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Brewed by Castelain
Style: Bière de Garde
Benifontaine, France
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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2006
This bottle has been in the cellar for two years. LIght malt, hay, dough, spruce(a little) and a bit of hops in the aroma. Also some pepper and clove. Off-white, creamy head, with excellent lacing. Body was orange and clear. Light, sweet taste with average finish. Texture was dry. Not nearly as much carbonation as what I had two years ago. This has mellowed quite a bit. As I remember, I didn’t much care for the fresh version.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eRock_2013 (222) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2008
vewry good! I guess my expectations were so low for this that I was soooo pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Very golden pour with a huge creamy head. wasnt big on the grassy and sharp aroma but what a great flavor. Grapes and slight fruit and mild hops. Would be wonderful session beer. I will have this again!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2001
Delicious and smooth. Alot of citrus and herbal nose. Good accompaniment to a pasta dish with shellfish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Pours an amber/golden color with a thick, fluffy white head, light effervescence and a slippery lace. The aroma is fruity, bubblegum, fresh and lightly grassy, and a little astringent. It is medium bodied, creamy, lightly sweet with some CO2. Finishes crisply and has a lingering hop bitterness that creeps up on you. A well-balanced beer with pleasant, subtle, characteristics- the best Saison I have tried to date.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2010 750ml bottle at a BJCP study session. Pours a golden color with some haze. Some candy like malty sweetnes in the aroma. A little grainy with some sweetness on the front end of the taste. Finishes dry with a nice spicy hop bitterness. Pretty clean finish for a belgian. Great malt character.

3.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Big Saaz aroma. Deceptively dry but with medium body. Very light flavors, only hints of spices and herbs on a french bread background. Finishes slightly herbal and cooling without bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2008
750ml bottle. Hazy golden with a thick white head. Flowery, yeasty nose. A nice tart brett flavor. Went really well with the pork I ate it with.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2005
First Biere de Garde i have had so no idea what to expect. Wonderful aroma and mouthfeel. Good head which faded soon. Noticeable alcohol. I’d get it again!


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