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Jade (Biere Biologique) | Brasserie Castelain

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3.66/5
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40 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

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 08-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,483
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
40
pDev:
13.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
Trade:
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 33
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 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 marburg
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After I wiped the thick, rocky white head from my nose and got down to the business of negotiating the beer's surrender to my thirsty lips, I found a superb brew here. Lightly hazed and golden-ish in color. Most of the yeasties felt like sticking to the inside of the bottle, but there's clearly some presence (the haze!) here.

Estery nose. A little citrus and tropical fruit. Slightly watery, I think. Starts a bit weak -- but sweet. A Tropicana-ish interpretation of fruit -- orange / banana. As it warms and lingers in your mouth a bit, a big wheaty lemon flavor comes to the forefront. Mild hop presence to offset the mild but complex set of flavors.

Super drinkability! I wish I'd had this a month ago when it was a bit warmer -- would have been a delight. Regardless, this was a fun, easy brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright golden hue, with big carbonation, and a small, chalk-white head.
Aroma: a little citrusy, sour, otherwise fairly vacant.
Taste is a blend of sourness, citric fruit and more, with bits of sweetness coming through for balance. Hops are around, but not abundant, and malt is also in attendance, but lays back. Texture is good and tangy, tasty, well-received. Body, light. Flavor good, finish nice and sweet.
Overall, a fine enough ale made for everyday drinking, a table beer, perfect for simple meals, picnics, hanging around, a nice drink for the sake of drinking.
An excellent example of a Belgio-/Franco- "session ale." So I like it.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill hazed golden appearance with a slight bubbly white head. Aroma is a compilation of must, yeast and fruit. Very subtle tastes in this one. Very light fruity sensations. A little bitterness (hop attributed I believe). Dry finish. Must and sourdough come to mind as well. The body is light and slightly airy. Quaffable, if not the most tasty, session beer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 100% organic ale really hits the spot on a warm summer's eve. A pleasing cloudy gold color with a nice off-white head on top. The patchy lace fades fairly quickly. There's more malt body than appears. A hint of honey sweetness stays throughout the glass. The citrus hops are mild, but nicely flavored. There's a bit of a camphor flavor and some fine herbal quality. A little watery, a bit grainy, but highly gulpable and very refreshing.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A somewhat hazy golden yellow color on the pour, the head “Average” In size, structure is frothy, the color off white and the lace left behind is a fine sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is dominated by malt, lightly sweet, fresh and clean, start is sweet malt, the top cadaverous. Finish is lightly acidic, the hops sparse in their bite, dry as a bone aftertaste, drinkable, but certainly nothing to write home about, “Average”, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice refreshing ale,nice yellow appearanc rather spritzy for an ale.Hade some minerally tinges in the aroma with a little malt background.This would be a wonderful beer to drink out on the porch on a warm summer day,I think it was what the beer may be intended for.Just tasted like summer,rather grassy and real easy finish and very very easy to drink.

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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 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 ADR
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, the identity of this Castelain isn't in doubt (see Forum discussions, Nov. 2002)...

This particular bottle was charged -- big pop of the cork and lots of creamy foam. Man, I love my new giant Duvel glass and how it concentrates the upcharging carbonation into a central "plume". Hazy gold, lots of huge chunks. Smell of citrus and dank funky musk. Light body, yeasty aroma pairs with delicate flavors of sweetened citron and apple cores. Rind-like hopping at the close. Not especially memorable -- light and drinkable with a little barnyard sass and aroma.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Organic is a good way to describe this beer. My bottle was slightly skunked but luckily it did not carry over to the taste. Cloudy yellow with a medium head. Earthy, crushed berry flavor that didn't do too much for me. Now I can say I have tried a French beer.

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Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold with light short lived head. Lots of floaty yeast. All the flavors are subtle but I picked up citrus, some esters, little bit of spice and yeast. This was a really light and refreshing beer with a slight peppery finish.

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Photo of marc77
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The tremendously dense, formidably thick and rocky white covers a golden hued brew w/ light haze. Large flecks of yeast aggregates lazily flow amongst the streams of bubbles in a lava lamp like fashion. Tart, lemony fruity esters hit the nose at first, then are ceded by sweeter orangey citrus and a hint of yeast mustiness. A snap of honey like sweetness hits the palate at first, then is immediately followed by notes of tart citrus and mellow, non descript spices with coriander as a dominant component. Yeast fermentation byproducts are appropriately mild for this light brew; a hint of clove persists at a low, constant level. Hop bitterness perfectly offsets the light malt sweetness, leaving this brew balanced and dry overall. Expectedly light in body, but agreeably smooth and dextrinous in mouthfeel considering the strength. Finishes lightly bready, a touch tart, and dry indicative of the high attenuation. Jade is a very flavorful and complex brew considering its low strength. It's reminescent of a "Saison light." The drinkability is superlative. It's a session brew with serious character.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is very possibly my favorite Saison next to the Ch'Ti from the same brewery. This is a lower alcohol, and organic brew. Hazy gold with a huge white head that holds fairly well. Good Belgian-lace throughout the goblet. The nose is quite complex: earthy with some hops, fruity with a tartness and distinct notes of apricot, spicy with gentle clove and a hint of lemon. The high carbonation just keeps wafting the aromas upward! Obviously, there's some mouthfeel from the zesty bubbles, but coupled with a medium/light body it appears fuller. The flavor starts with hops (huh?), softening into a solid malt across the middle of the tongue, and finishing with a spicy, peppery, and earthy/mineral-like dryness. Very unique in it's hop presence, and quite crisp. Really quite unique amongst French farmhouse ales.

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Jade (Biere Biologique) from Brasserie Castelain
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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