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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.


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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10354) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5051) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9042) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9999) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopswagger (188) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6697) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3114) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (1092) - 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.


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