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Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 229
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Les Brasseurs de Gayant visit their website

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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Photo of hustlesworth
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an odd find at giant eagle of all places.

A- pours a very clear light amber/orange yellow with light canary highs and persimmon lows. white head is huge and airy and fluffy but with amazing retention and tons of the wispiest lace i've seen. considering the lightness of the foam it's crazy how it holds itself, as if the the bubbles crystallize like stringy melted sugar. the foam sticks to the glass in a way that i've only seen duvel do (and maybe 1 or 2 others) where it slopes down into the body like canyon walls.

S- very fruity with sharp yeast. mandarin orange, green apple, over ripe pear, mango, and strawberry-melon english pale ale type diacetyl and sweet malt aromas. but with less of the caramel and butterscotch. alcohol is fruity pineapple and has a mild spiciness and the yeast does as well with banana, vanilla, fresh nutmeg, and pepper. grassy, green hop aroma. pleasantly complex and rustic.

T- unique taste which for me, was quickly appreciated. perhaps best described as a ridiculously fruity helles lager with intense yeast character as well. a bit of light caramel, toffee and butterscotch sweetness weaves in and out of bitter fruit, apple skin and pear skin, grape skin, orange pith, full of tannins and spicy yeast, toasted squash seeds, under ripe berries, and dry sherry. finish is lasting and ponderous at times, vinous with a delicate earthy hop bitterness.

MF- nicely astringent and dry, slightly oily due to high yeast activity and diacetyl? could possibly account for much of this light brew's dense body, as the yeast is smelled, tasted, and felt here in an unusual way. below medium carbonation complements the juicy texture.

D- unique and delicious, rugged unrefined belgian complexity while still maintaining a bright, fresh profile lacking of farmhouse funkiness. (not that farmhouse funkiness is bad). as of now, any future beire de garde that i buy will have this to live up to.

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Photo of Asgeirr
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bière de Gardes La Goudale pours a orange-to-golden (perhaps ocrhe) colour with a rich foamy white head. However looms to be a bit flat because of its low carbonation.

Smell: Sweet and caramelly with hints of yeast and yet fresh.

Taste: Much like the smell La Goudale holds a deep sweetness to it, and at the same time a clearly distinct bitterness reminiscent of bread -- greatly poised!

Mouthfeel: Medium full and greatly mellifluous, though it leaves a quite dry sensation afterwards.

Drinkability: Highly recommended, primarily due to the fact that its taste holds a great symbiosis of sweet and bitter.

Additionally, La Goudale actually goes very well along with hors d'oeuvres made of gravlax, (hand) whipped cream and whitefish roe, or any other Sacandinavian fish dish for that matter, seriously, try it!

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Photo of pkalix
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BA says 7.2% but the bottle says 7.8%.
pours a nice golden color with a billowy, heavenly foam. some nice lacing on the sides and very active carbonation rising from the center of the bottom of the Duvel tulip glass- probably from the etching.
smell at first has a lager-y, heineken/stella aroma, but more subtle.
taste matches the smell to a degree, but also has some mild fruit and sweetness. kind of like a cross between a belgium ale and a heineken. easy bitterness at the end. reminds me of the french cigarretes a tried years ago- full flavor, a little raspy, a little raw, but makes a statement. there seems to be a tiny amount of sediment at the bottom which i instinctively swirl and pour from my training of the Franziskaners. i've heard this isnt always what i should do, however. the sediment does seem to add a very good-tasting bitterness, though.
medium bodied and continued carbonation in the glass, but not bubbly in the nose.
overall, i really like the look of this beer. the taste is subdued compared to what i expect it could taste like (comparing to equally tasting brews, this could be a lot 'stronger' tasting, i think), and who really expects much from the french anyway? their domain lies in other areas.... considering i've been dealing with an unusual bout of insomnia and looking for the antidote here, i was expecting a stronger, bitter/sweet taste due to the higher abv and i'm finding i really like this. i have had it before but it it didnt st ick out enough for me to remember any of the qualities and i'm paying much more attention to the taste now. for the OVERALL score, i suppose i wish there were a medium score available between an 80 and 90 because this is where i am stuck... perhaps a refill will help . . . . the obligatory eruction (burp) helps me decide- i'll give it a 4.5 due to the 'manly' taste.... but the 'scoring' part is always difficult. most brews have their own special 'presence', do they not? only the 'commercial' products pretty much are put out for the masses and there are some good ones, but mostly crafted to appeal to the masses. the tasting is difficult for me because a brewer puts in what he thinks will be special and if it gets past his standards then it's a product worthy of scoring. some breweries put out beers (like Stone's chipotle and vanilla) which, more or less, seem to satisfy a need to put forth a 'collection', regardless of how good it might be. and for those it just doesnt seem like it was a great bit of work put forth in the battle cry of pride but more for a profit. maybe the lack of sleep is kicking in . . . . prost!

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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?!?)

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, look what I found at Marrika's Bierstube. I knew nothing of this beer, but after examining the bottle, was convinced it was worth a shot. The beer pours with a hazy, canary yellow color, some yeast floaties, and a soft yet spritzy head formation that retained nicely throughout. Aromas of soft pilsner malts, lemons (among more citrus fruits), apricots, pineapples, white grapes, apples, and pears. Very estery needless to say. Peppery phenolics give a depth to the aroma with white pepper, clove, and ginger. A subtle grandma's-attic, dusty, yeasty, somewhat funky reminds me that we definately have an artisnal Belgian on our hands. Flavors also focus on the fruits. While following up on the spices, tartness, and funky flavors from the wild yeast. The beer never slides over to the barnyard character that the style can sometimes bring, but they are not as clean as a Flying Dog, Garde Dog either. Textures are light, creamy, warming, spicy, and prickly due to the carbonation. Finishes with a fruity, estery, peppery lingering. Very easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of imaguitargod
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a mug (yes, that’s right, a coffee mug, whatcu gunna do bout that!) because that’s all I had around at the time and it had a decent head which stuck around for a bit. I must say, this is a perfect example of the style. Instant sweetness resembling honey and malt which dies down into the background and a slight funkiness and fruity ester come forward. Medium bodied with a hint of alcohol mixing in with a faint bitterness on the back end. Proper glassware would do this wonders (coffee mugs not suggested).

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corks are fun.

Poured a fine off-white head that held strong. Streams of bubbles rise through deep golden beer feeding the head above. Earthy aromas mixed with fruits (pears and apples), yeasty notes, and some sugar. Quite inviting. Slightly raw malt flavor mixed with doughy yeast and spring flowers
Finishes with a tinge of alcohol and bitterness. The flavor is rough, but not bad. Just right for the style I suppose. It's a big beer, but the mouthfeel remains quite light and dry. I could definitely go for a few of these.

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Photo of Socrates
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been living in France for a while now, and have been trying to find the best French beer available (a tough task, but worthwhile). La Goudale ("Biére blonde à la ancienne") is available in most Paris supermarkets, and I find myself buying it more often than others. It is reasonably priced (a 75 cl bottle is about 2 euros), goes quite well with a meal (steak and fries, especially), and is good enough to compete with other good beers on the world market.

One of the reasons I like it is perhaps its stronger flavor. Its full flavor also does a great job (quite artistic, really) of masking the alcohol content, which is deceptively strong (7.2%). It has many characteristics of a good continental lager, even though it is "biére de haute fermentation," as if it were taking the flavor to a new level beyond what is possible in bottom fermentation. This style seems to be typical of many micro-brews from northern France, a regional style that deserves some respect even with its proximity to the beer Mecca of Belgium. The flavor has some brut apple overtones (faintly reminiscent of the great brut ciders from Normandy and Brittany) and a lingering aftertaste that turns a bit sour and metallic (a definite "I was here" statement from the beer). The smell is quite representative of the flavor, though quite a bit milder. The mouthfeel is more viscous and sticky than most other beers from France, and is definitely not light. It is not very gaseous, though with the right food the bubbles seem to come forth more readily. The color is deep gold, turning to an orange-ish hue in the shade, and shining brilliantly in sunlight. Upon pouring, the head has a fairly uniform distribution of medium-sized bubbles, and tends to migrate to the edge of the glass with a few islands of smaller bubbles left in the middle that are replenished from below. The outer bubbles stick to the glass upon tilting it, and make a pleasant mosaic pattern.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very clear copper with a solid white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is of sweet malt and alcohol.

Taste is only slightly funky. Percievable alcohol is surrounded by a semi-sweet malt base. Also just a hint of fruit. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall, this is a very tasty beer. Again don't let the other reviews fool you this is worth buying. Not amazing, but still an extremely solid offering.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goudale pours a glowing coppery gold with peachy accents and a generous white head which leaves nice sheets of lacing.

The aroma is of sweet honeylike malts with pear, apple and faint citrus notes. A slight musty grassiness as well perhaps from hopping. Noble hops I do believe.

The flavor is quite nice, sweet clover honey with apricots, pears and apples with a nice mild bitterness in the back of the palate. Nicely rounded and balanced flavors with just a touch of alcohol in the profile.

Mouthfeel is lively and on the lighter side of medium. Very smooth, a bit creamy and nicely carbonated.

My first French beer and first of the Bière de Garde style, Goudale is every bit as good as the Belgian styles I've been sampling of late. Very nice and definitely recomended!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: nice golden amberish pale color

smell: slight fruit, slight banana notes

taste: loaded alcohol and sweet flavor

mouthfeel: medium to light bodied and blanaced

drinkability: overall great slection. I don;t have too much expereince with beire de garde but I am excited to try more.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great looking brew. Perfect white lacy head, with a nice clear and golden body. Aromas are arid, with light grassy nodes and a little grainy too. The taste is more than on par. It has a sweet bubble gum character up front, but then gets countered with a bitter cooked vegetable like finish. This feels pretty clean, and has a slight alcoholic warmness to it.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peach gold body with a thin film of a head. Loads of soapy bubbles cling to the glass with some nice lace.

Aroma is sweet and crisp. Hints of citrus, spices, and light hops.

As this is the first beer of the style I have tried it is new territory. Flavor is much like a Belgian ale though lighter. Not as heavy in the malt or spice profile. Drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rough looking, thick, white head atop a golden body.

S - Light spice, subtle wheat, yeast, rich honey, slight note of crisp golden apple, bit of malt.

T - Sweet, apple, bit of hay, some yeast again, honeyed malt, light bitter finish. Tasty, but not a groundbreaking beer.

M - Medium light, not bad, carbonation doesn't kill the tongue.

D - One bottle is enough for me at 9.99 per, but it's a very decent beer, easy-drinking and filling.

I have had this in Europe and now in America and I haven't noticed a difference in the aroma and flavor so that's a good thing.

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Photo of 100floods
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to my dearest friend Liz, who sent me this all the way from France. This is a style of beer I've rarely had, but have enjoy immensely whenever it's available.

pours a honey gold hue with a huge white head that dissolves to a nice film and half finger lacing.

Smells of Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel. Nice malt and honey flavors. not much noticeable carbonation until the end. This beer is extremely refreshing. It reminds me of a more full bodied lager. Oh so good. Unfortunately my pallet cannot unfold this beer anymore. But I can at least say I really like this beer.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of rebel1771
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of JBogan
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear light golden color with a large foamy white head which left good lacing.

Smelled earthy with some mild malts as well.

Tasted a bit different from the smell. There was some malt present, but I detected some floral notes along with a small honey presence.

Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp and leaning towards the thin side. It was perfect for this hot Vegas summer afternoon.

This was a very refreshing beer and easily drinkable. Reasonably priced too, about $9 for a 750 bottle. There are so many beers out there I've yet to try, so it might be a while before I revisit this one, but it was an enjoyable beer for this time of year. Worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

I believe this is my first Biere de Garde as I actually bought this thinking it was a blonde beer in a french supermarket just outside Geneva. The label is a bit misleader as it claims to be a "biere blonde" which i assumed was just a standard blonde beer but this is actually classified as a biere de Garde.

Appearance: Perfect clarity, tangerine, copper body with moderate carbonation rising from the bottom. Big fluffy white head leaving crater-like divots as it recedes to an uneven 1 finger head leaving lacing down the side of the glass.

The aroma has a lot of grainy, almost like unpopped popcorn aromas that are slightly bitter. I also get some baked apple smells, maybe a touch of coriander on the end of the aroma. Fresh notes mixed with some grassy, grain and light baked apple notes dominate the aroma.

The taste is very sup rising. Really light, silky body that rolls across the palate leaving notes of peach peel, soft lemon notes, orange sweetness and a dry champagne like finish. Complexity really shines in this beer and the craftsmanship is easy to see here. Very enjoyable, has a honey suckle like sweetness to balance with the acidity that really is perfect.

Mouthfeel is nice. Good level of carbonation, lasting aftertaste that leaves sweet and bitter notes playing off the palate. The dry finish makes this an easy beer to re-visit after each sip. Great 750ml bottle allows you to see this beer as it warms up which benefits this beer greatly, but is also great and refreshing right out of the fridge.

Overall this beer is really singing to me. Not sure if this is typical biere de grade style, but to me it seems like a european blonde mixed with citrusy kolsch or even a blanche beer without the unfiltered wheat characteristics. Worth trying for sure if you can get it. I will get this again.

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous golden blond beer with big poofy head.

S: Light smell consisting mostly of yeasty aromas and astringent.

T: Crisp, dry, "rustic" beer. Showcases the rustic nature of these types of beers (Farmhouse Ales). The "rustic" character is almost a mild, but not unpleasant, harshness that provides that hard to put your finger on it complexity.

M: Dry. Light medium body with high attenuation. Vigorous carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Would be a great summertime session beer. Although any time will do I'm sure.

Notes: Demonstrates a cross over in styles between Biere de Garde and Saisons. To me this beer is very saisonesc since it doesn't have the caramelized maltiness that I expect from Biere de Garde's. I suppose since its from France that is the defining characteristic. Whatever it is it's yummy.

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

A: Honey color with decent head.
S: Barnyard, leather, wool.
T: Dough, with the usual barnyard flavors of this style, along with some earthiness and even minerality. Sour note on finish.
M: Decent body and carbonation.
D: This is a drinkable beer, nothing that remarkable but it is refreshing to some degree and I will try again at some point.

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Photo of Radome
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75 cl bottle into a goblet. Bottle purchased in France.

A - Burnished gold, orange tinge. Beer is crystal clear. Head is white, fluffy and mouse-like. Very thick and persistent. Many streams of tiny bubbles rising through the glass constantly.

S - Aroma of earthy and grassy hops dominate with a minor note of pilsner-like grain. Simple, direct but very clean aroma.

T - Flavors are more balanced between malt and hops than the aroma. The earthy and grassy hops are slightly lower in intensity than the bready, nutty malt. Hops bitterness is low. There is some orange, but it could be from hops, spicing or yeast--don't know. Like the aroma, the flavors are not very complex, but all are good.

M - Moderate body. Carbonation is soft and creamy. Alcohol is not noticeable.

O - This beer is soft, creamy and clean. It is not too complex and doesn't stand out in any particular area, but it is a very enjoyable and well-made Biere de Garde.

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Photo of atis
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with nice white head that fades slowly, leaving dense lacing. Aroma is sweet spicy with mild fruity esters and little floral hops.

In the taste malt dominates, but some bitterish hops can also be felt, mostly towards the medium-dry finish. Weak fruity malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with nice and smooth warming feeling.

Overall, very good Biere de Garde, I will certainly have more of this.

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Photo of Pamola
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear gold, releasing a lot of carbonation on the glass but no real head to speak of. Nice lacing and color though.

S: Mellow estry and earthy malt aroma with crisp hops in the end. Smells a bit like a mellow farmhouse ale.

T: Wonderfully tart with hops and a distinct sweetness. Lemon in the back. This is pretty refreshing. The citrus overtones are very nice in this style. Certainly a little booze bite in there as well.

M: Effervescent, which goes great with the tartness and hoppy citrus flavors. The beer has decent body. Rather consistent throughout the mouth.

D: This is my best Biere de Garde experience yet. This could be my new really hot summer day beer.

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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.