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

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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rubbishystuff (1756) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2011
At Beckett’s Pale yellow color. Sweet. Didn’t have a lot of complexity. Very minerally. Serving: Bottle

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2011
A light ale throughout, a little bit of yeast in the flavor, but rather boring and simple otherwise.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
330ml bottle into my Rochefort glass...Light clearish gold, not appealing. A white rises quickly to two full fingers but then falls quickly to nothing, poor lacing....Aroma smells terrible, all skunky through and through....The taste is garbage, its a slightly more carbonated bud light...The feel is super bubbly, tickles the tongue...Almost impossible to drink. This is a horrendous biere de garge, run far far away.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (6344) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
750 ml bottle best by: 25/11/10. Pours a clearish blond with a tall, foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing. The smell is ultra fruity with a thick sugary sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice and decently full-bodied. It has a great clean grain flavor with a hint of fruitiness. It is light, but full-bodied, a great summer brew. This is one of the better Biere de Gardes. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-26-2010 23:37:47

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2011
750ml Bottle: Got in trade from phaleslu; Thanks Peter! Aroma of malt, grain, cereal, and hay. Poured yellow/gold in color with a large, creamy, dense, white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, grain, and little else. Light to medium body. Slick, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt and grain finish is light to medium sweet and lightly dry. How boring!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Date: 8/15/2010 Source:Other Grainy malty aroma. Slight chill haze golden straw with a fluffy white head. Malty (Munich malt?) flavor. Not fruity at all with little cellar character. Hop derived spiciness? Medium body and mouth feel with high carbonation. Nice malty beer and quite clean for the style. Not much cellar character more like a well lagered strong pale ale.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayg1 (537) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours a deep golden yellow with a very thin white head that fades quickly. Aroma is spicy, slightly sweet, and grassy hoppy. Taste is quite sweet, a bit spicy, and finishes with a mild grassy bitterness, along with a bit of astringency. Body is light, fairly carbonated. Not bad, but it’s missing the complexity I’d like in a biere de garde.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle courtesy of deyholla (and I’d be blacklisted if I didn’t specifically list his girlfriend, as the contributor). Pours a golden bright hue, a bit dulled, no haze, frothy filmed whitish head laces small, films. Aromas are funky skunky grains, a touch of pear, apple, grains, bread, faint sweet honey. Initial is light bodied, fruity tartness of pear and hardcore apple juice, touch of bread, grains, faint honey, vanilla, no real hop bitterness. Mellow sweetness, tart fruit, light funk or skunk. Mellow, slightly tart, a bit of skunk and shelf wear is evident. Dissappointing for it’s ranking, but not bad by any stretch.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (5968) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Bottle. Poured clear gold with an amber hue and an off-white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of sweet grains and biscuit with a slight floral and spice note. Flavor was similarly over sweet with biscuit and grain with a bit of spice and flower coming through.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 07/11/2010 as Castelain Blond Biere de Garde. Best before 25/11/10 L9237 09:05 Slightly hazy golden body with a large rocky off-white head. Sweet, spicy and floral aroma. Sweet malt and floral flavor. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.


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