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Grand Cru - Brasserie Castelain

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BA SCORE
85
very good

29 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 09-04-2012)
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FatSean

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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 :)

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 02:18:05 | More by FatSean
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S: Toasted malt, crusty Italian bread, stone fruits, salty caramel, licorice, spicy booze and musty cellar yeast.

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Poured three fingers of head on a clear, amber colored body with lots of bubbles visible.
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The taste is light fruit: apple and pear; with a mild sweet finish.
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

B+

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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.
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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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A: Bottle opens with a loud "pop!" Pours a clear light golden color with large amount of carbonation producing a 1 inch bubbly white head.
S: Nice funky earth, minerals, hint of sweet caramel malt, honey, and Belgian yeast.
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Grand Cru from Brasserie Castelain
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.