Liam Deegan

The Return of Something New & Beer Review: Castelain Biere de Garde

In Biere de Garde, Reviews on June 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Welcome to the new website.  By new, I mean it’s the same site with a slightly different address, as I was the victim of some apparent domain hacking.  After some additional camera difficulties, It’s now time for a new post.  Hope you still like beer.  Here’s my review:

A bottle from France that isn’t wine!  Biere de Garde is “beer for keeping,” as it is traditionally brewed in the winter and spring and let to mature in the bottle before drinking.  It is a similar style to Saison.

Pours a golden amber color with a fluffy white capping of foam.

The nose is mostly grain and straw, hay and dry grass.  There is a light fruitiness and a lemony hop presence lingering with biscuity malt.

The prickly carbonation creates a lively mouthfeel, that gives a fruity, almost Belgian-esqe candi sugar sweetness upfront, grain in the middle and lemon grass and herbal notes that finishes slightly dry and crisp.

This beer is reminiscent of a German pilsner from the biscuit and herbal, grassy hop flavors but with a much more assertive yeast strain that hints at a musty funk.  Very nice beer, will make a great cheese beer so even with cheese in France, you can skip the wine!

Style: Biere de Garde

ABV: 6.4%

Cheers!

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