Castelain Two Brothers Diversey & Lill(e)
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Brewed by Castelain
Style: Bière de Garde
Benifontaine, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Announcing the first ever collaboration beer from a French Craft brewery, Brassserie Castelain of Benifontaine France and Two Brothers of Warrenville, Illinois. The name Diversey & Lille is a riff on Chicago’s first brewery, Diversey & Lill (a Franco-American collaboration that dates back to 1833) and Lille (the capital of the North of France and a city near the Castelain brewery).

The nose of this dry hopped Biere de Garde sparkles with notes of citrus grass and apricot. Flavors of ripe fruit spices and toasted almond round out this slightly sweet, full beer. We are very excited to introduce it to the nation at large and most especially to Chicagoans. For the first time since 1871, Chicago has a beer called Diversey & Lill(e).

The beer was brewed in Benifontaine and is a collaboration between Nicholas Castelain and Jason Ebel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (3220) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours a reddish orange color with white head. Hay, caramel, slight syrupy and alcohol aromas. Syrupy malt extract flavor, also some bread and straw flavors. I have no clue where I picked up this brew, but I love trying biere de gardes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (9164) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2012
bottle from saveur-biere. Hazy amber-golden colour, tall white head. Fruity aroma. Medium- to full-bodied, malty base with hints of honey and a shy fruity sourness, some of good and aromatic hops that add more fruit and a touch of resine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream head. Malt and light yeast aroma. Caramel and light yeasty flavor. Medium bodied. Caramel and light yeast linger with light fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Draft from Churchkey in DC. Pours darkish toffee-colored with a huge white head. Nose is some fruit and slight floral notes, but mostly a pretty simply sweet toffee/caramel thing. bummer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle with Chris, Ray, and Jason. Courtesy of Jason. Poured a reddish amber with thin white head. Metallic fruit and horse taint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
On tap. Clear golden brown with a creamy off white head. Sweet caramel and cereal grain aroma and taste with light molasses notes and sweet candy and light orange flavor to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Draft. Crystal clear amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, brown sugar, orange, light vanilla, yeast. Taste is moderately sweet, brown sugar, caramel, light orange, vanilla, earthy. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21644) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Draft. Clear deep amber color, off white edge head. Aroma of sweet but plain malt. Taste starts sweet, but ends bitter and lager like.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (2770) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Draft at Eulogy. Clear medium dark amber pour with a pillowy head. Lots of lace. Not much aroma. Gentle sweet burnt sugar malt flavors. Barley clear toys. Smooth gentle malt notes. Creamy finish. Some bitter throughout for balance but mostly a subtle sweet light vanilla bourbon caramel brown. Worth trying but not exceptional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Pours amber with light head. Smells like caramel, taste of hay slight sweetness at first followed by a pepper spice.

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