Ch'ti Ambrée | Brasserie Castelain

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain
France
brasseriecastelain.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-30-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
11.66%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of soulgrowl
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Darkish maroon with a full, ivory colored head, crackly and spotty. Lots of peanuts, tobacco, caramel malt, and weak coffee in the aroma. It smells like a bar, and not really in a good way. Pleasant on the palate but a bit too sweet and oddly tinged with a cigarette-ish or leathery earthy flavor. Light carbonation cuts through the malts and highlights the peppery hops nicely, but overall this beer is a bit shoddy.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught (pression) at Falstaff in Paris. Clear orange color with light bubbles and a medium thin off-white head. Very thin lacing. The aroma is mildly malty and hoppy. Rather thin body with an blandly sour malt flavor coupled with sweet caramel and yeast. The finish comes up a little short, making for a misfire as far as this beer is concerned.

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Photo of dcmchew
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Definetely a biere de garde. Dark amber with a medium beige head. Smells slightly of coffee, dry wood, toasted malts and dry grains.
Caramel mildly toasted malts, almost close to roasted, not too sweet; coffee notes. Very low fruitiness (some dry apple, apricots, low raisin), the malts are the star of the beer;
There's also a nuttiness; spices not so big, but the yeasts are earthy, rooty; the sweetness is cut short by some bitter hops, pretty rough in the finish, maybe because they're backed by some mild (maybe a bit unpleasant, medicinal) alcoholic phenols;
The fizz goes away as it warms, but the density of the malts doesn't go for sure, it's a malt-heavy example of a French bière de garde;
Still it does have some pretty big off notes, not the best example.

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Photo of tjd25
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The cap is taped on the bottle with a piece of paper, so when you pour the beer into the glass, there's a nice "bling bling" noise (maybe it was more "schling schling"...)

An orange copper color, with very little head. A bit transparent, which made me doubtful about the beer's complexity.

Definitely malts and some hints of hop in the smell. Maybe also some sort of liquor smell. A fruity taste (my guess was red fruits, blueberries and raspberries), some complexity. It's hard to define what really is in the taste there. A very doughy hoppy aftertaste.I don't understand how this light-looking beer can be so thick in the moutfeel and the aftertaste. Interesting, but not really to my taste, and not that drinkable in my opinion.

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Photo of canders0927
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of FLima
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color with a thick off-white head with good retention.
Delicate aroma with notes of pears, white bread and cream.
Flavor with notes of pears, perfumy wood, red apple puree, wheat, distant toasted and glucose. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
For some reason I found the Blonde version slightly better. The glucose again bothers a bit with some apple oxidation. Also with Alsatian accent.

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Photo of wl0307
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brownish 75cl bottle, corked and caged. BB date: 01/07/06.

A: in a goblet it pours a nice, shining copperish hue, coming with a beige beer head pretty frothy and sustaining quite well; lightly carbonated body.
S: slightly sour-sweet green-apple-ish hop aroma (a little bit like noble-hop species) on top of a bed of flatly sugary caramel-maltiness along with a semi-sweetish note of dried dates other kinds of dried berries--overall the refreshingly light fruity aroma denotes a thin-flavour on the palate, but I shall see.
T: caramel-sugary+lightly sour-sweet maltiness upfront on the palate with a touch of fruitiness(?), turning a little bitter with a root-vegetation and dryish herbal edge along with the thinly sugary flavour throughout, while the short finish has very limited bitterness felt on the sides of the tongue.
M: sharply fizzy at first, turning more and more thin and flat on the palate--against the overall timid flavour, the combination makes this beer tastes almost too light to be enjoyable.
D: thin-bodied, one-dimensional flavoured and lack of depth, this is by far the least impressive Biere de Garde I've tried, and not even as good their average-quality Tripel and Blanc. Not recommended.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Skaterdude97
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - 4 | clear amber, not much head, dissipates quickly, almost no lacing

Smell - 3 | biscuits, toast, malt, orange, nutmeg, clove

Taste - 3 | biscuits, orange, pear, nutmeg, black pepper

Feel - 3 | moderate body, creamy, low carbonation

Overall - 3

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Photo of paterlodie
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 20-12-05. Nice head that is lasting good and a amber colored but hazy beer. Nose is lots of sweet caramel candy in some yeasfruit as is litle piney. Maltiness missed in nose and taste witch is sweet, porty litle sour caramellic. Aftertaste is moderatly bittered witch is about to say of most of the beer; moderate. Body( of malts) missed in this brew witch makes mouthfeel empty.

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Photo of denjen
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dennis: Our first CH'TI beer....go ahead try to say it out loud without laughing a bit...and not to bad. Excessively carbonated (much like Unibroue does with their beers) with an aroma that is doughy/yeasty and slightly sweet with dark fruits. The taste is similar, with the carbonation not really taking away from the beer, you'll get some sort of funky sweetness and a long malt follow through. For the price we paid, it's a steal even at a paltry 5.9%.
Jen: I don't find this beer to be very enticing. It has a malty smell to it with slight hoppiness to it. The flavor is along the same lines: sweet malts with a mild hop finish. It also has some kind of weird fruit taste that I can't quite put my finger on. It also seems to have a bit of sourness to it. Also, lots of bubbles, too much bubbles. This is something that I am glad we got on clearance, but I am always up for something different.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of samEBC
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of putnam
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber and frothy. Aromas are of cherry pits, curry spices, vanilla and cured meats. On the palate the fizz is aggressive, while delivering tangy caramel, raw, rinsed grain, orange peel, pepper and alcohol flavors. While there is much that is charming about this beer, it seems to lack the guts and persistence of the finest low-country ales.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice a medium amber brown with a light and tight off-white head that fell quickly but lapped at the glass and left some lacing.

The aroma was toffee and caramel and slight diacetyl with a light fruitiness.

The flavor was toffee and caramel again with some diacetyl and a light and crisp bittering component that was earthy and balanced the maltiness. The malt flavors were sweet as the beer first touched the pallet but quickly dried due to the bittering.

The finish was dry with slight lasting bittering and a very slight reminder of the caramel and toffee. The body was medium light. Very crisp and quite refreshing, but not complex at all.

750 ml bottle corked and bailed. The label says Biere de Garde. $10.99 at OUAV in Richmond. When in France...when in America I'll choose something else for the price paid.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, off-white head. Grainy aroma with some yeasty esters. Tastes more like a lager than a belgian ale. Quite bitter in the aftertaste. Easy drinking and enjoyable but nothing special.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Ty1607
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Schmoog
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of chrisroarshack
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance: copper colour, creamy foam
Smell: slight caramel
Taste and mouthfeel: mellow
Drinkability: a good beer (style = bière de garde) in french from the brewery Castelain

Review added 11-18-2007, translated from french 2-12-2008.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Patitifa
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%

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Ch'ti Ambrée from Brasserie Castelain
3.43 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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