Castelain Blond Biere De Garde | Brasserie Castelain

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 12-26-2001

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Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of shelby415
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice and malty example of a Biere Garde, arguably a style that doesn't get much love in the US, given its scarcity. Aromatic, with fruit and some spice but also fairly easy to drink as it is light. A very nice beer.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

A true Biere De Garde, not the strong bite that some microbrews have. I've had this beer in my beer fridge for a while, but because it's almost 8%, it still tastes great. Just a really good drinking beer, and so smooth.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FBarber
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear bronze color. TONS of suspended yeast and sediment can be seen throughout the beer even with decanting. The yeast does not settle even when given time.

Smell is very sweet up front - lots of honey. Grains and floral hops come through with some bread and fruity ester notes.

Taste follows the nose with lots of grain and sweet honey up front. Yeast comes through throughout. Floral hops come through before giving way to a bready finish with again, lots of honey flavors.

Thick and syrupy with fizzy carbonation.

Wish I knew how old this bottle was - Very sweet, very syrupy and not one Id try again unless I could be sure it was a fresh bottle.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Minimal effort if at all to get the short cork out, which comes with a good solid pop.

Even with a little decant, some sediment makes its way in, to a very clear orange amber looking brew. Good roaring middle column of fire in the middle, making the trub actually dance which is quite fun I must say. Head creation is minimal, but manages always a thin off white puck and collar.

Aroma is delicious. Thick bready like yeast esters and hints of small honey. Light sensing herbs and little funk, but with a nice sweetness that's not overbearing. Hints also a little floral as well. Very nice.

Sweet light palate on first sip. Mineral warmth and a light bodied rocky caramel flavor in the mid palate at first, making for almost peppery hints of carbonation, but more Perrier light feel and flavor. Crackly finish, with crispy caramel aftertastes on the swallow, mixing in with a bit of herbs and lighter faint dry acidic notes. Sharp, but not metallic in flavor.

A very neat tasting de Garde. I like this mineral quality and feel which is a nice touch.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 01/04/17:

Honey-amber in appearance but the truly impressive part is the dense suspended chunky haze in an otherwise quite clear medium. Head is a light cream color, thin and fine and delicate but pretty good retenion, forming a film. Honey, not too strong or sweet, a little bit of cracker and grain on the nose, all this dissipates a lot and renders some biscuit and mild soapy suggestions. Reminds me of a specific medical soap I used to use that was easy on the skin, can’t remember the name. I get the sense that this is not from hops but more so phenols, like the medicinal/Band-Aid/Menthol notes in certain Belgian-style beers. Grain, crackers, menthol, tiniest touch of vinegar, dry white wine, some bizarre but mostly subdued light-fruit character I can’t quite figure out, pinch of sugar to taste. Very much like a Belgian with a few minor aspects to distinguish itself. Heavier side of a medium body, packed with fine and soft but tingly suds and containing a decent amount of warmth.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A mildly hazy gold leaning toward orange, creamy white head (1 finger)
S: Yeasty and sweet, with a subtle maltiness, wish the aroma was strong but the note that are present are pleasant
T: Immediate sweet malt, crisp and full, not overly fruity, some suggestion of possibly basil or mint, there is a bit of a (white) fruitiness present in each sip but it dissipates quickly, dominated by the sweet malt flavor. I wish it was a tad less sweet.
M: full without being sticky
O: A decent refreshing beer, not too much to say about this one. Would be a good beer just to have around as I think it would be a crowd pleaser in groups where people's experience and interest in beer varied sharply. Easy to drink and pleasant.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kovfer
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great fruity nose and taste.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Impetuous
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This one was purchased because it reminded me of my favorite underground black metal labels, Tour de Garde... for obvious reasons. A whole lot of malt hits you up front, and fruity sweetness lingers. Most notably is how it feels; light, bubbly, and crisp. Never before has a beer this flavorful been this light tasting and feeling to this here tongue. Wonderful.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm sure I've had Castelain Blond twice before this review. It actually should be one of my go-tos given the garlicky, herbal food that I cook.

This orange Looking Blond, while distinctive, is only slightly above average. But its yeast powers it through the next stages. It Smells mostly of malt that has been artfully worked by yeast producing bountiful fruit. Similarly, this Blond Tastes like it is going to complement food really well. (In this case, it was gnocchi and a tomato sauce.) Differences in Tasting is the spices come out... even some peppa.

In the Mouth, I can tell the carbonation is going to cut through the garlic and pasty gnocchi. It does. In fact, this Blond made the meal much better. This blond is a great complement to my average kitchen. For that it gets extra points.

It is getting harder and harder to find this French style on the shelves and the American renditions still need to get better. I think I will snag some more Castelain the next time I see it.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: January 9, 2016... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... OCCASION... pinewood derby cars, cut and awaiting sanding tomorrow... APPEARANCE: a central whirl of bubbles power a light amber body with moderate clarity; a snow-white two-finger head simmer to a cirrus island with an atoll surrounding it... AROMA: ginger, resin, and vanilla join with light dough, bubblegum, and damp yeasts... caramel and toffee are sweet... quite a panoply of scents to breathe in... PALATE: medium-bodied, mellow--flatter than the glass suggests--and slick... TASTE: apple and pear roll out, almost as a cider, before the caramel and toffee sweeten the deal... this glass offers the bubblegum and pepper more associated with a weizen, but the malt is heavy and holds the flavor profile's roots down.... OVERALL: a strong, pleasant conveyance of 6.4% worth of ABV, with a fruity, malty flavor that begs for the next sip.... the sugary aftertaste suggests a dessertif...the late phenol might suggest a bigger hit than it delivers, but overall, an enjoyable experience...

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Photo of timontheroad
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden/copper color, little head or retention, so-so lacing. Smell is light grassy notes, with some light tart, sweetness and a bit of estery yeast. The taste was somewhat fruity up front, with a very sweet and subtle spice back end that lingered for a long time. Light mouthfeel, with a clean dry finish. Overall the flavors in this were pretty subtle, but well balanced, nice easy drinker.

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Photo of shea117474
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet honey, hay on the nose. More honey and a medium mouthfeel, some mineral aftertaste. Easily my favorite beer, anywhere.

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Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisterGone
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A saison with a French accent. A bright gold-yellow, with a thick white head. Spicy, grassy aroma with a hint of the yeast. Flavor adds orchard fruits - I hope this makes sense - some crisp and some dried. Nice farm finish with grass dominant, yeast enhanced. A lighter mouthfeel, thus quite drinkable. My first Bier de Garde, sooooo...

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Photo of cyrushire
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde from Brasserie Castelain
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 224 ratings