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Jade (Biere Biologique) - Brasserie Castelain

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 38
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-07-2002

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 38
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 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 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 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 Dogbrick
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Organic is a good way to describe this beer. My bottle was slightly skunked but luckily it did not carry over to the taste. Cloudy yellow with a medium head. Earthy, crushed berry flavor that didn't do too much for me. Now I can say I have tried a French beer. (260 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 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 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)

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