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Saint Landelin La Divine - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

Saint Landelin La DivineSaint Landelin La Divine

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%


Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sammy on 10-02-2007)
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 10:00:19 | More by ThaCreep
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Absumaster

Netherlands

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 15:32:19 | More by Absumaster
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 17:02:31 | More by thekevlarkid
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jmarvin4189

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a cup...

Appearance - poured a dark golden color with good head

Smell - the yeast def fills my nostrils but some sweet smells is also picked up...

Taste - its a wheat with a hint of spices in the background. It tastes good but nothing too special. It tastes pretty good for the price... 4.99 for a 750 ml bottle

Mouthfeel - very smooth, wasn't bitter with good carbonation

Drinkability - I don't think I'm going to save the rest of this 750 ml...

It was a beautiful day outside, worked for 8 hours... Just went for a 40 mile bike ride get back to my house and cracked this bottle open and sat outside in the sun on my deck and just relaxed.... I couldn't have asked for more... You wont be disappointed if your looking for a good beer to just relax with...

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 21:25:51 | More by jmarvin4189
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 17:54:06 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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trygger87

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look; a mate honey color with a suprising amount of carbonation considering that the bottle i picked up is almost exactly a year past its best by date (Currently 5-18-10, best by 5-28-09).Very little head with just a thin ring staying around. Beer actually has some legs!
I get a big hit of white grape juice and a lot of sugars. Which is not unpleasent at all, some beers that smell sweet really turn me off but not this one. It seriously does have a Martinellies apple juice smell to it.
Malty malty beer,but in a good way. Almost taste like a hard apple cider with lots of malt added. Its a good tasting beer with a clean finish.
The mouth feel is smooth and creamy, leaving almost no bitterness on the tounge. A very drinkable beer to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 03:06:59 | More by trygger87
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 00:53:43 | More by brentk56
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 23:56:09 | More by metter98
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crnipeter

Slovenia

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 19:12:50 | More by crnipeter
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 21:47:45 | More by puboflyons
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 01:36:34 | More by Daktyls
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 21:51:12 | More by SilentSabre
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 01:42:22 | More by phantomwyse
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 23:23:45 | More by BeerResearcher
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blakesell

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 03:48:42 | More by blakesell
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Gmann

New York

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 07:36:48 | More by Gmann
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 01:48:05 | More by mothman
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dstc

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 21:33:29 | More by dstc
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:03:28 | More by wesbrownyeah
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BoitSansSoif

France

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-13-2009 17:13:35 | More by BoitSansSoif
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 04:21:36 | More by drpimento
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SkunkWorks

New York

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 04:41:31 | More by SkunkWorks
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zeff80

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:32:32 | More by zeff80
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 07:01:14 | More by KickbacksSteve
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kimcgolf

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 01:28:59 | More by kimcgolf
Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
84 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.