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Saint Landelin La Divine - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Saint Landelin La DivineSaint Landelin La Divine

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84
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 10-02-2007)
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Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sjccmd
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of grumpygerman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of JellyJacket
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Sarmento
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Photo of SilentSabre
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of SummitVA
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light hiss as the bottle open. Deep golden pour with low carbonation.

S - Sweet candy, brown sugar, and malt.

T - Big brown sugar initially with a bit of malt character. Crisp finish suggest some bitterness, but no other hop character present. Sweet candied sugar and heat in finish.

M - Light medium. Despite low carbonation, this still tastes remarkably light.

O - A fine, clean Biere de Garde. A little overpriced, but I'd definitely seek out another bottle and open it at a more appropriate time of the year.

Photo of biegaman
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a bright orange-red with nice thick white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of hoppy citrus fruit and a touch of floral, along with malty caramel and a hint of honey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly tingly. Taste picks up the flavors of the nose nicely and highlights them, and the finish is smooth.

An interesting beer that went well with the French dinner, but at at 8% had to go light, as I could feel the effects of just two.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-brown color with lots of golden highlights. Tiny bubbles and some good haze liven up this look. White head looks pretty nice, keeps okay, and really leaves good lace.

Faint aromas, somewhat malty and spicy, but the overripe light fruits are the star. The flavor is fairly spicy in a phenolic way, with pale malt and toasted bread adding some punch. Golden apple and pear, slightly bruised, provide much of the taste.

Easier to take this one down with a better mouthfeel. A little slick, and it seems to showcase every tenth of the 8.5% abv.

Photo of kaseydad
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear gold color and a nice looking white foamy head. Much retention is evident.

Slightly fruity aroma with light caramel and a little grassy. As it warms, the caramel is more pronounced.

The taste is fruity with a big malt swallow. Kindy earthy tastes as well. Some wood and a slight nutty taste too. Dry finish but a lingering aftertaste.

Bubbly a plenty. Carbonated well. Swing top cap did its job.

Overall I enjoyed the experience. Would I race out to grab another? No. Would I recommend trying this for the Biere de Garde novice? Sure. I will say I would love to try this from the source.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright tangerine with bumblebee yellow edges. A fine shower of yeast is barely disturbed by very few, slowly rising bubbles. The alabaster colored crown is a thing of beauty. It's lightly creamy, looks like a vanilla milkshake as it melts, and is tacky enough to grace the glass with some incredibly attractive lace. Great appearance on head and lace alone.

The nose, although tame, is pretty much par for the style course. It's golden malty, fruity, musty and somewhat spicy. Spices were added, but I had no luck trying to find out which ones. Grains of paradise (alligator pepper) is a wild guess... that's probably off the mark. Coriander is another stab in the dark.

Where flavor is concerned, La Divine doesn't live up to its name. That doesn't mean it's bad beer, just that it isn't outstanding. It tastes like a Belgian amber ale that has been punched up with the aformentioned 'added spices'. On the other hand, a lot of Belgian yeast strains are capable of providing this much spiciness, although maybe not this exact *type* of spiciness.

The malt tastes predominantly pale, with a slice of toasted whole grain bread as an accent. There's some earthy-herbal character as well. Golden fruit is dominant... hops are on the low end... and the spiciness adds a flavor twist that isn't prominent enough or distinctive enough to qualify as a flavor hook.

Even though the alcohol is pretty well-masked, the beer still drinks like an 8.0%'er. Which is fine. The mouthfeel doesn't have the creamy expansiveness that I look for in beer of this style. It's a bit slick and is underbubbled, which is just what the soft 'pop' on crown cracking and the appearance suggested it would be.

I haven't been blown away by any of the three Les Brasseurs de Gayant offerings that have found their way into my glass. La Divine might be worth a look if you love the style and think a French biere de garde sounds interesting. For me, it's one and done.

Photo of peensteen
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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of shroompod
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice rocky head , lots of lacing. Clear golden color.

Smell is biscuity, toasted grains , some alcohol in the nose.

The beer has a slightly odd malty sweetness. Faint hops in the background. Some funky musty character.

Mouthfeel is medium , good carbonation.

Not my favorite style of beer , but this ones worth a taste.

Photo of jsp2
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml swing top bottle with a freshness date. Pours a clear golden yellow with a thick, bright white foam. Smells of cloves and orange peel with a faintness of hops. Sweet with low carbonation, and slight notes of orange and cloves. Alcohol is a little warming and dry on the finish. A little hop bitterness.

OK, I mainly bought this because it came in a cool bottle. It turned out to be a great tasting and balanced beer but not something I would really seek out.

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