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Grand Cru - Brasserie Castelain

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BA SCORE
84
good

30 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

According to Beer Menus, this weighs in at an un-biere de gard 7.8%. On tap at Blue Monk. New and the promoted most richest on the BDG style that they do.Yes more hoppy than usual, perhaps this would be better aged. Light orange coliured body, and tasted more like a wit beer. Not bad drinkability but getting yeast and then rather astringent in the finish. French Belgian BDG IPA style?Expecting more with the title Grand Cru, n'est pas?

Sammy, Sep 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

djrn2, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

thagr81us, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +20%

RBorsato, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of champ103
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

champ103, Nov 30, 2012
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.

rfgetz, Oct 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

ste5venla, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

smithj4, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Chugs13, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of BeerLover99
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: copper/golden orange, trace white head, little lacing

S: malt, caramel, nut, grain

T: mild fig, malt, caramel, nutty grain, hint of grassy finish

M: med body, smooth/solid carbonation mouth

O: Rare to find French beers, got this from Rare Beer Club (thanks
to my amazing wife). Enjoyed it, but no need to seek it out.
Many newbies to craft beer would enjoy this fine friend.

GOOD, NOT MUST HAVE!

BeerLover99, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Fatehunter, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Keith_R, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Danny1217
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Danny1217, Dec 18, 2013
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.

StaveHooks, Nov 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

Hellpop65, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of impending
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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

impending, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Beeradelphia
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Beeradelphia, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of mwilbur
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
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.
T: Nutty sweetness, hint of citrus, and a modest amount of farmhouse funk to keep things interesting.
M: Smooth, sticky sweet, with a slightly oily feel. A very clean, lager-like feel. Light-medium body. Hint of bitterness in the finish.
D: Quite refreshing and an easy drinker (for 7.8%). A solid example of style. Note: would be best enjoyed with a meal.

mwilbur, Sep 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Sspeer1, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

dt_gbpackersfan, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

Hopswagger, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of BDIMike
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, clear, orange color with a reddish hue. A lot of carbonation creates a very bubbly white head, almost like the head on a cider or champagne, instead of a beer. The head goes away very quickly.
Smell has a light, floral smell to it. Strong nutty sweet smells to. Even a bit of green apple.
Taste has a very nice balance to it. Strong nutty malt tastes, almost like those of a nut brown are balanced with a floral and Earthy hop taste. A little bit of apple and orange taste too.
Mouthfeel is really nice. A very bubbly and refreshing mouthfeel without being crisp or harsh at all.
Drinkability is great on this beer. A lot of interesting tastes going on that are very balanced. One of the more refreshing beers I have ever had with such a strong taste profile. A great beer to pair with food or enjoy in the summer. Glad I could get my hands on one of these.

BDIMike, Oct 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

TequilaTom, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

frlrv1020, Jun 10, 2014
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Grand Cru from Brasserie Castelain
84 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.