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

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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (4756) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Bottle: Light sweet Euro-lager aroma. Pours a cloudy orangish-yellow with a small white head. Lightly sweet with an even lighter finish. Euro-lager flavor in the background. Not a fan of the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Bottle. Golden colored. Fast fading white head leaving no lacing. Bitter spicey aroma with some yeast. Body is a little watery. Nice lively carbonation. Pleasant bitterness pervades with a decent malt backing. Solid BDG.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2005
03.16.05 750 ml bottle dated 15/09/04. Tall blonde beer with huge and lacing white head. Aromas of pear, lightly floral, biscuit. Flavors are salty and weedy with soft fruit flavors and pretty malts. Marzapan and lemon rind. A stylish quaffer; soft body and tingly eff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Pouring a hazy straw color with a fizzy white head, this has an earthy, barnyard aroma with hints of lemon-lime and spices. Soft mouthfeel, but dry and acidic as well. It’s got a sweet/tart taste to it, light toffee-like maltiness, citric but musty. Refreshing citric tart finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
Earthy, musty, peppery, citrus-lemon and a candy-like sweetness in the nose with some hay-like, herbal hop notes. Hazy yellow-gold coloured body is topped by pillowy white head that recedes to generous and lasting cover with some lacing. Musty yet sweet flavour with a light spiciness, a woody character and a hint of barnyard in the dry and tart finish. Sweetness returns in the long-lasting aftertaste. Very malty but very well-attenuated with fair carbonation and medium body. I can’t help but think this must be under-rated as I am loving it! Bottle (Winooski Beverage Warehouse Nov. 2004 - Bottled on 15-Sep-2004).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
tulip / 06.01.05 L4006 13:05 (i don’t know what it truly means, but it looked important) / a nice loud pop is heard when i release the cork, then a wisp of fog quickly rises and disappears. i do smell it, though: primarily a spiced aroma; but with hay, a little bit of mustiness. the pour is very nice. a huge white head nears full diminishment, but it takes awhile... leaving sparkly lace, soapy froth, and it’s quite loud, which is another thing about this beer, the body is quite active yet the palate is not obnoxious. it’s just live enough. it’s actually quite cremey. this is a modest beer with just enough sweetness and spice--a little bit of caramel, lemon, with a dimension of barn like in a saison. very enjoyable! and my FIRST biere de garde!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2551) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Bottle. A light golden slightly hazed color with a thin white head. A delicate spiced aroma balanced with a bit of candy and malts. An enjoyable flavor that is sweet, spiced and simple.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Light gold color. Large sized white fizzy head. Aroma is malty, spicy and a touch grassy. A medium bodied biere de garde. Malts are fruity and sweet. Touches of barnyard but very mild. Very smooth taste. Light and refreshing. Soft carbonation. Touch of citrus and grass. Very drinkable beer. A touch sweet. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.


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