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Grand Cru - Brasserie Castelain

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BA SCORE
84
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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 09-04-2012

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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 16
Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good give off the cork, minor twist and she pops out nicely with no effort and nothing crazy either. Date on bottle back Nov 30th 2013. Good Till? Bottled on? Not sure.

A creamy one finger off tan head is made, not much else on that except a simple sheened thin puck, slightly creamy but dissolves quite a bit. Body color is real interesting. Gotta love this style, such a varied animal. The body color is very translucent, deep shiny brass tangerine orange, just barely see through if slightly cloudy. Microfine carbonation on the sides in faint streams keep that head going. For a blonde biere de garde I'd figure yellow, but nope there you have it. Really love this shady and bright brass orange quality, unlike any color I've seen before. Lovely looking brew.

Aroma has a sense of sugary caramel, and lots of sticky taffy like notes. Nice mild dry floral sense, quite "airy" if I could say, almost like perfume but still quite subtle as the sugar notes dominate the brew. Doesn't seem to hint of farmhouse much but that's ok, it's certainly pleasant, and has a very distinct caramel flavor on the nose to it.

Palate really takes a nice change. Sweet caramel definitely is the flavor profile but finally other factors jump in the mid palate. A refreshing light body with a grassy dry quality hits all over. Mild earth tones finish, barely hinting a little at pepper, but come out more like dried herbs of thyme and mint with a real light finish. Breath mint quality aftertaste but very herbal and far less sweet than the bouquet indicates on the palate it seems from first go. Mouthfeel is surprisingly unexpected and light, but it works nicely. Easy light drinking herbality matches with a mild tea and toffee green earth flavor all over.

Fun neat beer. Not amazing, probably not everyones cup of tea either, but delicious and I love the light character and hinting dryness that takes much of the sweetness into some delicious herbal depth. Aged probably pretty lengthy, probably not fresh, but still quite delicious. And if it's still 2 years expired, still solid drinking.

Photo of LakerLeith
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A light fruit nose with some traces of over ripeness with light malt aromas. It pours brilliant amber under a 2” rapidly dissipating foam cap that leaves intricate lace. A faint cola note seasons a fruity palate with touches of over ripeness joining light malt flavors. A hint of wet cardboard approaching leather suggest some age but it is not offensive. Crisp, slightly above average carbonation and a slightly above medium body to a touch more help make a refreshing, drinkable beer.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of frlrv1020
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Danny1217
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ChestSplitter
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Mervjahn
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of SlingerBKLYN
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased this Growler at Bierkraft. and found it to be an exceptional example of the style. Caramelized sugar, Vanilla, and Banana in a glass. Loving it from top to bottom. Golden color with a creamy head.
IPA is BS. Save the Hops and Boycott IPA. Slinger, Brooklyn NY.

Photo of Sspeer1
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: A bright copper body with floaters and a generous creamy whipped off white head. Wet lacing swarms the edges.

S: Toasted malt, crusty Italian bread, stone fruits, salty caramel, licorice, spicy booze and musty cellar yeast.

T/M: An odd seltzer water, apple peels, toasted caramel, wood and aged grain. Waxy vegetable skins, coriander, musty yeast, bread dough. Different spices that I can't really pin down but creates an odd profile towards the end. Medium body with a spicy bite.

O: Decent but nothing really shines here. The taste is kinda odd and really seems lack luster. Once warm the flavor becomes more coherent and balanced.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured three fingers of head on a clear, amber colored body with lots of bubbles visible.
The aroma has a light floral scent with a touch metallic.
The taste is light fruit: apple and pear; with a mild sweet finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A decent beer, nothing special.

Photo of impending
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear fresh from the mint shiny new copper penny, minor off white head required an encouraging pour, minor lacing.

The aroma is of honey and spiced fruits although altogether very low key. a sweet exotic candy

Flavor begins with smooth honey caramel which is interrupted by a quick phenolic note which sits in for bitter, followed by the aftertaste which is short lived but pleasant. Sweetness works well here, zero bitter, zero dry - no earth, no musty. Shy of medium smooth mouthfeel.
with warmth it shines
cheers
jd

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one while out in New Orleans! Served from tap into a snifter. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, spice, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, spice, wheat, grain, and dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. While this one really didn’t have a lot of complexity going on with it, it still managed to be quite enjoyable and easy to drink. For the style this one was pretty much spot on and rather pleasant. The flavor did fall a little short as I wish there would have been some more complex flavors going on, but it still managed to keep me interested throughout the glass. Definitely worth trying at least once if you get the opportunity.

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of FatSean
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Strong, Blonde Biere' De Garde!

Poured in a white wine glass from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. A very pretty golden color with a quickly vanishing 1/2" head despite the vigorous pour. For a flat bottomed bottle there was quite a bit of pressure and the cork flew nearly as far as a champagne cork!

I've never had a beer of this style. I'd purchased Phil Markowski's book on French farmhouse ales due to my love of Saison. Having brewed a few tasty Saisons with his guidance I decided to do some research on Biere' De Garde and went shopping for some examples before putting together a recipe. That is how I found this bottle in my favorite local bottle shop.

Grassy hop notes on the nose firmly backed up by some aged pilsner malt. More bitterness on the tongue than I would have expected from a "standard" beer of this type, but quite pleasant. Finishes malty and sweet with considerable bitterness and carbonation on the tongue. The yeast is present from start to finish and works quite well with the other flavors.

Having little experience with this style I found this to be a very interesting and drinkable beer. Coming from a person who loves pilsner malts in lagers I found this to be very interesting. The malt has a bit of a funk rather than the clean crispness found in a well made lager, but the basic flavor notes remain. Like comparing a well made sharp cheddar to an aged example.

Apparently this is quite rare with only 6 reviews! Thanks to The Cork in Torrington, CT. Just a dusty bottle in the back of a cubby :)

Photo of champ103
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Avenue Pub

A: Pours a murky, golden/orange with a reddish hue. A two finger white head forms at first, but quickly fades and leaves little lace. Looks really still.
S: Sweet malt, bread and biscuit with musky yeast. Sweet and honey like. Some esters as well.
T: Follows the nose with sweet malt, caramelized sugars, bread and biscuit. Musky yeast and finishes with some fruity esters.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Though a bit muddled, and not as clean as I would like, and wish it was a bit more crisp. Easy to drink. Enjoyable for the most part.

A very nice example of the style. Though the mouthfeel is just a bit to muddled for me. Still worth a try for fans of the style.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a fleeting white head. No retention and a few small specks of lacing. Cool looking bottle.

S - Earthy grain, black tea, applesauce, some peach alcohol.

T - Starts off with a clean sweetness, strong malt presence, peaches, honey, grassy bitterness, chalky minerals, the bitterness hits hard on the finish. Finishes sharp and crisp.

M - Moderate stingy carbonation, medium body, crisp and clean finish.

Lots of sweet malt with grassy hops presence. This was ok. Nothing really wrong with it, I just didn't love it.

Photo of rfgetz
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden orange, faint haze, moderate head. Scent brings a bit of earthy soil, light musty grain, some honey like sweetness and a splash of dark pitted fruit. Taste a bit brighter with an added touch of citrus... earthy and grassy, lightly sweet, some fig, alcohol noted. Moderate bubblyness but smooth body, dry. Some decent qualities, but not unique enough for repeat visits.

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Grand Cru from Brasserie Castelain
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