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


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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Draft from Churchkey in DC. Pours darkish toffee-colored with a huge white head. Nose is some fruit and slight floral notes, but mostly a pretty simply sweet toffee/caramel thing. bummer.

corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a dark golden copper color with apricot colored edges and a two finger, fluffy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Slightly earthy aroma with a decent balance of floral hops, bready yeast, sweet malts and dark fruit. Slightly grassy and resinous with some sticky pine needle and straw character followed by hints of bready ale yeast, caramel, toffee and biscuit. As it warms, there’s some dark fruit sweetness with dark cherry, apricot and plum. Medium bodied and surprisingly hop forward with some dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over the yeast and sweet malt notes into a slightly dry finish. There’s a prominent floral, grassy hop presence up front but it’s still light and easy to drink with some caramel, chestnut, toffee and dark fruit sweetness balancing things out. Nothing too out of the ordinary but this beer is pretty flavorful and nicely balanced with the hop profile adding another dimension that’s often missing in this style.

pivnizub (10811) - Bochum, Por�ř�, GERMANY - JUL 21, 2015
Flaška: Copper coloured, some floaties visible; moderate bready-malty nose with a mild honeyish background; sweetish flavour with a very mild bitterness, barely medium bodied; sweetish-malty finish with a slightly increasing bitterness in the very end. Not that good…

Beerathon (1681) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
Not bad, not good, completely meh. Nothing defineable about it. Expected more funk, malt complexity.

Maverick34 (3304) - New York, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Brownish orange pour from bottle. A malty essence and some choppy floral notes. Pretty decent.

stevoj (5574) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Just after telling my friends no American breweries were brewing Biere de garde, here’s this one. adequate but lacking some of the floral/spice notes of the French style. Medium amber with small beige head, malt, spice, meadow. Something missing.

Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Gamey sweetbread and toffee aroma. Golden glowing orange with a film head. Semi-sweet caramel and salty metallic iron tastes. Doesn’t feel as strong or heavy as these things often are, although it is pretty sticky. Good brew but better more substantial versions are available for much less.

ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2013
FROM NOTES: August 27, ’12. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. A: Sweet malts, fruit notes, caramel/toffee, bread, spice, and a little bit of booze. A: Pours a clear reddish-orange color with a lasting beige head that dissipates into medium lace. T: Sweet flavor with fruit notes and an unbalanced, very strong malty backbone. Something is "off" in the aftertaste.... P: Medium body with appropriate carbonation. O: I wanted more from this collaboration. It is very underwhelming and a bit to sweet.

keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2013
No bottling information.
Appearance: The color is amber to copper hued with garnet hints, accompanied by a tall and dense tan head that has good retention.
Aroma: The aroma is malty with a musky basement aroma with aromas of fig and hints of spice. It smells like a barleywine actually, one that’s been aged.
Taste: This drinks malty and musky with figs and hints of peppery spice, like an aged barleywine. Pretty bland with a slight watery finish.
Palate: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: Maybe this is past it’s prime, but to be fair the style pretty much translates to "beer for keeping" and this can’t be that old. This is bland and musky, not something I would buy again.

anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
Draft @ Toronado San Diego, San Diego, CA. Pours an amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty finish with hints of caramel.

Aniela (4215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2013
Draught at the Gingerman NYC sept 2012. Clear amber beer with a small offwhite head. Fruity and spicy aroma.Fruity, like plums and other dark fruits, malty and sweet flavour. Lovley :-)

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