Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 223
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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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (25cl, 75 cl), tasted in 2001.

Appearance: blond copper color, with white foam head.
Smell: good smell of grain.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity, balanced beer.
Drinkability: good beer in the "biere de garde" style.

Review translated from french 5-14-2008. (267 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 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 ! (1,831 characters)

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

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of barnyard funk, leather, and hints of lemon. The taste has a slight malt sweetness with mellow funky yeast notes. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but nothing special. I could drink it again, but there are so many better beers out there for the same price or less. (456 characters)

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

I enjoyed this beer from poured from a 750 mL bottle. The beer appeared a brownish to orange color, rust perhaps, with a big cap of white foam. The aroma seems to be fermented grain in character. This cellared malt reappears in the flavor profile. Some sweetness while the spice at the end is muted. The palate is dry. It tastes fine, but I would like to see a little more complex earthiness. (392 characters)

Photo of boxofepilepsy
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to a Belgian tulip.

Billed as a bier de garde / Belgian Golden ale, but pours a little pale with lovely sheets of head that scream Belgian.
The nose is out of the park. Lots of sweetness is evident. The maltiness is assertively present, as is a fresh breadiness-- though not in the way of a Quad. Think muffins? Some lemon rind, too.
The taste falls a little short. Subdued maltiness, and only a touch of the spice and fruit promised by the smell. Nothing jumps out at me here, but it's certainly not out of balance. Lots of creaminess, but the head is not at full as some. The bottle disappears between the 3 of us, but one sip doesn't beg for another. (661 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear yellow with 1 finger head that sticks around awhile. Excellent lacing.

S - Strong peppery phenolic aroma, approaching something like a pencil eraser. Mild graininess and metallic aroma as well.

T - Something like a cross between a saison and a light lager. Phenols are most evident, with pepper and plastic. Grain comes through mid palate, along with a sharp hop bitterness; hard to pin down the flavor though. Alcohol shows as well with the residual phenolic finish.

M - Light bodied, borderline on medium. Decent carbonation, but overall a little thick for the large phenolic character.

D - I had planned on finishing the 750ml bottle, but it's looking like that might be a drink for tomorrow. It's a rough and slightly intense brew. Perhaps I'm just ill-versed in biere de gardes. (847 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For beer review #1000, I went with a French beer while watching the New Orleans/Minnesota game. Seemed somewhat fitting.

Pours a bright, light golden body. Some haze, but it was served quite cold. Huge, white head that foamed up nicely, proved to be a bit rocky and laced really well down the glass.

Lemon/apricot and malt aroma. Alcohol clears out the sinuses a bit to allow for the malt to provide some sweetness to mix well with the citrus. yeast offers mild spices and a touch of floral.

Citrus dominates here in the flavor. Malt is light and sweet, but does anchor the lemony and unripe apricot flavors.
I would think the carbonation would have contributed more to this beer and its feel. The alcohol thins things out, but carbonation could have mixed well with the citrus and malt. As it is, the sugar cookie leaves kind of a flat finish, with lemon in the back seat.

Still, quite drinkable at 7.8% abv. Solid offering (930 characters)

Photo of CuttDeez
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml Corked bottle into my tulip glass.

A - A very nice crystal clear golden color that is hued by orange notes. The head is large and white. Cloudlike in the begining and full of bubbles. It leaves behind a decent amount of lace.

S - A light bready wheaty-ness to the nose at first. A slight lemon after nose but I am left looking for some pepper and herbal depth.

T & M - The taste is bready at first and opens to nice herbal notes and some fruit spritzes. It is very light and floral in the middle. The slight depth of the herbs and the sweets and tangs of the fruits mix nicely in the middle. Then on the end the alchohol comes through in a strong warming way and leave the palate soft. The beer is very light throughout in the mouth in spite of the warmth of alchohol at the end. I do like the carbination level of the beer but it seems to die quickly.

O - Not a bad ale, but it just doesn't have the depth in some areas. I do like its freshness and what herbs and floral notes come out. I just wanted a little more.

-Cheers (1,049 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 Umbra
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Available and purchased at a supermarket in Paris for less than 3Euro a pop. Afraid at first to try, given the availability, and it was listed in the beer bar as an amber. Poured a slightly amber yellow with a decent head, lacing and retention. Aroma of spicy yeast and dark bread.
Alcohol was masked well. Strong apple cider flavor that I remember from Dupont, with some chalkiness and metal coming in on the finish.
Mouthfeel was sticky, but not sweet, and lingering. A bit more bubbles would've scored it somewhat higher (525 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 OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold, or light copper, with a good white head and some decent lacing.

Some yeasty funk and toasted malt notes, but this one has a real honeyed edge to it.

Sweet malt up front, with some slightly spicy notes, leading to a bit if yeast and bitter grain husk. Honey and bitterness and some fruit come in waves. Feels heavier than it is. As the palate clears, you get significant pucker.

Medium body, ok carbonation.

Not my favorite of the style, but a solid brew. I got thru the bomber, but it was a chore at the end. (531 characters)

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

A - Clear golden with big thick creamy head that stands like a rock.

Sm - Fresh seabreeze, lemon rind, coriander seed.

T - Big malty taste, honey, warming alcohol. Slight hop tang.

M - Medium bodied, light and spritzy beacuse of much CO2.

D - Refreshing and smart, but not so much rustic. (292 characters)

Photo of mcleod1455
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance : Limpid with a nice yellowish orange body. Light frothy head : it remains quickly just a white lacing.
Carbonation seems to be light

Smell : very light yeast... I don't smell alcohol

Taste : a little bit malty at the beginning... but after the gulp hits the throat, it's hoppy and long lasting....
Effervescence is OK

-> Nice beer, very refreshing during summer (379 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on a hotelroom, all alone, when I was away on a congress. I "stole" a proper beer glass in the hotel bar...

A: It pours yellow to golden with a large creamy head that leaves great lacings when it dissipates.

S: Dry and malty, there is also hops (mostly bitter), some fruit (green apples): But the smell isn't as strong as I expected.

T: Somewhat roasted notes from the malt (caramell), but there is also some yeasty notes along with alcohol. Then there is a dryness and you can both feel the floral and bitter hops in this beer that also tastes a bit like bananas.

M: A slight metallic feel along with a lot of carbonation is mixed with the dry aftertaste that also has some bitterness.

D: An interesting beer, but there is more complex beers on the market. If you havn't had this one yet you should absolutely try this, but for me I could have enjoyed a bit more hops (both floral and bitter) as well as a bit more fruit - maybe my expectations was to drink something a bit more like an ESB... (1,016 characters)

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. (775 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a light, light orange color; sort of a poppy orange. The body is quite clear, and you can see an abundance of carbonation screaming up to the top of the glass. A finger and a half of creamy, fine-bubbled head form. The lacing is spectacular: a solid but fine wall of foam sticks to the circumference of the glass. Great looking Biere de Garde.

The aroma strikes me right off the bat as musty. Like musty attic meets stale Belgian amber malts. That's not a bad thing, it's just a thing. I get some apple core aroma, and also a little bit of rose petal. Yeah, lots of apple core. Some faint nuttiness too. Pretty subtle, but a solid enough nose.

I don't particularly enjoy the flavor of this beer, but it is objectively pretty solid. It's very much in the Amber Ale vibe in terms of malt flavors: light breadcrust, appleskin. There's some phenolic astringency here, which is welcome. The finish brings out a drying huskiness from the malts that comes across like nutshell. I'd like this beer -- ostensibly in the farmhouse ale mode -- to have some more interesting yeast flavors. As is, it is a standard, if above-average, example of the style.

La Goudale is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Despite the active visible carbonation, you don't really feel it prickle your tongue. That smoothness compliments the amber malt flavors. Overall, this is a good Biere de Garde. I don't personally see myself buying it again, but someone that really enjoys American Amber Ales should definitely seek this beer out. Accessible palate expansion and/or a rustic Belgian beer for people that don't like funk. (1,647 characters)

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... (442 characters)

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... (805 characters)

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. (376 characters)

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 (796 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 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 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. (483 characters)

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