Brewed by Castelain
Style: Pale Lager
Benifontaine, France


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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
650ml flip-top bottle and 330ml crown cork bottle.
"The first French organic beer". Launched 1986.
Ingredients: Organic malt; organic hops.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (4286) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Pour is a nice hazy looking orange with a small white head. Aroma is musty and citrus. Flavor is a bit thin and papery. There are some lemon notes and some hops but they are barley noticable. Boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2006
An aroma consisting of barley and citrus. Maize colored with very little head and lacing. A taste consisting of wheat marked with citrus.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
oh6gdx (26430) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2006
Bottled. A bit hazy, pale yellowish golden colour, small white creamy head. Sourish sweet aroma (almost barnyardish) with some citrus in background. Biting carbonation, otherwise papery and thin palate. Fruits in flavour with hints of some hoppiness in finish. Quite interesting beer, but at the same time boring.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (17081) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2005
Bottled (BB 09/2006)
Hazy pale golden color, small white head. Sour, sweety bun aroma, like in unclean tap, some citrus and malts in the background. Carbonated mouthfeel, quite thin body. Lemon, orange, faint yeast and honey notes. Plain but somehow interesting organic beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Bottle. Handsome looking calm, hazy golden with an eggshell head. Floral, orange rind, hints of lemon, and...auuugh, phenolic. Its all downhill from here. Expiration date on the bottle says June 06, so no pity. I want my 800 Yen back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Bottled. My label looks nothing like the one pictured, but the description, name and brewer are similar so this must be the right one. Pours coppery with no real head and only a faint hint of white lacing to give an idea as to what the head may be if it were prominent. Smells of apples, grapefruit and pepper. Tastes of apple juice, grapefruit, some slight nutmeggy notes, but otherwise very watery and bland. Disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (24639) - Tyres, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2005
Bottled. Bright golden. Bready malt aroma. Light bodied with buttery malt flavour and rounded mouthfeel. Low bitterness. Fresh and easy going unasssuming beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
clear golden appearance. taste of english hops and bread..but wonder white bread,you know the cheap stuff. but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marko (5414) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 15, 2004
Very, very interesting. Smells..well different, the aroma was pretty heavy, somehow "oily". It had a big white head, which vanished really fast. Very fizzy at first. Lively carbonation. Nothing really strange, but somehow for me, fizzy and biere de garde didnt go together. Clear golden body. Tastes... different (again)... somehow grainy, lemony (in a sour way, but nice). Maybe honeyish in the aftertaste too. Nothing too special, but definitely an above average beer. Its possibly underrated. After ChTi "Tripel" I didnt expect much, so this came as a suprise. Nice owl on the label by the way.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2006 (Bottled) Hazy, pale yellow color with a medium, mostly vanishing head. Mild, slightly sour, sweetish-malty aroma with lots of honey. Grassy-honeyish, slightly sweet-sour and lemony flavor with no hops or finish. Light-bodied, quite carbonated, slicky palate. A plain and dull, but very easily drinkable and somewhat refreshing blond ale.

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