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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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   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 (5100) - 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 (4400) - 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 (1776) - 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 (1373) - 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 (11942) - 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.


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