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Brewed by Castelain
Style: Bière de Garde
Benifontaine, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5096) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2005
I found this bottle at Chucks in Chagrin Falls, it had a nice layer of dust on it. I suspect this bottle has been there 3 to 4 years. The labeling on the back reads 03-96. Which are the only numbers that could be dates. The pour had no head, rich cider brown color. Aroma is a nice smell of a barn after an apple harvest. A slight bit of vinegar, but ovrerall sweet. Flavor is thinned out, aging I suspect, but very smooth and soft sugar taste. This is very drinkable for its suspected age. Unofrtunately the malt character is fading considerably, leaving more of a cider flavor behind

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Dark yellow color with a medium head. Aroma of oranges and dust. Tasted like a slightly spiced vegetable smoothy with an ample supply of hay thrown in. Not necessarily terrible, but not my cup o’ tea.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 27, 2005
the smell,taste,and look was very similar to corona.this is another example of a beer with a fancy cork,cage,and price that i wasted money on.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2006 Cloudy golden beer with a big white head that vanished pretty quickly. Pleasant, not terribly complex, not much of a finish. I liked it, but I would rather have a Hennepin. // Had it again, no head, flat, dull, and sort of skunky. It was well past its expiration date, and unlike a bigger beer it was certainly showing its age. Would not be fair to change the numbers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Poured the color of a golden ripe apricot with a very airy tall white head. Tons of carbonation killed the head pretty quickly. Not much of an aroma save for some light yeast and a little citrus. Flavors of pale malt, bread, apple and citrus with just a hint of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel suffered a bit from the overwhelming carbonation. Finish was crisp. Overall, a refreshing but underwhelming ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2005
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear pale yellow with a large white head. Aroma of grass, cereal, and mild spices. Flavor of spicy yeast, buttery, and grass with a slight bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2005
Sample courtesy of Wohlfs. Golden yellow in color. Aroma and flavor of euro-lager skunk. Not too overwhelming though. Finishes with a unique sweet-bitterness. Just o.k.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Pale straw color with a nice white head. Lots of citrus and fruits in the aroma. Nice crisp taste. Definately a beer I will drink again.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Poirs yellow with a huge, fizzy, white head. Smells od hay, straw, and lemon with ins of grape, apple, pear and maple syrup.


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