Castelain Blond Biere De Garde | Brasserie Castelain

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3.86/5
Very Good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain
France
brasseriecastelain.com

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,433
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
225
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
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Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 225
Reviews by Bighuge:
Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a clear light golden. It's high carbonation level is apparent on viewing the rapidly surfacing gas bubbles. A slight white head sits on top and recedes to an edging in about a minute. Lacing ability is very nice. Really nice deep earthy aroma. Some definite herbal notes and spiciness present on the nose as well. There's a light body to this beer. A nicely carbonated mouthfeel, but not overdone. This is not a style of beer I've not drank a lot of, but after trying this one, I am more prone to try many more (gradually though if they are all priced like this one). It's a very pleasant drinking experience. There's a firm malt base (seems like a pils base to me, but I may be wrong.) A definite earthy, herbal, musty characteristic. This may be stemming from the hops, but could be the effect of herbs and spices. A highly drinkable tasty beverage.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: beautiful, poofy, foamy white head.... some messy lace as it goes along... brilliantly-clear, yellow-tinged gold liquid.... the decent foam stand gives it a elegant look

S: at first, apples and champagne... reminiscent of a Belgian pale or a continental lager.... initially, almost grassy-hoppy or grainy-grassy or a mix with or mistaken for mild spicy phenols.... vague bubblegum/clove.... weak and clean overall until relatively warm

T: interesting fruity/grape-y when colder, with a toasted cereal-grainy aftertaste.... up front most of the flavor impact lies, and it's fairly subdued and mellow even as the malt and spice flavors come out more later.... when warmer, the taste peaks before mid-sip

M: quite light, crisp, and dry.... the foam feels nice and cottony-soft on the upper lip.... little bit of warmth in the finish... despite relative flat dryness, there's a touch of smooth body midway

O: it's well-garded!... just very mild and nondescript in flavor.... quite drinkable altogether, though I'd never seek it out for its taste.... may be best enjoyed with a light meal of salad and fish?

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and capped 750 ml bottle, as shown in the BA photo, with the following printed on the back label: "07/2002 L1 199 17.20". I assume a bottled on date, and so this one is not quite 3 years old. Hope it's ok.

[Edit on 5/16/05] Thanks to some feedback from fellow BA irishsnake, it is quite possible that the 07/2002 is a best-by date, which means I bought this a full 2 years (actually more) after it was "out of date". Oops! But it was still pretty tasty. I wonder what it was like when it was good? <Back to the original review, which is already in progress!>

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden honey colored- kind of thick looking like a Belgian Tripel. Slight head in a goblet from the initial pour quits down to a thin cover, leaving no lace. Aroma is sweet and inviting, honey and apricots, peaches, and pear syrup. A slight spiciness behind the sweetness.

Flavor is pleasant, less sweet than the aroma, but not powerfully spicy and tart like a Belgian Pale Ale or Tripel. Spiciness is there, but not strong. A yeasty bite and subtle alcohol is present, growing slighly as the glass empties.

Mouthfeel is full and round, leaves a sense that you have just drunk something when you had this. Overall, pretty good stuff.

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

A: Pours a relatively clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some light hints of straw yellow. The beer has a three finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts with some light fruit (apple and pear) sweetness along with some lighter notes of spicy yeast and just a hint of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with some light amounts of light fruit sweetness (including apple, pear, and white grape). That is followed by a light amount of spicy yeast and just a hint of floral hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present in the finish but it does not linger for long.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with limited amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The beer is pretty refreshing and easy to drink, hiding the 6.4% ABV very well. I enjoyed this one and I would definitely get it again - it would pair well with just about any food.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle that i totally forgot i had so this definitely has some time on it...bear that in mind with the review. enjoyed from a spiegelau glass.

a - beer pours a transparent straw yellow that settles in the glass as honey orange. there are TONS of yeasty chunks and a generous frothy beery head.

s - nice earthy yeast. some pilsnery type of grain. belgian pale esters.

t - surprisingly big fruit blast. sweet honey and grain. toasted bready malts that almost have a caramel vibe to it.

m - medium bodied.

o - very nice beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i dont remember any other beers in this style being quite so sweet, this one has a real lingering sugar content to it, almost distracting and certainly in the way of the more delicate grassy hops and the near saison type farmy yeast. i think the malt is a little heavy in this one, a little less cleaned up than it could be by a very cool yeast strain that has some traits of warmer fermentation with high tone fruit notes and again the sugar, maybe not quite done. still, its a real enjoyable beer, beautiful in the glass, and holding a head all the way, great carbonation, and a lot more body than i think the style calls for, as undefined as it still is. love the yeast flavor and the straw notes in this, i think its got late summer written all over it, but if this was even 20% drier, i think it would be a far better beer. still, nice to see some of the french stuff coming around, and i think it has some cool culinary applications. i enjoyed it with a black garlic and octopus dish at bittersweet on alameda, great spot, cool beer program.

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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 StrayteEDGE
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BryanFlaherty
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Jared_Alexander
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. Lots of grape taste come through, like a sparkling wine. Very refreshing with a complex taste.

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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 FrancisM12
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | 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 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 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 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 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 DarrellK
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of marc77
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The thick, creamy, well retained porcelain white head sits atop a brilliant, crystal clear perfectly golden hued brew. Textured, Pollock like lace is left down the glass. Ripe citrusy fruit upfront in aroma, followed by light yeast must and a rustic woody hop nose. Trace butterscotch eeks into the aroma as the beer warms. Sweetness in flavor is of a ripe tropical fruit nature, with the mild hop bitterness partially offsetting, leaving the overall character of this brew lightly sweet. Although individual malt flavors aren't showcased, maltiness makes its presence known through a full, rich body and silky, dextrinous mouthfeel. Light caramel malt and toasty Vienna are present as a trace. Subdued clove phenol is the sole fermentation byproduct flavor in this otherwise clean and highly drinkable brew. Although mild, an herbal, possibly Strisselspalt hop flavor is perceptible. Malt notes reemerge in the lightly toasty and sweet finish. Castelain is a highly drinkable and tasty brew. It's reminescent of a Dortmunder Export / Saison hybrid both in appearance and flavor. It's malt profile is rich, yet it retains a crisp drinkability and refined fruitiness.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice gold apppearance with a foamy white head. Hops, yeast, and a bit of fruit are present in the smell. Unfortunately, the nice combination of aromas doesn't really carry over into the taste. In fact, it tastes a bit like a lager. However, it is refreshing and makes a good warm weather drink.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice rich yellow with a decent head that doesnt leave to much lacing,the aroma is malty sweetish with some very light iron tones.Taste was more rich than what I had thought it would be very malty and sweet with some alcohol notes coming thru dried fruit flavor comes thru,this pretty rich tadting.A good beer not overly complex but flavorful and hearty I would buy again.

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Photo of ADR
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicate pale yellow, translucent to hazy. One half inch of head in a fluted glass, laces in rings. Sharp aroma, some wine grape and a sense of barnyard hay. Very laid-back malt -- a little lemon, spiced pear, and a sugary green tea-like flavor with a woodsy sense. Dries at the end. Hop is pretty minimal to my tastes, slight sense lends to the dry finish. Nice overall impression of subtle fruitiness, flavor may be less complex than the aroma but a highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10/2002.

Clear and gold, with tiny, rapidly accending bubbles and a stately ivory-cream crown.
Fragrant of tangerine, white pepper, and clove. Backed by ample rustic yeast tones, and a generalize sweet maltiness.
Enters with a firm malt base. Sweetish, yet mostly dry. Carapils? A honeyed sensation gains a foothold, and mingles with vaporous citrus fruits. Orange peels mostly, but a bit pulpier that that. Spice adds clove and vanilla. Yeast contributes an earthy pillow. Not sharply "farmy" though. There is something of an oat-like feel and flavor to this that I find difficult to grasp. Ends vaguely florally bittered, almost minty. Lingering, lemon-honey tea afterward.
What's impressive here, is that everything seems compacted and necessary. Nothing forced, nothing raw. Mellow, flavorful, and right. Not flashy. Just tasty.
Spritzy, but never sharp. Cushioned but not fat. This is like a lightweight fleece blanket in the mouth.
And it begs for large doses.

This one is nice, Hugey. Thanks bro.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde from Brasserie Castelain
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 225 ratings