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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thechasm442 (429) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle to a duvel tulip. Pours a clear copper amber with 2 fingers of frothy off white head and decent lacing. Aroma is of caramel, bread, almond, cherries, and faint pine. Taste is very nutty up front. It gives way to vanilla, caramel, toffee, and more breadiness. Thin mouthfeel and easy to drink. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2012
draft at Blue Monk. Orange copper pour, Aroma of sweet fruity yeastiness, orange toffee and a touch of wet cardboard. Orange marmalde, wet cardboard, sweet fruitiness. Flat mouthfeel. OK

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14038) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
The pour is amber in color with a finger of khaki head. Very sweet on the nose. Lots of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Somewhat toasty, light vanilla notes, lots of spice, and a moderate fruitiness (mostly stone fruits). The flavor is also on the sweet side. Banana, peach, and a touch of golden raisin. Light spiciness along with a strong toasted bread and sugar character. A touch of caramel and toffee, and a very light floral hoppiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at Novare Res. Cloudy peach appearance, with lots of foaming head, and good lace. Malty aroma. Decent and drinkable biere de Garde, though not my favourite in the style. Some fruit: orange and pineapple. Appropriate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3575) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
750ml bottle 8/19/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-52° in Snifter-Pours a clear copper body with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, sweetness, and caramel. Taste of caramel, citrus, sweetness, and malt. This medium bodied brew is not bad but not what I was expecting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hair6a11 (1435) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2012 Bottle; Pour is fairly clear dark copper with a mild off white head in this glass; copper, nuttiness, spices, bread on the nose. This beer is shit for the style - more nuttiness, breads, light fruits, spices, with a terrible finish. As she said : "it tastes like fish" No.. it doesn’t really taste like fish - but the point is that it doesn’t taste great. Anyway - nice packaging, nice story, and another meh offering from the two brothers.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2012 Bottle. Pours a lightly cloudy amber, white head, aromas are stale bread, burnt caramel, and pure f’n rust, do not buy this beer, smells and taste like a 60s to 70s vintage schwinn bike that’s been outside in the rain for a couple decades. I love biere de gardes but this brew was terrible. After reading the other reviews, it had to be the bottle I got but it had just came in so who knows?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jredmond (6651) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle with vin. Pours a clear red amber body with thin white pacing. Aroma is light fruit and rust. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of booze, light fruit, yeast, and rust.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle to tulip. Gorgeous amber color with a garnet hue. One finger cream colored head lasts a while and then reduces to a sticky lace on the glass. Big sweet aroma with white grape juice, sweet tea, and shortbread. The taste has some golden brown sugar sweetness and biscuit malt, but the hop bitterness is pronounced and keeps the brew from being cloying. Its a blend of English bitter hops and aromatic american varieties. I was suspect about letting this beer sit around but as the name implies, it is suitable for aging. I believe that in time the flavors will meld together into a very special elixir. I may have to pick up another to rest for 18 months or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
750ml bottle from Binny’s Niles. Pours a clear golden amber with off-white head. Aromas of fruit, bready malts, caramel, and spices. Flavors of bread, fruit, spices, caramel, and some grassy hops. Finishes sweet with light alcohol presence. Body and and carbonation are on point. Nice beer.

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