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 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. (372 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 100floods
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to my dearest friend Liz, who sent me this all the way from France. This is a style of beer I've rarely had, but have enjoy immensely whenever it's available.

pours a honey gold hue with a huge white head that dissolves to a nice film and half finger lacing.

Smells of Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel. Nice malt and honey flavors. not much noticeable carbonation until the end. This beer is extremely refreshing. It reminds me of a more full bodied lager. Oh so good. Unfortunately my pallet cannot unfold this beer anymore. But I can at least say I really like this beer. (584 characters)

Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle has a bottle date of 09-28-09.

Appearance: Its body has a deep orange amber color with a good cloudy appearance and a tall off white head. The head quickly fades down to a thin cap which then holds on well making spotty slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very wheaty and bready. Underneath that are some light citrusy notes of hops.

Taste: There are dry wheat, light grain and light bready malty notes throughout. Towards the finish a light touch of citrus hops moves in and adds some bitterness for balance. The finish is quick, snappy and dry. The palate has a medium well carbonated feel.

Notes: Overall it is a very nice Biere de Garde with loads of tasty wheat maltiness. Everything else is right on par for the style. (829 characters)

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. (373 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)

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured golden yellow in appearance with a thin head that quickly died down into nice lacey patterns of bubbles on the surface. There is a light level of carbonation visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a bit of sweetness from the malt in the smell, which is filled with aromas of apples and has some hints of yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of malty sweetness and flavors of apples. The underlying hops are only slightly evident in the resulting finish, which is a bit dry.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a tad thick due to the limited amount of carbonation.
D: No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste; this is exceptionally drinkable and would be great to pair with some food for dinner. By itself, the beer is rather refreshing to drink. (799 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amberw with a loose white head that fades to film and clings. Nose is apple, tropical flower, yeast. Deep honey malts with a hint of nutmeg, then spice and lemon rind hops. Tight dry end, chewy, medium body, some burn.

A certain cider vinegar quality that is quite pleasant. But a bit heavy and malty for the style. (330 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms and leaves lots of lace behind.
S: A rustic funky aroma and some spices. Grain, bread, yeast, and finishes lightly fruity.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet malt. Funky yeast, grain and bread up front. Finishes with a spicy and fruity flavor. Very simple.
M/D: A lighter body and a little thin for my liking. Easy enough to drink.

Not bad at all. Fairly simple. Not something I will seek out again though. (468 characters)

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 (386 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goudale pours a glowing coppery gold with peachy accents and a generous white head which leaves nice sheets of lacing.

The aroma is of sweet honeylike malts with pear, apple and faint citrus notes. A slight musty grassiness as well perhaps from hopping. Noble hops I do believe.

The flavor is quite nice, sweet clover honey with apricots, pears and apples with a nice mild bitterness in the back of the palate. Nicely rounded and balanced flavors with just a touch of alcohol in the profile.

Mouthfeel is lively and on the lighter side of medium. Very smooth, a bit creamy and nicely carbonated.

My first French beer and first of the Bière de Garde style, Goudale is every bit as good as the Belgian styles I've been sampling of late. Very nice and definitely recomended! (776 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good beer! Poured with a nice foamy, frothy, white head and a little lace. Color is a clear yellow. Aroma is earthy, yeasty, minerals, not cloying at all. Flavor's where it's really good. Spicy, malty, a bit tart sharp, and understated. Enticing without being overdone. Great body and carbonation. Clean and fresh. Very good finish. Slight hint of alcohol. Definitely a session beer. (390 characters)

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. (691 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-50 cL can. Pours a clear light orange-golden color w/nice fluffy off-white head, decent lacing and retention.

S-Belgian yeast, earth, faint fruit (apples & pears), grass and skunk of noble hops.

T-Complex blend of light pear and apple, sweet malt, bits of spice, herbal, and earthy vegetation, and a dry finish of noble hops w/grass, straw, and slight skunk, w/an aftertaste of flinty Belgian yeast.

M-Well-balanced, strong carbonation, lighter-bodied.

D-A really good beer that reminds me of a golden strong ale. Will try pairing w/mussels tonight, although I usually go for something lighter. (602 characters)

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
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! (751 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (758 characters)

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 (379 characters)

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. (645 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 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. (297 characters)

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. (383 characters)

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. (323 characters)

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. (787 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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. (679 characters)

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