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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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98 Reviews
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Reviews: 98
Hads: 131
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Les Brasseurs de Gayant visit their website

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 ATPete
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, swing top.

*the label reads 8%, BA has it listed as 8.5%

A- Very lagerish, yellow/amber color, very transparent, slow rising carbonation and a small, quickly disipating white head.

S- cloves, cinnamon, other delicate spices, earth tones, roasted barley, alcohol.

T- Much like the nose initially, mid palate this beer explodes with bright cirtus fruits, well taimed hop bitterness, a good solid base of malt, some pepper and spice and a touch of alcohol to clean things up.

M- Medium/light body, very smooth, refreshing and crisp. A little more carbonation for some good old head retention would be nice, this may be the swing-tops fault.

D- Good, very light tasting for an 8%'er, just complex enough to finish the bottle.

**this artisanal brew from France have just hit New Jersey store shelves at a very reasonable 4.99/ 750ml. Its definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

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Photo of kaseydad
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Golden, with 2 fingers of white head. Retention is somewhat short, but expected with the 8% ABV. Head settles to a patchy film, and produces some decent lacing.

S - Lemons, pepper, and cheese. Slighty musty-ness.

T - Sweet malt, very candy-like. Phenols from the nose take hold mid to late palate. A lemony sourness is most obvious, with hints of savory spices such as pepper, coriander, and clove. Finish is medicinal, and aftertaste offers a mild bitterness.

M - Light bodied with a perfect level of moderate/high carbonation.

D - Damn. For the type of beer, I was expecting something closer to a saison or even tripel, but this is superb. It actually has enough malt character to balance out the interesting but often overwhelming phenolic characteristics. I won't have much of a problem downing the whole bottle this evening.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted @ Abraxas Belgian/French ale tasting.

Pours kind of a pale, chilly-crystal-looking amber.

Hints of tobacco in the nose, I thought, and decidedly floral.

Thankfully much cleaner and drier than its little sister, Goudale. Toasty malt backbone and some earthy hop bitterness.

Feel is mineral-y and a little coarse, but I like that in this style.

I could throw back the whole bottle, though I'd choose Castelain's biere de garde over this one.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden amber with a huge white head. The head falls rather slow. Rather nice lace.

Nice malt aroma with a bit of an herbal smell and a wee bit of funk. Malt taste. Quite good. Has a sweet finish and a mineral taste to it. Ends with the funk that you can pick up in the smell. I like it. More flavor comes out when it warms.

Medium bodied mouthfeel and somewhat low carbonation.

Rather good. Easy drinking and pleasant.

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Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, poured into leffe chalice. Half finger head, clear, amber colour. Sweat yeasty smell. This isn't a complex beer, it had a nice sweet taste, there were hints of pear and apple. It was smooth, as the alcohol was well hidden its possible to drink a few of these but it could get dangerous at this strength.

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Photo of nick76
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle into Unibroue tulip. Best by date is 2/28/09, so we are 7 months past that date but I don't think it is a bad thing that this bottle is out of date. Large white head pillows upon pouring and slowly moves on. Beer is golden in color. The aroma is quite funky with a bit of banana like fruity, clove-like smell beyond that funky Belgian wild yeast. 8.5% ABV is well hidden in this one, maybe because the bottle has mellowed as its gone past best buy date? Pleasant beer to drink, assuming you can get used to the funky nose. If you like witbiers, this beer may be a good transition into the world of funk as it possesses qualities of both.

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Photo of sfprint
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Naugros
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz (750ml) bottle with swing top and stopper - dated 07.28.11 which I'm assuming is the "enjoy by" date. There's another number beneath the date (which the reviewer before alludes to) that reads L.02.1.08 If it's a date I can't imagine it refers to the brewing of the beer. To brew in French is brasser, so I'm trying to think of another French verb that begins with an L that might give me a hint. No luck.

Golden amber and crystal clear with visible carbonation. Beautiful white, frothy head that attains 2" think and quickly dissipates leaving behind spotty lacing.

Ah brettanomyces, it's been too long. The funk associated with that yeast strain is not all there is to smell here. Light citrus and herbal tones also come through on a biscuit base.

The biscuit and light citrus show up on the tongue and impart a sweetness that was also perceived in the smell. Alcohol is supposed to be evident in biere de garde, but I'm not fond of the way this one makes it known. It's vinous and astringent on the palate, like sacramental wine.

The beer is medium-bodied, bordering on light with subtle carbonation. The astringency hits too far forward on the palate for my liking and it leaves a sticky coating on the lips.

This one starts off so nicely in its presentation and it starts to lose me at the first sip. I still found myself finishing the whole bottle with the help of some blue cheese and crackers, which it paired with exceptionally.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronze. Alcohol if this one might think in a beer of this ABV. In the mouth, the hops are good but a little too quiet. Rather we perceive the sun cereals, which are inevitably think of cakes or biscuits wheat just baked. So rather fine taste slightly woody aroma with a bitter aftertaste rather light.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of blakesell
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

March 2013 bottling. Lite auburn pour with off white head. Funky and boozy black fruit aromas. Barleywines overtures. Black cherry and funky sweet candy flavors. Medium lite mouthfeel with great funky tongue coating. Different and excellent. The ale has aged nicely into a weak sherry like state.

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Photo of shroompod
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of beerbrains
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another birthday present from my brother.

A: Pours a murky golden honey color. Far amount of head which dissolved to lace fairly quickly.

S: Slight hint of apples, almost like apple juice. Yeast, malt and almost a fresh wheat smell are apparent as well.

T: A wheat a yeast taste was most readily apparent, but there were some fruits as well.

M: Not a whole lot of carbonation, very light feeling for the amount of alcohol by volume. Slightly spicy aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable, but the overall flavor is somewhat generic.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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