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 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 gatornation
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +6.7%
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 +0.5%
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 +3.4%
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%
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 +16.3%
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 macpapi
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -2.8%
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 zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -6.2%
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 +3.4%
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 -2.3%
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 Cinderbike
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of Beejay
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A crystal clear beer, dark chardonnay color, with plenty of white head. The bubbles are exploding from the laser etching on the bottom of the glass.

S: I am picking up a lot of berries in this, quite sweet smelling. There is a nice toasty biscuit aroma that I like. It has a fruity champaign scent to it, that I really like.

T: The is a nice subtle tartness right at the begining, but this quickly fades and the flavors of malt, peaches, and dried apricots takes over with a slight touch of yeast. Nice.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel, very crisp, and tons of carbonation. Good for the style.

D: Very drinkable. Tasty, and crisp, although it does come off as just a touch watery. Very nice.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy orange with a big foamy white head, tons of lace and some good retention and bubbles. Real pretty.

Yeast, light toasted grain and husk, and some peach/apricot scents. Light floral elements as well.

Nice balance, no musty elements. Rustic lightly tart malts, with slightly sour stone fruit/peachy elements that turn to dusty husk bitterness. Long, mild bitter finish. Great.

Medium body, with good carbonation. Enough to swish around, not heavy nor watery, very easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a stemless wine glass. Served cool.

A-raspberry blond body, fluffy white head

S-melon and sweet flower honey

T-honey and black pepper notes


D-this is a great drinking beer that I would have again. No funk though. I know that the style doesn't deem it a necessary component.

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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 MoreThanWine
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy tan with a 1/2 inch head which persists. Taste is pretty much a generic ale to me and had no citrus like some of the other whites. I'll admit the classy tall corked bottle is what lured me in plus the fact we don't see a lot of French beers hit the shelves where we live. Unlike the Corsican beer I reviewed recently I really don't see anything too unique with this one though. Still drinkable, of course.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.39/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle into my Rochefort glass...Light clearish gold, not appealing. A white rises quickly to two full fingers but then falls quickly to nothing, poor lacing....Aroma smells terrible, all skunky through and through....The taste is garbage, its a slightly more carbonated bud light...The feel is super bubbly, tickles the tongue...Almost impossible to drink.

This is a horrendous biere de garge, run far far away.

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Photo of wcintula
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy hay color with a nice foamy one and a half finger head. It leaves a decent lacing on the glass. The beer smells malty and fruity, slightly musty with a little yeast. This Bière de Garde has a great malt profile with fruity flavors and very light hop flavor. It has a lively carbonation that's refreshing with medium body. It's an excellent beer with interesting flavors. Shared with some co-workers who enjoyed it as well.

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Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle best by: 25/11/10.

Pours a clearish blond with a tall, foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is ultra fruity with a thick sugary sweetness.

The mouthfeel is nice and decently full-bodied. It has a great clean grain flavor with a hint of fruitiness. It is light, but full-bodied, a great summer brew.

This is one of the better Biere de Gardes.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle.

A: Hazy golden in color. Head is three fingers thick and almost white as snow. Carbonation is subtle, but head retention is excellent and lacing is optimal.

S: Biscuity malt notes prevail, with some notes of honey. Spicy hop aromas linger in the backround.

T: This beer is very balanced. Bready malt, with hints of honey, caramel, and straw. Floral, grassy hops balance out this brew with a finish that is just clean as a whistle.

M: Light to medium bodied, but very flavorful. Short, crisp finish, but very pleasant and smooth.

D: This IS the French session brew. It is so easy to drink, like many of the vinous counterparts that come from France. If this beer were Burgundy, it would definitely fall in the Premier Cru category. Tasty indeed.

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Photo of THORN
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into goblet. Served 40-45 F.
A: Bright yellow orange. Somewhat hazy. Thin head.
S: Thin malts. Crisp lemon.
T: Body is very light and thin. Sweet malts, lemon, and faint orange.
M: Light on tongue. CO2 builds up on tongue.
D: Refreshing, light, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy straw color with honey hightlights, big meringue white head that left chunky lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma has the farmhouse effect; spicy with clove, white pepper and horse blanket. Some light lemon fruitiness and mild apple skins. The taste is of pale malt, grainy sweetness, light honey and metal; unfortunately the funky yeast is subdued by the malt. Moderate feel, tingly carbonation; finishes quite neutral with a touch of a grassy hop. The brew starts off great but just coasts its way through. The rather bland malt crushes the yeast and muddles any of the nice flavors. There is no off flavors and is well made but is just ok. Biere de Gardes are all about the caramel malt and this is absent is this offering.

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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde from Brasserie Castelain
3.87 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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