La Gaillarde - Unibroue
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3.78/5 rDev +11.5%
I scored this bottle of La Gaillarde in a Unibroue mix pack when visiting L'île & Tremblant in early fall. I just noticed that I still had one in my cooler, and so here we go.
A: Not my favorite head: it was thick, and held together well, but it was a puffy, wooly white, with uniform tiny bubbles--no drama. Tons of lacing, which is what I expect from Unibroue. The beer was unfiltered and golden, and continued to bubble up the whole time I drank it. Nice all around. 3.5/5
S: Opens with a sour burst, a cross between a Belgian ale and a dry white wine. That melts into strong floral notes, white grapes, spice, with an acidic or astringent pungency. Pronounced grains and a strong wheatiness. Most of the strong notes fade as consumed, leaving a wet wheaty smell. 3.5/5
T: Tons of flavor: spicy and alcoholic up front, yeast, fruity (grapes, citrus, apple, lemon peel), super grainy, a touch of grass, but the hops are well-blended and play a background role to the other flavors. The aggressive carbonation really contributed to the bitter citrusy/fruity/sour flavors at the front. A bright sourness melts into a sweet wheat finish. 4/5
M: Tons of carbonation that hung around, and the crispness and super-wheatiness made for a bright yet thick chew. This really--almost surprisingly--made my mouth water. 4/5
O: A very solid situational beer, and something I found very drinkable and pleasant. Perfectly refreshing and complex, and although far from my favorite of the Unibroue line I still would reach for this on a sparkling warm summer day. On the whole, I found it too sour, carbonated, and white wine-y for me to be an anytime beer. 3.5/5
11-24-2012 22:39:28 | More by brother_rat
3.55/5 rDev +4.7%
341ml bottle, available in the Unibroue mixed packs here in Alberta.
This beer pours a cloudy pale straw hue, with two fingers of finely foamy off-white head, which leaves a low shoreline of ebbing lace around the glass as it duly recedes.
It smells of grainy pale malt, some astringent wheatiness, musty sweet citrus, somewhat spicy herbal yeast, and a sweet floral hoppiness. The taste is sweet wheaty, grainy malt, mildly bitter citrus flesh, a bit of clove/coriander spice, some prominent, yet understated, Belgian by way of Chambly yeast, and soft floral, earthy hops.
The carbonation is moderate to low, depending on the fizzy countenance of the current gulp, the body a sturdy, unassuming medium weight, and more or less smooth, nothing really interfering there. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the wheat and barley countered by the lingering yeast and dry fruity notes.
A decent enough pale ale of the Belgian stripe - I'm not really up on the nuances of medieval brewing recipes, so I can only point out the competency of the blend of spice, fruit, yeast, and malt in this modern rendition of the style.
09-06-2012 03:58:42 | More by biboergosum
4.5/5 rDev +32.7%
341ml bottle poured into a 13.5oz tulip.
A - Pours a super hazy golden-yellow, with ample carbonation. Snow-white head that retains as a thick frothy cap that clings relentlessly to the glass walls as it sinks. Excellent lacing.
S - Signature Unibroue. Spicy and floral yeast with bready malt and wheat, and subtle notes of fruit. Crisp apples, pear, and a touch of white grapes. Very sweet. A little citrus and clove help round out the aroma. Reminds me of Blonde de Chambly, which I love.
T - Follows the nose a lot. Tons of Unibroue's house yeast that I can't get enough of; spicy and floral. Very flavorful. Apple and pear again, but more white grape than the aroma. Finishes bready, yeasty, and with a gentle hop presence. This still really reminds me of Blonde de Chambly, which happens to be one of my favorite beers.
M - Looking at this beer, it appeared quite over-carbonated, but the feel is anything but. Smooth as hell, with a body on the lighter side. Carbonation is very prominent, but very fine and compliments the flavor perfectly.
D - Yet another lower rated Unibroue beer, much like Blonde de Chambly, that I absolutely loved. Given the ratings on this one, I certainly didn't expect this coming in, but this is just another exceptional beer from the best brewery in Canada. Goes down insanely easy, with a nice mild summery flavor. I definitely plan to do a side-by-side comparison between this and Blonde de Chambly now.
07-30-2012 21:36:41 | More by Converge
2.93/5 rDev -13.6%
341 ml bottle.
A- Cloudy yellow. Almost a greenish beige. Not particularly appealing.
S- Hint of citrus. Touch of musty yeast. Weak overall.
T- Unibroue yeast, but light. Touch of acid sourness.
MF- Light. Fairly crisp and refreshing. Drying.
O- Acceptable hot weather beer, but there are much better, including in the Unibroue mixed pack I got this in.
07-24-2012 01:27:56 | More by JOaikido
3.98/5 rDev +17.4%
Appearance: golden yellow, 2 finger head that lingered, pilsner glass from bottle
Smell: unibroue all have this distinct spicy smell. Again, smells like fin du monde. Smell starts to fade once half a glass or so has been consumed.
Taste/Feel: tingly on the tongue, pretty smooth, basically a more drinkable and lighter fin du monde, with less fruit flavour than Blanche the chambly. Spice starts to fade after a few sips,
Overall: great flavour, although less bold than fin du monde or Blanche de chambly. Definitely a keeper. Wow still very smooth and clean as I finish drinking it. Top notch
07-18-2012 01:20:39 | More by joefinnigan15
2.23/5 rDev -34.2%
Fresh, old, makes no difference here.
A: The ale is a golden brown color, opaque with sediment suspended mid-brew. 1/2 a finger of head arose on pour, pretty good for a five year old ale.
S: The nose is butterscotch sweet, syrupy with a tough-to-define sweetness. Age has taken a toll (although based on previous 'fresh' reviews, maybe it hasn't).
T: The ale is sweet, driven by a combination of honey, sweet malts and cider. Oxidation has taken a bit of a toll, leaving flavors that are too sweet to be natural. For the amount of sweetness, the ale has a very dry finish that incorporates vegetal flavors.
M: The ale is very sweet, too sweet in fact. The ale hasn't held up well, although to be fair a 5% Belgian pale ale shouldn't last this long.
05-19-2012 00:53:36 | More by akorsak
3.53/5 rDev +4.1%
12oz Bottle from Marche Omni QC as part of the Tasters 12 pack for 14.99
Appearance – Hazy amber/yellow colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, coriander/cloves, yeast
Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon and some faint yeast. There is also some coriander and clove mixed with some peppery spiciness. It ends with a light citrus and spice aftertaste with some bitterness that hits right at the end.
Overall – I wasn't expecting much based on past reviews, but this is actually pretty decent stuff. It might not be as good as some of Unibroue's other offerings, but it's still head and shoulders above the macros. Not something I'd search out again, but happy to have tried a few from the mixed taster pack. A great beer for summer.
05-14-2012 00:00:57 | More by spinrsx
2.95/5 rDev -13%
I love Unibroue, so I was excited when my friend kmpitz2 picked this up and shared with me. Pours a golden color, just like a blonde, with a small head that doesn't stick around. Very sweet aroma, slight hints of acidity. The flavor was completely empty. I tasted nothing at all. There was a tiny bit of tart in it, but absolutely no flavor. Very odd. Never met a beer like this before. I'm glad I tried it, but I probably wouldn't have it again.
10-04-2004 02:59:06 | More by clvand0
3.25/5 rDev -4.1%
The beer pours a very pale golden yellow color with a finger of head that falls fast. The nose is very much like a sweet white wine, with a very sweet grape nose. The flavore is just weird. Its almost like there is no flavor at all. If there was an equivalent to white noise for a flavor, this beer woudl be it. The aftertaste is somewhat sour, but thats all I get. It is very intriguing to have the nose be so strong, yet the flavor be so anti-flavor. As it warms up, there is more of the sour flavor on this one. The mouthfeel is actually a little watery and thin. With the strangeness in the flavor and the lack of thickness. I'm glad I had this one, but I don't think I would get it again.
10-02-2004 02:00:48 | More by kmpitz2
La Gaillarde from Unibroue
79 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.