Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Les Brasseurs de Gayant visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-07-2002

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Reviews by RedSpecial1:
Photo of RedSpecial1
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear yellow with a constant stream of bubbles and a thin white head that persisted almost the entire time. The smell was clean, with hints of pear, yeast, and faint citrus. The taste was of pear, with a very slight astringency at the end. Very refreshing. It was light in the mouth, with moderately high carbonation. This was a very smooth and drinkable beer, especially for the somewhat high ABV. I'd definitely drink it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Biere de Garde is a style that I really have taken a shine to,I just wish I could get more!This poured into a oversized wine glass a brilliant deep golden,excellent clarity and a well defined one finger white head that left shotty lace.Mild phenols in the nose along with some herb and toast,some real complexity to this beer I gotta say,first that mild phenolic clove-like spice comes thru along with some iron/metallic notes with a nice leafy,herbal finish.A beer with good complexity and it feels lighter than it is,very nice.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours lightly skunked with aggressive carbonation that smacks the back of your mouth like little tiny little thorns. Spicy feeling and a bit acidic. Tastes and smells somewhat of grapefruit and also mildly of wheat and lemon. This is not a very good beer and was most certainly a waste of a euro.

Photo of ricke
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving date: 2009-02-26. Served in snifter. 330 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (best before 2010-01-28).

Appearance: Pours a clear golden copper with a 2 cm off-white head that settles rather quickly and leaves some lacings.

Smell: A rather sweet smell with plenty of malts and fruits of the forest. Notes of bubblegum. Some mint and earthy aromas as well.

Taste: The taste has a prominent and rather sweet malt character - a bit caramel-like. Gentle citric notes. Earthy notes, grass and general floral hop flavors. Faint yeast in the background. The alcohol is noticeable and gets more prominent towards the end. The finish has a light bitterness to it, is slightly dry, has a restrained hop character, is slightly metallic and contains a rather big amount of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is fuller than I had expected, but is still in the medium range. Small lively bubbles, yet it's still quite smooth actually.

Drinkability: This is a good beer, and it drinks easily. Still, it's not great, and it's certainly not very interesting. It lacks complex and all in all it's different flavors are too restrained. I was expecting more from it. However, this was my first bière de garde, so I don't have many reference points to compare it with. But I was expecting something in the line of a Belgian saison, and even though I can detect some small similarities, this is far from a saison. It's too clean, too restrained and anonymous. Again, not a bad beer, but I'll probably forget about it in a while.

Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle has a bottle date of 09-28-09.

Appearance: Its body has a deep orange amber color with a good cloudy appearance and a tall off white head. The head quickly fades down to a thin cap which then holds on well making spotty slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very wheaty and bready. Underneath that are some light citrusy notes of hops.

Taste: There are dry wheat, light grain and light bready malty notes throughout. Towards the finish a light touch of citrus hops moves in and adds some bitterness for balance. The finish is quick, snappy and dry. The palate has a medium well carbonated feel.

Notes: Overall it is a very nice Biere de Garde with loads of tasty wheat maltiness. Everything else is right on par for the style.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, with best before dating on the front label. Pours clear golden, under a nice looking, puffy/fluffy eggshell head, Long lasting, with respectable fine lacing. Perfumey/flowery nose, that announces the tasty brew that is to come. Thoroughly enjoyable offering, light spice. nuanced dry hops, honey, nutty yeast all present and intermingled. Ice, complex, balanced....bring on the goat cheese, crusty bread, roasted veggies and salads. Well worth a try on its own or with food. Definitely suprsed by the low review numbers for this one. My bottle was fresh and tasty. Ignore the other reviews, this stuff is the goods...(where can I get cans of this fine product?!?)

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-like yellow/light orange. Slight head that doesn't stick around for long. What remains is the spotty random "clouds" that yeasty Belgians often produce.

Smells yeasty as well, with a slight alochol aroma. Hints of fruit, but nothing too strong coming through.

Tastes less fruity and yeasty than the aroma would suggest. It's actually quite good. Although it's from France, I would classify this as somewhat of an entry level Belgian. It isn't too overpowering, but still has the taste and mouthfeel of a nice dubbel.

I am told it is technically a top-fermenting lager, which I belive are pretty rare. But the finished product is very drinkable.

It finishes somewhat sweet and malty, and I find myself wanting another sip. If you can find this one (and you may have to ask around), I would give it a shot.

Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy copper tinted gold under a 1” dense white foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Bread, cider and herbs on the nose.
T: There is some biscuit, light fruit, lingering tartness mixed with sweetness, a little orange and a touch of alcohol. The hops are a little dull.
F: Medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: Kind of a mid-range Biere de Garde that is a little meh.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, caged and corked. Poured a fluffy 4-finger head with large bubbles, but dissipated rather rapidly.

Clear, dark straw color with a stream a tiny bubbles ascending up the center. Slight and mild, fragrant aroma of banana a malt. The flavor offers strong banana, mild spice, then some candy on the finish.

Medium-mouthed, a bit soapy and a touch syrupy, progresses from bright when first hitting the tongue to sappy and warm on the finish.

Not bad, but not all the memorable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My label says it's a biere de garde but this seems to have two different images both the 750 ml bottle and the 16 ounce cans. Pours into a Allagash chalice, a deep honey amber body with birght white head forming thick, fine chunky sporadic lacing forms nicely. Aroma has some earthy spicy notes with some malt liquor esque cooked veggies and sweet apple cider notes coming off the nose. Flavor has a bit more than that going on spicy yeast, earthy herbal hops, with a flowing malt breadiness. Quite complex and aromatic compared to a standard malt liquor but the alcohol is well hidden it's hard to imagine this is near 8% alcohol by volume. The label is in French not quite sure what it says about the beer other than Houblon des Flanders (hops from Flanders). Bought from a small market/liquor store in East Liverpool called Rayl's. Decent selection for the Ohio Valley, never seen this beer anywhere else in the states and priced right at around 6 bucks. Seems like a mass produced biere de garde definitely not from a small farmhouse microbrewery, still pretty tasty. Overall effervescent carbonation medium bodied a bit cloying with sweetness between sips. Can't complain, this was the last bottle available there I'm glad I had the opportunity to try a new beer.

Here's what the English version of the website calls this beer, "a top fermenting lager"?


Gayant Brewers presents Goudale, a lager beer of top fermentation. Culled from an original medieval recipe, Goudale is a historic name.

Made from special malts and flavored with hops from Flanders, Goudale is a golden beer, dense, tasty and long in the mouth.

Synonym of quality for connoisseurs, symbol of quality for beer lovers, a hearty beer to be enjoyed amongst friends … without doubt, Goudale from Gayant Brewers is a beer everyone can agree to enjoy !

Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really nice appearnce, clear gold, with nice fluffy head. Tastes like bread and flour, with some lemony acidity in the finish. The mouthfeel feels a bit empty. A bit sugaary aswell. Some herbal hops, but not as much as i like. dissapointing. I thought this was a biere de garde/ not a lager/pils as listed above,

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle cage and cork.

Golden swirls of liquid that is totally clear (perhaps too clear) with a 3" deep, fuzzy and clumpy head. Clumpy lacing in a minimum fashion.

big aroma! Malty sweetness upfront with dank and sweet berries with cream and a slight tangy lemmon, honey soaked wheat and white rice. Nice balance with the malt being most up-front.

The flavor does not provide a sweet malt, but more of an herbal, bitter and snappy wheat with citric acids and sour grapes. A wild yeastieness adds some nice depth of flavor but is still a bit on the light side when it comes to overall complexity. A very tame and tart hop finish with a slightly medicinal and metallic bitter aftertaste. A crispy and light feel, classic smooth finish and only slightly dry and bitter in the end.

This is not a bad French brew, it's not on the level of most Belgian's but it's pretty good. And a good price for a 750ml bottle ($7.99)

Photo of augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Brawweurs de Garde tulip/flute.

Initial pour is clear gold with a finger of ivory. Ornate yet delicate lacing, very good retention.

Gentle aromatics suggest wild grass and winter fruit with a hint of funk that dissipates after a short time.Possibly a Pils malt base?

The flavors follow the nose closely with more of an emphasis on the fruit which comes across as an overripe pear at times. The subtle funk comes and goes as well. Finishes somewhat sweet, but not overly so.

Light bodied, gently carbonated, and soft mouthfeel.

Not an especially memorable ale, though it does distinguish itself with a subtle flourish of funk albeit finishing a little too sweet to be as refreshing as the better examples of the style.

Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought the 75cl bottle with a real cork.

A: Orangy, and despite the very small head, the carbonation inside the liquid is relatively aggressive.

S: Sweet, but faint. Apricot.

T: Quite different from any other beer I've had. The apricot taste is there but muted, as well as the sweetness. Hard to describe. But it's nice. The higher percentage of alcohol is barely apparent. It definitely retains some of the characteristics associated with beer, but it's somehow different.

M: The carbonation creates this foamy feeling in your mouth. Somewhat soft, medium light body.

D: I think the fact that it confuses me is making me hesitant to drink it with more enthusiasm. But it is good, just confusing to me...

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color with a huge head and some amazing head. This is one of the most attractive beers I have seen.

Smells like sweet bread with some dry fruit and a little funk.

The taste is a little coppery with some of the sweet bread making an appearance. Nice bready finish, too.

Unfortunately it seems all the carbonation was used in the head. Nice body, but a bit flat.

All in all this was a bretty good beer, expecially since it was from the clearance rack.

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Best by 11/28/11 bottle consumed on 9/20/14. The beer was excellent! Hint of opium on the nose. Glad I have one more.

Photo of lelepat
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Remarkable, impressive beer from France!

Photo of shbobdb
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer manages to walk a fine line. It is a complex style of beer, but it aims itself at a rather uncomplex audience. It is the sort of beer you'd have with dinner and it would compliment anything without getting in the way. You wouldn't really think about it, just note that it is a pleasant accompaniment. The yeast kicks off some nice esters, mostly almond and peach, while the malt profile is a nice blend of nicely toasty vienna malts and sweet pilsner malts. While you are drinking it, the beer is incredibly enjoyable, but the experience is ephemeral because all too soon it is gone. The 750 doesn't last long.

Plus, the 750 cost me 4.26 after tax. Can't beat that! A good beer for a fantastic price. I mean, let's make no mistake, this is an OK at best biere de garde, but as a 'beer' it offers enough complexity to keep me going with enough drinkability to keep me drinking. And the price? I mean, sure, I could get a better beer if I broke into the $8 range and could get a substantially better beer if I broke into the $12 range. But I gotta say, if I were to price this beer blind, I would have placed it in the $8 range, so it is a steal for the price!

Photo of rebel1771
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head with good retention.

S: Grainy bready aroma with peppery hints.

T: Sweet flavor comes on strong in the begining leading to a slightly bitter finish. Slight notes of fruit can be noticed as well.

D: This is actually a quite nice brew. Very refreshing, but be careful that alc. content can sneak up on you.

Photo of goochpunch
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

7.8%

Pours out a rich honey body with a thin, whipped egg white head. Smells of bready malts, faint yeast, alcohol, and earthy hop. Flavor is of honey, bread, floral hops, with a punch of alcohol that seems a bit out of place, seeing as this already has a year on it. Light acidity comes in to refresh the palate a bit. Mouthfeel is chewy with tongue-scrubbing bubbles. Not the best biere de garde I've had, but a good example of one.

Photo of puboflyons
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on April 7, 2012 at the Keene, NH Beerfest. The pour is golden with a white head and good retention. The aroma is malty and yeasty but hops are hard to discover. The body falls into the light to medium range. The taste is quite sweet with malts. It almost seems like overkill. There is a thin hop character that is next to impossible to find. This is one of those beers I have wanted to try but I am glad I got to try it at a brewfest rather than spend the $10 for it.

Photo of BostonBiosafety
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with little head, but very carbonated....some lacing The smell is somewhat sweet and malty with a hint of fruit. The taste is a a bit sharp on the tongue due to the 7.8 ABV. It has a slight metallic aftertaste. I would like to see this beer with a lower alcohol content and aged a bit more before bottling. Subduing the alcohol on the palate would bring out the subtleties.

Photo of BierFan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 milliliter bottle into a tumbler glass. The label said it was 7.8% abv with an expiration date of 5/29/09.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a big white head.

Smell: Very calm and mellow aroma. Biscuits from the malt. Some apple and pear smell as well.

Taste: Flowery pale malt taste. Light hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick for the style and could have used more carbonation.

If I had to compare this to something it would be an American blonde ale.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear medium yellow ale with a medium head with better then average retention. Aroma is quite different then what I’m used to with some barnyard aspect and something quiet salty that I cannot instantly recognize. Taste is also quite salty but at the same time refreshing. Spices are a bit scarce for my liking and body if definitely too thin for a bière de garde but there is still something I like in this beer.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-50 cL can. Pours a clear light orange-golden color w/nice fluffy off-white head, decent lacing and retention.

S-Belgian yeast, earth, faint fruit (apples & pears), grass and skunk of noble hops.

T-Complex blend of light pear and apple, sweet malt, bits of spice, herbal, and earthy vegetation, and a dry finish of noble hops w/grass, straw, and slight skunk, w/an aftertaste of flinty Belgian yeast.

M-Well-balanced, strong carbonation, lighter-bodied.

D-A really good beer that reminds me of a golden strong ale. Will try pairing w/mussels tonight, although I usually go for something lighter.

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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
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