Saint Landelin La Divine - Les Brasseurs de Gayant
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Reviews by sfprint:
3.08/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
10-08-2013 23:39:19 | More by sfprint
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3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
Found this one at my local Publix when i was getting my DF 90 Minute four pack.
A- Pours a slightly darker than straw colored fluid that has nicely active head and decent lacing quarter inching the glass.
S- Smells of fresh wheat and a twang of yeasty goodness. Light scents of coriander follow.
T-M- First is a very metallic bite with heavy alcohol esters mixed with a prominent wheat and yeast like flavor. Different with something to talk about. Mouthfeel is smooth with lingering carbonation allowing the metal like flavors to slowly roll down the tongue.
D- I could drink this up like no other but for the price I will pass.
11-20-2009 03:03:28 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
Large bottle, with swing top, best before dating on the front label. Pours clear lightish amber, bubbles continuing to rise to the top, under a long lasting fine and tiny bubble white head, that leaves plenty of sticky, classy looking sheeting and lace. Spice, a hint of soap and yeast in the nose. Belgian style yeast and spicing in full flame here, nice take on the style, crisp, flavorful and lively brew. Puckering hop crunch late. Bring on the cheese and salads and enjoy with this one. I liked it, nice to see French brewers getting in on the up scale beer thing.
04-24-2008 22:33:16 | More by Billolick
3.15/5 rDev -14.9%
750 ML swing-top bottle > 16 oz. Stella glass
Well, finally a beer from France...let's see if the rumors are true.
This one pours out totally clear with fast bubbles in orange-hued pale amber color with a huge 3"+ extremely dense and creamy cloudy-white head, very impressive looking with amazing retention, very, very slow. The crown is very creamy with the rest a bit more scattered, but it's pretty tight overall. The lacing is numerous and VERY sticky. Looks good. The lable on this bottle is a bit of a mystery and makes you wonder a few things, like what style is this?? looks very much like a Farmhouse style ale.
The nose had some whiff's of cream o' corn style malt, semi-sour and earthy yeast that is pretty potent. soft fruits like starfruit and mellows come to mind with banana's and cloves. Freshly husked corn and wheat fields way down deep.
This brew is very malt dominated with honey-soaked sour dough bread flavor's, that seems to leave too many residual sugars. This has a crisp and clean, light body and feel at first but mellows in time which makes the malt a bit cloying. The yeast is spicey and very earthy giving off a sour fruity edge. The hops are leafy and dry creating a very long bitter finish with a dirt effect. Adding to the bitterness is the heat, which stands out way to much tasting like grain alcohol. The flavor's have a hard time balancing eachother out. This one starts out very nice and just falls apart as it warms.
This one made me wonder, I knew the French were not exactly known for their beer's and the price for a 750 ML bottle being $4.99 really makes you wonder....why so cheap?? i still think this is a good deal for what it is.
11-27-2008 00:10:04 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
This beer pours a golden amber with a rocky white head. The head stays just long enough to leave very nice lacing on the glass.
The nose delivers a beautiful floral sweetness. The same sweetness and malty comes through in the taste, yet it contains a bit of tartness...like a good Braeburn apple. There is a definite Belgium influence here. The mouthfeel is crisp and cleansing. Delicious.
In the past I have been less than impressed with French beers, this one however is worth seeking out and trying.
Although not what I would think of as a hot weather beer, it will be great with any traditional summer foods you are serving, especially a good homemade brat.
07-03-2008 04:09:10 | More by beerbrains
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
bittersweet combo. Lacey, with abundant white head on orange body. Yeasty aroma. Smooth drinking with spice mix. Medium bodied and drinkable. Smokeless Joes. Dry finish. Not best biere de garde, and quite yeasty. Above average beer. Grows on you and you could take a lot if you had to.
10-02-2007 04:41:24 | More by Sammy
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours a wonderfully dark golden color with a huge lively cream colored head.
Smells of spices, yeast, and a little funk. Some fruit and sweetness also makes an appearance.
Sweet and malty with a little metallic copper finish with dried fruit and customary funk.
Creamy with a nice carbonation.
Pretty drinkable. I wouldn't go looking too hard, but I would enjoy this one again.
05-19-2010 17:54:06 | More by RomaniIteDomum
4.22/5 rDev +14.1%
750cc bottle, poured in stages into a Duvel glass.
Golden-amber clear brew with tiny suspended yeast particles. White head is raised a couple inches which leaves fine spotty lacing as the beer is consumed.
Aroma is sweet and malty, with fresh floarl and citrus hoppy aromas. Some spiciness. Mouthfeel is stickier than expected from the fresh tangy flavor up front. There is more sweetness in the finish. Spicy tart orange peel, some smooth bitterness on the midpalate, and a fairly long sweet golden malty finish.
Nicely complex and enjoyable.
09-17-2009 22:53:52 | More by kenito799
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
Look; a mate honey color with a suprising amount of carbonation considering that the bottle i picked up is almost exactly a year past its best by date (Currently 5-18-10, best by 5-28-09).Very little head with just a thin ring staying around. Beer actually has some legs!
I get a big hit of white grape juice and a lot of sugars. Which is not unpleasent at all, some beers that smell sweet really turn me off but not this one. It seriously does have a Martinellies apple juice smell to it.
Malty malty beer,but in a good way. Almost taste like a hard apple cider with lots of malt added. Its a good tasting beer with a clean finish.
The mouth feel is smooth and creamy, leaving almost no bitterness on the tounge. A very drinkable beer to say the least.
05-19-2010 03:06:59 | More by trygger87
3.3/5 rDev -10.8%
Out of a 750ml swing cap bottle. Pours a pale copper color with a very nice dense white head that left a wall of lacing on the glass. The brew has a fruity nose; some oxidized grapes, sweetened granny smith apple skins, and hay. There is quite a candied aroma to it. The taste is of a weak caramel and apple juice. There is barely enough caramel malt to carry the Biere de Garde classification. The feel is quite light and has soft carbonation which leads to a flat feel. An average Biere de Garde at best; not nearly malty enough. It is a bit tin-like but holds it own. A very blah biere de garde. I would like to see more caramel malt to bring this brew around.
12-23-2009 07:36:48 | More by Gmann
3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
Wow, this beer is yeasty! While the beer has a nice copper color, the contribution of the malt is minimal. A faint toastiness, typical of vienna malt, and a whiff of sulfur, which I associate with pils malt. That is all. The beer is also paper thin. The ample, almost explosive carbonation, helps fill it out. It also has a slightly slick feel, like my mouth is being lightly coated with grease.
The real start of the show is the yeast and the esters that it kicks off. Pineapple, and pear. Some tangerine, and a healthy dose of dirt.
It reminds me a lot of some of the more vibrant Belgian strong pale ales. If that is your bag (it really isn't mine), I'd check it out.
09-15-2008 19:59:03 | More by shbobdb
4.33/5 rDev +17%
I love trying new beers and this one looked good. It was my first Biere De Garde. The swing top popped of with a small burst of of co2 and smoked and hazed for A second.
A- Clear Copper color with minimal bubble action. White head that had peaks.
S- Malts and i was thinking a dried fruits smell along with a slight hop smell. This brew had a funky smell too it, i kinda didnt like.
T- malts right in the beggining, then i get this funky undescribable taste. Some hops are found but very little.
M- Very bubbly in the mouth. With a taste that lingers
D- Not hard to drink although i dont know i would drink too much. One bottle was all i needed to know what the beer tasted like and might not get it again. It didnt taste too special.
04-14-2009 13:43:30 | More by SpencerSauce
4/5 rDev +8.1%
From the 750 ml. bottle marked 12.28.09-L27.1.11. Sampled on March 27, 2010. Served about 45 degrees. As I popped the plastic cork often found on these French beers it really opened with exhileration and a nice puff of carbonated mist. The aroma was noticeable right out of the bottle before pouring. The pour was a cloudy orange-pale yellow with an eager, foamy white head that fizzles down after a few moments but leaves a thin lacing all around the glass. The aroma bursts with sensations of wheat, malts, coriander, and other tantalizing spices. The flavor has a bitter tanginess with a dry finale of hops and spices. While the aroma had a non-distinct alcohol scent the taste had a bit more alcohol in the mix. Drinkable? If by drinkable you mean it is easy to drink quickly...then I would have to say yes. It was easier to drink this one than savor it. The 8% ABV hit me lightly at the end. It had its own variety of characteristics which were commendable on the face of it but I still tend to favor Belgian Abbey Ales, at least over this one from France. Still, it was not a bad beer overall. I found it in the Price Chopper Grocery Store in Keene, N.H. It was kind of a stand-alone among the typical nationally known macro and micro brews you see in grocery stores or other bottle shops.
03-27-2010 21:47:45 | More by puboflyons
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
Thanks to Fredrick T Bunky and JennyBo for bringing this bottle to BCTC. A 750 mL swingtop.
A: The bière de garde is a light golden amber color that I'd associate with a saison nine times out of ten, much lighter than most BdGs that I'm used to. Four fingers of head coated my glass and left a thick ring of head.
S: The yeast strain has left a very sweet mark on this ale, with a peppery anise aroma that is light but evident. I also detect some apple.
T: The ale isn't as malty as most BdGs, a nice touch as I'm not particularly fond of that element. The light malts are accentuated by the yeast strain, leaving a sweet honey and spice finish. Low carbonation forces the flavors to linger much longer than they should. The sweet fullness of the malts is rather nice, the more I get used to it (revealing its malty provenance here).
M: The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with maltiness. Took me a while to discern that through the spicy flavors. The lack of carbonation is a check against it, the bubbles would add to the experience.
D: The ale doesn't taste as heavy as it is, both a blessing and a curse. An enjoyable ale that is taking me a long time to get through.
08-08-2009 23:25:48 | More by akorsak
2.58/5 rDev -30.3%
Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry malt with some traces of DMS. Taste is also dominated by notes of DMS with some lightly sweet caramel malt notes. No spices or ester form the yeast are really noticeable and DMS is a bit too omnipresent. Medium body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol.
02-15-2009 04:10:34 | More by Phyl21ca
3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
A-Pours a light golden-amber w/just a touch of haze, dense off-white head w/decent retention and gorgeous sticky lace.
S-Bits of malt, pear & apricot, spice, Belgian yeast, and a touch of funk and autumnal earth.
T-Slightly sweet dough w/fruit upfront, and a dry spicy finish. Bit of warm alcohol in the aftertaste on the back of the tongue.
M-Sweet/dry balance is decent, body is lighter-to-medium, carbonation is moderate, but the metallic edge in the finish and aftertaste throw it off a bit.
D-Decent brew, easy to drink.
11-13-2009 17:13:35 | More by BoitSansSoif
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
750ml bottle poured into a tulip.
A = Clear, dark yellow gold with a good foamy white head, great retention, heavy lacing.
S = Crisp notes of hay, wild yeast, white pepper, quite complex.
T = Good strong half cooked bread dough with light floral notes, dry hay, small traces of citrus and spiced apple, quite complex and well balanced, some trace of the alcohol after mid-palate, at the back of the mouth right before the finish really starts I get a slight smokey taste, quite good stuff.
M = Medium bodied, fair mouthcoating, alcohol is present and body is just a touch watery.
D = Good drinkability, a very approachable beer. I could happily drink this sitting outside enjoying the afternoon in a French cafe.
10-11-2008 02:34:56 | More by Traquairlover
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a cup...
Appearance - poured a dark golden color with good head
Smell - the yeast def fills my nostrils but some sweet smells is also picked up...
Taste - its a wheat with a hint of spices in the background. It tastes good but nothing too special. It tastes pretty good for the price... 4.99 for a 750 ml bottle
Mouthfeel - very smooth, wasn't bitter with good carbonation
Drinkability - I don't think I'm going to save the rest of this 750 ml...
It was a beautiful day outside, worked for 8 hours... Just went for a 40 mile bike ride get back to my house and cracked this bottle open and sat outside in the sun on my deck and just relaxed.... I couldn't have asked for more... You wont be disappointed if your looking for a good beer to just relax with...
06-17-2010 21:25:51 | More by jmarvin4189
4/5 rDev +8.1%
750ml. swing-top brown bottle with a best before date: 5/28/09. Pours an amber-gold with pristene clarity and a 1/2" white foam head.
Sweet and fruity bisquit malty nose with a slight burnt rubber lingering after.
Flavor is also sweet with light fruit and floral aspects. Nice sweet apple, pear, sultana, honeysuckle with a likeness of bubblegum that finishes crisp and smooth with an offset bitterness. Mildly smooth mouthfeel with some zip from the carbonation. Alcohol is burried within.
A very drinkable, solid beer for this style, that quite honestly took me by surprise. This was brewed in France?
11-06-2008 10:10:13 | More by scottoale
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Golden yellow - apple juice from concentrate. A finger high of white, fluffy head. Retention is nice.
S: Salty, smoked meat is what really comes to mind - like jerky. Some fruit skins. Maybe I am getting the wrong aroma from this?
T: Fruitiness, a touch of saltiness and light smoke again. Pear, maybe some light apricot and apple.
M: A rich, medium body. Smooth carbonation and feel... Goes down nicely. Not really anything huge going on, but a 'safe' and inoffensive.
09-29-2008 03:29:57 | More by Proteus93
Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.