Castelain Blond Biere De Garde | Brasserie Castelain

Castelain Blond Biere De GardeCastelain Blond Biere De Garde
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Castelain Blond Biere De GardeCastelain Blond Biere De Garde

Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 12-26-2001

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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of JustinQ
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of theminutemen
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (bottled either June 11 or November 6, 2011) into a saison glass. Pours a slightly hazy glowing orange/amber w/ a thick creamy haed, great retention, moderate carb. This is starting out nicely.

Aroma is pale malt, Belgian yeast, floral European hops.

Taste is subtle, floral/perfumy, a little watery, light and drinkable but not especially flavorful or complex. Gets a little soapy as it warms. Hoppy bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth but also has a slightly thin, watery aspect.

Overall a decent Bière de Garde and a good table beer, but not my favorite. Enjoyable but not outstanding.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bwyu
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Tamarack22
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of puertobrewing
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of samie85
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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 gatornation
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from corked caged 750ml bottle

A- pours a slight hazed golden yellow volor with a white head

S-was lemon.grass,malt, bread.hay and very slight

T- crisp floral hops,with sweet malts,lemon

M- medium carbonation a sweet oily bread/malt taste with crisp hops

O- nicely done BDG


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Photo of damndirtyape
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (best by 06/24/12) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Wow! Crystal clear perfectly rich golden yellow - really lights up in the glass. Just right level of carbonation coming up through the beer as I look at it. Poured a 1/4" white head that died back to form a persistent 1/16" white foam across the top. Some islands of and strands of lacing noted here and there. I really can't go on enough about the color - I'm just quite taken by it.

Smell: With a swirl - herbal and grassy hops. Otherwise, apple, a hint of peach and a bit more of those herbal and grassy hops. I'd describe this as delicate in aroma - it's not strong, but when it comes through it's quite nice.

Taste: Crisp tart apple up front, then a crisp bitter/earthy/spicy finish. Hops are almost German in character at the end with the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and dry - carbonation is mildly spicy and lingering on the tongue, but there is still some residue on the teeth after the swallow. Nice thickness under that carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: I had this with a meal (Chicken and couscous with a Moroccan Harissa sauce) and it went really well. By itself it's pretty good as well. An amazing beer to look at, and a neat style to try out. I will have to revisit this style again and see what other brewers provide.

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Photo of impending
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy butterscotch, towering cream colored head recedes slowly, excellent lacing.

Sweet honey aroma with sugar dipped fruits and happy spices.

Taste is no where near the sweetness as anticipated from the nose. Strong grain flavor. Only a momentarily passing hint of a farmhouse floor. Finish has a slight but nice dryness, aftertaste is predominately a minor trailing bitterness. Medium to full bodied creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, floral and a small candi sugar. In the taste, a dry floral flavor, hints of candi sugar and small notes of hops and honey. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry floral and hop aftertaste. Nice mellow presence of flavors, and easy to drink.

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Photo of IKR
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw yellow color with an slight orange tint with a generous effervescent white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Bread-like aromas and mild fruit notes. Fairly restrained nose to my tastes.

Taste:Some bread notes, mild hops and some fruity notes. Very clean after taste that finishes with some lingering hops.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light body with a effervescent fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: First of the style for me but judging from this example it appears to be a style I'll seek out again.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 macpapi
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color, with a pretty full-sized white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Smell is comprised of light malt, funk, grass clippings, and hints of sweet apple and an ever so slight astringent hop aroma. Pretty nice.

Tastes pretty malty up front (oddly enough kind of reminiscent of a moderate flavored maibock.) Initial flavor is followed by hints of fruit; completed by a funky and bitter bite. Quite a bit going on here.

Medium carbonation, biting, and full of flavor.

On the whole this is a very nice beer. It's just malty enough to give it a bit of flavor punch, with other subtle flavors that round out a very complete taste. Other elements are solid as well, providing a pretty complex and enjoyable brew. Recommended as a nice spring or summer sipper.

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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 zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden applejuice colored body with fine white lacing.

Nose is intensely tart, like a Flemish sour.

Taste is much more subdued as compared to the nose. Super-faint apple balanced by super-faint hops... they don't quite cancel out, it's subtle.

Mouthfeel is enough to keep it interesting.

Overall nice, but not outstanding. I'm not super-familiar with the style, but I could see this as a tart French-style ale.

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Photo of gopens44
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Nagolskis Butcher Shop, Goochland VA.

A - Crystal clear, plain yellow, with a thin fizzy head

S - Not a whole lot coming through here. Maybe some yeasty smells and a touch of lemon

T - Nice bitter hop taste at first that sort of lingers around a biscuity finish. Sprinkled around here were some grassy flavors as well. A sweet malty taste is featured as a nice backbone.

M - Well carbonated and full bodied. Little bit of a bitter aftertaste.

O - I enjoyed this quite much. Hadn't had a "Biere de Garde" before, so this was a very pleasant treat indeed.

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

a aged pilsner hop quality. golden mild murky in look with a subtle but sufficient white head. not something for the boisterous drinker. but something... made to sit. age hops quality with spice. brisk... but pollen quality. a bit citrus malt blend but its hard to say if that is infused or inherent in the beer. orange peel, honey blossom, grass, smoked meat and something distinctly mineral but not metallic. dry but not subdued. nose is unique in comparison to a aged palate quality... but it was bought from a place where the beer was not something of interest. great for smoked meat diluted with a creamy cheese.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Cinderbike
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Golden and slightly hazy. Tons of head and lace.

S: Great. Earthy, malty, tons of fruit.

T: Very refreshing. Slightly tart, some hop flavor. No barnyard/funk flavor in this biere de garde however.

M: Medium, with the high carbonation.

D: Insanely refreshing. I could drink this all summer.

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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde from Brasserie Castelain
Beer rating: 72% out of 100 with 218 ratings
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