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St. Amand - Brasserie Castelain

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BA SCORE
85
very good

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-23-2002)
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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a clear orange-red, one finger thick cream colored head, few wispy patches of lace.

Smell: apricot, marmalade note, wet grains, mild earthiness.

Taste: caramel apple, sweet plum flesh, red grape, date bread, grain twang, earthy and herbal notes.

Medium-light bodied, active carbonation, drying and slightly sticky finish.

Best by 11/15. Slightly sweeter than Castelain's "blonde," but similarly as delicious.

babaracas, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of BastardFromABasket
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

After popping the cork caught a nice bready yeast aroma out of the bottle. Had a big foamy off-white head that dissipated after a minute. Color was clear amber. Smelled of malts and a bit of yeast but not much hops. Tasted of malts up front - a bit of skunk (not unpleasant) - with a hint of dark fruit and finished with some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with fine bubbles but not overly effervescent. Overall very good.

BastardFromABasket, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Georgiabeer, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Buddman223
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Buddman223, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

uturn, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Sspeer1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Sspeer1, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is light amber colored and transparent with a small off white head. The aroma offers yeast, malt, apples, a splash of white wine. Grape skins and an earthy character. Light in body with fairly low carbonation. A touch of oxidation. Mild hop presence offers a hint of bitterness. Caramel malt and green apples. Pretty easy going.

Huhzubendah, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4/5  rDev +5.8%

LightnerLiquorKS, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev +5.8%

sbanacho, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of remitrom
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

remitrom, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of grumblebee
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

grumblebee, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear deep amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that took a long time to die down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of caramel malts and raisins are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel malts and raisins. Only a bit of sweetness is noticeable because the malts are balanced off by some notes of earthy hops. Not much bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little maltier compared to others in the style but wasn't that difficult to drink.

metter98, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
3/5  rDev -20.6%

bishopdc0, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +5.8%

JohnK17, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

t0rin0, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -14%

ROGUE16, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of pknyc
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

pknyc, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and some citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with some slight caramel flavors as well. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and very easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of mactrail
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is certainly at the flabby end of the Garde spectrum. It really tastes just like a cheap sweet Dunkel or low-hop Amber.

Light amber in the heavy chalice with a modest head. Light body. A slight fruitiness with a malt liquor finish. Apparently not much in the way of hops, but a slight soapy dishwater taste with a touch of earthy flavors. Faint metallic aftertaste. If it was sudsier, or had a touch of yeasty bitterness it would go down a lot easier.

It's really not that unpleasant to drink, just so uninteresting as to forget to finish the glass. On tap at Neighborhood in San Diego.

mactrail, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of hiku7
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light bready pils malt aroma, with pear esters, spice, and a tiny bit of funk. No hop aroma. Slight whisp of alcohol as it warms.

Pours brilliant dark copper with a one-finger off white head. Short lasting. No lacing. Thin foam, moderate carbonation.

Fruity pear esters, and strawberries. Toasted sweet malt flavor. No hop bite. Very mild bitterness in the finish. Good balance. Some vinous flavors a bit reminiscent of grapes. Could be slightly oxidized.

Medium body. Smooth, delicate feel. Crisp dry finish and moderate carbonation. No astringency.

Very enjoyable. My first venture in the style. I will try others.

hiku7, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a golden amber color with a nice bit of head retention.
There’s a funky aroma to it that's contrasted with a lightness on the palate. Bit of a funky funk finish, but overall not terribly complex and not one I’d try again for the price. Pass.

elNopalero, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of CypherEnigma
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

CypherEnigma, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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St. Amand from Brasserie Castelain
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.