable on a warm day like today. (360 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 100% organic ale really hits the spot on a warm summer's eve. A pleasing cloudy gold color with a nice off-white head on top. The patchy lace fades fairly quickly. There's more malt body than appears. A hint of honey sweetness stays throughout the glass. The citrus hops are mild, but nicely flavored. There's a bit of a camphor flavor and some fine herbal quality. A little watery, a bit grainy, but highly gulpable and very refreshing. (442 characters)

Photo of Higravity
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottled was labeled 2001 and was corked and caged. Label still states that it is France's only 100% certified organic, blah blah. Well I popped this 750 open and it had plenty of kick. It poured pure clover honey color, I got a big white chunky head. From the first smell I knew I made a good decision to buy this beer. It was still in really good shape for a four year old, liquor store aged beer that is not even 5%. It had that yeasty smell of a French beir and a sly citrus-apple that slipped around a acrid spice. First the body on this beer was great, very fortified but smooth enough for a quick swallow. The taste in this beer was based on the yeast which was delicately spicy and played well with the acidic fruit and very dry malt flavors. This was a quenching beer but dry and crisp, I drank it pretty quickly for a 750 but it was a very enjoyable beer. I would not hesitate to buy another 4 year old bottle of a liquor store aged Beir de Garde again, ecspecially when it was only $6.50. (1,003 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brassy gold with a rapidly rising and falling snowy cap, leaving no trace after a moment.
Apple and pear must nose, backed with cedar chips, and white peppercorns.
Begins with a honeyed grain notion that ventures fruitier after a moment. Green raisins, crunchy pears, and apple sauce. Wood notions surface next, with cedar and balsa, as it leads into a peppery wash with pricks of flint. It concludes dry and slaking with a dried herb hop contribution.
Light bodied with a manic carbonation that tickles the nostrils with each sip, fourtunately closer to champagne than soda.
This is a decent -even, maybe good- quaffer in the biere de garde style, but when compared to things like 3 Monts, Jenlain, Castelain, La Bavaisienne, or Sans Culottes, it is still in the minor leagues. (790 characters)

Photo of dirtyskunk
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bottle with a resealable cap. Keep that one for homebrewing. Pours with a beautiful mountain of pure white foam that crumbles and dissolves very slowly, but never completely, leaving lots of nice sloppy lacing. Clear light golden in color with lots of visible (and audible) carbonation. Beautiful looking beer, no complaints about the appearance.

Smells like fresh citrus hops when the bottle pops. Very refreshing in a European beer. Some nice toasty malt/wheat smell. Nothing big here in any department though.

The taste is a lot brighter and cleaner than I expected. Big tangy citrus with the malt at first, but very well balanced considering it's a small relatively light beer. Pulls back soft and dry, a little wheat, a little touch of lipsmacking hoppiness. Maybe Amarillo hops? Doubtful, but it has a similar orange flavor with a powdery aspirin bitterness. Kind of biscuity in the back too. Nothing cloying or sweet here. Some of those clean, lagery vegetable aromas.

Not expecting much in the mouthfeel because of the low ABV, but the carbonation holds it up, and it's got a nice backbone actually. Smooth and not just that stomach filling wheat beer kind of body. Dryness is nice.

I like this. Exceeds expectations. It all goes together well, just enough going on, nothing over the top. A well balanced pale Belgian with a cool bottle and a cool price. Oh yeah and it's organic. (1,398 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright golden hue, with big carbonation, and a small, chalk-white head.
Aroma: a little citrusy, sour, otherwise fairly vacant.
Taste is a blend of sourness, citric fruit and more, with bits of sweetness coming through for balance. Hops are around, but not abundant, and malt is also in attendance, but lays back. Texture is good and tangy, tasty, well-received. Body, light. Flavor good, finish nice and sweet.
Overall, a fine enough ale made for everyday drinking, a table beer, perfect for simple meals, picnics, hanging around, a nice drink for the sake of drinking.
An excellent example of a Belgio-/Franco- "session ale." So I like it. (664 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this gift. The bottle has a ton of trub in the bottom. Pours a light amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a slight bit of funky - typical of the farmhouse style. Grains as well. The flavor is slightly grainy with a hint of raisin and some funky stuff. The mouthfeel was medium to light. The drinkability was pretty good. Overall, this was an interesting beer and easy to drink, but there's a ton of sediment. (497 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, the identity of this Castelain isn't in doubt (see Forum discussions, Nov. 2002)...

This particular bottle was charged -- big pop of the cork and lots of creamy foam. Man, I love my new giant Duvel glass and how it concentrates the upcharging carbonation into a central "plume". Hazy gold, lots of huge chunks. Smell of citrus and dank funky musk. Light body, yeasty aroma pairs with delicate flavors of sweetened citron and apple cores. Rind-like hopping at the close. Not especially memorable -- light and drinkable with a little barnyard sass and aroma. (565 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33, 65 cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : golden yellow color, with white foamy head.
Smell : floral and hop aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel: delicate bitterness, fruity and floral notes, well balanced.
Drinkability: good organic beer in the style pale ale.

Review translated from french 5-26-2008. (309 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Jade ale pours out a mostly clear golden color, though I did not pour the large chunks near the bottom of the bottle. The beer is topped with a large, white head initially, but it fades rather quickly. The aroma is honey, herbs, lemon, and raisins. Slightly toasty malty flavor. A bit woody. The finish is herbal, grassy hops and is slightly bitter. Light to medium mouthfeel, but still flavorful. I was a bit skeptical of this beer when I saw it at the store. 4.5% abv and the bottle looked ancient. What sold me was the price: $2 for a 750 ml bottle. I think I can risk it. It tasted perhaps a bit beat up, but well worth it. (642 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold with light short lived head. Lots of floaty yeast. All the flavors are subtle but I picked up citrus, some esters, little bit of spice and yeast. This was a really light and refreshing beer with a slight peppery finish. (231 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose—apples stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has very faint hints of pale malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have much complexity in terms of aromas or flavors but is very drinkable (especially given the low alcohol content) and would probably be best suited for pairing with a meal as opposed to drinking it on its own. (757 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a noce orangey yellow color with a small head that falls to coat most of the top. There is an incredible amount of chunk in the bottom of this. The nose is interesting. There is a slight grainey with a slight raisiney twinge to it. It tastes of musty and graineyness, with a slight raisineyness, but not too dark. The feel is moderate, with a moderate carbonation. There are just a few too many chunks in there. I'm not sure what I will do when I get to them in the glass. Overall, this is enjoyable, nice and smooth. (528 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill hazed golden appearance with a slight bubbly white head. Aroma is a compilation of must, yeast and fruit. Very subtle tastes in this one. Very light fruity sensations. A little bitterness (hop attributed I believe). Dry finish. Must and sourdough come to mind as well. The body is light and slightly airy. Quaffable, if not the most tasty, session beer. (359 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Bottle slightly different than that shown...that one was also on the shelf, but there was a newer batch w/a beige label, green print, and a couple hop buds. Abv reads 4.5%. Pours slightly hazy light orange-gold w/dense creamy white head, bits of tracing, decent retention.

S-Bits of malt, faint fruit, hay, floral, grassy, and herbal hops.

T-Fruity (lemon, orange, apple) w/toasty malt profile, hops grace finish w/ floral, herbal and metallic notes. Aftertaste is dry w/touch of lemon.

M-Well-balanced and dry, faint metallic mouthfeel throughout. Body is on lighter side, carbonation is moderate.

D-Light refreshing brew. (629 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a grape juice flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink. (528 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, gold in hue, it looks like cider. Minimal animation. The head was white in color; at the apex the foam was only a half finger in height. Head retention was poor; it faded quickly to a soapy cap, thicker around the edges, shortly after this the head was gone. Naked is ugly for beer. There was no subsequent lacing, bummer. I must say the appearance is very ordinary and, honestly, disappointing. Oh well. The nose is lightly musty with spicy wood undertones. Cider-like apple vibes with kisses of pears and even some white grapes. Moldy. Funky. I must be downwind from a barn. It smells Belgian but I am unclear as to the exact direction this beer wants to take. The maltiness is not very pronounced, just some breadiness, the hops don’t say much or anything with clarity anyway. The potency is low but it says enough for me to want to take a sip. Still, I’m hardly impressed by the nose. The label says “French Country Ale,” which to me is a Bière de Garde, however there is nothing about the look, smell, or taste that validates that label. Plus the abv is low. Okay, so BA lists it as a Belgian Pale Ale, I can buy that. With that said, this beer is still very ordinary. The palate is mild with dry apples and a woody, spiced candy undertone. Pears are in the mix, dry white wine finish. I like that. Mild hop bitterness, some light funk is in play. Crackers. Yeasty. The finish is crisp and I think it would work very well with cheese, something mildly funky or even an assortment of fruit. Really this beer is quite sessionable. I like that too. Overall, this beer tastes good, it is nothing special but I like it. Sometimes simplicity works. Medium/medium-light in body but it is fitting, the carbonation is a bit low for me but it doesn’t hurt the mouthfeel enough for me to downgrade it. Pleasant. On a side note, the first I ever heard of this beer was at the Dundee Dell in Omaha, they wanted $18 for a 750ml bottle. I passed. I then bought one in Kansas City, MO for $7 out of spite (this is where this sample came from). If I would have paid $18 for such an average beer I would have been quite mad. I guess that is why I rarely go to the Dell, damn their high prices! Well, this beer is decent. I might buy it again if I see it on sale or something. I could drink a few bottles in a night (if the mood was right). Solid. (2,346 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Found a small date on the back '7/10/2005'. I hope that's the bottling date, not the good-before. Cork pops out with little fizz. Pours pout a clear, limpid gold with no head at all, no foam. Ripe, tart fruitiness in the aroma, with some citrusy hops. Somewhat toasty malt taste at first, moderate hops, medium-fruity esters. Suffers some oxydation. Nearly flat body.

Disappointing beer. Nothing special at all. (430 characters)

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Jade (Biere Biologique) from Brasserie Castelain
84 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.