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Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-07-2002)
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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

BeerPhan86, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is now available at the local Jewel if your in the greater Chicago area. Thats pretty cool. But at teh same time pretty bad. Now when I go grocery shopping, I know I will be constantly tempted to by good beer when maybe the budget is tight. But beer is always worth it in the end.

Pours a clear, dark yellow with a hint of rst hue. Very nice bubbling beneath a two finger head post-pour that recedes to a good film o' foam. Strong pilsner like malts give a cracker aroma to ths brew with some faint herbas from the French countryside. Malt chunks and then quick chammomile and lavender notes, then a touchingly sweet bread finish. Good carboanted palate with an hebal feel that lingers quite well. Don't even notice the 7.8% alcohol in this brew.

scruffwhor, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of mhatters
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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

mhatters, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of corby112
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a two finger frothy, pillowy white head and a ton of visible carbonation bubbling up in the glass. The head has excellent retention leaving soapy chunks of lacing throughout the glass.

Slightly skunky earthy aroma with a decent malt backbone and hints of wheat, grass, straw, pilsner malt, saaz hops and light fruit.

Soft, tight carbonation with a slightly creamy body that thins out considerably throughout toward the finish.

Ripe banana flavor with wheat, crsip light fruit, grass, straw, pilsner malt, saaz hops, alcohol astringency, apple and pear notes. A little funky with decent drinkability.

corby112, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.63/5  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...

Evil_Pidde, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

CampusCrew, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of DawnL
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was not blown away by this beer. I found the flavor to be a little flat. It wasn't as interesting or complex as I was hoping. Having said that - it's appearance was stunning - great caramel tint with good head retention that dissipated into sticky lace. The aroma was slightly hoppy - lager/pilsner like. There was something familiar and good about this brew. I would buy it again.

DawnL, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can at Chancey Smith's in London, ON- Sparkling gold pour unleashes a frothy bleached white cap. Some lace left behind, with some retention. Nose of honey, grains, lemon, grassy hops. Tastes of sweet grains, honey, floral hops, grass, straw. Quite the sharp hop profile towards the finish, prickly carbonation. Good.

mrmanning, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of malmquna
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

malmquna, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

robbyc1, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of HugoGrim
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

HugoGrim, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of imaguitargod
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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

imaguitargod, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Osiris9588
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, caged and corked. Poured a fluffy 4-finger head with large bubbles, but dissipated rather rapidly.

Clear, dark straw color with a stream a tiny bubbles ascending up the center. Slight and mild, fragrant aroma of banana a malt. The flavor offers strong banana, mild spice, then some candy on the finish.

Medium-mouthed, a bit soapy and a touch syrupy, progresses from bright when first hitting the tongue to sappy and warm on the finish.

Not bad, but not all the memorable.

Osiris9588, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle cage and cork.

Golden swirls of liquid that is totally clear (perhaps too clear) with a 3" deep, fuzzy and clumpy head. Clumpy lacing in a minimum fashion.

big aroma! Malty sweetness upfront with dank and sweet berries with cream and a slight tangy lemmon, honey soaked wheat and white rice. Nice balance with the malt being most up-front.

The flavor does not provide a sweet malt, but more of an herbal, bitter and snappy wheat with citric acids and sour grapes. A wild yeastieness adds some nice depth of flavor but is still a bit on the light side when it comes to overall complexity. A very tame and tart hop finish with a slightly medicinal and metallic bitter aftertaste. A crispy and light feel, classic smooth finish and only slightly dry and bitter in the end.

This is not a bad French brew, it's not on the level of most Belgian's but it's pretty good. And a good price for a 750ml bottle ($7.99)

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of mtstatebeer
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass. Pours an orange-yellow color with a pretty decent off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, some floral notes, a little boozy, and earthiness from the yeast. Taste is similar with some caramel malts and a touch alcoholic. Mouthfeel is very active, medium bodied, and gives a slight metallic aftertaste. Overall decent, but not my favorite.

mtstatebeer, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of JayNH
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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....

JayNH, May 30, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber-blonde color with a two-finger head into my Piraat glass.

Aroma is light and full of raisin and other fruit, mainly a bit of tart cherry and apple. Very clean aroma.

Taste is strong upfront with apple, grape and cherry. Malt sweetness shows through as well. Only a bit of sourness.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering apple and grape flavors. Again, a very clean beer here with a large amount of alcohol upfront that is kind of a bit much.

I'll admit that I'm not a pro at reviewing beer like this. However, it is drinkable and if you can get past the alcohol bite, it is worth a shot. It's just different from what you may otherwise expect in a beer.

Brad007, May 16, 2009
Photo of Scriba
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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...

Scriba, May 11, 2009
Photo of sjccmd
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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

sjccmd, Apr 18, 2009
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.

KarlHungus, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bunch of French writing on it.

Honey golden with a huge pillowy head with a fine merangue-like consistency. Leaves some fine lace on the glass. Smells of apples and clove some faint grassy hops. Tastes of mild fruit and gingerbread with just enough hop bitterness to balance. Grows slightly more complex as it warms a up a bit. Medium bodied with a very fine and mild carbonation. A fine ale and highly drinkable.

biggred1, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of boxofepilepsy
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

boxofepilepsy, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of ricke
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

ricke, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Pamola
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Pamola, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of atis
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

atis, Feb 25, 2009
Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.