Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 222
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 9.14%
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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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. (526 characters)

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. (395 characters)

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
2.39/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Enjoy by 01-29-15, 750 mL bottle

Look - Pours a clear golden honey with decent sized head. Less than average bubble distribution, good head retention, good clinging. 3.5 paws.

Smell - Light malt, a bit of steel and musty horse blanket. Slight nuances of honey and a faint hop aroma. 2 paws.

Taste - A honey sweet malt greets you up front, followed by a metallic minerality. An astringent hop bitterness is present throughout. The bitterness lingers on the tongue, along with the metallic taste, like the underside of a bottle cap. A distinct alcohol flavor is present as well. Slight bits of yeasty spiciness are detectable, but muddled by the metallic bitterness. 2 paws.

Feel - Crisp and effervescent, tingling the entire mouth. Goes down quite smooth. Not viscous at all. 3.5 paws.

Overall - It has been years since I have had this beer, and I remember liking it quite a bit. I now, however, feel that it is just not a good beer at all. As is the case with many beers with a number of years between samplings, I do not know if this is due to changes in quality of the actual beer, or just changes in my own palate. 2.75 paws.

Meow beer. (1,160 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.5/5  rDev -3%

A: Golden body. Small diminishing off-white head.
S: A pongy, plasticy smell.
T: Very bready with lots of umami. An unpleasant bitter aftertaste but not too bad. Its fruity, syrupy and also vinous.
O: Not bad. (209 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #3 from France
Poured in small wine glass

A: thin head; clear, amber color; seems inert
S: thin aroma; malty, a bit of lager, much like a eurolager
T: sweet, strong malt and yeast presence; esters; a bit of banana and clove; not much hops; very good specimen for the genre; aggressive and complex (302 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle. Amber colour with a persistent head, lace and ring all over. Smell of honey, chocolate, caramel, ripened fruits and brandy. Medium to full body, it pass through your tongue very easily, but leaving an alcohol feeling. Taste is alcoholic, honeoy, fruits, caramel, flowers and some chocolate. (306 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in France while on vacation last summer.

From a 750 into a tulip

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Perfectly clear amber yellow with lower levels of carbonation. Fades to a splotchy wisp that leaves some lacing down the glass. A slight wisp remains the whole way leaving some nice, chunky lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Toasted malts, caramel, some green fruits, and some earthy, floral hops on the nose. Bold enough.

TASTE: Toasted malts, caramel and green fruits, like apples and pears, much like the nose had indicated. A grainy, toasted finish of bread, earthy hops and some spicy notes from the alcohol. Much like a Belgian strong pale or a lighter triple.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Okay here.

OVERALL: A decent beer to be sure. Much like a stronger Belgian pale or a lighter triple, but this one showcased a good array of flavors and drank away quite easily. Must be pretty widely available in France, so a worthy choice if you're in a pinch. (1,130 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.23/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

75cl caged and corked brown bottle purchased from a Carrefour in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. Freshness date of 02/09/2015.

Pours a lovely clear, and bright golden colour with a coarse-bubbled and rather unpersistent head of white. Fair amount of coarse, streaming carbonation. Body is fairly light, but looks okay. Overall, it's certainly got some good characteristic.

Nose is rather unpleasant and a little disappointing. Flabby adjunct grain characters (I thought corn, but the bottle only mentions rice), slight overt sweetness, and a dirty, skunky character like overboiled vegetables. I guess that's the corn-like DMS I was smelling, but it's not quite straight DMS.

Taste is mildly better, because there's a hint of bitterness to ride over some of the rougher edges. Otherwise, that corny thin sweetness does stretch over most of the rest, with a slight vegetative edge. It's fairly clean and light at least for the most part, but there's not much going for it.

Feel is light and clean: if the flavours weren't so offensive, it would match nicely.

Overall, though, I found much that was unpleasant in this beer. There's not a lot of structure or pleasant flavours to it even looking at the positives, and with the nasty characters coming through it verges on genuinely offensive. Not one I'll be picking up again. (1,329 characters)

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. (435 characters)

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 (250 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber golden color with a one finger thick head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma of grainy malt, white pepper, white grapes and oranges. Hints of herbal hops.
Likewise, sweet flavor of oranges, honey, herbal hops, a bit of white grapes, very lightly spiced musk and peaches. Dry aftertaste.
Creamy body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% abv is well hidden.
Refreshing and easy to drink, a bit too sweet though. It is not a super complex beer but still flavorful. (488 characters)

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. (668 characters)

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. (1,019 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served in a chalice glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow to orange color. A bit cloudy. Forms a medium, creamy and very persistent white head with lots of lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet and very grainy. Fruity, bready and and a little bit spicy. Quite Belgian character which is common on the French CH'TI beers. Also light notes of honey, orange zest, spices and flowery hops

T: Follows the nose as a quite sweet and malty beer. Fruity esters. Strong notes of bready and earthy yeasts, again, Belgian character. Also some notes of honey, coriander and orange zest which reminds a classic Belgian Triple. End is dry with a mild hoppy bitterness

M: Full body. A little bit molasses. Good carbonation to the style. Dry crispy and grainy aftertaste

O: Average beer and drinkability. Not that bad for a French Ale (855 characters)

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. (907 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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! (2,608 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly orange amber color with a white head and some lacing

S-grain, fruit, slight yeasty funk, spices

T-grains, peaches, yeast, slight citrus, slight sweetness and a mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel

O-an interesting and pretty tasty beer, good blend of flavors (324 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7/28/11.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, and grape juice. Taste is much the same with a very sweet and fruity flavor. There is a slight alcohol kick with each sip as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink. (461 characters)

Photo of impending
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

B-

750ml into a tulip. Pours an orange yellow, dense towering white head forever to recede, nice lacing.

Aroma is mildly fruity, mild spices, yeast and mildly musty as well. mild

Taste is grainy, light dry fruits. Dull bland straw skews the slight bitterness to its detriment without contributing an offsetting dank. Thin yet creamy bodied, vaporizes to foam with the slightest swish.
cheers
jd (397 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,871 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear golden brew with a very thin layer of head that has a very long retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Nothing too special in the aroma. It has very grainy smell with a heavy hit of yeast. The smell is fairly grassy.

T: Much the same as the smell with lots of grain and yeast in the forefront. It has a slight spiciness with a nice hit of floral notes in the middle. The beer has quite a bit of grainy bitterness throughout, which lasts from the beginning until long after the sip is finished.

M: Light body and lots of carbonation make it easy to drink. Very dry finish.

O: A pretty good beer. Easy to drink and refreshing, with a fair amount of flavor for such a light brew. I wish that it wasn't quite so bitter, because after a few sips that starts to overwhelm. (797 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw colour with a large, foamy white head with good retention and visible carbonation.

Light and hoppy in aroma with some grass and malts coming through alongside some light floral notes and a fruity, apple like aroma coupled with some sugar.

Malts and a sweet fruity aroma, mainly apples, pear and a fair amount of sugar. There is also some yeast and a touch of spice to it. The taste is a nice one and fairly well balanced.

Smooth with a slightly sticky, sweet feel to it and a light to light medium body and solid carbonation.

Enjoyable beer here with a pleasant, fruity taste and good balance although it was very sweet. It wasn’t outstanding and to be honest probably not one I’d seek out again but still quite drinkable.

1001 Beers Blog: http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com (797 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle 11-28-11 cork and cage

Light amber color, very clear. Minimal head, some lacing. average carbonation. smell is unique. Grainy, musky funk. Almost a wine character.

Smooth first sip. What i believe is a grainy pilsner flavor. Light sweetness. It actually tastes like corn to me. Bitterness and overall hop presence is mild.

Light mouthfeel and refreshing, but also a bit bland. ABV is respectable. A notable sweet adjunct flavor I am not hugely fond of. Pretty unique though. (492 characters)

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. (476 characters)

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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.