Castelain Blond Biere De Garde | Brasserie Castelain

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 225
Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +4.4%
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 +0.5%
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 -4.7%
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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Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one gushes a bit upon popping the cork. Very active carbonation. Pours a hazy golden color with a couple fingers of white head and tons of bubbles racing to the top. Keeps only a thin lace and not much stick, however.

Smells of some grain, a bit of honey sweetness, some spicy, musty and earthy yeast. Has a bit of a skunky quality to it, but I think it may just be noble hops. Not sure. Also a floral, slightly fruity aroma.

Taste also has a lightly sweet, somewhat grainy base, with a bit of a biscuity/bready flavor as well. I do think this has noble hops now, as it has a grassy and spicy flavor to it. I think the yeast is contributing some spice too, as well as some must and earth. Subtle fruity flavor here too. Slightly bitter and grainy finish.

Mouthfeel is a crisp medium body, very active carbonation. Finishes clean and on the dry side.

This is a tasty, enjoyable and very drinkable brew. Quite refreshing. I'm absolutely flying through this bottle because it's so smooth. Good stuff!

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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 flannelman808
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours with a huge white foamy head, and is a golden color. There is a ton of carbonation present .

I smell some barnyard funky goodness. Smells a little bit skunky (coming from out of a green bottle like most saisons' I guess this is not that surprising).

The beer is medium bodied I would say and would be very weighty on the tongue if it weren't for the high amount of carbonation. I get a grassy hay like flavor, and a most definite funk. Not sure how much is intended to be there and what is from the skunky nature of a green bottle shipped from France.

Fairly drinkable brew but not my favorite...

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Photo of atsprings
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a thin eggshell head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight toasted malts and hints of sweet fruits. The taste is a decent amount of fruity malts and slight hop bitterness. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol warmth. This is a decent beer, but not likely one I'd have again.

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Photo of smilingPolitely
2.2/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The bottle poured a very clear amber with minimal head retention. It had a very malty aroma and taste, very slight hoppiness, and none of the "low to medium fruity esters" as described in the style. Very light mouth feel.
Someone else here described this as reminiscent of an American adjunct beer. I couldn't agree more. This is the only Biere de Garde I've ever had and I can't say I would try another. Major disappointment.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 750 mL bottle as a dark yellow liquid with a lacy head of foam that dissipates to a wisp in a short time. The aroma is full of earthy tones from fields in summertime. Herbs such thyme and sage mingle with baled hay, earth hops, and a hint of the musty granary from my childhood. The beer rolls across the palate with a dry, full, malty feeling. The malt flavors are a subtle interplay between grain character and underlying sweetness which eventually--reluctantly--give way to a smooth earthy hop bitterness. A lingering sweetness is left behind, but in a pleasant way. The character of the malt shines through without being over the top and is nicely balanced by the hops at the end. A quietly complex beer.

Castelain is my favorite Biere de Garde. It is a beautifully earthy and comforting beer, and I love it for that. Pair with comfort food, when every possible.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, this is a very hazy golden orange. A nice white head forms and dissipates very slowly, leaving a foam sheet and a good deal of lacing. Smell is slightly caramel-like malt, with a hint of sour fruit, some earthiness, and a lot of floral notes in the background. Very nice. The taste is again strongly malty with a stony character. Strong floral notes and a good amount of hop bitterness make this a very well balanced, complex beer. Palate is nice; slightly thick without being syrupy. Could use a bit more carbonation. Overall, a quality beer with a lot of character.

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Photo of kwakwhore
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour into a tulip glass(330ml bottle). Small white head leaves bits of lacing on the glace.
Phenols mixed with some fruity esters on the nose. Something verging on skunk at the start dissipates as the beer warms and phenols reassert themselves.
Lightly sweet malts mix with a fair amount of hop bitterness. The finish is not very long.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with some nice spritzy feelings.
Easy to drink but I'm not really sure I'd want another.
My first beer in this style and I'm not especially impressed. I might have picked the wrong time of year to try this. Summer might have been a better time for one of these. I'll have to try some different ones to get a better feel for this style.

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Photo of Kendo
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an Affligem chalice. Body is golden yellow with a small white head. No lace.

S: Sweet malt with some spice and a hint of funk.

T: Pils-type malt foundation, with some fruit (apple skins, I think) and spice. Finishes dry and earthy.

M: On the lighter side of things, heft-wise. Nice spritzy feel to it.

D: Very good. Light yet fairly flavorful. Nice and refreshing. Pairs nicely with milder cheeses (like aged cheddar).

Thanks to MRMOJORISIN for the sample.

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

(from notes taken early august 2008)

750ml bottle dated 16/10/08; possible batch numbers of 67197 and 17:07

poured into tulip

golden straw color. very slight yeast haze. (a bit unsettled as i just got this from the store a couple hours ago, and put it in the fridge.) lots of foamy head, fades to thin foamy layer, then just wisps. some lacing, esp. further down the glass.

nose of apple juice, pears and gentle spicing (nutmeg?). earthy hay and hop. phenolic whiff on backend. hints of honey. leafy notes?

flavor is fruity as above (apple, pear), with gentle sweetness, along with toasted malt underneath. grassy, leafy hop and spices. mild to moderate bitterness, goes into semi-dry finish. some phenolic (and estery) retro-olfaction

not thin. smooth, with mild to moderate carbonation that can be slightly fluffy.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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 phishgator
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stella chalice. Mild carbonation, nice white head that laces the glass the entire session, and a dull golden hue. The aroma is sweet malt and crisp hops/grass. The taste is candy sweet malt followed by a clean, crisp hop bite. A drying aftertaste from the hops is throughout the session. Not very balanced and the body is a little weak. This is the first of the style that I have had and I need to try a few more brews.

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

330ml bottle into snifter.

Clear "blond", golden hue with a pearl white head that settles to a thick rim along the glass. Stringy lacing.

Light, sweet grainy notes with a touch of grassy hops.

The grains are very light, allowing a bit of tart acidity to come through. The hops aren't really present in the flavor. There is a light buttery taste in there, possibly from the yeast. Light bodied with high carbonation. Very clean finish.

This is a very good BdG. I'd say the style is the perfect summer farmhouse style ale. Recommended.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured into our wine glasses a light pillow like head that formed on top of this gorgeous beer. This head remained on the scene for a short time, then mellowed to become a scant foam across the top of the beer for the balance of it's time in the glass.
A slight haze was visible in the light golden beer. I have to say it just looked great in the glass.

Aroma was fresh and slightly earthy. There were definitely some light fruit notes. Not grape like some other beers, but a light white grape perhaps. Kiwi, or pear maybe. Real nice and airy like a nice spring day outside, perhaps after a rain.

Taste was really refreshing with some of the same fruit notes detected in the aroma. Also the beer had a slight grass/hay sense to it. A slight earthiness was evident but it was fresh. No where near the "funk" that I recently tasted in the Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale, but it had some of the same characteristics mellowed out. I really enjoyed this beer.

Mouth feel was light and delicate almost like a white wine. It was very refreshing and I need to grab another bottle to enjoy while looking over the beach.

You definitely need to try this and I will have it again.

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Photo of wedge
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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 +10.1%
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 -11.4%
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 -13.2%
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 +16.6%
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 +6.7%
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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Castelain Blond Biere De Garde from Brasserie Castelain
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 225 ratings