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Brewed by Castelain
Style: Premium Lager
Benifontaine, France
Serve in Lager glass

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
650ml flip-top bottle and 330ml crown cork bottle.
"The first French organic beer". Launched 1986.
Ingredients: Organic malt; organic hops.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2004
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2004
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.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2004
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.

2.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Ya know, this thing smells just plain awesome. Banannas and esters with just a hint of yeast in the nose. However the taste does not live up to this, the body is thin and that with just the organic and flat taste is hard to get down. Clear with no head. intersting but not nearly as good as Id have likeed it to be.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2004
This beer almost scarred me for life when the cork launched itself skyward passed my face after I merely unscrewed the wire cap. Abundant, torrential carbonation and a massive, pendulous, frothy white head. Golden-yellow body. Aroma of pineapple, yeast, buttery malt, and light phenols. Delicate flavor of lemon, butter, and honey with some mild bitterness. Pairs well with seafood.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2004
Cloudy yellow-orange with thin, but standing head. A homebrewy aroma of citrus and yeast. Light herbal and spicey flavors, grassy, mildly bitter. Decent.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2004
Clear orange with virtually no head. Aroma is mild sweet, spicy, herbal. Taste is lightly spiced, some honey, some herbal, finishing mildly herbal bitter. Light body. Unimpressive, but not bad.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2004
clear light golden, not much of a head. aroma is very very earthy and not to my liking. flavor is pretty much the same...hops are earthy, with only a hint of bitterness...body and mouthfeel are pretty thin..i taste oregano in the finish too.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2004 Bottle pours a fairly clear pale yellow with big bubbles, a short lived head, and no lace. The aroma is floral hops. The flavor is subtle, very light, very slightly yeasty and spiced with a very spritzy palate. Overall, this must be Jade Lite.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
CEZ (399) - Milano, ITALY - JAN 9, 2004
One would expect much better from a self-proclaimed "biere artisanale" which proudly displayes the master brewer's signature on the label. Deep yellow body, slightly cloudy, with a quickly disappearing head. Unremarkable aroma. Watery and almost tasteless, vaguely yeasty and tarty. No, thanks.


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