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

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Tiny Benifontaine (pop. 272) owes its name "good fountain" to the quality of the local water. Artisan Brasserie Castelain has produced classic Bieres de Gardes here since 1926. GRAND CRU is their richest, most full bodied version of this classic French style. Delicately hopped and accentuating the nutty sweetness of the local Pas de Calais malt, it is delicious with roast chicken, country sausages and assertively flavored cheeses.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (5370) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUL 5, 2016
Bottle 75cl, a clear golden beer with medium head. Nose is on caramel, blond caramel, candy sugar, toasted grain, grassy hops, medium bitterness to low, correct a bit massive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jice (265) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JUN 18, 2016
toujours méfiant de ces packaging un peu précieux qui couvrent souvent une bière banale ou sans relief. Celle ci est très agréable, ambrée douce et équilibrée.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JeanMad (2) - - APR 18, 2016 does not count
Buyed at Carrefout Armentières, nice golden color. Smell Ok. First taste sweety and after few seconds I feeled freshness and hops aroma. High esters and a nice warm feeling of alcohol (8.5%). Nice balance between malt and hop. Better to drink fresh. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11964) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear amber with a medium, creamy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast, nutty and light caramel malt with earthy hops and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, light kettle caramelization, light hops and bitterness with drying alcohol and a sweet finish. Medium to full body and medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of yeast, nougat, straw, earth, and baked apple. Flavor of earthiness, yeast, candi sugar, hint of fruitiness, nuts, and straw.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - OCT 24, 2013
Deep gold, clear, off white head. Aroma is very malty-sweet, wort-like, light fruit, pear, honey. Flavor is honey-sweet, more light fruit, a little earthy biscuity note, but overall pretty sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mora2000 (6141) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Yellow pour with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt. The flavor is similar with some biscuit malt, grain, grass and yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (1648) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Amber pour some white head that quickly fades. Aroma of caramel malt, skunky citrus hops. Taste is a big improvement. Heavy toffee malt flavors are balanced by yeastiness and a full body yet dry finish. It’s like an overly malty doppelbock done right. Still it’s not my thing and vaguely reminds me of an amped up heineken.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2013
P: A bright copper body with floaters and a generous creamy whipped off white head. Wet lacing swarms the edges. S: Toasted malt, crusty Italian bread, stone fruits, salty caramel, licorice, spicy booze and musty cellar yeast. T/M: An odd seltzer water, apple peels, toasted caramel, wood and aged grain. Waxy vegetable skins, coriander, musty yeast, bread dough. Different spices that I can’t really pin down but creates an odd profile towards the end. Medium body with a spicy bite. O: Decent but nothing really shines here. The taste is kinda odd and really seems lack luster. Once warm the flavor becomes more coherent and balanced.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
750ml served in a Duvel tulip. A - Pours a clear golden orange with a fleeting white head. No retention and a few small specks of lacing. Cool looking bottle. S - Earthy grain, black tea, applesauce, some peach alcohol. T - Starts off with a clean sweetness, strong malt presence, peaches, honey, grassy bitterness, chalky minerals, the bitterness hits hard on the finish. Finishes sharp and crisp. M - Moderate stingy carbonation, medium body, crisp and clean finish. Lots of sweet malt with grassy hops presence. This was ok. Nothing really wrong with it, I just didn’t love it. Serving type: bottle 11-03-2012


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