CanIHave4Beers (4129) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy blonde color with a good head and good retention. The aroma is honey with a nice light spiciness and baguette just tons of fresh baked baguette. The flavor is very bready with some good yeastiness, generally dry but has a nice sweet honey flavor that kind of lingers. Really tasty stuff.
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle - Pours golden with a two finger white head. It has a light aroma of bready malt with fruit undertones. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a light but not watery body. It’s a pleasant and enjoyable session brew.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Orange color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is sweet and tart with hints of earth, yeast, flowers, and lots of fruit. Flavor is much the same. Lots of sweet fruit and yeast notes begin with a mildly spicy flavor near the end. Very bready.
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
cloudy gold with a small, quickly diminishing white head. toffee aroma with a hint of citrus. palate is light bodied. flavors of toffee, citrus, and basement. very earthy. not bad, but not really that exciting either. i still enjoyed it. solid.
edgallow (3821) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2012 750ml pours a slight hazed golden yellow with a white head. Aroma was of lemon, grass, malt, bread and hay Taste was of crisp floral hops, with sweet malts, and lemon.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 07/11/2010 as Castelain Blond Biere de Garde. Best before 25/11/10 L9237 09:05 Slightly hazy golden body with a large rocky off-white head. Sweet, spicy and floral aroma. Sweet malt and floral flavor. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Butterscotch aroma. Hazy honey gold, minimal head, flocculation. Sweet buttery caramel malt and old cardboard flavor. Body on the light side of medium.
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle
I picked this on a whim at Steve’s. Since I am in the middle of a stretch where bigger beers like imperial stouts and double IPAs don’t excite me much I figured I’d go back to some simpler styles. This one is a perfect example of a typical biere de garde (if such a thing exists). If I could find this again I would certainly consider buying another bottle for a summer evening.
Aroma / Appearance - Lively carbonation moves around the blond colored body. A half finger bleached white head rests on top for much of the time, fading only after the second pour. Straw, wheat, lemons and strawberries comprise a fruity and sweet aroma. It reminds me of a strawberry shortcake liquified in a blender with some lemon peels thrown in.
Flavor / Palate - The light mouthfeel don’t stick to the tongue at all but glides quickly down the throat. Straw and honey dominate the easily drinkable first impression. A tart aftertaste reminds me of honeycombs stuck in a blender. The finish is satisfying and complete. It is on par with the Cuvee de 7eme for about a third of the cost.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the big bottle from Roof Bros. Pours a rich, dark cloudy golden color with absolutely no head whatsoever. Complex aroma- I get banana, medicines, acetaldehyde, and pomegranate. This is a beer that I just want to smell for hours and hours. No carbonation. Flavor is a thick spicey and flowery potion punctuated by fruity sweetness and tartness. Strange. I’m not sure that I’d ever try this again. Sure smells good, though.
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
330ml bottle into my Rochefort glass...Light clearish gold, not appealing. A white rises quickly to two full fingers but then falls quickly to nothing, poor lacing....Aroma smells terrible, all skunky through and through....The taste is garbage, its a slightly more carbonated bud light...The feel is super bubbly, tickles the tongue...Almost impossible to drink.
This is a horrendous biere de garge, run far far away.