Castelain Blond Biere De Garde | Brasserie Castelain

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Castelain Blond Biere De GardeCastelain Blond Biere De Garde

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Brasserie Castelain

Style: 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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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 216
Photo of erica
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a 750ml bottle of this nice one from France...
I didn't like the way this one looked too much. It was kind of a dirty dark orange colour, and the yeast chunks were just all over. Maybe the bottle got shook up somehow, but it was very chunky-style, which isn't appealing to me. There was a huge, long lasting head though, which distracted me a little from what was going on below. However, that seemed to be the only negative of this beer. The aroma was a bit outdoorsy, citrusy and cider-like actually, a bit sweet and sour. The taste was exceptional, tart, fruity, malty, spicy, sugary, a whole lot mixed together and balanced very well. Mouthfeel was good, a bit light, and drinkability was excellent because of the lightness combined with all the flavour in there. Great job, france!

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Photo of putnam
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow with orange. Petillant/frizzante.
Distinct aromas of crushed crab shells together with granitic rocks, ocean rain and sweet crab meat. Perfect.
The flavors are delivered in a honey-sweet, slick textured package and involve enormous floral notes, honey, linen, vanilla, and finish with a baked apple tartness and nutmeg flavors. A light, syrupy sweetness rains down on the earthy, floral nuances throughout. A cascade of sweetness.
this is a beer I would take to Nunavut. I bet it would go well with seal. Or coastal Labrador. A great chaser for steamed seaweed.

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Photo of puertobrewing
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Krosno Polish goblet.

A - Beautiful light apple juice color with a half inch head and lots of bubbles. Reminds me of champaigne or cider.

S - Well balanced smell with hints of honey. Malty aroma with slight estery fruityness. The aroma also presents delicate spices and floral notes.

F - Oh why did I bought just one. This is just superbly balanced!!! You get the honey-malty flavor up front, followed by vanilla custard, and in the end, a hint of white wine, champaigne, and rose petals.

M - Carbonation is just perfect from start to end. It has a medium body and surprisingly it's kind of refreshing.

O - For sure I will buy this one many more times. Not quite sure if it would work as a session beer but for sure one is not enough because of its great taste and elegance.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

oh that what a biere de garde is supposed to taste like!....i love it!

nice orange to brown tint to the beer....not much of a head...not much of one needed!....excellent lacing

smells are of a complex fruitiness...toasted malts....very low hop profile

taste is incredible....fruitiness on the front an excellent toasted flavor in the middle....and about one of the smoothest finishes i've ever had!

feels great in the mouth enough said!

overall this beer is fantastic...i wanna brew one of these!

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Light blond color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Malty upfront with some slight spiciness in the nose. Very subtle and lighter than their other offering that I've sampled.

Taste: Smooth and malty. Some spiciness/breadiness upfront. A bit sweet in the middle. Drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and airy. Light. A very drinkable beer here.

Verdict: I like this version of Biere de Garde better. It's lighter and appeals to the palate more.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeast driven nose with tropical fruit, spice and light biscuit and light sugar. It pours a slightly hazy gold with light copper highlights. A fruity palate with caramel apricot to pineapple and a suspicion of papaya are a perfect base for the above average carbonation and medium body as it traverses the tongue to finish with a light pepper note. There are not a lot of hops.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged 750ml from Waterbury Beverage, Waterbury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a thick, dense 1 1/2" white head, over a clear, straw brew. Big bits of foamy lace throughout the drinking experience. The aroma is crisp, and consists of a partnership of pale malts and a slight fruity component. Taste is reminiscent of the nose, quite well balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit effervescent, the smoothness conquers all for this one. Could drink it all day, although the price is somewhat prohibitive of that practice...

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 750 mL bottle as a dark yellow liquid with a lacy head of foam that dissipates to a wisp in a short time. The aroma is full of earthy tones from fields in summertime. Herbs such thyme and sage mingle with baled hay, earth hops, and a hint of the musty granary from my childhood. The beer rolls across the palate with a dry, full, malty feeling. The malt flavors are a subtle interplay between grain character and underlying sweetness which eventually--reluctantly--give way to a smooth earthy hop bitterness. A lingering sweetness is left behind, but in a pleasant way. The character of the malt shines through without being over the top and is nicely balanced by the hops at the end. A quietly complex beer.

Castelain is my favorite Biere de Garde. It is a beautifully earthy and comforting beer, and I love it for that. Pair with comfort food, when every possible.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, this is a very hazy golden orange. A nice white head forms and dissipates very slowly, leaving a foam sheet and a good deal of lacing. Smell is slightly caramel-like malt, with a hint of sour fruit, some earthiness, and a lot of floral notes in the background. Very nice. The taste is again strongly malty with a stony character. Strong floral notes and a good amount of hop bitterness make this a very well balanced, complex beer. Palate is nice; slightly thick without being syrupy. Could use a bit more carbonation. Overall, a quality beer with a lot of character.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beautiful, hazy (bottle-conditioned), golden northern French ale delivers sweetish, honey-like malt tempered with mustiness and some cork, but no Brettanomyces (barnyard, horseblanket, etc.). The appearance is quite nice, and it leaves some decent lace. The body is medium/almost-becoming-full; which matches its malty flavor. It's lively effervescence, however, is refreshing; and helps to balance the malt as its bitterness is somewhat restrained. It's quite drinkable; and satisfying with enough character to keep it interesting throughout several glasses. A classic!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I took this recommendation for turkey dinner from Garret Oliver's Brewmaster's Table. If you're reading this, Mr. Oliver, touche.

Pours to a clear, golden color with a slight amber hue. The head is fairly minimal, and there is very little visible carbonation.

The smell is very flowery hoppy. This reminds me of a well done Czech pils, in both smell and taste. Sweet and flowery with a slightly grassy and herbal dry, bitter finish.

Very clean and crisp. The carbonation cuts through the flavors quite well. The body is still medium and a bit creamy as well. Quite good. Not only a good match for Thanksgiving turkey, but a good beer to sit back and drink either way.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I am a bit dissapointed. Not that it wasn't a good beer, I just expected more. Pours a strong carary yellow / straw color with a slight haze. Abundantly carbonated with an initial strong retention, but fleeted quickly. No lacing to mention. Smells nearly skunked, but certainly pungent, catty, earthy, and musky. Sweetness (pilner malts) is the lead character through the nose and flavors with a sturdiness, but no grainy flavors or bite. The hops bring out a light muskiness and barnyard-ey character, but not intense enough to greatly impact the beer. Feels like a firm pilsner, with hardly no tartness, sourness or astringency. Finishes medium dry with a lingering pungent aroma and flavor. A solid brew, but I just wanted more of the funk intensity.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is such a great brew! A lovely dark golden appearance witha huge head of fluffy, white, whip cream head. The aromas are unreal, lemons (and their respective peels), other citrus fruits, citric and lightly floral hops, dirt, a bit of alcohol, light malts, and a distinctly pleasant mustiness. The taste is good. Sharply citric, hoppy and earthy up front, before the blankets of malt smooth out the whole operation. The finish is dry, pleasant, and lingering. The mouthfeel is a bit light but the drinkability is off the hook!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden/peach color..nice whiote head..fresh aroma:notes of citrus, bananas, vanilla. Medium body, great finish, lovely feeling that sticks with you--soft and sensual, perfectly refreshing!

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Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Avenue Pub

A: Pours a hazed golden/orange color. A two finger, pillowy whit head forms. Nice retention and lace. I really attractive pour.
S: Bready malts that are slightly sweet. A light honey sweetness in the nose. Musky basement like yeast. Some fruity esters in the nose as well. Apple and pears.
T: Love it. Toasted, bready malts that intermingles with the musky yeast and fruity esters. The esters become more apparent as this warms up. Apples and pears are strong, but also some grape flavors. Excellent.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. A great crisp snap that is smooth at the same time. Really clean as well. So easy to drink. I really enjoy this, and can drink it all day.

A great under appreciated version of an under appreciated style. Really well done. Something I enjoyed and would recommend.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this tonite from a bottle.

Unfortunately there's some chill haze going on, but that doesn't stop the warm golden color from showing. Smell is what I would expect out of this, strong pilsner profile. The taste grows on your sip after sip, it's actually pretty darn smooth. I find this to taste pretty much like a pilsner, but it's a darn tasty and smooth one. I have to rate the drinkability at 4.5 because I could go for another one right about now. Very pleasant surprise from a beer I knew nothing about.


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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow, frothy, and smellimg a bit like a german euro lager, the next smells that hit you are sulfur and lemons.

The taste was bubbly and tangy with a medium to light mouthfeel. There was bitter orange, some very faint hops, and a consistent feel through the finish.

This reminded me of a cross between a saison and a wit bier. This was really way too drinkable.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy pale golden color. The head is one-finger in height, creamy and white. The aroma is malty with a noble hop presence. Earthy, citrus and orange notes give it a lot of complexity. The taste is amazing. It is earthy, with some juicy citrus notes. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer. It is the first Biere de Garde I have tasted, and I am hoping that other in the style are similar to this beer.

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Photo of ADR
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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 cvstrickland
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip yields a golden hazy honey-colored body capped with two thick fingers of soft white foam that retains at a chubby sheet and leaves thick sticky rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell is a tad musty with sweet notes of banana and savory toasted nuts with a tingle of citrus.

Taste is softly fruity and a bit toasty with a chewy malty backbone and a mild grassy bitterness in the finish. It's a real disservice to describe the flavor of this beer so simply, but it is that simplicity and soft, well-rounded nature of Castelain Blond that makes it so, so good.

The drink is soft and mellow with perfect carbonation, and is undeniably smooth with wonderful drinkability.

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Photo of samie85
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with two and a half fingers of pillowy, white head.

S-Butterscotch with a bit of green apple and lemon.

T-Lemon and bitter herbs upfront with a bready malt base, some green apple.

M-Really slick and oily with a medium body and moderate, prickly carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking, crisp and flavorful beer. I picked this one up after reading The Brewmaster's Table, and I'm glad I did. A very nice, and decently priced 750mL.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/golden color with a thick, fluffy white head, light effervescence and a slippery lace. The aroma is fruity, bubblegum, fresh and lightly grassy, and a little astringent. It is medium bodied, creamy, lightly sweet with some CO2. Finishes crisply and has a lingering hop bitterness that creeps up on you. A well-balanced beer with pleasant, subtle, characteristics- the best Saison I have tried to date.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a pleasant surprise, tucked away on the top shelf in the corner of my local liquor store. Who knows how long this had been sitting there...I don't know when it was bottled, but it was "best by" 5/08, so I figured I'd better pick it up and drink it. It's the only biere de garde I've seen on a shelf anywhere.

Good pour yielded a clear gold and decent head. Lacing was prominent.

Aroma was pretty cool, it had a kind of sweet cookie dough overtone. As it warmed, I noticed a little funky old shoe smell, but not at all overwhelming. Some grassy hop as well...while I don't know what a biere de garde is supposed to smell like, I liked the way this smelled.

Taste - not as sweet as the aroma would suggest, a little phenolic and spicy to begin, while the grassy hop dries away the residual sweetness. There's a little sour in the middle. Reminds me of a saison, maybe a more tamed and subdued Fantome.

Feel - pretty crisp, a nice refreshing feel.

Drinkability - I would be more than happy to drink this again. A pleasant and enjoyable surprise. I wish more bieres de garde were readily available.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peach with a big white head and lots of bubbles. Very spicy Saaz hop aroma; yeasty, bready, estery and a whiff of orange peel. Tastes of grainy malts, wheaty and grassy. Lots of spicy hops. A little citric and yeasty with a clean spicy finish. Even though it isn't particularly high in ABV, ther is some alcohol in the finish. Soft and bubbly with lots of carbonation to tickle the tongue and a dry finish. Light and crisp, refreshing and easily drinkable.

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