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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Biere de Garde from France;
La CH’TI Blonde est une bière moelleuse aux arômes fins et délicats. Elle est Reconnue « Saveur de l’Année 2005 » dans la catégorie des bières de spécialité par des consommateurs, pour les consommateurs. Ses qualités ont également été récompensées par la médaille d’Or lors de la Sélection Mondiale de la bière en 2003 à Bruxelles. Afin de profiter de toute sa saveur, nous vous conseillons de la tenir au frais et de la déguster à une température de +/- 6 °C dans son verre préalablement rincé et non essuyé.


1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
omhper (19216) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2004
Bottled. Golden colour. Sweet and raw, fruity and buttery. Rounded mouthfeel. Perhaps the worst example there is of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (3875) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2004
Golden in colour with a light malty taste.No overpowering sense of alcohol surprising for a beer of this strength. Very refreshing and easdy to drink-a good example of what is to my mind a very pleasant style of beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2004
Medium to deep gold, nice full head that lingers well, sexy stream of bubbles rising persistently through the beer. Aroma is grainy with a hint of orange and yeast. Medium bodied in the mouth, very reminiscent of Duvel, but lacking the complexity and layering of flavors Duvel achieves. Grains, yeast, and gentle floral and orange flavors. Easy drinking, a great summer beer. Nice to have the chance to try this style after not having seen it for a couple of years.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - APR 18, 2004
A hazy honey color, white head and decent lacing. Fruit and some yeast in the nose. Initially very sweet with fruity, spicy flavors. Thick bodied and sticky on the lips. Alcohol warms on the way down. Not a bad beer but I prefer their Ambree offering.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Clear yellowish color, small white head. Very weak aroma, hints of yeast. Flavor is some yeast, fruityness. Dry in the end. Heavily carbonated. Mediocre beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a light golden color with a medium white head. Very potent aroma of sweetness. Initial caramel taste with a nice sweet followup and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2004
Golden with medium head and nice lace. Very sweet and fruity. Herbal bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2004
Golden orange body, medium white head. Malty and fruity aroma. Flavor is malty with fruit and hay. Somewhat sour finish. Sparkling.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
A blonde bier de garde from a 750 ml bottle with a clamped champagne style cork, which fairly flew across the room without any help from me once unleashed. Quite spritzy although that had, not surprisingly dissipated by the time I got to the end of the bottle. Clear golden colour. I drunk this in France and I'm not sure that this is the same beer as the export version which, judging from some of the other tasting notes has a much darker colour. No clues on the brewery website. According to the blurb, this "benefits from an exceptional aging period" but no mention of just how long this aging is. Not much of note in the aroma. Smooth and crisp on the palate, but, again, nothing very distinctive. Fairly light mouthfeel. Quite nice but nothing spectacular.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7808) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2003
Clear-golden; big bubbles to slim white rim. Cookies, crystal malts and white candi sugar in the nose. Taste is again quite malty, this time with both honeyish notes, as well as faint grassy hops. Definitely honey retronasal. Rather light palate and mouthfeel. Undercarbonated. I hate these new-style bottles. I wonder if the low carb is a result. To me, Br. Castelain is the North-French equivalent of Br. D'Achouffe here. Became too big and too preofessional to do anything technically wrong, and too big to do anything brilliant. And this is not a real Bière de Garde character anymore.


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