Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 221 | Reviews: 144
Photo of shroompod
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a decent head , a little lacing.

Smell is has a hint caramel sweetness , yeastiness , and some alcohol notes.

Earthy tartness , no hop presence , some residual malt sweetness.

Very dry , good carbonation.

Overall a nice refreshing French Ale.

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

Appearance: It has a nice golden/copper colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of honey, some bready malts, some spices and some fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet citrucy/spicy flavour to it with hints of fruity notes but the hops are very faint.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. It's an overall good beer.

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

750 ml corked bottle, bought in France.
Golden nearly clear colour, large lasting white head. Pleasant flowery and fruity aroma, also notes of honey and leather. Flavour is spicy and somewhat alcoholic, with a peppery finish. This bière de garde is well worth sampling.

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

A- Pours a clear golden color with a slight chill haze. A huge foamy head, good retention and lacing.

S- Malty sweet, fruity, pleasant....

T- A hint of alcohol upfront, a dry fruity sweetness. Sort of musty, with a grape peel sourness. Finishes with a grassy hop note.

M- Smooth, medium bodied. Carbonation is brisk but appropriate.

D- Excellent, I'd enjoy a few of these....

Photo of brunomorenodebrito
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clean golden color, good head formation, with medium retention. In the nose the spicy and earth of yeast and hops can be detected, maltiness in second plan. The taste is spicy too, with sweetness of malts predominaiting, low bitterness and hop flavor

Photo of malmquna
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Produced a nice, fine white head when poured into a glass. The Belgian lace stayed on the inside of the glass all the way down. The beer itself is a very clear, golden apple juice color. The smell is quite subdued with just a hint of sweet malt and perhaps a little citrus and hop aroma.

The mouthfeel is quite nice, smooth and sweet. The flavor is subtle, with an overall sweet malt profile, some orange and estery flavors, and just enough hop bitterness to round everything out.

This beer is very drinkable, but at 7.2% abv, this is no session beer even though it goes down as one. Beware of this and at least have a snack when you put more than one or two of these down. This beer would likely go well with a variety of poultry dishes, or more substantial fish or even pork recipes.

Photo of jera1350
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden brown with a large bubbly head which is light tan in color. Leaves some lace stuck to the side.

Yeasty smelling with some light caramel, clove and banana.

Very flowery tasting. Like flower petals that is. Belgian yeast, very light on malt, a little straw and some light buttery caramel. Slight spiciness. Clean taste and finish.

Creamy mouthfeel due to all of the soft carbonation. Somewhere between light and medium bodied with an extremely dry and clean finish.

Very easy to drink. Light and clean tasting. This beer could be a great gateway beer. For me, it lacks in depth and sweetness for the style. Still a solid beer. If you like belgians, this is worth a try.

Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden yellow color with a small, but pillowy, white head. It left no lacing just a little residue.

S - It smelled a little funky and fruity - mostly pear and green apple.

T - It tasted somewhat spicy and funky with a subtle caramel maltiness adding a sweet kick.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good beer. It was easy drinking and unique.

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 BuckeyeNation
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kruggerand gold with a wee splash of orange and a superfine yeasty haze. The alabaster colored crown fills half the glass after the pour and is a thing of real beauty. At least with respect to foam, the Belgians have nothing on Les Brasseurs de Gayant. Thick sheets of honeycomb-like lace put the appearance score over the top.

The nose brings things back to planet Earth. It isn't bad, it just isn't special. Notably absent (for the most part) are earthiness, yeastiness, spiciness and all those qualities that good bieres de garde are supposed to have. Each sniff delivers pale malt, freshly baked white bread and lemon zest.

Goudale is more of a Belgian (French actually) pale ale than it is a member of the stated style. The brewery calls it a golden ale, which works as well as anything else. Anyone who has had a 7.2% golden ale from this area of the world knows what to expect. As is often the case, the final call on the flavor score will come later in the bottle, since the first 6-8 ounces haven't made it obvious.

Unfortunately, I have to go with the lower of the two considered flavor scores. Time and warming haven't delivered the expected amount of depth and complexity. Simple isn't always a negative, but it usually is in a biere de garde or Belgian pale. If you like them malty and a touch sweet, this one should be right up your alley.

The flavor is reminiscent of sugar cookies coated with lemon glaze. Accents include herbal hops, snappy apples and a wee dash of ground clove. The bitterness of the hops reins in the malt sugar sweetness and keeps things from veering too far in that direction. This is close to good beer. Very close.

Although the mouthfeel could use a bit more volume, it has plenty of heft (for the style) due to all those malt sugars. In addition, the zesty carbonation keeps things light and as crisp as possible given the circumstances. Alcohol? Barely a blip. Yeah, tell that to my increasingly foggy central nervous system.

Apparently, good beer in 14th century France was known as goudale, or 'good ale'. Even though this particular Goudale is much better than Moyenale (mediocre ale), I'm not sure that it does enough to earn its name. Still, I don't regret the $9.99 purchase price one bit.

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 sjccmd
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold/amber with an active white head that fades to a lacing

The smell is pretty nice, floral yeast and hops, apples, citrus

The taste goes along with the smell, more subdued and less floral, with a malt backbone

crisp and clean mouthfeel, nice dry finish

a decent beer, nothing too special, but I prefer this to La Divine, they're pretty similar, but I prefer the floral aspects, and the dry finish in this beer

Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of fruity apple scents and some funk

T - Some of the apple taste comes out but theres more funky flavors to it

M This beer has alighter body with higher carbonation to it

D - I kinda like this beer a bit its different but still good with the interesting flavors that are going on worth a try sometime

Photo of bump8628
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear and golden with plenty of dense, white foam.

Very complex pale malt character of freshly baked bread, cereal, an assortment of grains, and a drizzle of honey. Well balanced by spicy hops and enough bitterness to almost balance the sweetness.

A golden Biere de Garde I guess is the best descriptor. Not something I would go after again, but I definitely enjoyed it.

Photo of bamberger603
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer was striking- strawberry, coppery blonde with very little head. It looked wonderful in my Delirium Tremens chalice. The smell was nothing to write home about; a little bit of hop and light sweet malt, but really not a lot in this department. I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer, as did my wife. Great balance of hop and malt, swaying ever so slightly toward the hops. Light, floral, and just a little citrusy. The mouthfeel was decent; a little too sharp for a great rating, but certainly pleasant. Overall, we really enjoyed it. This was our first venture into this style, but I have a feeling we will be coming back to it quite soon.

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 rarbring
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear light amber beer with a nice white head that leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is rich with malty tones and sour notes. Fresh bread with dough, bitter oranges.

Tasting of sweet bread, sour cream, and bitter orange peel, alcoholic.

Medium carbonation, smooth feeling, somewhat oily.

A nice aperetif with some strong cheese, sausage and La Goudale. Not bad at all.

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

750 ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey goblet, Goudale is a clear dark gold with a very large white head that leaves heavy lace. Pretty nice, but I don't care for my beers that bright.

Smell is grainy, semi-sweet, a touch of sulfur, strait forward blonde, some wet, leafy hops. Served around 60F, it was pretty subdued, a little buttery as it opened up.

Taste is pretty good, some carmilized sugar, pretty average French blonde pintemps - this is cited on the label, so more of a saison style from spring harvest grains, which are supposedly the best of the year. Not bad, simple and a bit sugary, a dash of hops, very well made, just a hint of diacetyl on the finish as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium light, a bit slick.

Drinkability is really pretty good. Simple and easy drinking, the ABV is well hidden, and the price is right. Something about it is very digestible, in spite of the strength. I like the old school label, it adds to the whole rustic experience.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got it because it was a french beer and I was all: Say whaaaa?1?!?!?1 The French only make wine! Let's see how it is.

A: Pretty average. Light clear amber. Little head dissipates quickly. Some lacing remains.

S: Very fruity. Big grape note. Malty. Maybe some orange. A little mustiness is nice.

T: Fruit comes through big at first. A sweetness follows that seems a little unbalanced and gritty. Fades to a bit of bittereness which is ok. A watery finish is a real let down.

M: Carbonation is powerful and a light glassy finish. Sits a bit too light.

Overall the first sip I had of this was great: lots going on with the sweetness and the bitter and the various earthy and musty notes. But as I got more into the beer a lot of the weaknesses began to come through. Its a pretty light beer which doesn't pair will with the big flavor notes. Certainly better than an average beer but not blowing my mind.

Photo of captaincoffee
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with lacing from the white head sticking to the glass. So far, so good. Aroma is muted...really nothing off, but only some light hop and malt aroma, and a bit of that unfortunately euro-lager scent. Taste is extremely okay. By that, I mean there are no off flavors, but it is unremarkable. Pleasant, some bready malt, enough hops to balance but not jump out. Medium body. Overall, very drinkable but nothing special. Actually, not a bad beer at all, but it just doesn't give you a reason to go buy another.

Photo of jmarvin4189
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Its a golden color... On the lighter side of beers. about 3 fingers of foam.

Smell - the smell of yeast fills my nostrils, but there is a hint of spices in the background

Taste - It tastes like spices, theres a little metallic aftertaste but its not too bad. It still has a good full taste, its like those commercial light beers, it has a good taste. its just hard to explain

Mouthfeel - theres alot of carbonation which takes away from the beer a little bit. it almost feels like champaign. it doesn't leave your mouth dry, its nice and refreshing and smooth. theres not bitterness to this beer.

Drinkability - Its a nice beer once in a while... if its on sale again i'll def buy it, 4.99 for a 750 ml, how can you go wrong with that? I'll drink any decent 750 ml for that price

Photo of dcmchew
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Yellow pale, not a lot of foam, even less lacing.
Smells of citrus fruits, grains and grass.
Reading the ingredients (fructose, dextrose and antioxidants), started on an off foot. The chemical meddling is surely felt, but the beer isn't as bad as i've imagined. The malts are the backbone, as is to be expected in a biere de garde, with lots of grains, going to toasted, biscuit, white bread. Fruitiness is low, but providing a decent apple acidity and mild ripe fruit sweetness.
Low caramel, more a sugar syrup kind of sweetness, not entirely icky tho. Spices remind of a toned down witbier. Hops are surprisingly nice and herbal, with a more than decent bitterness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is lagery, fizzy, crisp, ending with a metallic bitterness often found in pilsners
This beer ends up being chaotic: not entirely a biere de garde, not a german lager, not a belgian pale, but still not unique in the world of beers. Personally, i consider it a Belgian style pale ale, meddled upon.
A decent one, nonetheless.

Photo of mdagnew
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a pale golden yellow colour... White head poured big, thick and foamy then faded to decent covering... quite a lot of carbonation bubbles drift to the surface... some sticky lacing...

Aroma - Juicy, spicy fruits (light pears, apples and grapefruits), light biscuity malts, floral honey notes, sea saltiness, grassy, some wheat traces, some clove spiciness, peppery...

Taste - Spicy tart fruits (apples, pears, light lemons), some grainy traces, some vanilla, creamy, lots of floral notes, light salty aftertaste.. some spicy hops...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... Light bodied... a pretty quaffable brew although a bit on the strong side to be sessionable...

Overall - A decent enough and very drinkable Biere de Garde... definitely worth a try...

Photo of rtepiak
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a pilsner color. crisp light straw. very musty skunk of a nose with a consistent head. nice volume throughout. skunky funk as some weird barn esters in there... fruitiness. not sweet. constricting hop taste. little malt flavor. covered by herbal aspects and hop. fruit is a mystery in the skunk at the tip of the palate. this beer is waiting for dried meat and a sharper feta.

Photo of Scriba
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden with a white head that fades away (leaving some lacing).

S: A fruity smell. Some apple is recognisable. There is also both malt and yeast.

T: A nice taste. The fruitiness from the smell is of course present, but there is also some malt, metal, yeast, alcohol and some sweetness. The bitterness in the aftertaste is well balanced.

M: Nice and dry with lively CO2.

D: Yes, but there is so many more exciting beers then this one...

Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.