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Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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BA SCORE
82
good

205 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | 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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Keith_R, Mar 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Farnswurth, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Giannis, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

matjack85, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

RblWthACoz, Jan 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

HandsomeBaldy, Jan 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Satyr179, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Jamesthebrit, Nov 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

GPGURU, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Twal, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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!

pkalix, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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

MDDMD, Oct 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Geiseman, Oct 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

smt, Sep 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

GRUUMSH, Sep 15, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

CelticAleMan, Sep 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Wantedandlisted, Aug 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Jose9e, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of impending
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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

impending, Jul 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

aztraz, Jul 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

KimenTshom, Jul 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

parintele, Jul 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ant1, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Augustiner719
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Augustiner719, May 30, 2012
Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.