Marko (4263) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very, very interesting. Smells..well different, the aroma was pretty heavy, somehow "oily". It had a big white head, which vanished really fast. Very fizzy at first. Lively carbonation. Nothing really strange, but somehow for me, fizzy and biere de garde didn’t go together. Clear golden body. Tastes... different (again)... somehow grainy, lemony (in a sour way, but nice). Maybe honeyish in the aftertaste too. Nothing too special, but definitely an above average beer. It’s possibly underrated. After Ch’Ti "Tripel" I didn’t expect much, so this came as a suprise. Nice owl on the label by the way.
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2006 (Bottled) Hazy, pale yellow color with a medium, mostly vanishing head. Mild, slightly sour, sweetish-malty aroma with lots of honey. Grassy-honeyish, slightly sweet-sour and lemony flavor with no hops or finish. Light-bodied, quite carbonated, slicky palate. A plain and dull, but very easily drinkable and somewhat refreshing blond ale.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
White head, middle lasting, golden yellox body, nice aroma: this is a bière de garde! I was a bit doubting becase of the "organic" mention on the label, but I was not disappointed! This beer (made by the same folk as the "Ch’ti") is surprisingly good! Full taste, nice aroma, hoppy aftertaste, it’s got it all!
PhillyBeer2112 (2621) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Surprised to see these low ratings. Poured lightly hazy, golden yellow, full foamy head. Wonderful floral and perfumed aroma of hops, maybe spices. Very nice. Flavor is less exciting, light palate, very very fizzy on the tongue, light acidity, dry finish. Some floral hops, bread dough. Like a beer soda pop - as in the soda pop for 18th and 19th century French farmers. Enjoyable and moderately quenching - I treated this as a lawnmower beer, literally, and I wasn’t disappointed. Dated 10/2002, my label differed from the one pictured above, instead it was this: http://www.beerlabels.com/labels/labels.pl/311/_b_
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a fleeting white head. Nose is malt, fruit, sweet, spice. Smooth and lightly carbonated, medium bodied. Flavor was clean and crisp, sweet, fruity. Decent.
thedm (5063) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 17, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This bottled brew marked best before 11/2002 or brewed in 2002 poured a very large sized head of foamy mostly diminishing white colored bubbles that left behind no lacing at all. The body was carbonated transparent and orange in color. It had a yeast dough malt aroma. The mouth feel was tingly and faded in the finish. The flavor contained notes of barnyard malt orange peel and yeast.
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml. bottle. Corked and caged. Large sized white fizzy head with fine sized bubbles that fully diminished. Very fast rising carbonation, yeast, cloudy and a yellow hue. Aroma was sweet, light hops and light citrus notes. Flavor was sweet, spicy and yet very light. Tingly mouthfeel and somewhat thin and watery. Light bodied beer with no lacing. Nothing really special with this beer IMO.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden/amber color with a large white head. Unfortunately, that is the most appealing aspect of the beer. A faint yeast aroma is present. First sip is bread
and yeast followed by a slight citrus aftertaste. Not bad, but not great.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: clear, bright golden hue, with big carbonation, and a small, chalk-white head.
Aroma: a little citrusy, sour, otherwise fairly vacant.
Taste is a blend of sourness, citric fruit and more, with bits of sweetness coming through for balance. Hops are around, but not abundant, and malt is also in attendance, but lays back. Texture is good and tangy, tasty, well-received. Body, light. Flavor good, finish nice and sweet.
Overall, a fine enough ale made for everyday drinking, a table beer, perfect for simple meals, picnics, hanging around, a nice drink for the sake of drinking.
An excellent example of a Belgio-/Franco- "session ale." So I like it.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Awesome aroma of yeast, citrus and bananas. Then everything seems to fall apart, flavour is lightly citrus, bitter, earthy (in a bad way, like licking dirt). Just not on par with the other good beers that castelain produces.