Saint Landelin La Divine - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 130
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 8.8%
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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Photo of bubrewer
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was delighted to find this unusual beer in the local Publix grocery store rather than having to make the usual long drive to a beer store. I shared this bottle with my Dad on his back porch while we chatted and watched the lizards and squirrels.

Knowing nothing about this beer other than what is on the label, I would not have been surprised to see a hazy, farmhouse style beer but this was very clear, with a craggy head that never went away. the bottle had been stored on its side for several weeks, but any yeast stuck firm and stayed behind in the bottle.

Aroma is a little candy sweet, spicy, and a low level of earthy barnyard starting to take hold. It reminds me very much of a fresh young Orval.

Flavor follows the aroma pretty well, adding a soft, round flavor and mouthfeel that makes me think of wheat or spelt. Carbonation was lower than I expected, leaving it a little heavy.

that full-ish mouthfeel and lower carbonation coupled with the emerging brettanomyces character tells me this beer might very well age gracefully, changing all along the way just like Orval. A year or two from now it should be drier, more effervescent, and very earthy - yumm! I think I'll get a couple of bottles to forget in the back of the fridge and see how they are next year. (1,278 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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! (1,410 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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? (606 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (789 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of notafood
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this at the Keg in New Albany, IN. A fantastic place, which is getting ready to expand in two weeks.

Poured a beautiful amber hue into a tulip with a full, even, white three finger head. No visible carbonation in the glass.

A pretty subtle nose on this. Sweet, maybe honey, very yeasty and with a rather apparent organic/earthy smell. Definitely fruity but not too in-your face. A nice spicy hop scent compliments it Almost reminds me of brandy.

Sweet and malty, great hop and yeast balance to give it a little kick. After some time in the glass and a bit of air, it thins, picks up some kind of dusty spice flavor. This is damn fine beer, I feel like I'm drinking champagne. Had one once before that had been aged a bit more than this one and loved it. I would love to cellar this a few years and experience it as true Biere de Garde.

This is really excellent beer, and I would say the same about the other two beers I've had from Les Brasseurs de Gayant. I think this is kind of a benchmark for beers internationally. I wish this was supermarket beer. (1,064 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of Jerico
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first try of this type of beer (AFAIK). It reminds me of a triple in most respects!

A - pours clear and golden, with a massive fluffy head that dissipates faster than I expected.

S - crisp and kind of malty sweet with a hint of bread (almost like a triple).

T/M/D - taste is smooth and slighty malty sweet, again reminiscent of a triple (with less of that candy sugar sweetness, and less complexity). It has a slightly crisp aftertaste too. An interesting beer that I'll try again. (495 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (1,646 characters)

Photo of beerbrains
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (629 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (569 characters)

Photo of shroompod
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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 (329 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (285 characters)

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Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
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