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Brewed by Castelain
Style: Bière de Garde
Benifontaine, France
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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (1663) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2012 750ml pours a slight hazed golden yellow with a white head. Aroma was of lemon, grass, malt, bread and hay Taste was of crisp floral hops, with sweet malts, and lemon.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (9066) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2014
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear gold with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of straw, earthiness and light fruitiness. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, earthiness and light fruitiness with a smooth dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5357) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2014
draft at Blue monk, medium bodied golden pour. light honey, fruity notes, light spiciness, touch of wet cardboard. ok

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Davhgbrew (889) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Dark golden appearance. Aroma of the winner’s circle in Amesbury. ..basically a dingey sports bar that had pool tables in the basement. Sips medium bodied with moderate liveliness, slightly champagne like palate. Yeasty, bready, and leaning towards malt driven flavors. Finish is moderately dry and crisp showing off the refreshing qualities. Nice brew, prob really good with cheese and light fish.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
EtTuCthulhu (900) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2014
The appearance has a clear amber color, a medium white head, and fine, light-colored sediment suspended in the liquid. The aroma is a simple belnd of dough yeast and bread malts, and the taste is mildly sweet and slightly sour, neither of which are too terribly different than a typical Euro lager. The palate has an average carbonation, sour finish, slick texture, and a medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eRock_2013 (149) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2014
A well-crafted and enjoyable beer! My first foray into both French beer and the biere de garde style in particular. A golden/copper colored ale that has a complex variety of fruity and floral hoppy notes. Sweet, but not too sweet, with a long mildly sour finish reminiscent of a red wine. A subtle buttery texture with low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth perhaps, reinforced by some toasted malt notes. Pleasant and unique, can be savored by itself but also seems like it would pair well with food. Similar to other golden ales, but does give the impression that this brew has been aged. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 Haven’t had many French beers... This one was great! I thought it was a nice balanced example of the style; not overbearing in any aspect. I’ll be buying more of this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
csaso (1230) - Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle - big foamy head, hazy medium copper color, sweet malty aroma and flavor, dry fruit notes, not bad overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (1892) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2013
From the corked, caged bottle marked 17/08/12-L11137. This may have been past its date. The pour is medium golden amber with a quick fizzy white head that dissipates entirely. No ring. No lacing. Toasted biscuit and yeast are the main esters on the nose. Some butter too. Light to medium body but fairly smooth. Again, toasted biscuits in the taste with an added touch of grain. Low to moderate hop finish. But clean altogether. It felt like a pilsener to me.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tnkw01 (960) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy golden color, medium head. Layer of "stuff" glued to the bottom of the bottle that didn’t stir. Aroma was light, watery. Taste was actually not as bad as it smelled. Still not a very good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (7901) - Carlsbad, 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.


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