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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Photo of wedge
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-yellow with active carbonation creating a thick mass of milkshake-like foam on top. Grassy, spicy aromas mix with sweet pale malts and yeast. Light and fresh with hints of citrus and cake. Sweet, toffee malt flavors upfront followed by earth, dried fruit, spicy hops, and a dusty hint in the end. Medium-light bodied, finishing dry...smoothness increases as the carbonation lessens. Nice and refreshing.

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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 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 morebeergood
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a bottle of Castelain while having drinks at Brasserie Jo on Huntington Ave. Poured in into a house logo tulip glass. Pours with a nice white, fluffy head. The color was golden yellow with a slight bit of haze to it. The smell was of hay and grass, like a country breeze. The taste was sharp, with a pronounced corn flavor to it. Very easy drinking, and paired well with the apps we were eating. Not an overwhelming flavor, but a nice accompaniment to food. A great mild weather beer, as it's light but yet has some substance to it.

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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 psinderson
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a sample during a tasting at the Sharpe Edge Creekhouse.

Appearance: Clear, light golden color with a medium head.

Smell: Fruity (apples??) with a light sourness.

Taste: Sweet with a complex fruitiness. Caramel notes all around. Mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter than I expected, but not bad.

Drinkability: A complex beer to quaff, but still quite pleasant.

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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 OStrungT
2.42/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale yellow color. It is cristal clear. It has a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving minimal laces.

This beer smells nothing like I expected. It as a very mild grainy aroma. It smells vey much like an American Adjunct Lager. A little corn, and some boiled cabbage. I feel very let down.

This beer tastes like you run of the mill Adjunct Lager. Nothing like other beers I have had from this style. I am very disapointed.

This beer leaves a corn like aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. Although I hate Adjunct Lagers, they are easy to drink if you can get past the flavor. This beer is the same.

Overall: Not worth my time. I am sad that I spent a decent amount of money on this. I could have got a case of Bud for the price of this one bottle. Not that I would want to. Oh well, not every beer can be great.

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Photo of klewis
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a small head. Little sustain or lacing.

S: Sweet and fruity with undertones of yeasty esters.

T: Sweet and very sugary taste with flavors of brown sugar and caramel. Quite cloying.

M: Light-bodied and bubbly. Sticky feeling from the sweetness.

D: Not very drinkable. The sweetness is overwhelming and a bit unpleasant. I'll pass on this one next time, but I'm open to trying more of the style.

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Photo of meadhead
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

malt sweetness grain spice
moderate and subdued
with a small hop bite
of earthen bitter hue

slight hints of honey
and nothing too bold
goes down easy
and clean

taste easy to behold

pours a hazed lemon yellow
with a moderate head

taste is easy straightforward
malty grain sweet grass bread

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow gold brew, white head is foamy and tightly packed. Good lacing sticks to the glass throughout the drink.

Spices, prominent yeast, light fruit flavors, and some sugary malt hit the nose.

Surprisingly thick mouthfeel, almost as sweet as a German bock but lighter flavors overall. Lots of leftover sugars from the malt, and the yeast brings a spicy punch. Fruity afterflavor. Overall the body is medium, a crisp drink altogether.

Finish is semi-dry, with herbal notes that last. Excellent biere de garde, a little sweet to be used indiscriminately at the table like others of the style, but this one could perk up many a dish.

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

Clear straw yellow in color, foamy 1cm white head, and a lot of sparkling carbonation, as you might expect from the style. The aroma was of sweet pale, slightly toasted malt, with some earthy hops lingering that also had some lemony notes. The aroma reminded me a lot of a pils. The taste was pretty strait forward, sweet honey-like malt, with lemony citrus notes. Medium to light body with a lot of sparkling carbonation.

Overall: this was my first biere de garde, so I might not be the best judge, but I wasn't all that impressed with it. Not anything to turn me off about it, but nothing to turn me on either. Light, sweet, easy drinker. About the same flavors and complexity of a good pils.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.84/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip it formed a large loose white head. Chill hazed yellow body with high levels of carbonation.

The aroma I'm hoping is a bit misleading as it smells very much like a macro lager. Corny and husky with lots of grain. Unfortunately this translates across the board to the taste. Its a dry beer and is loaded with bland malt. Very mild fruity undertones but more of an afterthought and not sturdy enough to add any new dimension. Decent hop level and once again dry.

Notes: There wasn't any glaring flaws. With that said it wasn't memorable in any way either. Hoppier than most I've had but lacks any character or depth. Pass.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown caged and corked bottle. Pours slightly murky light yellow with a thin film of white head. Smells malty and fruity with maybe a hint of mustiness. Tastes sweet with fruit, roast, and slight musty notes. Light bodied. Hard to describe, since I haven't had too many beers like this one. Really drinkable and refreshing though, as well as pleasant and tasty. Not something I'd have everyday, but it's a good beer.

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Photo of bruachan
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i grabbed this at acme in hudson a little while back. boy is it blonde; looks like a light lager. carbonation levels are high, as a big column up the middle keeps the head alive (it was superbad at first, but descended, leaving some spotty lacing)

smells like a pilsner, with just a touch of something else (spice, hop, maybe spicy hop), but it's not even enough that i wouldn't have IDed this as a pils if blind

yup...tastes like a light euro lager (not american, 'cause it's mostly all pils malts). i'm usually not a stickler for style characteristics, but this is nothing like what it's supposed to be.

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Photo of swiftyschlifty
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured nicely with a straw and golden color. smelled like a mix of corn and cough syrup. i found it strangely similar to a name brand pilsner in the fact that it almost tasted skunked. the lack of fruit and quick finish let me down a bit. overall, i was let down. i thought it would have more fruit and a stronger finish. easy drinking but not much else.

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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
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml at Paradise Alley in Jacksonville Beach. Poured a mildly hazy, pale yellow. Large white head. Some Belgian yeast in the aroma, sweet/malt and a faint hop presence. Flavor was mostly sweet, with a mild balance from the hops. Body was light and highly carbonated, quite refreshing. Overall, pretty good, but I prefer a stronger dose of hops and a little less "sweet" in the flavor.

Tried again 4/9/07 - may be a fresher bottle, as the hop profile is much stronger than I recall. Grass & oranges. I liked it better this time around. Bottle size also different (11.2 oz), so not sure if that made a difference. In both cases, first beer of a session, so pretty comfortable with observations.

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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 stephendr
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold – thick white head –malt, bubble gum, grass, hay nose- taste yeast, slightly malty a bit of a bite as well - creamy medium body –aftertaste frothy, crisp Dark gold – thick white head –malt, bubble gum, grass, hay nose- taste yeast, slightly malty a bit of a bite as well - creamy medium body –aftertaste frothy, crisp Dark gold – thick white head –malt, bubble gum, grass, hay nose- taste yeast, slightly malty a bit of a bite as well - creamy medium body –aftertaste frothy, crisp

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this at Tully's. Can't remember what I paid for it, but I remember thinking it was a pretty good deal. It was a straw-colored beer with a wonderfully thick head. It had a nice floral aroma, as well as some citrus. It was a spicy, hoppy flavor, which I enjoyed. A trifle on the bland side, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has been in the cellar for two years. LIght malt, hay, dough, spruce(a little) and a bit of hops in the aroma. Also some pepper and clove. Off-white, creamy head, with excellent lacing. Body was orange and clear. Light, sweet taste with average finish. Texture was dry. Not nearly as much carbonation as what I had two years ago. This has mellowed quite a bit. As I remember, I didn't much care for the fresh version.

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Photo of numenor1
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous pale straw, perfect clarity, rocky head. Lightly toasted malts, and faint herbal hops on the nose. Palate is very pure toasted malt, a little sweet through the finish with some light herbal hops, like hay. I'd prefer a little more bitterness or yeast complexity, but this is well done and straightforward. Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing but is a little out of whack with the taste, as it almost leads me to expect a more refreshing flavor, but this doesn't possess the necessary bitterness. Hugely drinkable.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle with back label 22/02/06 info.

Pours with a hazy straw hue topped with an ivory meringue head cap that coats the glass as she drops.

Nose is an easy pecan vanilla ice cream with a perky plain vanilla cake like hint.

First swigs: Smooth Maple syrup sweet with a soft vanilla honey malt aspect. Well balanced with a hop aspect. 6.5% ABV is smooth with a restrained carbonation.

Last swigs: If ever a beer resemble cream soda, this is it! Smooth restrained enjoyable Bierre de Garde. Much softer than Heavyweight Biere D'Art.

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Photo of goschool
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this one at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale. $7.99 is a little pricey, but I don't see too many biere de gardes around.

The cork came violently out, deflecting off the ceiling. The pour is golden with a large head. The nose has Belgian yeast, some citrus, pilsner malts, spicy noble hops, and the faintest hint of brett. The taste is light and crisp like a pilsner. Earthy, herbal, lemon, and spice flavors join forces with smooth, somewhat biscuity malts to create a very nice biere de garde. I had no problem finishing the 750 ml bottle.

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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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