1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Diversey & Lill(e) - Brasserie Castelain

Not Rated.
Diversey & Lill(e)Diversey & Lill(e)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed as a collaboration with Two Brothers Brewing Co. out of Warrenville, IL.

(Beer added by: samie85 on 07-27-2012)
View: Beers (19) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:

  None found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bleeps
bleeps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-20-2014 04:19:21 | More by bleeps
Photo of danthehopslamman
danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-03-2014 00:43:44 | More by danthehopslamman
Photo of Griffith
Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-09-2014 14:25:54 | More by Griffith
Photo of BfloBrewHound
BfloBrewHound

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-23-2013 23:15:52 | More by BfloBrewHound
Photo of sliks96
sliks96

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-15-2013 02:43:54 | More by sliks96
Photo of thudean
thudean

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-13-2013 15:00:15 | More by thudean
Photo of mychalg9
mychalg9

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13%

11-05-2013 19:50:10 | More by mychalg9
Photo of sendbeer
sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-22-2013 12:55:09 | More by sendbeer
Photo of Zbeetleman
Zbeetleman

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-10-2013 02:17:05 | More by Zbeetleman
Photo of RblWthACoz
RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:29:16 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of st9647v3
st9647v3

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

03-29-2013 01:52:11 | More by st9647v3
Photo of ste5venla
ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-20-2013 02:53:54 | More by ste5venla
Photo of MRsojourner
MRsojourner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-24-2013 13:39:31 | More by MRsojourner
Photo of rfbenavi80
rfbenavi80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-23-2012 16:37:51 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of mactrail
mactrail

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 06:38:33 | More by mactrail
Photo of Gmann
Gmann

New York

2.43/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:10:08 | More by Gmann
Photo of corby112
corby112

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 02:45:11 | More by corby112
Photo of womencantsail
womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 19:43:48 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Etan
Etan

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 22:22:36 | More by Etan
Photo of George2744
George2744

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

10-01-2012 13:51:44 | More by George2744
Photo of ComRock12
ComRock12

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-30-2012 02:41:25 | More by ComRock12
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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."

source: http://belgianexperts.com/beers/castelain/diversey-lille/

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 01:13:03 | More by emerge077
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 06:03:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Halcyondays
Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 00:46:35 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 01:13:08 | More by Billolick
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Diversey & Lill(e) from Brasserie Castelain
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.