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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
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
213
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
15.5%
 
 
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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 213
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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 metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that slowly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of apples and spices in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The initial taste has a slight amount of sweetness and flavors of apples; this is followed by spicy flavors and a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

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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 brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a fluffy, but rocky, head; plenty of lace sticks to the sides of the chalice

Smell: Vaguely sweet and yeasty - smells like a yeast roll

Taste: Bready and somewhat malty sweet (almost in an Oktoberfest Munich malt way), with a developing grassy, herbal aspect appearing by mid-palate, with flavors of sage and thyme, as well as vanilla; after the swallow, the sweeter vanilla flavors dominate the finish, with just a hint of the grassy hops underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Close to a Saison in style, but with too much sweetness and lacking the herbal complexity; still a decent beer

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of thick foam. Nice head retention and some patchy lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, grains and caramel.

T - It tasted of chocolate, candy sugar and some sweet caramel. Slightly bitter hop presence.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice Biere de Garde. Nice value and tastes quite good.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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 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 dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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 jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, bottled on 03/08/07 (not sure if that is American or European dating system):

Pours light golden yellow with a large white foamy head that descends to one-finger-plus and stays, leaving plenty of lacing.

The smell is grassy/hay-like, a bit musty with floral and honey notes.

The taste is of honey sweetness with sharp herbal/grassy, slightly metallic, notes. Sweetness pulls through again in the finish.

Light-bodied with effervescence, yet not too airy.

I was a bit surprised at drinkability after the first few sips, but it does have a refreshing smoothness and something likeable (despite the sharp, almost metallic notes that come in and out). It's not one of my favs. of the style, but a nice one nevertheless.

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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 Billolick
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked. Brewer calls this a Biere de Garde, but BA says its a saison? So be it.Pours very light amber, slight haze, delicate white head, dying slowly down to a tiny bubble film and leaving very fine and scattered lacing. Nose is reserved, just a hint of peppery spice and fresh fruit.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of hop, hint of yeast, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight alcohol, hint of yeast, hint of hop, and slight caramel malt. Overall, decent appearance, good blend, and decent aroma. For a Biere de Garde, the body is lacking in potency, though the flavor is still good.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

Hazy sandy blonde with smudges of brown mixed in is the color of the beer, head is adequate with room for improvement. Very dry grassy and floral hop aroma with subtle spearmint notes. Into the mouth it goes, it starts with lemongrass and quickly morphs into drying grain. Subtle spice, aspirin, and refreshing carbonation provide some diversification, and there's some barnyard funk here too. Finishes very dry, but not unpleasant.

An authentic bière de garde from France, but I was expecting a little better journey; the overall flavor seemed a little light for me.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a bright medium golden amber with a three finger white head that dissipates slowly, leaving tons of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, grassy, slightly floral hops and a hint of funk. Flavor begins with sweet malt, apple and pear juice, Belgian yeast, but then turns somewhat drier, finishing with light grassy hops and a more saison yeast flavor. Light to medium bodied with bright carbonation. An nice take on the biere de garde style. Flavor is somewhat subdued, but the flavor transition from sweet fruit to drier spritzer is quite nice. Very refreshing flavor and carbonation.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours golden, with a thick white head which leaves a nice rim around the glass, solid lacing.

S: Herbal, flowery, with bready malt.

T: Sweet malt with a definite herbal bite. Rosemary and sage can be found there, with a light earthy hop profile.

M: Relatively light-bodied, smooth and crisp, prickly carbonation.

D: A good biere de garde, I think it would work better complementing food, never really drank this one by itself before.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a haze-free body and a light effervescence. Head is two fingers of creamy white foam with good retention. Quite attractive!

Smell: lightly toasty malt with hints of caramel, breadiness and a little graininess. Not at all funky but well-balanced and delightfully autumnal. I quite like this brew's aroma.

Taste: nutty, bready and even a little bit floral. Kind of a combination between a Belgian pale ale and a nut brown. It's got a bit of biscuitiness, which isn't my bag, but overall it's quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a rocky creaminess. Not bad!

Overall: pretty tasty and quite drinkable. This would make a fantastic leaf-raking beer, or perhaps an accompaniment to pumpkin pie. Did I mention autumnal?

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Photo of puboflyons
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the corked, caged bottle marked 17/08/12-L11137. Sampled on November 28, 2013. I don't know whether that 2012 date is an expiration or a bottling date. If was an expiration date that may explain why it reminded me of a pilsener.

Going into some detail the pour is medium amber-copper with a short-lived white head. Good clarity.

The aroma does have some notes of toasted malts, yeast, biscuits, and butter.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has the same toasted malt and biscuit character with a touch of grain and a clean, mildly hopped finish. But it had a kind of pilsener quality to it which I did not expect.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle for what is my first biere de garde. My understanding is that there are certain similiarities between bieres de garde and saisons, so I am looking forward to this.

Appearance: The ale pours a yellow color that resembles apple juice or white grape juice. It is clear with no hint of sediment, at least in the first pour. The ale is carbonated (as the attenuation in the Chimay goblet is showing) and there is a small ring of lace.

Smell: The aroma reminds me of a BSPA. There are notes of fruit and spice dominating, specifically pepper (at least I think, I tend to notice pepper a lot, so I could be full of BS).

Taste: The taste is more tripel than saison. There is a defined hop presence and some soft malt notes that are balanced, slightly edging toward the hops side.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits nicely with the spices providing a playful side.

Drinkability: I am surprised. The taste of a tripel with the punch of a weaker beer, very hard to pass this one up. It is my first biere de garde, as I mentioned, and look forward to exploring more.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Potsdam IGA NY for 10$

Appearance – Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, wood, green grapes, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with light yeast, caramel, green grapes, and hints of something along the lines of vanilla/almonds/coconut. It also has a oak/woodiness to it. It ends with a slightly bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall – Based on the price I expected a little more here. It's still a decent beer, just nothing that blew me away. The coconut type flavour is interesting though.

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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 scruffwhor
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a sparse, light head. That segued into nothingness. Had a very straw-like appearance with some cloudiness and a grainy look. Very faint wiff of malt and a little grainy hops. Tasted very faintly of earth grass mixed malt. But other than that, all the flavors were very subdued. A semi-light mouthfeel with a spritz of lemon thrown into the mix. Not what I expected at all. Very bland and not worth picking up another bottle.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at The Perfect Pour yesterday. This is a style that's still fairly new to me, and the top ten for the style is littered with beers that are just horrendously misclassified. Best by 28 October 2010.

Pouring a clear light orange with a dense, white head that recedes to a disk, there's a little lacing left behind. The nose is quite excellent. Rustic and raw, the malt character is unrefined (in a good way). In some ways, this does come across as oxidized, even, with a slight dullness, but it only adds to the rustic character of this brew. Delicately fruity and a touch floral with some light English hop character, there's some grass, a little lime leaf and some honey. Solid.

The palate opens rather sweet, with a blend of honey, Splenda and some sugar. Sweeter than I like my BdGs to be, this does have a mild balancing hop character, though not enough in my book. Earthy hops are present, and the finish is light with a rather unpleasant Splenda-like artificial sweetness, along with a little bitterness, grassy in nature. Mildly fruity, there's a delicate interplay between citrus and light stone fruit here. Light in body with a fairly crisp carbonation, this is decent apart from the finish. I'll pick up the St. Sylvestre BdGs over this, though.

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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 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
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