Castelain Blond Biere De Garde | 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 Mitchster on 12-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
217
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
15
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Ratings: 217 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of tjdrewry
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Tamarack22
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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 Jared_Alexander
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
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 gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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 kovfer
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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 ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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 wow...is 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 bwyu
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Schimms
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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 DrewSnyc667
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde from Brasserie Castelain
3.87 out of 5 based on 217 ratings.
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