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

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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Castelian Biere de Garde Pours medium gold with a thick white head and ok retention. Aroma is bready and doughy with nice floral notes and mild banana esters. Very nice. Flavor is full bodied and crisp with nice floral notes and a heavy sweet breadiness. Mildly hopped to balance the sweetness. Really good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxlLives (287) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
A very smooth biere de garde, A bit thin, but not off-putting. A little bready and somewhat sweet and rather refreshing. Surprisingly not yeasty for a biere de garde...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
dirty blond color. long lasting head. yeasty aroma which reminded me of belgians. Nothing great but not at all bad.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Nothing to write home about but still better than the mass produced beers. I would most likely not get this one again not because it was bad just that there are others I prefer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2007
bottle: Pours a hazy gold color with a pretty sizable white head. Smell is crisp with some spice notes. Taste is sweet, maybe some raisin feel. Taste is also very crisp. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Pale straw color with a nice white head. Lots of citrus and fruits in the aroma. Nice crisp taste. Definately a beer I will drink again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Large format bottle served in tulip glass. Grassy aromas with slight apples and peppery spice. Clear deep yellow color. Med carbonation with small bubbles. Balance fruit sweetness of apples with clove and Bready malts with grassy dry bitterness. Very refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Enjoyed with a ribeye and frites at small bistro in Cambridge, MA. 25.4oz offering. This is a nice beer that opened up a bit as it warmed. It may have been stored and served too cold. Pour shows a pale golden/yellow color, fairly transparent, with a billowy snow-white head. Beautiful. Aroma was somewhat sour on first pour but evolved a bit to some light spicy hop notes that you get in this style (some describe them as earthy or hay-ish, which I would agree with). Flavor is crisp on the palate. Light malty notes and a clean, crisp, lightly-hopped finish that is very pleasant on the entire palate. Just the slightest touch of citrus, which I felt should have been more pronounced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2010
750mL bottle, thanks to ryan. Pours a pale hazy yellow. Aroma has herbs, citrus and yeast. Taste is nice and dry, with lots of yeast and a gentle bitter hop finish. Nice beer.


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