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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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8159) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 31, 2013
330mL. Pours relatively clear deep golden with medium, thicker white foam. Higher carbonation. Nose is interesting- soured apple, grass, mild skunk, bananas foster. Taste is a bit tart, papery, banana, apple, white sugar. Overall a tad odd with that soured as in souring apple pie, not sour apple like green apple. Strange overall, drinkable, but the sugar density makes this a heavy beer to get through and there is little rustic malt and hop character to help you through it. Disappointing. This beer style is ripe for some overhaul.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
queenholly (2827) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle. Butterscotch aroma. Hazy honey gold, minimal head, flocculation. Sweet buttery caramel malt and old cardboard flavor. Body on the light side of medium.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7288) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Buttery malt aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Sweet buttery malt flavor with a light herbal finish. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3390) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Clear, brassy gold with a whipped, off-white head. Aroma is malt, grain, a little buttery. Taste is deeply sweet, malt....caramel, sugar. Not bad, a little clingy sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hookemwahoo (13) - Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Had this at Disney World of all places. Not your average blonde with malt and caramel notes, a slightly less sweet, but arguably more delicious blonde beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beergeek23322 (2126) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Pours clear golden yellow with a small white head. Aromas of malt, wet dog and barnyard. Flavors are pretty much the same and not too plesant. Reminds more of a bad Czech pilsner than a biere de garde. Maybe a bad bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxlLives (286) - Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Tap pour - @ RHP. Pours yellow gold, nice medium white head. Tastes of beautiful cool malts, complex yeasts, and spicy hops. Good long bodied palate and great balance. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (1901) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Pours a pale old gold to orange with a 3 finger, chunky, eggshell head that has good retention and leaves some lacing. Aroma of swwet malt, toast, caramel, cereal, floral and spicy hops and light tree and dark fruit. Flavor of cereal, toast, sweet malt,hay, apple skins, light caramel and mineral notes, floral hops and just a hint of spicy and herbal hops. Light to medium body with a creamy entry quickly leading to a moderate strength, but sharp carbonation and slightly dry, crisp finish. Good stuff, surprisingly refreshing and light, but with a great malt backbone and slighly warming booziness. Has a very, "Pilsener on Ale yeast" feel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine in Newport News, VA. Served in a cervoise. Pours a clear light golden color. Moderate retention and lacing. Nose has faint floral hops behind toast and malted grain. Flavor is toasty and bready. A bit chewy. Medium body and a semi-dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (658) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Pours a medium golden orange, fair amount of head that disappears quickly. Aroma is subtle, faint barnyard/farmhouse vibe, maybe a bit of straw. Thinner body is lively and bright. Finish is slightly estery. Very drinkable, but not remarkable.


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