Saint Landelin La Divine - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 130
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sammy on 10-02-2007

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Photo of brc
2.2/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Poured vigorously from 50cl can into goblet. Piddly little head dissipates quickly, with a touch of lacing. Very clear apple-juice color, which the can describes as golden (dorée).

S: Not much nose on this one. Some hint of malty goodness to come, maybe some apple or wood notes.

T: When cold there is little taste upfront and an alcohol-heavy finish. As it warms I taste some sweetness and bitterness in balance, but there are few characteristic flavors to describe. It's either smooth and clean or boring and bland.

M: Somewhat watery upfront. Lingering warming feeling in the end, which is the most notable characteristic of my glass. The finish feels like a blossoming of warmth in the mouth that spreads and hangs around in the back of the throat, a bit like a good whiskey.

D: It goes down easy for a beer at 8.5%, but I'm in no hurry to have another. Unfortunately it doesn't have most of the desirable characteristics of a bière de garde. (957 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (379 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

.33cl bottle acquired in Strasbourg, France, and poured into an An Brainblasta goblet in me companion's gaff in Belfort, France. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head, quite thin, without cream, but of good retention. Clear transparent colour.

Sm: Light orange esters over top a pleasant barley foundation. No cream.

T: The esters are only on the fringe, replaced by caramelized malt, some spices, and weak barley. Far more simple than expected, to a disappointing degree. Weakly, underwhelmingly built for the style. Sort of balanced, but with a boring climax. I expected more.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Doesn't complement the flavours of the body.

Dr: Disguises its ABV remarkably well, but fails to offer the wealth of flavour expected for the style and presentation. Fairly drinkable, but disappointing overall. Not really worth a go unless you're into generic would-be abbey beers. (886 characters)

Photo of KrisPaulk77
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours deep golden, next to no head. Light bits of lace cling to the glass. The body seems a bit thick, almost syrupy.
The aroma is sugary and sweet, rich honey, light floral aromas, and malt.
The flavor is sweet, sugary and malty, rich with the same honey noates as the aroma. Mild bitterness in the background. Quite rich flavors.
The feel is thick and syrupy, and honestly, not easy to drink.
Not a terrible brew. Overall, decent. I'd have it again, but not often. (477 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the only biere de garde I've ever had, so take this review with a grain of salt as I'll be reviewing it versus my personal preferences for beers.

Poured out with a nice, thick, white head. It leaves behind a lot of lacing. It has lots of carbonation. The head disappears after a few minutes leaving behind a thin layer of foam at the top of the beer. Its a nice,

Aroma wise, it smells very much like white wine with some grassiness and fruitiness (think pears, apples, and that kind of thing). It tastes very much like wine. I am not getting any hoppiness and am just getting a little malt and lots of fruitiness. The only bite is from the alcohol, which feels a bit too apparent to me.

Overall, this beer is okay. I don't really find it to be very enjoyable to drink as this is not my kind of beer. (811 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml, BBE 28. May 2011, into La Chouffe tulip. Clear light amber fluid is topped by rich white bubbly head that slowly sets to a stable sheet. The head clings to the walls as I'm swirling and tilting the glass. Malty sweetness with esters of apple and pear, slightly bananaish - which makes sense as the beer contains wheat, herbal component probably derived from hops is reminiscent of green olives, some faint spicy alcohol. The taste is malty with apple tartness and evident hoppy bitterness balancing the malt, slightly spicy. Mild carbonation, light-medium body and a little astringent.
This beer is lacking toasty, caramel and cellar-like notes that are supposed to mark the style. On the other hand it has enough tartness and spicing to resemble its close relative, a Belgian Saisson. It is better than most macros that can be found on the shelves locally but nothing that I would go back to, at least not on a regular basis. (934 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,691 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light honey body with moderate carbonation and a dense, dense, rocky 2+ finger head.

S: Watered down apple juice, hay, dry soil, yeast.

T: Freeze dried apples, slight lemon tartness, yeast.

M: Thin to medium bodied and dry.

D: Fairly drinkable, but not entirely flavorful enough to keep me intrigued. (316 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks a bit more American than European, with a clear amber color and a one finger head that leaves some shards of lace

Smell: Candi sugar sweetness, almost meadlike, dominates the aroma, with biscuity malt and some herbacious must

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a growing herbacious apple flavor, almost like angostura bitters mixed with candi sugar; after the swallow, the herbacious, musty element lingers though the apple sweetness refuses to surrender

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, almost a bit syrupy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very different biere de garde, but the combination of the sweet and herbally bitter flavors don't cut it for me (680 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is yeasty and sweet with malt and spice. The appearance is golden with a better than average head and nice lacing left on the glass. The flavor is like the aroma and fairly well balanced with some emphasis on the sweet. The palate is thin. Overall it's nice with a slightly fruity finish. (298 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (663 characters)

Photo of blakesell
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another fresh bottle, what am I thinking drinking a "beer for keeping" fresh?

Poured from the swing top bottle into one of my fine clear German stein's.

Appearance- Rough pour was finally able to muster up some head, the swing top didn't open at all and I was afraid there would be no carbonation. Finally got a decent three fingers out of it that pretty quickly faded to a thin ring around the sides. Lacing is ample about the sides of the glass. Amber golden and clear.

Smell- Mild cereal malts that don't give off a whole lot in the nose. This is clearly a paler example of the style so it won't give off near as many aromas as a darker Biere de Garde. Still I can't help but think that this is missing something. Light oxidation.

Taste- Right away I notice the cloying off sweetness, as the finish is classified to be a lot drier. Outside of that this is closer to the lighter examples and not very prominent again with flavor. One thing I can say is going well for this beer is that the alcohol is barely detectable. There is also a light spiciness, but also a bloodlike metallic flavor that is entirely displeasing.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and slightly warming. Lightly carbonated, smooth, no alcohol hotness for the 8.5% that it is.

Drinkability- This is drinkable and somewhat malty, I'll drink this one but I have a feeling that it will be my last for a long time. The other will wait in my cellar and will be "kept" hopefully until it becomes better. (1,471 characters)

Photo of Jerico
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first try of this type of beer (AFAIK). It reminds me of a triple in most respects!

A - pours clear and golden, with a massive fluffy head that dissipates faster than I expected.

S - crisp and kind of malty sweet with a hint of bread (almost like a triple).

T/M/D - taste is smooth and slighty malty sweet, again reminiscent of a triple (with less of that candy sugar sweetness, and less complexity). It has a slightly crisp aftertaste too. An interesting beer that I'll try again. (495 characters)

Photo of evilkalla
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into a chalice.

A: Poured a pale yellow/light copper, slightly cloudy, with a thin wisp of head which immediately dissipated. A fair level of carbonation is visible.

S: Has a yeasty smell to it, sort of flowery, but that's about all I can detect.

T: Has a nutty essence to it, with sort of a wild fruit character. It reminds me of wild scuppernongs that grow here in the south. Has a somewhat bitter and crisp finish to it. Not bad.

M: Not overly thick or thin. I think it's just about right.

O: I haven't had a lot of beers in this style; this one isn't bad, although I don't think the style is to my liking. Still, an ok tasting beer, I don't regret the purchase. (688 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear, orange, golden beer with a thin head. Very little visible carbonation.

Smell is eastry fruity and has some exotic fruit in it. I smell apricot, pear, mango, maybe some banana. The malt is a little dextrinous.

Taste has a base of light caramel/ dextrine malt, which gives the beer a nice malty backbone. The yeast adds a fruity character with notes of apricot and apple. Bitterness is low. The mouthfeel is a little (too) sticky. This beer appears to be quite similar to Duvel, but without the dryness and bitterness. (528 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this comment is in french :

Appearance : blonde dorée, limpide et brillante. Mousse abondante, longue persistance.
Smell : malté, houblon
Taste and mouthfeel : belle ampleur dès l'attaque, céréales. L'amertume se développe en fin de bouche, notes florales
Drinkability : belle finesse pour une bière aussi forte (329 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (673 characters)

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (633 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (529 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good looking beer right here. Bright copper, clean and clear. Off white head, thick, dense. Settles in the middle and around as a collar. Great sticky lacing.

Malt and spice aroma. Light caramel or toasted bread up front, but spice comes in quick and hard. Alcohol is noticeable.

Malt takes a back seat in the flavors. Although it is present, and provides a backbone, it is very slight. The spice, florals and some white pepper (?) combine with the alcohol to afford quite a sharp punch. Overall I would like to see more malt...or malt strength.
Carbonation seems to belie the big head. It feels a bit thin and I think more bubbles would give it a very nice 'pop' to it. (676 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, light orange bronze colour, with a snow white, foamy, craggy head. Smell was average for the style with it's mild, barn-yard "funk". Taste was mildly bitter with some nicem European style hops, and mildly sweet, too. A very gentle beer to be 8,5%. Mouthfeel, to me, was a bit light to be so high in abv. Very easy drinking beer, all things considered, and solidly crafted. Glad I got to try this one. (416 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dumpy brown bottle, containing 33cl of 8.5% strenght beer. Plenty of life left when opened. Poured into a Westmalle Chalice, everything looks good in one of those.

Good looking beer, deep old gold, clear and almost bright. The foaming white head didn't stay long enough for me, but it tried to hang around for a while.

Yeast, hops and malts hit the nose. I had been reviewing lagers before I opened this, what a joy to actually smell something at last.

The alcohol hits hard in this (or is it because of the lager tastings?), I had trouble getting past the initial thump of it. Smaller sips allowed the true flavours to come through. A mix of hops, malts, cereals and yeast combine very sweetly to give this beer a pleasant feel, with a warming sensation from the alcohol adding to its charms, once I got over the first gulp.

Easy to drink, in fact far too easy, this would be a headache inducing special given the chance.

Once again a fine beer from France, I really must try and get some more when the chance arises. (1,023 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured nice amber (on the orange side) with a billowy white head that stuck around

smells of citrus fruits, mostly oranges, with some grassy hops, bready malt in the background

the taste similar to the smell but less with more malt, lingering finish that I would have liked to have been drier

mouthfeel is nice and crisp at first but the finish seems to hold on for too long for the style

I split this with a friend and I didn't really feel the desire to have more than half a bottle, decent but after this we opened up La Goudale and we both preferred that (561 characters)

Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color wih a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - is of sweet malt and Belgian yeast

T - Like the nose sweet malt with some Belgian yeast notes

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - While this isn't the best beer for the style its still a damn good beer that I could drink again worth picking up to try sometime (371 characters)

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Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
84 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.