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Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-07-2002

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Photo of mhatters
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a Duvel glass

Pours a hazy very-light amber color with a thin white head

Ripe light fruit in the nose - apple, pear- with a sweet malt base

A nice malt base - a hint of the fruit as well. Some spice as well - pepper, coriander.

Light, crisp, full bodied. A nice beer.

A solid beer, but really for a summer day - very light for a biere de garde

Photo of Boto
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25cl. bottle: The beer pours a golden color, with maybe a tinge of orange in there. A bit of a white, frothy head that subsided quickly. Lots of bubbles on the side of the glass. A lightly spicy aroma. Some sweetness also. The taste is a light caramel, with the still unidentified spices. Tasty, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

Photo of chiccabeer
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours with a small amount of head. The head is built from a lot of small bubbles that dissipate very quickly. The smell has has a very sweet, almost sugary smell to it. The taste is a light bodied beer with flavors of hops, oranges, and apricots. The after taste is refreshing and leaves a sweet taste in the mouth. This is a good beer to have for dinner. Cheers.

Photo of ThiZequi
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Photo of peabody
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slight amber tinted yellow with 1/2 finger of small white bubbles. Slight lacing.
Smell is clove and barley malt sugars. Not a lot of aroma. Kinda lacking.
Taste is a little watery and dirty at first. More sugar than spice here. Can't taste the alcohol or smell it. Kinda boring.
It is clean feeling in the mouth even though it has lots of sugar. Leaves a slight oily feel to the tongue and roof of the mouth.
Overall the best thing about this Biere De Garde is the price and the fact it goes down like water and about as forgettable too.

Photo of roblowther
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 750ml bottle. This beer pours clear gold with a hint of opaqueness, looking rather like a cross between a pilsner and a kolsch. It leaves a bit of lacing and a thin head. The smell has a hint of banana, but reminds me mostly of a generic crap warm-country lager, frankly. The taste has a hint of malt up front, followed by a pungent hops that is fragrent but not bitter. It does have a very smooth finish. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a creamy feel to it, not too shabby really. It's drinkability is decent, but nothing to write home about. It masks the alcohol well, but the finish is a bit too floral and dry. To sum it up, this is one of the best beers I've tried in France, which is to say its like the sexiest of your cousins. Enjoyable in a way, but just not something you want to brag that you've done.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears golden yellow with an off white head that slowly falls to a ring. Smells of sweet malt and a little funk as well. Taste is of sweet malt up front, grass but has a little metallic flavor on the back end. Medium in body. Effervescent carbonation. A decent beer but not great. I'd drink again but wouldn't purchase.

Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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 olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of eet_fuk
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of robbyc1
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very light amber look, clear with a decent white 1 1/2 inch head. Nice lace but nothing special.

Not much on the nose, malty with a hint of spices.

The flavor is not too deep, a nice malty goodness, but plain flavor, nothing special. It's light and well done, but I would expect more from this type, one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel is heavier than expected from the look, and silky, and the abv is well hidden, maybe not such a good thing.

This is just an average drinker, with the high abv it really should only be good with food, lunch or dinner, or god forbid breakfast. A decent accompaniment for savory food. As for a beer to seek out, not so much, many better out there.

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of puboflyons
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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 bark
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The colour is deep gold with a tint of orange; the finger thick head sinks slowly down to a white lid, leaving some tracing.

The fruity smell got notes of apples, yeast, some sour notes and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is simpler than expected; I found flavours of sweet apples, alcohol, wheat flour, some feeble metallic bitterness and some sweetness. The rather short and simple aftertaste got notes of apples, some sweetness and alcohol and a discreet bitterness.

The carbonation is medium-low with small bubbles. The mouthfeel is much drier than the taste.

A middling Belgian/French type of beer.

Photo of mobrado
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Patrick999
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always get a kick out of seeing a biere de garde on the shelf.

A - Pours a little too clear for a biere de garde, very light gold with only a slight amber tint when held to the light. Body unimpressive, but lacing is actually quite impressive, so I'll split the difference score-wise.

S - Muted. Maybe some grape skin, some lavender. I poured the yeast in with the final pour, and this seems to help boost the aroma a good deal.

T - Base water tastes mineral-y, and hops provide some bite. Some grassiness over a sturdy cake-malt backing that opens up some as it warms. Very clean. Too clean for a biere de garde, or even a standard pale ale.

F - Crisp feel.

D - Comes off to me as more of a strong, moderately-hopped blonde lager than a biere de garde. That said, it *is* rather drinkable and enjoyable, just not really what I was looking for from this style. It's refreshing and tasty, which makes for an enjoyable beer, but ultimately a non-standard biere de garde.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cork and caged 0.75 Litre brown bottle (Lot 2699 on the cork, no best before date, anywhere).

Poured into three glasses, no sediment in any of them.

The body was a clear amber, almost dark, dirty gold colour, a pure white head which produced some good lacing, sat on top.

The aroma was of hops and mixed spices (nutmeg and coriander?).

The mouthfeel was sharp, bitter and tangy, easy to drink but more 'middle of the road' than exciting. A non-offensive sort of beer, a little lacking in flavour: the hop content blending in and hiding too much behind the grains within the brew.

Photo of andyinsdca
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly amber, not very dark, somewhere between yellow and amber. Head is nice, nice bubbles, the lacing lasted all the way thru the drinking; poured from the 750ml bottle.

Smell: Initial smell after popping the cork (yes, a cork) was a weak skunk, after pouring smell was slightly fragrant, was actually pretty nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: A nice tasty brew. No hint of the 7.8% (as claimed on the bottle). It's what you want a yellow beer to taste like, actually. Very substantial mouthfeel.

Overall: A surprisingly good beer. At 7.8%, this is not a session beer, but a great beer. I'm not sure what I am going to pair this with for food, but you need food with this. I'm headed back to where I bought it to clear them out, though. My scoring gets this beer to a C+, but it's much better than the letter grade gives away.

Edit on 30Sep08:
After a couple of bottles, I've nicknamed this stuff "marteau" which is French for "hammer." I've had lots of 7%+ ABV beers before, but for some reason, this hits harder than others in the same range.

Photo of Jwale73
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured a translucent gold with an orange hue. Half inch cap quickly dissipates into a fairly consistent swirl. Nose was grassy and minty. Taste was wet cardboard, grainy and grassy; mint flavor was diminshed. Mouthfeel was light and lively. Easy drinking, fairly clean and a well-hidden abv, but not really my thing.

Photo of LungeRehm
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

O,75l Bottle poured in a non-defined old Pilsener Urquell glass.
A: lively carbonation and frothing from the start, golden color
S: yeast dominates the smell, no hops, slight malt aroma: light white bread.
T: Sharp alcohol comes through first, descreet hop aroma... not bitter at all. flat citric aftertaste
M: Sparkling at first, very flat afterwards
D: Taste likes a strong Kölsch, has little in common with the heavy Belgian Dubbles and Trippels despite its 7,2% ABV. Tastes like a pepped up, good summer beer.

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice bright gold with a two finger fluffy white head.

S - Slightly fruity with some musty yeast smells, like a Belgian golden ale. Some spiciness and citrus also.

T - Sweet yet tame, slightly funky. Tastes like a light Belgian blonde ale with more sourness to it. Finish is clean, hoppy and sharp like a Pilsner. Very refreshing albeit not that flavorful.

M - Light and crisp with more than enough carbonation. It's got me burping.

D - Very sessionable, seems extremely light given the alcohol content. Yet for the price I would not drink this in bulk.

Not something I will probably buy again as it is not flavorful enough to warrant the price but it is worth a try. A French brewery attempting a Belgian style, that's a first for me!

Photo of ricke
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.