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

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3297) - 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 (1631) - 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 (11349) - 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 (9998) - 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 (6784) - 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 (1223) - 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 (10886) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Amber-rust pour with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, grassy notes, straw, dusty yeast and fruit notes. Taste is rather sweet with lots of malt and caramel, grains, toasted bread, straw, and fruit. Body is medium with a strong, dense carbonation. Ends with more sweet malt, caramel, fruit notes, straw, yeast, soft flowery notes and bread.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2012
bottled, yellow gold in color with a yeasty fruit aroma, flavors of husky corn, sweet melon, even finish

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9542) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2012
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear tarnished gold witha lasting offwhite head. Aromas of straw, apple, spice and light yeast. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw, spice, fruittiness and light yeast with a crisp lingering spiced fruit finish.


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