Castelain Blond Biere De Garde | Brasserie Castelain

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3.86/5
Very Good
221 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#11,400
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
221
pDev:
11.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
14
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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 134
Photo of Jared_Alexander
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
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 nathanmiller
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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 KFBR392
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours with a light golden color. Clean transparent body. Half a finger of head which quickly subsided. Nice lacing left behind with each drink.

Smell: caramel and orange peel open on the front. Developed yeast character with easy flowing straw ride into the body. Fruits continue to flow with a lingering undertone of molasses.

Taste: subtle overall but well integrated together. Buttery yeast opens up with bright fruit esters following suite. Straw and grassy flavors develop on the back end and linger long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: very clean drinking. Carbonation is on the lower side but what's there is plenty.

Overall: my first authentic French biere de garde and it didn't disappoint. Flavors and aromas all play together expertly well.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
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 BigGold
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of AlexFields
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

A clean and straightforward biere de garde, very nice and super drinkable.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of msquared36
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mmario
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bnes09
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of StrayteEDGE
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of coolandy007
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of MystikCelt
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of marmstrong1212
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of babaracas
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium orange with sediment, fluffy off white head, clumpy rings down the glass. smell: fruity (apple, pear) with soft graininess, floral, buttery note. Taste: juicy nectarine, almost ripe pear, grapeskin, biscuit and honey, mildly spicy middle, then finishing dry with just slightly tart nectarine. Lots of pale malt sweetness throughout. Not the most complex, but tasty. 12/19/13 bottling noted on the back of the label.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of pkalix
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

nice fizz on pour. smell is bland, old-ish. slight acidic fruits. taste is non-existent. which is quite a feat for a 6.4% brew. slightly sour, but not much. not offensive. not exciting. slight cherry as I take a few more sips.... still fizzy like a champagne... and overall pretty neutral. which is not a bad thing. Four Loco tastes like CRAP and gives hang overs; i'm sure this is much more tolerable!

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Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Fitze
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Castelain Blond Biere De Garde from Brasserie Castelain
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 221 ratings
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