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Ch'ti Blonde | Brasserie Castelain

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Ch'ti BlondeCh'ti Blonde

Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 79
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one at the Gatineau Select SAQ. Pours light blond with big thick white head, less so in others' cups. A mild spiciness, lighter easy drinking mouthfeel. In fact, I found this reasonable hoppy bitterness, with some sugar and malt, and something akin to an American take on a Belgian blond.

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Photo of malmquna
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can find this in tall-boy 50cl cans at the local grocery store. Right next to the Leffe Blonde. I'm surprised the cans aren't more widely available.

Poured into a glass, this beer is nearly yellow in color, with plenty of carbonation but no real head to speak of after a minute or two. There's nothing really notable about the way this looks in a glass.

The smell is quite nice, however, with some sweet malt mixed with some very slight hop aroma. In the mouth the feel is good, but somewhat overpowered by the high gravity (6.4% abv). Regardless of the higher alcohol content, the flavor still contains considerable sweetness. Some bitterness comes in at the end, but this beer is not altogether hoppy.

CH'TI is not the best example of the Bière de Garde style. I'll limit my consumption of it to sitting at home in front of the television or over a low-stakes card game.

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Photo of bellebouche
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, served at 6 degrees, poured into two Stella style continental glasses. Served with food (Blinis, Lumpfish Roe, Créme Fraiche, Shallots)

Pours Bright, crystal clear, golden light amber. Large head falling back to a few mm of head which then falls back further to a peripheral ring of bubbles only. No head retention.

Little discernible smell on initial pour.

A sip of the pouring foam and I had a massive waft of citrussy hops.

Taste is all hops, great structure, caramel notes. Alcohol is not present and the beer has a light foamy fine mousse (not unlike 3 monts) making it very very drinkable.

A delightful beer - highly recommended and a great accompaniment to food.

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Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale golden with large and soft white head that slowly fades to a small patchy layer that lasts till the end of the glass, small downsliding lacing. Aroma is sweet malty, some caramel.

Taste is citrusy malt, some herbal hoppy bitterness, faint fruity esters with rather dry finish, light citrusy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-light with average carbonation, no alcohol could be felt.

Overall, very good one, although it felt too light. Very, very drinkable and alcohol could not be felt at all.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden yellow, rocky white head that dissipates down to a thin film, lively carbonation, nice and clear.

Aroma of european malt a very little spice note from hops. Phenolic and estery notes are almost undetectable. Flavor of rich malt, a hint of honey and a hoppy bitter finish. Smells like a strong german pils and taste like a hoppy belgian pale ale minus the estery and phenolic notes.

Exellent and refreshing. I'll buy it again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of floral malt with some light fruity yeast notes. Taste is also a very well balance mix between fruity yeast notes with some floral malt notes and a very unique and interesting grain bill. Body is quite full with some great carbonation. Very well done and refreshing with some nice complexity.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.36/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man, I can't believe this doesn't have an A average. This brew has a perfect appearance with a good three finger thick bright white head, and a golden clear body.

Fragrances are arid with toasty and biscuity malt, and a slight hint on lemon. As this beer warms a bit, there is a slight cooked veggie characteristic.

The taste is very sweet up front, and finishes off with a hint of what may be a grapefruit like taste. Another quality that comes to mind is white grape as the brew warms up.

This brew is very smooth and crisp. It definitely reminds me of a good clean lager.

This is totally refreshing, but has a slight warming effect in the end making this a very diverse beer to be enjoyed no matter the temp outside.

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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 thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999.
Appearance: golden blond colour
Smell: aromatic nose
Taste and mouthfeel mouth round bitterness well defined, balanced
Drinkability: a good "bière de garde" in french from the brewery Castelain

Review added 11-18-2007, translated from french 2-13-2008.

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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 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 russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottled by date of 12/01/06

Poured a slightly hazy but efferevescent golden color with a 1/2" white head that drops to a healthy film layer fast. Good film stays all the way down & okay lacing

S: Some grainy notes, honey malt & a hint of lemon up front

T: Light lemony, grassy & grainy notes on the front side. Sweet light honey malt with a slight fruittyness & even slighter yeasty twang as this warms. Some more earthy/phenolic notes as this warms. Finishes fruitty (pears, apricots & apple juice) with a hint of pepper

MF: Sprtizy & light

Drinks pretty easy, a nice quencher, nothing super mid-blowing here, but the cleaness of this helps drinkabilty. A training wheels saison, but I preffer this to some OTT saisons I've had

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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 DaPeculierDane
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle had Bier de Garde printed across the label. I will review under the assumption that this is a Bier de Garde rather than a Saison as listed. Best by 19/01/07 printed on the bottle. Bottle consumed 12/05.

Appearance: Miller Lite like color and carbonation. Luscious, large frothy head. Minuscule carbonation.

Nose: Smells like donkeys. Plenty of barnyard fecal matter and hay. I think this might be setting off my allergies. Sweet sweaty horse dung and rotten grains. Not very appetizing but kind of cool.

Taste: Lighter than expected earth, musk, grass, and grain.

MF: Dry and crisp. Light bodied.

D: A bit repulsive at first, I grew to really enjoy it. Once room temperature it becomes a rather interesting beer.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750 with a date that looks like 12/01/08(?) jetted on the bottom of the back label. Its obscured a bit because it was printed over the importers name. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn for a mere $2.99 and poured into a tulip.

Clearish light gold with an inch or so of white that falls to a thick layer that just sits there. Ringed lace effect.

The nose has some caramel from the malts and mid level diacetyl with some baking spices and sugar in the back. Slight hop spiciness adds to the bouquet. The only downside is the buttery diacetyl that seems to frame the whole thing. It does have some complexity evn if it is rather faint overall.

The malts are upfront with some caramel and a hint of toffee that leads into spicy hops and a touch of lingering butterscotch and apples that is eventually wiped clean by the dry finish.

The mouth is moderate with just enough carbonation to get by. Pairs well with sharp cheddar and monterey jack. A good beer but nothing I would seek out in a store that has a large selection.

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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 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 GCBrewingCo
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice a crystal clear light golden straw with a small white head which never rose tall, but persisted and stayed to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with slight toffee and low levels of diacetyl and a slight spiciness.

The flavor was nicely malty with light caramel character and a slight and refreshing spice. The bittering was low, but well done to create a crisp yet nicely balanced beer.

The finish was dry and crisp with light caramel impressions lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium light.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Purchased at OUAV in Richmond for $10.99. Back label has stenciling that is 12/01/05. The bottle says Biere de Garde, this beer is not a Saison and not quite a Biere de Garde. A very light and refreshing beer, I could see opening a bottle while sitting as a small cafe in France.

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Photo of tjd25
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head was decent but didn't last long enough. Hard to get anything from the smell in the bar; some notes of wheat and anise. The taste is interestingy round, very creamy, almost like sour cream. Notes of white wine, fruity but a bit dry. The mouthfeel is quite thick and a bit chewy with some spicy notes. Kind of still from the tap, but I liked it.

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Photo of jed
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Comes in a dark brown, 75 cl bottle with a cork and crown. Front label has two small hop plants and "brassée à l'ancienne." There's also a small ring of paper with a "Médaille D'Or 2004" world selection medal. Back label has a small blurb about the beer. To be consumed by 2/26/05. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very rich, golden yellow with a small head. The head is much more tightly packed than other bière de gardes; as it disappears it leaves a small amount of lacing. Trails of carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Lots of yeast, paired with grassy and dry apple notes. Fine hint of hops, and some spicy alcohol. More complex than something like Jenlain's Bière de Printemps.

Taste: Nose of yeast and grassy notes, followed by herbal hops. Very noticeable, defined dry apple flavors. Some mild spiciness, perhaps a little bit of cloves. Finish is slightly dry from the apples. Aftertaste is a mixture of hop bitterness and some lingering fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly above average, nothing amazing. Ch'ti blonde is fairly smooth, although a little bit thin for my taste.

Drinkability: Lacks the engaging flavor necessary for a good session beer, but nicely drinkable. Would be a good beer to serve to friends used to French macros; a step up, but nothing too jarring.

I paired this one with some sharp cheddar cheese to draw out the apple flavors. A competent take on the bière de garde style, but nothing amazing. If you're interested in trying a bière de garde, I'd recommend starting with Jenlain's first. Still, a decent beer and legions away from the lamentable French macros.

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Ch'ti Blonde from Brasserie Castelain
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