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

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5047) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3113) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (1823) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weihenweizen (1507) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1131) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (1089) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhamp9 (948) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Clear copper with quickly fading white head. A good amount of carbonation.Sweet aroma with some herbal notes. Taste us honey, bread, and herb. Carbonation is prickly on the palate.

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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MikeJslc (687) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thomas15 (643) - USA - AUG 27, 2012
Sweet honeyed nose, sweet malt. Clear red gold with a nice off white head that settles. Very sweet beer. Honeyed malt with a rush of unfamiliar spices momentarily then back into fresh honey. Not my style....


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