Diversey & Lill(e) | Brasserie Castelain

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Castelain
France
brasseriecastelain.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed as a collaboration with Two Brothers Brewing Co. out of Warrenville, IL.

Added by samie85 on 07-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just after telling my friends no American breweries were brewing Biere de garde, here’s this one. adequate but lacking some of the floral/spice notes of the French style. Medium amber with small beige head, malt, spice, meadow. Something missing.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +23%

01/30/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Likin' this a lot. You can always tell a well made brew & this is one. No one will be offended with a taste of this. Might sound boring to some, but sometime well rounded & inoffensive carry a quality that is tough to beat. This is one of those.

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Photo of bulldogg915
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bleeps
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of sliks96
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of thudean
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Now this is a biere de garde.

Bready and malty sweet. Minimal hop tones. I get a little spice, sure, but it seems to take a backseat to the malts. Not all the way balanced. But focusing on that seems like nit-picking. There aren't a lot of biere de gardes that I really appreciate. But this is one of them. Glad I picked up the bottle when I had the chance.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rfbenavi80
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium dark amber in the world's heaviest chalice. A little of the yeasty flavor. Very fruity.

A little drier in the finish. finally the Belgian flavor comes through in the aftertaste. Tastes like grapes and pomegranate but mouthfeel is kind of flat. A touch of oatmeal with a little mustiness. I can't say this even reminds me of a Bière de Garde, and it defies categorization. Not particularly pleasing in any case. A case of authentic Belgian blahs.

On tap at the Neighborhood in San Diego. Tasted 10/29/2012 and transcribed from notes.

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Photo of Gmann
2.46/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a semi-dense off-white head that left a small wall of lacing on the glass. Seems a tad light for the style.

The aroma has a light caramel note a bit buttery. Light pepper and grass. Kind of an overall funk, dirty line aroma.

The taste is of caramel and rust. It has a white wine grape sweetness. The malt is quite bready with a honey butter flavor. I must say it has a dirty tap line flavor or old english pale ale flavor. Not very appealing.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate. Easily drinkable.

Very much a disappointment. Not what I expected a Biere de Garde to be, not that I have had many of the style. Very buttery and dirty tasting. Doesn't live up to the "crisply bitter adn dry-hopped with American hops" billing on the label.

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden copper color with apricot colored edges and a two finger, fluffy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with a decent balance of floral hops, bready yeast, sweet malts and dark fruit. Slightly grassy and resinous with some sticky pine needle and straw character followed by hints of bready ale yeast, caramel, toffee and biscuit. As it warms, there's some dark fruit sweetness with dark cherry, apricot and plum.

Medium bodied and surprisingly hop forward with some dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over the yeast and sweet malt notes into a slightly dry finish. There's a prominent floral, grassy hop presence up front but it's still light and easy to drink with some caramel, chestnut, toffee and dark fruit sweetness balancing things out. Nothing too out of the ordinary but this beer is pretty flavorful and nicely balanced with the hop profile adding another dimension that's often missing in this style.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

The pour is amber in color with a finger of khaki head. Very sweet on the nose. Lots of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Somewhat toasty, light vanilla notes, lots of spice, and a moderate fruitiness (mostly stone fruits). The flavor is also on the sweet side. Banana, peach, and a touch of golden raisin. Light spiciness along with a strong toasted bread and sugar character. A touch of caramel and toffee, and a very light floral hoppiness.

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Photo of Etan
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a nice copper color with a large, soft off-white head.

S: Buttery, caramel, even a bit of butterscotch.

T: Mildly floral esters, caramel malt, a bit of dried pear,

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tastes fine, honestly a bit boring.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Diversey & Lill(e) from Brasserie Castelain
3.66 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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