Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Sampled at RBPG; bottle courtesy of yinzer. Floral yeasty nose, very aromatic with mild flowery orange blossom and orange rinds. Has a mild tang to the aroma. Very nice. Hazy-clear yellowish, almost white, with thin lacing white head. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Great taste, and it’s been a while since I’ve had a Bière de Garde. Flowery with yeast and light chalky after. Some apples and wheat. Tasty stuff. CanIHave4Beers (4194) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2010
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. andrewje41 (4083) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2015
11.2 oz capped bottle. Pours a fizzy blonde color with a thick cream foam head and lace. Corny, grassy aroma. Surprised to see a lot of different flavor here. Mostly grassy with a lot of corn and some wheat. Thick creamy body to it. Dry grain finish. Interesting beer. patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2009
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 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2009
(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
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. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
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.
Brigadier (3710) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2007
750 ml bottle
SpringsLicker (3660) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 8, 2006
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.
Sampled at the Kegger.
This formed a small head over a straw colored body.
The aroma was restrained and delicate but exhibited a yeasty bready maltiness along with some characteristic Belgian aspects to it.
Light palate, smooth and easy drinking. This beer is all about is subtleties not its forcefulness. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle. Butterscotch aroma. Hazy honey gold, minimal head, flocculation. Sweet buttery caramel malt and old cardboard flavor. Body on the light side of medium.