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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (2152) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Poured three fingers of head on a clear, amber colored body with lots of bubbles visible. The aroma has a light floral scent with a touch metallic. The taste is light fruit: apple and pear; with a mild sweet finish. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation. A decent beer, nothing special.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Clear amber pour with a 2 finger, creamy off white head. Aroma has cereal toast, nuts, floral hops and light tree fruit. Flavor starts with subtle sweet stone fruit and cereal malt, then some nice tast and nutty malts, tree fruit, yeasty and crusty fresh white bread, nice floral and ever so slight spicy hop notes, hints of earthy dry hay, more spicy and floral hops and mineral notes to the finish. Palate starts off creamy with a medium body and dries out a bit toward the finish without really thinning like most beers do, it becomes a little more oily, but maintains a medium body, mostly creamy feel until the end, which has a nice, mineral dryness with just a touch of booze, awesome. The carbonation is light to medium, with a blanketing and just the right amount of sharpness. A very tasty, though subtle beer with a with a mouthfeel that fits it perfectly.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13856) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
750 c&c from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours golden amber with a foamy white head. Aroma is fresh, light pitted fruit with interesting malt. Full bodied. Flavor is very intense, but hard to dissect. Arguably a bit nutty. It’s earthy, but not really barnyard. It has sweet malt, but it also tends towards dry. It’s not exactly astringent, but my mouth wants to say it is. It gets a bit earthier with time. It seems very rich, and rich is not a term I’d usually use for a "blonde". Tho it’s in the description. Quite an impressive ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (5113) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2013
The Ginger Man, NY tap ($10): Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is lightly of honey, a bit of farmhouse funk, and plenty of malt. Taste is honey sweetness. There be some dryness. A modicum of hops. Easily drinkable, but this is not a very memorable beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weihenweizen (3032) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Refrigerated 750 mL brown bottle corked and capped from the rare beer club poured into a tulip. Pours clear copper with three inch fluffy head. Thin small bubble lacing, medium/thin body, medium carbonation, and caramel malt aroma. Taste is caramel malt, earthy bread, spicy yeast and slightly bitter/astrigent hops. Not spectacular, but easy to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Draft. Clear amber body with small white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, straw, berry, some caramel, spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, strawberry, some spicy, caramel. Medium body, light stickiness.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (20945) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Draft. Clear golden color, large bubble edge head. Aroma of lightly and pleasantly spiced hay and malt. Taste is bitter rye bread. Decent enough.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Yeast and slightly sweet malt aroma. Sweet malt and spice flavor with yeast and light fruitiness. Medium bodied. Sweet malt/light caramel lingers with yeast, spice, and light earthiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1844) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Appearance: lightly hazed coppery gold, with a thick, creamy head and generous lacing. Aroma: floral, doughy, nutty, with a bit of honey. Taste: sweet nuttiness (almonds or hazelnuts even), with some gingerbread cookies, a bit of citrus peel and a hint of barnyard funk. Finish: clean, almost like a lager, with a slight lingering sweet/funky fruit note. Notes: Extremely easy drinking and very refreshing. Not overly complex, but well-balanced and tasty. Would drink again. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012

Date: October 07, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: clear gold, fine off white head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, earthy
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, light balancing earthyness, light bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4


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