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Brewed by Castelain
Style: Bière de Garde
Benifontaine, France
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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2006
From a 750mL bottle, dated 2001. Pours a dull gold color with a quickly dissipating head. Nose of pears, honey and an earthiness. Syrupy mouth-feel, with more pears and some spices. Finish is crisp and refreshing. A fine brew!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Poured a cloudy orange body with a nice white head. Aroma is quite spicy and has a very Belgian (I’m new to this style) feel to it. Hints of bananas as well. Flavor is the same and it was enjoyable. Mostly dry finish... low bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4604) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 My first biere de garde and I enjoyed it very much. French in origin, but all characteristics are of a Belgian ale, much like a saison, but there is also complex yeast and malt make this similar to an abbey style beer. Combined, these qualities show why biere de gard is hard to fit into any category. This beer is very floral, with a pleasant light body. Some light fruit flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5704) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Whole Foods, Sandy Springs, Ga. - 750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly murky, medium golden with a very frothy white starchy head with excellent lacing. Fresh, lemony aroma with hints of mown grass. Flavor has some slight caramel notes, some essences of raw cookie dough and a hint of lemon. Mouthfeel is decently sticky and thick. Astyle I am still tryin got get a handle on - but this appears to be a good sample of one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2005
I picked this bottle up in Iowa. The body is a glowing straw/copper color with a thin whispy white head. The aroma is a slight sour grains and some saltwater taffy. Fresh smelling. The flavor is a light sour grain with some silage qualities. Lemongrass. Smooth and good. Sweet, medium-full body. Dryness on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2005
straw yellow color fluffy white head.. very tall and well laced. Light yeasty aroma touches of grain and soe nice spice w/ a hint of bannanna. Full palate even and well coated. Flavor is a light yeast some spice, grains, a floral hop and t ouch of warmth in the finish. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2005
750 thanks to Blake. Labeled "Blond Biere de Garge". Clear yellow body, thin white head that laces pretty well. Taffy aroma with light lemon grass and lime (mineral). The flavor focuses on sweet pale malt with spicy lemon grass. Wheat bread crust and light stone. A well put-together bier de garde.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Golden color with a thin white head, slightly cloudy. Sort of earthy,grassy smell. Earthy, cheesy flavor, slightly sour but with a sweet finish. Good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2005
First Biere de Garde i have had so no idea what to expect. Wonderful aroma and mouthfeel. Good head which faded soon. Noticeable alcohol. I’d get it again!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2005
A malty body giving off subtle tones of breaded fruits and a clean warm finish. Easy to enjoy.


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