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

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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5436) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2003
The salesman at our local Cap n'Cork liquor store did not want to sell me this bottle. He kept on saying that it was bad, but could offer no explanation as to why he felt it was bad. I bought it anyway after a long discussion with him in which he finally decided that I knew more about beer than he did. The cork came out with a loud pop! This bottled brew poured an extremely large head of foamy finely sized white colored long lasting bubbles with some yeast floating on them. The receeding head left behind a transparent yellow colored body with a lot of yeasty floating in it and a poor lacing. It had a very mild aroma with floral notes and a mouthfeel that was thick and malty yet smooth from start to finish. The flavor contains notes of thick malt, sweet malt, mild coriander and straw. The alcohol content is well hidden yet can be felt after a few drinks. There is definately nothing wrong with this bottle. It is definately not bad. I think the beer salesman saw the floating yeast and assumed that it was bad because there was stuff floating in it. Guess I did know more than he did.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Hazy golden orange color, minimal white head. Promising aroma of grass, yeast, vegetable, pear, wiff of hops. Flavor is a bit weak, unbalanced sugary sweet with bitterness, cracker, malt. Thin body. Quick mostly dry finish. Not too exciting or complex, or subtle either. Drinkable though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Very light yellow ale with a large, creamy, white head. Excellent retention and very good lacing. The nose is of fuzzy fruit, alcohol and grapefruit. The flavor is a bit thin, but sweet and malty. Light-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, sweet, but then extremely dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2003
Pale yellow body(blond) fills the snifter, almost clear with a deceptive short-lasting head. Obviously bottle-conditioned, coarse sediments are everywhere in suspension from the beginning of the pour, it's almost ridiculous. Aroma is pleasant straw (I wouldn't combine those 2 words usually, but this seemed like a good fit with the ensemble), light field hops. The sniff would gain a lot from being more intense. Fruity Biere de Garde: peaches and apples endow the tongue together with caramelic malts and subtle flowery hops. The finish is sweet like a pears pie. Body is medium and creamy. Nicely done beer, certainly not world-class, but like any Biere de Garde, this has a definite cachet to me, besides being effortlessly drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2003
As full of yeast chunks as stars in the night sky of a moonless night...Fresh cereal perfume the large, open field, as lavish flowers grow through a dry bread crumb soil...Musty pears lead us out wishing we could have stayed longer to better appreciate its depths...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Whispy, white head. Tight packed bubbles. Moderate amount of carbonation, Kind of a yeasty/lager aroma, different. Sweet and flat tasting. Nothing special or complex.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 Little head with a nice light orange cloudy colour. The nose is awesome and totally unsuspected. Bannannaish, maltish, and invigorating nose. Also, this is very smoothe to the mouth.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Poured a cloudy golden color with a small creamy, fizzly head with no lacing. It had a sweet apple, light fruit aroma, there was also some carbonation in the aroma. Had a somewhat old taste, slight carbonation, mild apple, spice dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Pours a hazy golden with a large puffy white head and plenty of lace. Subtle malty and Belgian yeasty aroma. Light sugary body, perhaps too sweet. Dry bitter flavor toward the end. Not a bad Biere de Garde, but could use some balance and complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Subtle light caramelly malt aroma with a light citrus ester hint (no hop aroma) and faint mustiness. Beautiful bright golden straw color with funky chunky yeast sediment unless you very carefully decant. Light carbonatation and bright acidity complements light caramel malt flavor and green apple esters with very slight alcohol spicyness. Soft, persistent bitterness rounds out a lingering slighly dry finish. Nice.


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