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Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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142 Reviews
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Reviews: 142
Hads: 229
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant visit their website

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 oberon
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Biere de Garde is a style that I really have taken a shine to,I just wish I could get more!This poured into a oversized wine glass a brilliant deep golden,excellent clarity and a well defined one finger white head that left shotty lace.Mild phenols in the nose along with some herb and toast,some real complexity to this beer I gotta say,first that mild phenolic clove-like spice comes thru along with some iron/metallic notes with a nice leafy,herbal finish.A beer with good complexity and it feels lighter than it is,very nice.

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Photo of nickfl
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of creamy, white foam on a clear, amber-gold body. As the head settles it leaves thick rings of lace.

S - Clean and malty with just a hint of apple yeast character.

T - Malty sweetness with a strong pils malt character, notes of honey and graham crackers. Moderate herbal hop flavors and bitterness in the middle fade to an herbal finish with a slight mustiness.

M - High carbonation, medium to heavy body, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a nice Bier de Garde and easy to drink, though it isn't terribly complex. A more interesting malt profile could make this a great beer; as it is, I don't feel like I need to have this one again.

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Photo of andyinsdca
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears golden with an orange tint and a one inch off-white head that hold up extremely well. It might be because of the etched bottom of my Unibroue glass, but 10 minutes later its barely gone down at all. Leaves massive sheets of lace down the side of the glass.

Aroma is very grainy, reminds me more of a Helles lager than anything, except for a light mustiness and some more complexity.

Taste is way better than the aroma. It starts out fruity with a bit of dustiness/farmhouse funk coming through. There is a very mild sweetness coming through as well. It finishes up with a another dose of must and some earthy hop bitterness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium, a bit more crisp and harsh on the tongue than I would like.

Very tasty brew and a pretty good deal at only 5.99 a 750. This is only my second attempt at a Biere de Garde but this style is starting to enter the tops for me. If you see it, especially at the price I got it for, go for it. However, if La Divine is there (also brewed by these guys) it is superior.

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Photo of ccrida
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey goblet, Goudale is a clear dark gold with a very large white head that leaves heavy lace. Pretty nice, but I don't care for my beers that bright.

Smell is grainy, semi-sweet, a touch of sulfur, strait forward blonde, some wet, leafy hops. Served around 60F, it was pretty subdued, a little buttery as it opened up.

Taste is pretty good, some carmilized sugar, pretty average French blonde pintemps - this is cited on the label, so more of a saison style from spring harvest grains, which are supposedly the best of the year. Not bad, simple and a bit sugary, a dash of hops, very well made, just a hint of diacetyl on the finish as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium light, a bit slick.

Drinkability is really pretty good. Simple and easy drinking, the ABV is well hidden, and the price is right. Something about it is very digestible, in spite of the strength. I like the old school label, it adds to the whole rustic experience.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer manages to walk a fine line. It is a complex style of beer, but it aims itself at a rather uncomplex audience. It is the sort of beer you'd have with dinner and it would compliment anything without getting in the way. You wouldn't really think about it, just note that it is a pleasant accompaniment. The yeast kicks off some nice esters, mostly almond and peach, while the malt profile is a nice blend of nicely toasty vienna malts and sweet pilsner malts. While you are drinking it, the beer is incredibly enjoyable, but the experience is ephemeral because all too soon it is gone. The 750 doesn't last long.

Plus, the 750 cost me 4.26 after tax. Can't beat that! A good beer for a fantastic price. I mean, let's make no mistake, this is an OK at best biere de garde, but as a 'beer' it offers enough complexity to keep me going with enough drinkability to keep me drinking. And the price? I mean, sure, I could get a better beer if I broke into the $8 range and could get a substantially better beer if I broke into the $12 range. But I gotta say, if I were to price this beer blind, I would have placed it in the $8 range, so it is a steal for the price!

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Photo of Patrick999
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always get a kick out of seeing a biere de garde on the shelf.

A - Pours a little too clear for a biere de garde, very light gold with only a slight amber tint when held to the light. Body unimpressive, but lacing is actually quite impressive, so I'll split the difference score-wise.

S - Muted. Maybe some grape skin, some lavender. I poured the yeast in with the final pour, and this seems to help boost the aroma a good deal.

T - Base water tastes mineral-y, and hops provide some bite. Some grassiness over a sturdy cake-malt backing that opens up some as it warms. Very clean. Too clean for a biere de garde, or even a standard pale ale.

F - Crisp feel.

D - Comes off to me as more of a strong, moderately-hopped blonde lager than a biere de garde. That said, it *is* rather drinkable and enjoyable, just not really what I was looking for from this style. It's refreshing and tasty, which makes for an enjoyable beer, but ultimately a non-standard biere de garde.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best By Date May 2009; Sampled August 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip with an almost four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear and a rich gold color that turns to a bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is an interesting mix of spicy-fruit and malt notes. The nose reminds me of a perfectly ripe, sweet, aromatic apple that has a touch of spiciness to it. Grassy grain notes and a touch of dusty malt becomes lightly noticeable towards the finish. The aroma definitely smells more like apple cider than anything else.

Sweet tasting with an apple flavor to it up front that moves to a piquant spiciness towards the finish. The finish is a mix of esters, phenols and higher alcohols that produce flavors similar to white pepper, ginger, a touch of warmth and a definite clove note; the phenolics even take on a cola like character towards the finish. Fairly well carbonated which provides a bit of fizz to the texture that helps to lighten things up just a bit. The taste is not one dimensional apple like the aroma, but the phenolics are a bit too much even if they provide an interesting counterpoint to the apple notes.

Not bad, just seems to be lacking in complexity, especially malt character.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of rebel1771
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head with good retention.

S: Grainy bready aroma with peppery hints.

T: Sweet flavor comes on strong in the begining leading to a slightly bitter finish. Slight notes of fruit can be noticed as well.

D: This is actually a quite nice brew. Very refreshing, but be careful that alc. content can sneak up on you.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a perfectly clear pale gold with 1.5 cm white crown. Excellent lacing.

Smells of hay, celery, and some grain. Standard.

The mouthfeel was slick with good carbonation.

The taste is sweetish, with a touch of grapefruit, making it somewhat astringent. High alcohol content is warming. A touch of spice like coriander is in there as well.

A good ale, funny enough.

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Photo of mcleod1455
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of JBogan
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear light golden color with a large foamy white head which left good lacing.

Smelled earthy with some mild malts as well.

Tasted a bit different from the smell. There was some malt present, but I detected some floral notes along with a small honey presence.

Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp and leaning towards the thin side. It was perfect for this hot Vegas summer afternoon.

This was a very refreshing beer and easily drinkable. Reasonably priced too, about $9 for a 750 bottle. There are so many beers out there I've yet to try, so it might be a while before I revisit this one, but it was an enjoyable beer for this time of year. Worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of stulowitz
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, look what I found at Marrika's Bierstube. I knew nothing of this beer, but after examining the bottle, was convinced it was worth a shot. The beer pours with a hazy, canary yellow color, some yeast floaties, and a soft yet spritzy head formation that retained nicely throughout. Aromas of soft pilsner malts, lemons (among more citrus fruits), apricots, pineapples, white grapes, apples, and pears. Very estery needless to say. Peppery phenolics give a depth to the aroma with white pepper, clove, and ginger. A subtle grandma's-attic, dusty, yeasty, somewhat funky reminds me that we definately have an artisnal Belgian on our hands. Flavors also focus on the fruits. While following up on the spices, tartness, and funky flavors from the wild yeast. The beer never slides over to the barnyard character that the style can sometimes bring, but they are not as clean as a Flying Dog, Garde Dog either. Textures are light, creamy, warming, spicy, and prickly due to the carbonation. Finishes with a fruity, estery, peppery lingering. Very easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of shroompod
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a decent head , a little lacing.

Smell is has a hint caramel sweetness , yeastiness , and some alcohol notes.

Earthy tartness , no hop presence , some residual malt sweetness.

Very dry , good carbonation.

Overall a nice refreshing French Ale.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very clear copper with a solid white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is of sweet malt and alcohol.

Taste is only slightly funky. Percievable alcohol is surrounded by a semi-sweet malt base. Also just a hint of fruit. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall, this is a very tasty beer. Again don't let the other reviews fool you this is worth buying. Not amazing, but still an extremely solid offering.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear light amber colored beer that is almost gold in color. Puffy white head.

Smell is sweet with a light fruity aroma. Mostly grape and apple aroma with a little toasted grain. Not that aromatic a beer, just a little sweet and fruity.

Taste starts out mostly malt with a good caramel flavor. Earthy toasted mushroom flavor and some toasted bread flavor. Fruit does not show up in the taste for me.

Mouthfeel is OK.

One thing this does have in spades is excellent drinkability; it practically jumps in to your mouth. A bit pricey though for half the price I will get the Hennepin.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-like yellow/light orange. Slight head that doesn't stick around for long. What remains is the spotty random "clouds" that yeasty Belgians often produce.

Smells yeasty as well, with a slight alochol aroma. Hints of fruit, but nothing too strong coming through.

Tastes less fruity and yeasty than the aroma would suggest. It's actually quite good. Although it's from France, I would classify this as somewhat of an entry level Belgian. It isn't too overpowering, but still has the taste and mouthfeel of a nice dubbel.

I am told it is technically a top-fermenting lager, which I belive are pretty rare. But the finished product is very drinkable.

It finishes somewhat sweet and malty, and I find myself wanting another sip. If you can find this one (and you may have to ask around), I would give it a shot.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great looking brew. Perfect white lacy head, with a nice clear and golden body. Aromas are arid, with light grassy nodes and a little grainy too. The taste is more than on par. It has a sweet bubble gum character up front, but then gets countered with a bitter cooked vegetable like finish. This feels pretty clean, and has a slight alcoholic warmness to it.

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Photo of ATPete
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottles caged and corked.

*the label on the bottle reads 7.8%, BA has this listed as 7.2%

A- La Goudale pours a very transparent yellow/amber color. It sports a moderate white head, leaving some patchy lace. Very low carbonation.

S- A subtle nose of spices, malt, and alcohol.

T- Much like that of the nose, other notes include baked apples, some bright citrus fruit, and a touch of hops. This beer tastes like it has come from artisinal France, very dirty with lots of earthy character. Semi-sweet and very balanced.

M- Medium/light. Could use more carbonation to keep its head afloat for longer.

D- Good, easy to drink, the 750ml should be no problem.

*4.99 shelf price. I'd buy 3. 1 to drink now, 1 to drink in 6 months and 1 to drink next year. Maybe some maturity will do wonders for this one.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, with best before dating on the front label. Pours clear golden, under a nice looking, puffy/fluffy eggshell head, Long lasting, with respectable fine lacing. Perfumey/flowery nose, that announces the tasty brew that is to come. Thoroughly enjoyable offering, light spice. nuanced dry hops, honey, nutty yeast all present and intermingled. Ice, complex, balanced....bring on the goat cheese, crusty bread, roasted veggies and salads. Well worth a try on its own or with food. Definitely suprsed by the low review numbers for this one. My bottle was fresh and tasty. Ignore the other reviews, this stuff is the goods...(where can I get cans of this fine product?!?)

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow. My perception of French beers as largely mediocre was hardly raised by this product. Not much here, and with a style as wide as Biere de Garde I expected some element that was extreme or at least interesting, and I didn't really get it from this beer.

Appearance was good-enough, with a golden color and a whisp of white head. Aroma was lightly citrus-y and grainy but didn't have much to it. Flavor was similarly non-descript and even more absent than the aroma. Mouthfeel was unremarkable. Not a lot here, good or bad.

I can't say I'd go out of my way to get this beer, nor will I recommend it.

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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.