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

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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5972) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 My first biere de garde and I enjoyed it very much. French in origin, but all characteristics are of a Belgian ale, much like a saison, but there is also complex yeast and malt make this similar to an abbey style beer. Combined, these qualities show why biere de gard is hard to fit into any category. This beer is very floral, with a pleasant light body. Some light fruit flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5733) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5721) - 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.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5578) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5333) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Pours pale blond with thick frothy appealing head and leaves bountiful lacing. Aroma is clean and hoppy not dissimilar to a pils. Some light fruit, herbal and estery notes but not a floral beer--simply delightful. Similarly, the flavor array is clean, dry, and delicious yet a little soapy. Excellent palate: the carbo seems prickly at first but then it becomes chewy, slick, and slides down well. This would make a superb table beer, one to quaff regularly.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (5143) - 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.


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