Diversey & Lill(e) - Brasserie Castelain
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4.21/5 rDev +12%
Now this is a biere de garde.
Bready and malty sweet. Minimal hop tones. I get a little spice, sure, but it seems to take a backseat to the malts. Not all the way balanced. But focusing on that seems like nit-picking. There aren't a lot of biere de gardes that I really appreciate. But this is one of them. Glad I picked up the bottle when I had the chance.
07-04-2013 00:29:16 | More by RblWthACoz
3.05/5 rDev -18.9%
Medium dark amber in the world's heaviest chalice. A little of the yeasty flavor. Very fruity.
A little drier in the finish. finally the Belgian flavor comes through in the aftertaste. Tastes like grapes and pomegranate but mouthfeel is kind of flat. A touch of oatmeal with a little mustiness. I can't say this even reminds me of a Bière de Garde, and it defies categorization. Not particularly pleasing in any case. A case of authentic Belgian blahs.
On tap at the Neighborhood in San Diego. Tasted 10/29/2012 and transcribed from notes.
12-19-2012 06:38:33 | More by mactrail
2.43/5 rDev -35.4%
Pours a crystal clear copper color with a semi-dense off-white head that left a small wall of lacing on the glass. Seems a tad light for the style.
The aroma has a light caramel note a bit buttery. Light pepper and grass. Kind of an overall funk, dirty line aroma.
The taste is of caramel and rust. It has a white wine grape sweetness. The malt is quite bready with a honey butter flavor. I must say it has a dirty tap line flavor or old english pale ale flavor. Not very appealing.
Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate. Easily drinkable.
Very much a disappointment. Not what I expected a Biere de Garde to be, not that I have had many of the style. Very buttery and dirty tasting. Doesn't live up to the "crisply bitter adn dry-hopped with American hops" billing on the label.
12-03-2012 03:10:08 | More by Gmann
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours a dark golden copper color with apricot colored edges and a two finger, fluffy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Slightly earthy aroma with a decent balance of floral hops, bready yeast, sweet malts and dark fruit. Slightly grassy and resinous with some sticky pine needle and straw character followed by hints of bready ale yeast, caramel, toffee and biscuit. As it warms, there's some dark fruit sweetness with dark cherry, apricot and plum.
Medium bodied and surprisingly hop forward with some dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over the yeast and sweet malt notes into a slightly dry finish. There's a prominent floral, grassy hop presence up front but it's still light and easy to drink with some caramel, chestnut, toffee and dark fruit sweetness balancing things out. Nothing too out of the ordinary but this beer is pretty flavorful and nicely balanced with the hop profile adding another dimension that's often missing in this style.
11-06-2012 02:45:11 | More by corby112
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
On-tap at Beachwood Brewing
The pour is amber in color with a finger of khaki head. Very sweet on the nose. Lots of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Somewhat toasty, light vanilla notes, lots of spice, and a moderate fruitiness (mostly stone fruits). The flavor is also on the sweet side. Banana, peach, and a touch of golden raisin. Light spiciness along with a strong toasted bread and sugar character. A touch of caramel and toffee, and a very light floral hoppiness.
10-24-2012 19:43:48 | More by womencantsail
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
750ml into a tulip.
A: Pours a nice copper color with a large, soft off-white head.
S: Buttery, caramel, even a bit of butterscotch.
T: Mildly floral esters, caramel malt, a bit of dried pear,
M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Tastes fine, honestly a bit boring.
10-18-2012 22:22:36 | More by Etan
3.55/5 rDev -5.6%
Label states: "Brewed & bottled by Brasserie Castelain"
" On March 30, Jason and Jim Ebel (sic Two Brothers) will travel to Benifontaine to brew a special beer, Diversey & Lille, with Nicholas and Annick Castelain."
Clear saturated orange body, lasting dense layer of white foam that has a creamy surface texture. Retention is really strong, and there's a sticky halo of lace in the glass.
Light yeast esters and vaguely malty aromas.
Flavors of dried apricot and caramelized sugars, smooth creamy feel, light grainy aftertaste. Medium bodied with smooth light carbonation. Ho-hum malt character, the fruity esters are its saving grace, but still only slighty above average. A decent Biere de Garde.
09-26-2012 01:13:03 | More by emerge077
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable and pretty tasty.
09-23-2012 06:03:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
On-tap at Beachwood I,
A: Pours a dark amber with a spritzy white head, solid lace.
S: Sweet caramel with some toffee, caramel, floral character.
T: Orange and caramel, fruity overall, big flavour. Some peach as well.
M: Medium-bodied, a tad cloying at times, some crisp carbonation.
O: A nice bigger biere de garde. Castelain always makes good stuff, glad to try this.
09-22-2012 00:46:35 | More by Halcyondays
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
Bomber bottle, caged and corked.
Pour is copper amber, under an off white moderate head, going to a thicker film, collar and then leaving adequate fine lacing.
Sniff is mildly of earthy malts.
Malty brew...that about it malt...and not much else...looking for other notes but not much coming to mind...minor complexity...
perhaps some earthyness..perhaps..nothing special-kinda disappointing truth be told
09-03-2012 01:13:08 | More by Billolick
Diversey & Lill(e) from Brasserie Castelain
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.