Ch'ti Blonde | Brasserie Castelain

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain
France
brasseriecastelain.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-04-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
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6
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Kitsune
1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

Photo of haz77
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear gold, with a dense finger of white head. Medium-high amount of carbonation, although head retention isn't great.

S - Apple, rounded plasticy phenols, pear drops. Muted and not very complex.

T - Really lacking in flavour. Phenols in the middle and green apple at the end. Short-medium finish, slightly dry.

M - The best part of the drink. Quite creamy with just enough carbonation to cleanse the palate.

D - Not one to go for. Smell and taste muted. There are much better expressions of the style available.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big bottle, little umph.

Caged 75cl bottle, bought from Boozers Warehouse, Calais (1.99 Euro) in Dec 2006, drank Dec 2006, best by feb 2007.

Very light golden in colour, with a constant flow of bubbles flowing towards the thin white foaming head.

Weak aroma of oak or beach sap.

Tastes of nothing really, very disappointing for a 6.4% beer.

Again no real mouthfeel, so no drinkability either!

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Photo of Schlafly33
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of hansavijaticar
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of jhu1995
2.86/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a gold/straw, slightly cloudy color with a fluffy white head. Smell had slight mustiness, spiciness, and some caramel flavor. Taste was unexpected, but not in a good way, with the caramel flavor dominating and some mild sweetness. Thought this tasted too much like a brown ale or dubbel. Light bodied and not difficult to drink but nothing interesting about it that would make me want to try it again.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On the nose, we think of lager but with a subtle touch of brown sugar. The body is light, scent, with a bitterness that makes it dirty mouth while she is far from good. A feeling of artificiality complete the observation that beer is just ordinary. Pleasant to drink but there are much better unless you're an absolute fanatic of"Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis" movie

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Photo of Mattias
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of chrisroarshack
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saigon (bottle)

I am neutral on this beer.

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Photo of ThiZequi
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%

Photo of biergeniesser
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This 750 ml bottle of Ch’Ti Blond described itself as a Blond Biere de Garde on its label; however, having tasted a few examples of both Blond Bieres de Garde and Saisons, it is apparent that at a certain range in the fringe of both styles similarities abound.

This beer poured light blond with the slightest haze. It formed a thin white head which dissipated instantly, and left almost no lacing. Large fish eye bubbles evolved slowly from the bottom and sides of the glass.

The aroma of this beer was quite vinous. Alcohol aromas were definitely in the foreground. Hop aromas were mild and subtle and tended toward a kettle hop with a slight degree of skunkiness.

Hop bitterness, kettle hop were the two most predominant flavors in this bottle of Ch’ti. In the middle ground, clean malt and alcohol flavors were easily detectable. Slight citrus notes were in the background flavors of Ch’ti Blond. A healthy dose of carbon dioxide “bite” also was evident.

The body of this beer was quite light. It was refreshing and finished dry with a relatively high degree of carbonation than almost seem to scour the mouth.

Ch’Ti was a decent, albeit relatively expensive ($10.95/750ml) Blond Biere de Garde. It appears to have been brewed by the Brasserie Benifontaine, the same brewery which produces the notably less expensive Castelain Blond Biere de Garde. All things being equal among Blond Bieres de Garde, Ch’ti was enjoyable, but not as much so as its relative Castelain.

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Photo of janubio
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in its own CH'TI glass, golden straw colour, with a big head that lasts forever. Leaves a good lace. Aroma is weak, grainy and lemon, with maybe some honey. Taste is mostly the same, grainy, lemon, with some fruit. I can't say nothing special, not a great beer, but not too bad. Refreshing.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Trappist chalice.
This is a crystal yellow beer. Smells fairly good. Reminds a good Belgian blond (close to Leffe, perhaps...). Not bad for a French beer. Despite of the 6.4%, you do not feel much alcohol, which helps the drinkability. It should be a good option for a sunny day, followed by a barbecue and listening to Gainsbourg... :)

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Photo of mytu420
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle purchased in Dunnes Stores, Ireland. Poured a pale straw coloured brew with a foamy head. Looked quite well. Not much to smell; some grassy hoppiness, but little else. The taste was thin, but drinkable; hard to believe that this is a 6.4% ABV beer. The mouthfeel was silky smooth, something I would associate with a better tasting brew.

Overall, a decent enough brew; drinkable, but not worth going out of the way to buy.

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Photo of HiPpYcHoP
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of GRUUMSH
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of FLima
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with a thick head with medium retention.
Sweet creamy aroma with notes of bread, sweet perfume and peaches.
Flavor with notes of glucose, French subtle hops, bread, pear and lots of apple juice. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.4% is just flavoring it.
I felt this to be Alsatian like beer with red apples and pear juices predominating. Glucose bothers a bit.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with a light orange tinge, little haze, fair carbonation and 2 fingers of relatively fast fading head.


S: Some Belgian yeasts, phenols, malt, offal, sort of an AA Lager scent to it. A light peach fruitiness.


T: Light peach snaps taste, AA lager quality, phenols, a bit of Belgian style yeasts.


M: Very foamy, airy, light, slight acrid stickiness.


O: A very light brew. Reminds me of some Belgian Pale ales, like Cuvee de Trolls, but much more foamy in texture. Got it in China, seeing it’s a Biere de Guard, but not overwhelmed. Cool bottle.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Ireland purchase. Never seen any of these Ch'ti beers here in the US. Pours clear and golden with a large pillowy white head. Smell is rather funky, musty, earthy and grassy. Quite herbal and dry. Earthy notes of hay and dried fruit balance the herbacious hoppy finish. Bubbly carbonation. Finishes dry. As this beer warmed it began to grow on me more and more, though it still is not one I would seek out again. Nonetheless, it's worth a try.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite lagerish look, head goes down fast.

Aroma is quite hoppy and fresh, and malty.

Mmm, nice. Wasn't expecting this taste, from a French beer. Very unique. It tastes of lime somehow, and is quite sweet, yet with good bitterness from the hops. Would be great on a hot day in the sun.

It reminds me of lime skittles.

Bought in a 25CL bottle, wishing it was a bigger one.

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Photo of Chris912
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of robertfulwiler
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL cork and cage bottle.

A: golden color, very clear. decent head retention, good lacing.

S: apple, a little yeast.

T: very malty/cerealy. a tiny bit of bitterness as it went down.

M: moderate body, medium carbonation.

D: Not too interesting for the style. Its fine to drink now but I probably won't buy again.

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Ch'ti Blonde from Brasserie Castelain
3.53 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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