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

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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Sampled at RBPG; bottle courtesy of yinzer. Floral yeasty nose, very aromatic with mild flowery orange blossom and orange rinds. Has a mild tang to the aroma. Very nice. Hazy-clear yellowish, almost white, with thin lacing white head. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Great taste, and it’s been a while since I’ve had a Bière de Garde. Flowery with yeast and light chalky after. Some apples and wheat. Tasty stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2009
33 cl bottle - Pours golden with a two finger white head. It has a light aroma of bready malt with fruit undertones. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a light but not watery body. It’s a pleasant and enjoyable session brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3899) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Pours a hazy blonde color with a good head and good retention. The aroma is honey with a nice light spiciness and baguette just tons of fresh baked baguette. The flavor is very bready with some good yeastiness, generally dry but has a nice sweet honey flavor that kind of lingers. Really tasty stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3860) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Pour is a bright golden with a fluffy white head. Aroma is sweet and bready. Flavor is sweet, fruity and a bit dusty. Light finish and nothing really lasting after the swallow. Probably average for the style but it has its qualities.

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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
queenholly (3609) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle. Butterscotch aroma. Hazy honey gold, minimal head, flocculation. Sweet buttery caramel malt and old cardboard flavor. Body on the light side of medium.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 6, 2006
In the big bottle from Roof Bros. Pours a rich, dark cloudy golden color with absolutely no head whatsoever. Complex aroma- I get banana, medicines, acetaldehyde, and pomegranate. This is a beer that I just want to smell for hours and hours. No carbonation. Flavor is a thick spicey and flowery potion punctuated by fruity sweetness and tartness. Strange. I’m not sure that I’d ever try this again. Sure smells good, though.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
chibuck (3504) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2007
Clear golden color with a ring of white lace. Decent aroma and flavor of malt, spices and honey. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture and lively carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2007
750 ml bottle

I picked this on a whim at Steve’s. Since I am in the middle of a stretch where bigger beers like imperial stouts and double IPAs don’t excite me much I figured I’d go back to some simpler styles. This one is a perfect example of a typical biere de garde (if such a thing exists). If I could find this again I would certainly consider buying another bottle for a summer evening.

Aroma / Appearance - Lively carbonation moves around the blond colored body. A half finger bleached white head rests on top for much of the time, fading only after the second pour. Straw, wheat, lemons and strawberries comprise a fruity and sweet aroma. It reminds me of a strawberry shortcake liquified in a blender with some lemon peels thrown in.

Flavor / Palate - The light mouthfeel don’t stick to the tongue at all but glides quickly down the throat. Straw and honey dominate the easily drinkable first impression. A tart aftertaste reminds me of honeycombs stuck in a blender. The finish is satisfying and complete. It is on par with the Cuvee de 7eme for about a third of the cost.


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