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Brewed by Castelain
Style: Bière de Garde
Benifontaine, France
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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3281) - 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 (2492) - 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 (1746) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Bottle. Granted, this is my first biere de garde, but I really loved it. It seems saison and this style have really won me over when I dont want an in-your-face apa or such. Great aroma typical of a farmhouse ale, with the malt taking a front seat to the yeastyness. Overall, it has this flavor similar to Unibroue Edition 2004 to me for some reason, mixed with Saison Dupont. Very much enjoyed and highly recommended!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2005
This would be one of my absolute all time favorite beers.. if not just for the aroma of it when properly aged. Nothing else smells quite like it, best I can say is like a flowery cork. This stuff drinks VERY easy and tastes delicious on a hot day. And I don’t know what they put in it, but it feels like its a hell of a lot stronger than 6.4% alcohol. Quality brew can be deceiving like that. Anyway, if you have the good fortune to come across this brew-by all means try it.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Sugared pears and a bit of malt sweetness. Poured a cloudy honey color. Very sweet flavor of pear. Almost no carbonation. Little bit of apple pie in the finish. Could use a bit more hop balance I think to balance a high level of sweetness, but not too bad all in all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Light, bright gold colored body. A huge white head tops the brew. The aroma has pears a light cinnamon hint. There is also a little bit of grass. The taste has some very light caramel and peanuts. There is also some light character of herbs. A nice beer to go with a meal.


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