Saint Landelin La Divine - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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BA SCORE
84
good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sammy on 10-02-2007)
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Photo of sfprint
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: No head, a sparse column of carbonation rising from the center. very close to Rose (the wine) in color.
S: Biere de Garde-ish, malty but with a strange fermented fruit flavor, like an unsweet peach
T: Retains that unsweet peach flavor which can be a bit odd. But still decent.
M: Mild to moderate stinging carbonation which is fairly pleasant.
O: Okay, but not my favorite flavor.

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3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

St Landelin La Divine has a toasted golden tone that would be well on its way to becoming tangelo orange if not for the brown suede gloss. The beer's complexion is perfectly transparent and replete with pin-needle-sized holes poked into it by excited bubbles. Its head has a high tide/low tide effect depending on the recentness of the pour.

Neither exactly grassy nor grainy, neither entirely sweet nor bitter nor spicy, it has an evasive yeastiness and subdued malts. It smells a bit like soggy honey-nut cereal and damp grains. There's also passing, short-lived rose-like florals. Alcohol is present. All in all, a bit of an odd duck.

The flavour has a surprisingly assertive toast to it. Roasted grain and chestnuts, grass clippings and fermenting orchard fruits (pear, apple, plum) make up the bulk of the flavour (though these descriptors don't accurately portray the true flavour which, frankly, is a bit too ambiguous to be properly defined). Again, alcohol feels the need to say 'bonjour!'.

The beer has a mild, almost sanitized amount of 'farmhouse' mustiness. It has a heavily drying note that resembles something like wooden shoots. Earthy bitterness is persistent but negligible; kind of like a fly that won't go away, it's annoying but not actually problematic. Same goes for the alcohol, which is nearly imperceptible but thins out the caramelly toast.

For the most engrossing, captivating beers elements of time and place either evaporate entirely or they are irrefutably reinforced - this beer does neither. It embodies neither the proud (often overlooked) French brewing tradition nor the proper capacities of the Bière de Garde style. While it's a fine enough beer, it doesn't leave much to recommend it for.

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4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Props to my in-laws for this treat...

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of head, solid retention and nice chunky, sheeting lacing.

S - Nose offers up some fruity sweetness, musty pears, caramel, buttered pecans and a touch of sour apple on the finish.

T - Much like the nose, fruity sweetness, with the pears and sour apple coming through alongside the caramel and a touch of musty peat on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - At 8.5%, this is incredibly smooth, easy drinking and dangerously drinkable. Easily one of the smoothest 8%-ers I've ever had. I will be grabbing another bottle of this.

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3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber colour, 2 fingers of fluffy white head, good lace here as well. Smell is yeasty with a bit of spice, apple and candied fruits, crisp grainy malts with just a bit of lemony hop, finished with more spice and some earthy points. Taste goes south a bit here, some of that candied fruit from the nose, light bitterness but moderatley sweet all the way through, hard candy flavours with a odd smoke like flavour toward the finish here. Medium carbonation and medium body, pretty nice feel. Not a bad beer, but I am begining to suspect that I'm not a huge fan of this style though, still fairly drinkable and would drink it again if someone handed me a glass but otherwise I'm not going looking for it.

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3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8.00

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, bananas, clove/yeast, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with bananas and corn. There is also a bit of a yeasty spiciness and a bit of a rustiness. It ends with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Good not great. Worth trying once but not something that really stands out enough to buy again. It became a little boring to get through the 750ml size bottle.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB June 15, 2014.

Beer is a clear amber colour. Moderate to large white head. Fades steadily, leaves some lace.

Nose contains caramel and biscuity malt scents, light fruits, a bit of an almond scent, yeast and brown sugar.

Taste is fairly similar to the nose. Quite malty, biscuit and caramel. Yeast is prominent as well, with some spicing and fruit. I still get some almond. I like it better in the nose. Fairly sweet.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation, bready.

Overall, decent, but not great. Not something I would return to.

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Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
84 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.