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Brewed by Castelain
Style: Bière de Garde
Benifontaine, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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3.6
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2003
Pale yellow body(blond) fills the snifter, almost clear with a deceptive short-lasting head. Obviously bottle-conditioned, coarse sediments are everywhere in suspension from the beginning of the pour, it's almost ridiculous. Aroma is pleasant straw (I wouldn't combine those 2 words usually, but this seemed like a good fit with the ensemble), light field hops. The sniff would gain a lot from being more intense. Fruity Biere de Garde: peaches and apples endow the tongue together with caramelic malts and subtle flowery hops. The finish is sweet like a pears pie. Body is medium and creamy. Nicely done beer, certainly not world-class, but like any Biere de Garde, this has a definite cachet to me, besides being effortlessly drinkable.

3.4
ganache (6031) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle (best before 02/03/08, but drunk young). Complex malt aroma with strong notes of grass and spice, lesser touches of caramel and yeast. Hay-ish hops. Golden body with strong visible carbonation and a creamy, lacing white head. Body is medium-light and crisp, bready and spicy with grass and only a touch of citrus. Lightly bitter and lightly sweet, but endlessly drinkable. Finish is dry and slightly tart/acidic. Some nice, pleasant, and robust lager qualities but without the complexity I’d hoped for.

3.7
thornecb (6020) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 Pours a bright yellow/gold into a snifter. Very malty, earthy smell -- a little hay. Very little head retention. Very active, fizzy. Long malt finish. Very nice and refreshing.

2
cheap (6009) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 1/27/2008 Pittsburgh ratebeer.com gathering and festival upstairs, Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I am invited again and I see a spread of bottles like I did there - ever again. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we sampled! For example, how about this beer from yinzer! Blonde beer de Garde. Sweeter fruity aroma, but not over the top like so many stronger beers. Slight haze to an otherwise pale yellow color and appearance. Mild carbonation. Not bad an not overly bitter. Glad to have had the chance to sample this brew, thanks Mark!

3.3
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Pouring a hazy straw color with a fizzy white head, this has an earthy, barnyard aroma with hints of lemon-lime and spices. Soft mouthfeel, but dry and acidic as well. It’s got a sweet/tart taste to it, light toffee-like maltiness, citric but musty. Refreshing citric tart finish.

3.3
nearbeer (5559) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2008
33 cl, bb 12/03/09. Clear orange-gold with a lasting half-inch cap of cream that smears the glass with frosting. Light caramel apple aroma. Flavors of grain, caramel, and apple are countered by bitter pith and oak. Light-medium body is dry and too carbonated for me.

3.5
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Bready citrus aroma. Bright palate and a crisp citrus bread taste

3.9
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Light gold color. Large sized white fizzy head. Aroma is malty, spicy and a touch grassy. A medium bodied biere de garde. Malts are fruity and sweet. Touches of barnyard but very mild. Very smooth taste. Light and refreshing. Soft carbonation. Touch of citrus and grass. Very drinkable beer. A touch sweet. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.5
heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Light, bright gold colored body. A huge white head tops the brew. The aroma has pears a light cinnamon hint. There is also a little bit of grass. The taste has some very light caramel and peanuts. There is also some light character of herbs. A nice beer to go with a meal.

2.8
badgerben (5282) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Dark yellow color with a medium head. Aroma of oranges and dust. Tasted like a slightly spiced vegetable smoothy with an ample supply of hay thrown in. Not necessarily terrible, but not my cup o’ tea.


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