Ch’ti BlondeSeptember 1, 2004 Bénifontaine, France
Imported by: Elite Brand Imports
Available: MI, CO, MN, NY, IL
France is not usually thought of as a beer producing nation, but the northern region is home to the delicious bière de garde style, a traditional farmhouse ale that goes beautifully with food.
Alcohol (wt.): 5.09
Alcohol (vol.): 6.4
Ch’ti is proof positive that blondes don’t have to be dumb. This blonde boasts a magnificent coiffeur, leaving a lasting impression, like love letters on the glass. Her nose is tiny but titillating and just a little alcoholic. Don’t be fooled, this French country gal’s got more than strength; she’s got a bountiful body, depth of character and excellent taste. A slight sweetness is engaging with seared foie gras and marries well with anything rich.
- Charles Finkel
I can read it but dare not pronounce it. Very well balanced. An impression of delicacy and lightness in aroma, flavor and aftertaste. Mild overall balance with subtle hints of citrus (very subtle) and spice—if you are paying attention. At 6.4% it is not a light beer, but it sure would appeal to “light” beer drinkers. I’ve never experienced a bière de garde so light in palate, yet portraying enough character of the style to warrant “authenticity.” Ch`ti ain’t sh***y!
- Charlie Papazian
This 6.4% abv beer is a classic French “bière de garde” or keeping beer. Unlike genuine lagers, bières de garde are stored, but are members of the ale family. Ch’ti Blonde is gold-colored with a hint of bronze. It has a dense fluffy head and perfumy hops, juicy malt and tangy orange and lemon fruit on the aroma. Grain, fruit and increasingly bitter hops develop in the mouth, followed by a lingering hoppy/fruity finish. The name is Picardy dialect for “c’est toi”—it suits you. And it will.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
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