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Saint Landelin La Divine - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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 Sammy
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.

Sammy, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Poured golden yellow-orange into a snifter glass with a big and foamy head, which quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles and lacing covering the surface. There's a lot of carbonation.
S: There are flavors of malty sweetness with fruity notes of apples and pears.
T: The taste is a mixture of malty sweetness and fruitiness. A slight bit of hop flavor is present in the finish, which is also on the sweet side.
M: It feels medium-bodied and the amount of carbonation makes it feel smooth.
D: It's very drinkable and any tastes of alcohol are well hidden. This beer would make a perfect complement to a nice dinner with French food.

metter98, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%

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

brentk56, May 15, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.1%

A very eloquent, softly sweet, and floral Belgian ale that, without the cork, avoids the more must wood notes of most Biere de Garde.

Pouring a mostly clear, rich golden color, the beer builds a creamy and delicate white head of solid staying power and subtle lace.

Soft, sweet malts are the perfect complement to flowery notes for the scent of honeysuckle and light perfume. A light musty malt character pulls out of the more elegant mold and accents the spices from yeast. A very nice beer that's usually what I want out of Leffe Blonde.

Succulent but with the finess flavor of powdered sugar begins to shape the malt character. Further rounded by a light honey/nectar taste, soft caramel, and sugar cookies, the malt character is uniquely moderate yet complex. White pepper, herbal hops, and a mix of pear apples give variety, depth, and intrigue to the well melded ale.

Medium throughout, the beer begins with a supple sweetness that seemingly disolves on the tongue in a very cotton candy, evaporative way. The beer makes a quite fade into a late dryness of light peppery spice and moderate alcohols.

A delicious Belgian pale ale/golden ale that's kinda what I like to think is similar to the monk's paterbiers. But I'm used to more aged character or even a more cork-like woodiness in beers listed in the Biere de Garde style.

BEERchitect, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

25.4 oz/1 pint-9.4 oz/750ml bottle (so nice of them to

break that down for me) - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in

Atlanta, Georgia. Best Before: 12.28.09.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, orangey body with a smallish, airy, white head.

Smell: Incredibly weak, mild nose with only very subtle notes of sweet barley, grains, and maybe a hint of white grapes.

Taste: Though the nose was a bit lacking, at least the taste is here. Sweet, lightly bready barley malt with some slight caramel accents. Light fruity mixture of apricot, grape, and pears. Lightly herbaceous hops with only a minute amount of persistent bitterness. Touch of spiciness. Late in the taste you get a flavor of grains folded with honey. Final hints of the mild bitterness and alcohol in the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A Bière de Garde with nice, subtle nuances and surprisingly quaffable considering the ABV percentage.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

A - Poured out a clear, light orange/amber color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grass, yeast and fruity notes, like apple and pears.
A nice sweet aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet fruits, apple and pears with a spicy yeasty bite. There were some slightly funky flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This is a nice biere de garde. It has some nice complexities and depth.

zeff80, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Best by date May 2009; Sampled July 2008
A brisk pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a clear, lightly red tinged copper hue as it sits on my desk but shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is sweet with a mix of light pear and sweet malt notes. Grassy grain aromas produce a touch of dried hay, some saltine cracker notes and a touch of biscuit like grain. Mixed in with the noticeable grassiness is a light herbal character that shows that this has a touch of hop character to it. The aroma is about what I would expect from a Bière de Garde.

Lightly sweet up front, but picks up even more sweetness as it rolls across the tongue. This is definitely malt focused for the most part with sweet grain notes, grassy grain flavors, and crushed malt notes of biscuits and light toffee all noticeable. The light-medium carbonation combines with a light hop note to produce a peppery, bitter bite that is noticeable from beginning to end of each sip. This has a fullness to it that envelopes the palate in its velvety texture. Not overly heavy, but it is not a quaffing brew either. This almost has a mint flavor to it that is very light and really only noticeable as it starts to warm up.

This didn't start out very impressive, but it has certainly developed into a tasty, enjoyable beer as I have been quaffing this. It hits the style pretty well and while it doesn't cover any new ground, it is well integrated and works nicely. It manages to become more than the sum of its individual components.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -27%

.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.

kojevergas, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Billolick
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.

Billolick, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of akorsak
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.

akorsak, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

Clear amber to near bronze colored beer with a small white head.

Smell is sweet malty and fruity with a herbs and spice hop aroma. Spicy apple aroma and spicy ethanol gives the nose a black pepper itch. A final hard sniff reveals a bit of brandy/grape aroma.

The taste starts out sweet malty and fruity at first, little bit of apple brandy flavor here. Hint of coriander detected giving this a decidedly Belgian flavor. Can't shake the apple flavor here both sweet and astringent like apple skins.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but it is just that OK, not outstanding. Nothing bad about it but it just doesn't make you say WOW.

Zorro, May 29, 2008
Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev 0%

Poured into Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Pours a massive 3 finger off white head. Color is a clear golden orange. Decent retention with a ton of splattered lace.

Aroma: Lemon, barnyard funk, spices, cloves, yeast, grassy hops, pear and red apples.

Taste: Some barnyard funk right of the top. Lemons, spices, cloves, pears, musky apples, and grassy hops. Not to bad.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Dry and crisp feel to it. Ends with a barnyard aftertaste to it.

Overall, I think this beer is decent. Nothing special or something to go crazy in a search for but worth a try. Fairly drinkable.

mothman, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

Mebuzzard, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.59/5  rDev -3%

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.

biegaman, May 23, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev 0%

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.

spinrsx, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a big dense white head that hangs around for a while leaving decent lacing. The aroma is very bready with some toasted grains and corn on top of the subtle Belgian yeast. Maybe some spices in the nose as well. The taste mirrors the aroma with toasted grains and spices along with a little alcohol presence coming through in the finish. There is a sweetness that grows as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is smooth and clean with a slightly dry finish. An interesting beer that didn't stand out in any way for me.

gford217, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of puboflyons
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.

puboflyons, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of drpimento
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

poured with an off white huge foamy frothy textured head and a boat load of lace. Color is a slightly hazy medium to light amber. Aroma is yeasty, malty, a bit hoppy sweet. Flavor's about the same. Body is quite thin but ok carbonation. Not bad beer all in all. Finish is nice. Would have again.

drpimento, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +8.1%

A: Pours a nice bright golden hue with a nice foamy two finger egg white head. Nice retention and chunky lace all the way down the glass. Tons of bubbles appear out of nowhere and rise to the top. Nice looking brew.

S: Nice yeasty aroma smells like a wonderful bakery when combined with the spices that pour from this one. Hints of apple and pear as well.

T: Nice brew. Bold and yeasty with nice fall fruits, but mostly apple. Touches of spice all over the place. Nothing that i can really pick out but they are there and they are nice.

M: Medium in body with great carbonation. Very snappy.

D: Very nice. I really enjoyed this one and the price point may be the lowest of any I have ever tasted in it's class.

A great beer, and quite possibly the best French beer I have had to date.

tpd975, Oct 03, 2008
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Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.