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

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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (12269) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Draft. Hazy golden yellow color, large bubble white head. Aroma of straw and citrus. Taste is mild barnyard, bitter hay. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2005
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear pale yellow with a large white head. Aroma of grass, cereal, and mild spices. Flavor of spicy yeast, buttery, and grass with a slight bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Clear golden body, big bubbles rising, and a big white head. 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11248) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
750 ml bottle from Corti Bros., Sacramento. LIght citrus and berries in the aroma, along with lightly roasted, toffee?, malt. Orange tinged golden color with a white head that collapsed. Medium body with creamy carbonation. The flavor starts with light caramel, berry and citrus fruits, and light hot spice notes. Ok, it’s also a tad earthy. It’s also clean (but not crisp), and very refreshing. The finish is mildly sweet, and there seems to be enough bitter to balance. It’s very pleasant to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Blonde Biere
Date: 04/14/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

light yellow, thin head, light fruity flavor with a touch of spices, nice sweetness, very flavorful
-------- /> Name: Blonde Biere
Date: 08/10/2006
Score: iii to ii
Words: Bottle
Words: Tasting

hazy light yellow, big dense white head and lots of lace, light sweet spicy malt aroma, lightly sweet complex malt flavor, hint of fruity character that grows, light bitterness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10804) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Bottle. Poured hazy amber with an average fizzy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate spicy sour citrus aroma. Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Medium citrus sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (9948) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9765) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy gold with a large, frothy white head, long retention with great lacing. Aroma is lightly toasted malt, notes of honey and biscuit malt, fragrant fruity esters and barely perceptible hops. Flavor is malt dominant, lightly sweet with fruity esters and a very dry finish. Medium body, low warmth, medium-low carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9215) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8507) - 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.


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