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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aux allures cuivrées, la CH’TI Ambrée dégage des arômes de malts subtilement torréfiés. Ses qualités ont été récompensées par la médaille d’Or lors de la Sélection Mondiale de la bière en 2003 à Bruxelles et par la médaille d’argent lors du Concours Général Agricole de Paris en 2004. Afin de profiter de toute sa saveur, nous vous conseillons de la tenir au frais et de la déguster à une température de +/- 8 °C dans son verre préalablement rincé et non essuyé.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Nice sweet banana on the nose with hints of tofee. The flavor once again as with the previous Ch’TI beer lacks. A little watery and overly sweet.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Pours a dark amber color (duh) with a thin head. Strong sugary aroma and a way thicker malt hit than I expected from a Biere de Garde. Unfortunately, the taste did not live up to the invitation. It’s a very watery mess of weak malt and nothing else. Sad.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vanvenlo (1200) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2007
30 June 2006 - Pungent sweet fruit malt and spicy hoppy aroma. Cloudy brown-orange colour, poor head and poor lacing. Big simple sweet fruit malt and spice flavour. simple hop and tangy finish with a light bitter aftertaste.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lunkie (1398) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2007
Smokey malt burnt aroma. Clear red brown colour with poor head and lacing. Malt smokey burnt flavour. Flat palate.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (13286) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle 50cl. Red/brown. Malty, sweet, berries, dry... you know the story. But i also tasted: Earthy, mould, like the aroma of a wet gym-towel, after two weeks in a plastic bag...

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Nice looking poor with a small but frothy head. Very drinkable with some floral tones. A bit tame for a french country ale.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
An amber color beer with a sweet caramel taste, but also some citrus fruits aftertaste. It has a long lasting head. I liked it but not a big fan.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 6, 2006
75 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Amber clear colour with a nice white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, little sweet and very fizzy. Enjoyable but nothing more.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
ALLOVATE (2349) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2006
Sadly lacking in all aspects I was glad to finish this one off quickly and move onto something more sessionable. Expected a lot more from this famous Bière de garde producer. Poured into it’s own bulbous tulip glass, cool but not cold. Has an attractive, sparkling burnished copper body with a thin dollop of cream floating on top that left minimal lace. Overly soft and difficult to pick up, the aroma seemed a mix of caramel, figs and driftwood, and a late hint of salted meats. Not inviting so I was glad it wasn’t too pronounced. Thin and watery in the mouth, soft in carbonation and slightly oily in the back end. Oxidised, Vienna-style malts (like rust!), rye bread and some fruit concentrates that add a light sweetness upfront. Finish is short, subtle linger of eggs and rust. Not very agreeable to drink; thin and lacking definition. Disappointing!!! (25cL, 01/09/06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 6, 2006
750 ml bottle, BBD 011306, from Cellars in Minnetonka, MN (Dec 2004). Poured at cellar temperature into a Maudite snifter, where it shows a moderate receding head atop a rumlike, faintly yeasty but mostly clear body....caramel and Concord grapes are prominent in the soft aroma, not really a match made in heaven, too sweet and a bit artificial, with little to no fresh farmy character....on the tongue, its sugary, somewhat reminiscent of artificial maple, lightly grapy-cherry flavored, rather thin and overcarbonated/fizzy, lots of brown sugar and faint woody hints towards the finish, but overall its a thin, syrupy, fake-tasting old mess. Disappointing; I didn’t expect brilliance exactly, but this is near-repellant.


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