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Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 226
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous golden blond beer with big poofy head.

S: Light smell consisting mostly of yeasty aromas and astringent.

T: Crisp, dry, "rustic" beer. Showcases the rustic nature of these types of beers (Farmhouse Ales). The "rustic" character is almost a mild, but not unpleasant, harshness that provides that hard to put your finger on it complexity.

M: Dry. Light medium body with high attenuation. Vigorous carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Would be a great summertime session beer. Although any time will do I'm sure.

Notes: Demonstrates a cross over in styles between Biere de Garde and Saisons. To me this beer is very saisonesc since it doesn't have the caramelized maltiness that I expect from Biere de Garde's. I suppose since its from France that is the defining characteristic. Whatever it is it's yummy. (815 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 carpezytha
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Honey color with decent head.
S: Barnyard, leather, wool.
T: Dough, with the usual barnyard flavors of this style, along with some earthiness and even minerality. Sour note on finish.
M: Decent body and carbonation.
D: This is a drinkable beer, nothing that remarkable but it is refreshing to some degree and I will try again at some point. (344 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 bamberger603
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer was striking- strawberry, coppery blonde with very little head. It looked wonderful in my Delirium Tremens chalice. The smell was nothing to write home about; a little bit of hop and light sweet malt, but really not a lot in this department. I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer, as did my wife. Great balance of hop and malt, swaying ever so slightly toward the hops. Light, floral, and just a little citrusy. The mouthfeel was decent; a little too sharp for a great rating, but certainly pleasant. Overall, we really enjoyed it. This was our first venture into this style, but I have a feeling we will be coming back to it quite soon. (668 characters)

Photo of chiccabeer
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rough looking, thick, white head atop a golden body.

S - Light spice, subtle wheat, yeast, rich honey, slight note of crisp golden apple, bit of malt.

T - Sweet, apple, bit of hay, some yeast again, honeyed malt, light bitter finish. Tasty, but not a groundbreaking beer.

M - Medium light, not bad, carbonation doesn't kill the tongue.

D - One bottle is enough for me at 9.99 per, but it's a very decent beer, easy-drinking and filling.

I have had this in Europe and now in America and I haven't noticed a difference in the aroma and flavor so that's a good thing. (573 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 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 andyinsdca
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (1,055 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 Socrates
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been living in France for a while now, and have been trying to find the best French beer available (a tough task, but worthwhile). La Goudale ("Biére blonde à la ancienne") is available in most Paris supermarkets, and I find myself buying it more often than others. It is reasonably priced (a 75 cl bottle is about 2 euros), goes quite well with a meal (steak and fries, especially), and is good enough to compete with other good beers on the world market.


One of the reasons I like it is perhaps its stronger flavor. Its full flavor also does a great job (quite artistic, really) of masking the alcohol content, which is deceptively strong (7.2%). It has many characteristics of a good continental lager, even though it is "biére de haute fermentation," as if it were taking the flavor to a new level beyond what is possible in bottom fermentation. This style seems to be typical of many micro-brews from northern France, a regional style that deserves some respect even with its proximity to the beer Mecca of Belgium. The flavor has some brut apple overtones (faintly reminiscent of the great brut ciders from Normandy and Brittany) and a lingering aftertaste that turns a bit sour and metallic (a definite "I was here" statement from the beer). The smell is quite representative of the flavor, though quite a bit milder. The mouthfeel is more viscous and sticky than most other beers from France, and is definitely not light. It is not very gaseous, though with the right food the bubbles seem to come forth more readily. The color is deep gold, turning to an orange-ish hue in the shade, and shining brilliantly in sunlight. Upon pouring, the head has a fairly uniform distribution of medium-sized bubbles, and tends to migrate to the edge of the glass with a few islands of smaller bubbles left in the middle that are replenished from below. The outer bubbles stick to the glass upon tilting it, and make a pleasant mosaic pattern. (1,950 characters)

Photo of brunomorenodebrito
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clean golden color, good head formation, with medium retention. In the nose the spicy and earth of yeast and hops can be detected, maltiness in second plan. The taste is spicy too, with sweetness of malts predominaiting, low bitterness and hop flavor (250 characters)

Photo of BostonBiosafety
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with little head, but very carbonated....some lacing The smell is somewhat sweet and malty with a hint of fruit. The taste is a a bit sharp on the tongue due to the 7.8 ABV. It has a slight metallic aftertaste. I would like to see this beer with a lower alcohol content and aged a bit more before bottling. Subduing the alcohol on the palate would bring out the subtleties. (379 characters)

Photo of LungeRehm
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (515 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)

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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
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