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Diversey & Lill(e) - Brasserie Castelain

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Diversey & Lill(e)Diversey & Lill(e)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
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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)
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Reviews by womencantsail:
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Oct 24, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

danthehopslamman, May 03, 2014
Photo of Billolick
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

Billolick, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

ste5venla, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Enjoyed on tap at Novare Res. Cloudy peach appearance, with lots of foaming head, and good lace. Malty aroma. Decent and drinkable biere de Garde, though not my favourite in the style. Some fruit: orange and pineapple. Appropriate carbonation. A blond with passion but fits of off-putting flavours. Average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Gonzoillini, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Gmann
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.

Gmann, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of emerge077
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."

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.

emerge077, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of thudean
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

thudean, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

reinheitsgematt brought this one over tonight... Thanks Matt!!.. Pours with a good lite tan head into my HotD goblet. the brew is a very pretty deep orange/lite amber...

Nose is good.. slight hints of American hops and then only something that I can describe as "Biere de Garde" maltiness... toasty and dry lite caramel essence.. Aroma is sorta musty with warmth..

Flavor is big and malty with some lite toffee notes... dry nutty brown malt.. malt lingers forever... the hops may be there, but I could be making things up...

Body may be a touch thick/carbonation a bit light... but really, things are good.. very malt centric, without ever becoming cloying... Though, I would have a hard time finishing this bottle in the heat of the Boise summer.. Nicely done despite my minor bitches.

Thanks Matt!!

4/4/4/3.5/4

JohnGalt1, Aug 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

st9647v3, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MRsojourner, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Etan
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.

Etan, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of samie85
4.1/5  rDev +9%

Pours a clear dark copper with a finger of white head.

Smells of deep caramel with rich dark fruit and some vanilla.

Follows the nose with rich caramel, dark fruit and a nice, crisp, herbal finish.

Light side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slick feel.

Very drinkable, well put together Biere de Garde. I like that it's on the hoppy side of the Biere de Garde spectrum.

samie85, Jul 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

beerhawk41, Aug 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

bleeps, May 20, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

Served in a Bruery snifter.

So, I made a pledge to only review "local" beers and beers that need to be added to the database. I have my reasons. This one doesn't appear to qualify, but though it was brewed and bottled at Castelain, Two Brothers was involved, so I'm gonna allow it. Anyway, it pours a clear early-sunset amber topped by over a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises bread, light cracked wheat, and a hint of caramel. Everything is so weak, I have to strain to get any scents up my 'strils. Fair enough, I guess. The taste holds notes of caramel, sweet biscuit, light flowers, black pepper, very light cinnamon, and a vague sense of citrus-ish fruit that pervades without fully showing itself (it reminds me of the monster from a cheesy, but still somehow cultishly awesome, 50s horror flick). It's a big step-up from the barely-existent smell. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a semi-dryly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice brew, one that's enjoyable at a few levels: complexity (it's both simple and not), texture (it's somehow both kinda dry and kinda fluid), and straight-up flavor (is it wheaty, spicy, or fruity...or all of the above...?). Good times.

TMoney2591, Aug 03, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

Corked bomber into half pint tasting glass.

Clear amber color, with a finger of off-white head that fades slowly into thin film. Nice lacing the whole way.

Smell is malty; also picking up some hops and fresh cut grass? Very lightly aromatic, not a big nose.

Taste is hard to nail down - no specific flavor jumps out. Malty, woodsy, crisp, slightly bitter. Nice hop presence, but nowhere near the level of an IPA. Musty. Yeast flavor becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Nice mouthfeel, finely carbonated, easy to drink.

Generally good, very drinkable. A great table beer to drink with dinner. But - and this is my complaint about everything that Two Brothers touches - it's SAFE. Which might be fine for a biere de garde, but when everything you brew starts to taste the same and blur together, you're doing something wrong.

bmoriarty, Aug 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

mychalg9, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Dec 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Zbeetleman, Jul 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

sendbeer, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

ComRock12, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 23, 2012
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Diversey & Lill(e) from Brasserie Castelain
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.