Jade (Biere Biologique) | Brasserie Castelain

Jade (Biere Biologique)Jade (Biere Biologique)
BA SCORE
43.6%
Liked This Beer
3.66 w/ 39 ratings
Jade (Biere Biologique)Jade (Biere Biologique)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain
France
brasseriecastelain.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 08-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,594
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
39
Liked:
17
Avg:
3.66/5
pDev:
13.93%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of atis
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with large white and champagne like fizzy head that is gone almost instantly. Aroma is sweetish malt, vegetables.

Taste is sweetish malt, spicy floral hops bite, bits of citrus fruit that are present also in the sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation.

Fairly drinkable, but very boring.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Jade ale pours out a mostly clear golden color, though I did not pour the large chunks near the bottom of the bottle. The beer is topped with a large, white head initially, but it fades rather quickly. The aroma is honey, herbs, lemon, and raisins. Slightly toasty malty flavor. A bit woody. The finish is herbal, grassy hops and is slightly bitter. Light to medium mouthfeel, but still flavorful. I was a bit skeptical of this beer when I saw it at the store. 4.5% abv and the bottle looked ancient. What sold me was the price: $2 for a 750 ml bottle. I think I can risk it. It tasted perhaps a bit beat up, but well worth it.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Creamy head falls flat in moments, leaving only a ring. Clear, normal-looking gold color body. Smell is sweet malts all the way. Light.

Taste is similarly sweet malts, very basic, refreshing taste. Notes of apples and caramel. A little watery. Light, light hops. Something metallic in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp, with very strong carbonation and light body. Seems very drinkable though, to find a positive point. It's also organic, which is cool.

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Photo of Higravity
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottled was labeled 2001 and was corked and caged. Label still states that it is France's only 100% certified organic, blah blah. Well I popped this 750 open and it had plenty of kick. It poured pure clover honey color, I got a big white chunky head. From the first smell I knew I made a good decision to buy this beer. It was still in really good shape for a four year old, liquor store aged beer that is not even 5%. It had that yeasty smell of a French beir and a sly citrus-apple that slipped around a acrid spice. First the body on this beer was great, very fortified but smooth enough for a quick swallow. The taste in this beer was based on the yeast which was delicately spicy and played well with the acidic fruit and very dry malt flavors. This was a quenching beer but dry and crisp, I drank it pretty quickly for a 750 but it was a very enjoyable beer. I would not hesitate to buy another 4 year old bottle of a liquor store aged Beir de Garde again, ecspecially when it was only $6.50.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Bottle slightly different than that shown...that one was also on the shelf, but there was a newer batch w/a beige label, green print, and a couple hop buds. Abv reads 4.5%. Pours slightly hazy light orange-gold w/dense creamy white head, bits of tracing, decent retention.

S-Bits of malt, faint fruit, hay, floral, grassy, and herbal hops.

T-Fruity (lemon, orange, apple) w/toasty malt profile, hops grace finish w/ floral, herbal and metallic notes. Aftertaste is dry w/touch of lemon.

M-Well-balanced and dry, faint metallic mouthfeel throughout. Body is on lighter side, carbonation is moderate.

D-Light refreshing brew.

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Photo of inebrius
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you have ever spilled apple juice on a jute rug then smelled it while chewing on a caramel candy you might approximate the aroma of this fine, organic, low alcohol Biere de Garde. Pours a deep suspended yeast hazy gold under a wafer white head. A full malt spine is well hopped and earthy, very earthy, like dipping your beer glass in potting soil as margarita glasses are dipped in salt. I suppose this is what the French mean by "taste of the land". Tastes like prime real estate with harbor views. Very drainable, but not a mindless quaffing brew. Could hold its own against the bigger Bieres in the right atmosphere.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

French Country Ale... hmm.. Organic too. Cork came popping off, poured very carbonated. Took a while to get enough actual beer in my glass to taste. There is a familiar taste here, but I can't put my finger on it. There isn't a ton going on in the aroma department here either. It's light and crisp for an ale, which is very enjoyable on a warm day like today.

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Photo of thkrb99
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of horndecker
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dull golden into a Chimay goblet. A fine head, highly carbonated at first, bright white and sudsy, which disipates rather quickly.
The aroma is of apples and grapefruit and very little else. Is it just a bit too cold for more than that?
The taste is more tart than expected and quite a bit like a watery gueuze. I wonder if I somehow got a bad bottle, but I think this is what its meant to be, since there's plenty of carbonation and no skunky aftertaste.
It's quite light-bodied with that tart grapefruit attack and a sour apples/lambic character.
An interesting bottle, but not something I would come back to. A bit one-dimensional. The nose never did develop, and neither did the taste.

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Photo of brc
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best May 2010. Poured into tulip.

Golden / straw color, quite clear. Small white head settles reasonably quickly and leaves a little lacing.

At first there is an aroma of spicy hops. After the head settles it's the smell of pilsner malt with a touch of apples.

Fairly sweet taste, quite similar to apple juice. A bit of bitterness and spice hops in the finish, but not much.

Mouthfeel is medium for a pale ale, a bit too flat.

Drinkable, but boring.

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Photo of malmquna
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label has changed as mentioned before, along with the ABV.

Bubbly, thick, just off-white head settles over a clear lightly golden liquid. Good staying power on the head, with some lace on the glass. Smells fresh, grassy, a little yeast.

Initially a little buttery, in a good, non-rancid way. I would swear there was a little wheat in here, but the label mentions nothing but 'organic malt'. Still a nice, fresh flavor, perhaps very subtle clove or cardamom undertone. A pleasant, mild bitterness lasts through the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is full but fresh and clean. This is fairly drinkable, but probably better with some food: fish & chips, pizza, something spicy. I won't be reaching out for this every time I see it, but I would buy it again.

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Photo of dirtyskunk
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bottle with a resealable cap. Keep that one for homebrewing. Pours with a beautiful mountain of pure white foam that crumbles and dissolves very slowly, but never completely, leaving lots of nice sloppy lacing. Clear light golden in color with lots of visible (and audible) carbonation. Beautiful looking beer, no complaints about the appearance.

Smells like fresh citrus hops when the bottle pops. Very refreshing in a European beer. Some nice toasty malt/wheat smell. Nothing big here in any department though.

The taste is a lot brighter and cleaner than I expected. Big tangy citrus with the malt at first, but very well balanced considering it's a small relatively light beer. Pulls back soft and dry, a little wheat, a little touch of lipsmacking hoppiness. Maybe Amarillo hops? Doubtful, but it has a similar orange flavor with a powdery aspirin bitterness. Kind of biscuity in the back too. Nothing cloying or sweet here. Some of those clean, lagery vegetable aromas.

Not expecting much in the mouthfeel because of the low ABV, but the carbonation holds it up, and it's got a nice backbone actually. Smooth and not just that stomach filling wheat beer kind of body. Dryness is nice.

I like this. Exceeds expectations. It all goes together well, just enough going on, nothing over the top. A well balanced pale Belgian with a cool bottle and a cool price. Oh yeah and it's organic.

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Photo of DrewS
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After all the winter seasonals, this was a refreshing break. Contained in a 750 ml. bottle, this beer pours out golden yellow and quite clear. Light malt on the nose with some earth and minerals. Very easy to drink with a nice smooth mouthfeel and clean finish. Good carbonation throughout and suitable for the style. Flavors of malt and grassy earth are predominate. Hop bitterness is there but practically undetectable. To some this beer might be perceived as thin and not very complex. I suppose in a sense this may be true but I don't believe it was intended to be a massive beer. As a light refreshing ale I enjoyed it thoroughly. Give it a chance if you want to give your palate a break.

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Photo of Geert
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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Beer rating: 43.6% out of 100 with 39 ratings
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