Saint Landelin La Divine - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
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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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 99
Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of kwjd
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a Wegman's in Buffalo because I thought it looked interesting. Pours a bubbly orange colour with thick white head. Great head retention with lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of grassy hops with some sort of fruitiness. Lots of yeast in the aroma too. Fairly sweet flavour. I'm really enjoying this beer. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of peensteen
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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 thierrynantes
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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

Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a slightly hazy tangerine-gold color. The head was a half finger of yellow-tinted foam that faded to a skim that left pretty good lacing in sliding curtains The aroma was totally appropriate for a Biere de Garde, caramel malt, spicy hops, fruity esters and yeast. The flavors were quite similar and enjoyable with a well balanced malt profile, an alcohol punch in the middle, and a clean finish. The caramel malt really came off clearly and was well met by the fruit notes and citrusy hops. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation good. Biere de Garde is a difficult style to make well and this was one of the best I've ever tried.

Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Photo of CampusCrew
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: nice amberish golden pale color, good head retention

smell: slight fruit, slight banana notes

taste: loaded alcohol and sweet flavor

mouthfeel: medium to more light bodied

drinkability: overall a decent beer for my first biere de garde. very similar to a saison which I think it's supposed too.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Market Street Wine, uptown location, given to me for free by the store after I bought a bad Legend Imperial Stout - very generous!!

Appearance: Sparse and fine carbonation, tons of gorgeous lacing that settles in the wake of a head w/ average retention. So all that's nice, but the color - a transparent, pale, yellow golden body - isn't that great. But the spectacular lacing totally makes up for it.

Aroma: Mostly spice and fruit - stone fruits, bananas, cloves, grapes, apple skins - with a few other pale sweet and yeasty, earthy notes.

Taste: Completely inoffensive, but not very impressive. Mild spice - clove, white pepper - some faint, grainy, malty sweetness, a little herbal, spicy hoppiness. Improves a little as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Prickly, fine-bubbled, full bodied, with expressive carbonation. Definitely leaves you with an expressive after-feel (read: belch).

Drinkability: A decent, even borderline good beer. Alcohol's a little high, though not for the style. All in all it's an attractive, pleasant smelling, nice feeling beer, but just not interesting enough to send me back for more, I don't believe. Still, worth trying at least once.

Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml swing top bottle. The label has two dates on it: 07/28/11 and I can'read the other one.

It pours a clear honey color with a large foamy white head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving some nice lacing.

The smell is rather clean. There is a cloviness to it and just some simple bready malt. Over that is a distinct noble hop scent. It is subtle, but nice.

The flavor is sweeter. Quite sweet indeed actually. It has a semi nuttiness with a nice bit of caramel. This is accented by a distinct fruitiness, some spice, and a touch of hops, though not as much hops as indicated in the smell.

It is pretty good, they could have dialed down the sweetness but other than that a solid, subtle brew.

Photo of spointon
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 750ml brown swing-top bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip glass. The bottle featured a best before date of 5/28/09.

A= This ale poured a very clear darker gold with a slight orange quality to the color. The head poured 2.5" of dense, creamy whiteness, but quickly dropped to a skim, leaving behind tons of sticky lace.

S= I found complex aromas of sweet and biscuity malts, fresh mown hay, tangerines, mild hop spice, and a nice yeasty funk. Some alcohol came forth when the beer was swirled in the glass.

T= Solid malt base upfront, followed by a fruity sweetness. The fruitiness was all orchard fruits (apples, pears) and tangy citrus (tangerines, mandarin oranges). Some earthy and grassy flavors through the middle, as well as chalky yeast funk and a flash of noble hop spice. The finish dried out to produce a mildly bitter and tangy aftertaste. Alcohol was well hidden throughout.

MF= On the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation was light, but the thinn-ish body made it feel crisper than it really was. A bit watery at times, but I believe this beer is supposed to be thinner than, say a Belgian Tripel.

D= My first beer of this style and I have to say I was impressed. This could be a really great warm weather alternative to heavier bodied Belgian ales or to pair with food. I could certainly see myself having more of this around the house! Highly recommended!

Photo of albern
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really delightful Belgian style Biere de Garde. It pours a fairly clear, well carbonated, orangy lightish amber color with a small off white thinnish head that does lace. The nose is quite complex and seems to change with each whiff. The beer is slightly musty, has plenty of yeasty character and is particularly floral as a result. There are some sparkling sweetish malts as well.

This is a very tasty, sweetish, and floral Belgianesque beer. There is a slightly sharp bite in the beer that is more from the yeast than I think from any residual spices added. This is a medium bodied beer with an 8% ABV that is well hidden. There are some orange rind flavors, some slight citrus notes, some golden blossom as well. A very complex, big palated beer, that is a delight to drink. Well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine brought this at a tasting. Pours a mostly cloudy lighter amber color with golden orange hues throughout. A good pour with a soft white head and good retention.

The nose had a light complexity but still remained very soft. Some light Belgian malt aromas. Hints of bready and biscuit notes. A light honey note but very subtle. Some yeast notes but not over the tops. Light apple and pear notes leaves a pie like aroma. A touch much on the yeast but ok for style.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out with a bit of sweetness up front with a light Belgian malt note and come caramel notes. But does finish with a light biscuit and bready finish that is dry. Some strong yeast notes come out and balance well, but for style would have liked a bit less. Some apple, pears and a touch of bubblegum that lingers. A light lemon zest as well.

The mouthfeel is right on. A bit of sweetness up front but finishes nice and dry. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall a very nice BdG. Some yeast notes are over the top but still tasty.

Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Wildman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear yellow gold color and formed a nice foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it quickly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, spices, yeast and a slight barnyard background. The flavor was of malt, yeast, and spices that I can't really separate. The body is medium light and slightly creamy. The finish is slightly tart. Not a bad beer.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, dark, orange-amber, with red highlights dwells in my tulip glass while a one-finger, rocky cloud clears quickly, leaving rings of lace and a light puff on the surface while sediment lurks mysteriously within.

Damp straw leads followed by molasses and floral notes dominated by doughy yeast, while peat, apple, and white wine round it out.

Mildly sweet apples and funky yeast open with a nice balance of hops behind. The flavor profile is less complex than the aroma, with a moderate, sour finish containing hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

I'm not a fan of the sediment, but the medium body and slick texture has a nice tone that is followed briefly by a metallic touch in the finish, and no noticeable alcohol.

Saint Landelin La Divine is more easily drinkable than the scores above would suggest, especially as I have paired it with a Dubliner cheese, so go ahead and finish the bottle.

date consumed: 3 Nov 2008

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz brown bottle. Freshness Date stamped on label.
It pours a bright and shiny orange-hued amber color with a snow white finely bubbled head on top, with some patchy, clinging lace.
A yeasty citrus smell rises out at first pour. A musty basement smell follows. After that, a whiff of orange zest, dry hay and a bit of peppery spice. A hint of gin fumes seems to stay around throughout.
A taste of tart green apples is upfront. A complex mix of flavors include plums, caramel malt, citrus zest, coriander and again, gin comes to mind.
This is a well-rounded brew, that is slick, wet with a bit of a edgy bite.
I could drink this all evening, but at a well-hidden 8% abv, that probably is not a great idea.
Nice brew!

Photo of kimcgolf
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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 impending
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours nearly transparent copper amber, orange tinged minor head, minor lacing.

Aroma is of sweet light skinned fruits begun to soften. Mild spice and camphor.

Honey as if about to turn, phenolic but pleasant enough. Muted pear and apple. Brief dry twang leads to a sweet aftertaste. A tad thicker than medium smooth mouthfeel. Needs warmth before the full complexity comes out.
cheers
jd

Photo of roadhouse
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim having never tried any beers from France. It was only 5.99 for a 750 so I figured why not.

Poured from a 750 ml swingtop bottle with a best by date of 5/28/09 into a tulip glass.

Appears a nearly clear shade of golden orange with a two inch off-white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom. Big sheets of Belgian-like lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma is reminiscent of a Saison with lots of barnyard funk, dustiness, hay, and an underlayer of fruitiness that comes off as somewhat lemony.

Taste is initially quite sweet probably from candi sugar or the like but it is quickly taken over by a nice funkiness that is kind of tart, but certainly not sour. It almost reminds me of Orval, but not quite. After the initial funky flavor the fruitiness makes an appearance before being overpowered by an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth drinking with no trace of the 8% ABV.

I was quite impressed with this stuff. Very glad I decided to pick it up, very disappointed it was the last one on the shelf.

Photo of KeefD
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange/yellow color with a nice, bubbly, three-finger head that had very good retention and left behind some very lovely lacing. Aroma is reminiscent of Orval, some sweet Flavor is lightly sweet, a bit of light fruit taste to it, some pears and orange comes to mind, hints of lemon and grass. Very nice. It's sort of light bodied and the flavors aren't screaming out at me, but it's very tasty nonetheless. Easily drinkable. I like this beer a lot. Plus, the bottle will come in handy for homebrewing!

Photo of bort11
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml swing-top bottle, best by 5/28/09. Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Tall white head that leaves a thin wispy lacing. Color is a deep copper orange with good clarity. The nucleation site of the glass kicks off a solid stream of bubbles.

Smell is a dry musty yeast, with a mix of dried apples and apricots. Taste has a very toasty malt body, with some mildly sweet fruit esters.

Mouthfeel is light and very dry. The carbonation gives a creamy texture. An interesting selection indeed.

Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
84 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.