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


on tap


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Announcing the first ever collaboration beer from a French Craft brewery, Brassserie Castelain of Benifontaine France and Two Brothers of Warrenville, Illinois. The name Diversey & Lille is a riff on Chicago’s first brewery, Diversey & Lill (a Franco-American collaboration that dates back to 1833) and Lille (the capital of the North of France and a city near the Castelain brewery).

The nose of this dry hopped Biere de Garde sparkles with notes of citrus grass and apricot. Flavors of ripe fruit spices and toasted almond round out this slightly sweet, full beer. We are very excited to introduce it to the nation at large and most especially to Chicagoans. For the first time since 1871, Chicago has a beer called Diversey & Lill(e).

The beer was brewed in Benifontaine and is a collaboration between Nicholas Castelain and Jason Ebel.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2886) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. This is a good Biere de garde. It is malt forward with caramel and slight toffee, there is a lager musty quality. There is a firm bitterness in finish. A solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (3860) - New York, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Tap at Gingerman I kinda forgot what beervi wanted in my flight and panicked and picked this. Anyways pours amber with fruity nose. Tastes of fruity esters, earth, toffee, malt, and ginger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (8996) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Bottle thanks to Dallas I believe. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. The aroma is big sweet hay and caramel, some dust. The flavor is a clear flavorful brew with light citrus, dusty sweet malts, bubblegum. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10574) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Draft at Craft Ale House. Poured hazy golden straw colored with off-white head. Nose was grainy funky yeasty pale malt, hops, mild florals. Tasted crisp, with funky yeasty pale malt up front, then some hops, mild florals, and mild spicy peppery notes. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - SEP 21, 2012
Light copper, clear, off-white head. Malty, with some bread-crust Munich malt notes, a little toffee, some earthy/cellar Bierde de garde-like character, clean. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Pours a clear, amber-orange colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and bready with a bit of a candy note. Some cherries, a few esters, a light yeasty spice, and a bit of a nutty caramel. Flavor is similar. Sweet malts with a candyish bread, slight nutty caramel, fruity esters, a bit of a cherry, and a light yeasty spice. Touch of herbal bitterness as this finishes smooth and clean with a slight dryness. Medium length aftertaste following a smooth, medium body and a soft, medium-light carbonation. Overall, a decent beer. Sweeter and bready with a light yeasty spicing and a bit of a fruitiness. Nicely made and easy drinking. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2012
Draught at Ginger Man, NYC. Amber beer with A nice rich head. Floral nutty aroma, hay, grapes, roasted, some cocoa, vinous, some herbal notes. Malty hazelnut flavor, floral, herbal, fruity notes, somewhat bitter finish with nuts, vanilla, hay, bread and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (6254) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite, 9/7/12

Aroma: The nose is sweet malts, fruity, caramel/toffee, bread, spice, and a little bit of booze
Appearance: It pours a clear burnt reddish-orange color with a lasting beige head and medium lace
Flavor: The taste is fairly sweet, it is heavily malty, with some fruity notes, and something off in the finish
Palate: The body is medium, with average carbonation, an alright feel, and a slightly off finish
Overall Impression: This beer will now mark the start to the weekend for me, and thank goodness, because for a short week, this was a long week. Anyway, this beer was alright, but it wasn’t particularly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (7047) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Draft @ Sunset Grill and Tap. Amber in color with good head retention. Aromas are honey and sweet malt. Taste shows the sweet malt again with a very light fruit note; I have a hard time defining. The finish as a strange artificial sweetener taste. I really liked the beer the first few sips. However, the bizarre artificial sweet taste really turn me off as I continued to drink it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
On tap. Pours with a crystal clear amber hued body with a large tan head. Aromas are spicy, sweet cherries, pits, plums, estery. Mild phenolic character. Lightly bready malt. Tons of bright fruit esters for a BdG. Flavors are sweet, musty, cherry, cotton candy, lots of esters and sweet overall. Medium carbonation. Medium complexity. Misses the mark for me personally.

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