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


on tap

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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.7   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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650ml flip-top bottle and 330ml crown cork bottle.
"The first French organic beer". Launched 1986.
Ingredients: Organic malt; organic hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2003
Light yellow color, the bottle had alot of floaters. Smells and taste a bit like gueuze to me. Leathery and barnyardish. Not bad, if thats how is suppose to taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ogivlado (5402) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 25, 2003
Bottled(330ml). -the only thing why is this beer specially is because it is organic, I expected much more, pale golden colored, refreshing, yeasty and hoppy aroma, thin head

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2002
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 Pours with a remarkably fresh bouquet of flowers, perfumey hops, wood, biscuity malt, cilantro, candied pale malt, touch of caramel, and clover honey - probably due to its freshness. The teeny bubbled, white, pillowy, and rocky foam rides the glass like a champ atop the hazy straw-like liquid. Sits substantially on the palate with a bottle conditioned feel. Honeyed pale malt flavors with floral tones and a lovely light spiciness to accompany the long finish of pale malt and honey. Not a world class biere de garde nor anything standoutish, other than its very true-to-the-style attitude and quaffabilty.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
legion242 (2099) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Pale straw color; Head was thin but dense; Nose clued me in right away that something was terribly wrong- couldn’t get the glass to my lips. This bottle had soured badly. Purchased in June from Liquid Solutions- buyer beware. ReRate- Dryer then expected. Good mouthfeel. Mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2002
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 Rerate: Thin and malty, but with a big alcohol component for only 4.5%. Definitely herbal. Original: Yeasty, with similar drippy haystack malt components as in a good Helles. Very country, very fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2002
Pale gold with light short lived head. Lots of floaty yeast. All the flavors are subtle but I picked up citrus, some esters, little bit of spice and yeast. This was a really light and refreshing beer with a slight peppery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2002
(BB 12/02) Wonderful nose, but the palate and body are very light. A light and quenching summer refresher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2002
ead is initially large, frothy, white, fully lasting. Body is sparkling hazy light yellow, dense particles of all sizes, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, citrus - lemon, grass), with light notes of peach and clove. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Not much here for the mouth, but the aroma is very nice (bright flowery/fruity) and the appearance is pure perfection to my eyes. About two centimeters of fluffy yeast in the bottom of the bottle, too. Date on back label is 06/2001, but no indication if that’s best-by or bottled-on.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2002
Very boring beer. The bottle was huge and corked. For such an extravagant bottle, I expected a much better tasting beer, but alas - very boring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2002
Organic is a good way to describe this beer. My bottle was slightly skunked but luckily it did not carry over to the taste. Cloudy yellow with a medium head. Earthy, crushed berry flavor that didn’t do too much for me. Now I can say I have tried a French beer.

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