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Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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 JayNH
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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....

Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Scriba
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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...

Photo of sjccmd
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of KarlHungus
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of boxofepilepsy
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of ricke
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Pamola
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of atis
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured a translucent gold with an orange hue. Half inch cap quickly dissipates into a fairly consistent swirl. Nose was grassy and minty. Taste was wet cardboard, grainy and grassy; mint flavor was diminshed. Mouthfeel was light and lively. Easy drinking, fairly clean and a well-hidden abv, but not really my thing.

Photo of EatsTacos
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head

Fruity and spicey smell. Yeasty no doubt. A decent amount of citrus character is present, and not a lot of the horseblanket mustiness I'd expect.

The taste is almost like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but with the flavour turned down a few notches. Slightly sour finish, and a lot of sweetness on the sides of the mouth. The bitter finish is somewhat lemony.

Crisp carbonation with a light body.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kruggerand gold with a wee splash of orange and a superfine yeasty haze. The alabaster colored crown fills half the glass after the pour and is a thing of real beauty. At least with respect to foam, the Belgians have nothing on Les Brasseurs de Gayant. Thick sheets of honeycomb-like lace put the appearance score over the top.

The nose brings things back to planet Earth. It isn't bad, it just isn't special. Notably absent (for the most part) are earthiness, yeastiness, spiciness and all those qualities that good bieres de garde are supposed to have. Each sniff delivers pale malt, freshly baked white bread and lemon zest.

Goudale is more of a Belgian (French actually) pale ale than it is a member of the stated style. The brewery calls it a golden ale, which works as well as anything else. Anyone who has had a 7.2% golden ale from this area of the world knows what to expect. As is often the case, the final call on the flavor score will come later in the bottle, since the first 6-8 ounces haven't made it obvious.

Unfortunately, I have to go with the lower of the two considered flavor scores. Time and warming haven't delivered the expected amount of depth and complexity. Simple isn't always a negative, but it usually is in a biere de garde or Belgian pale. If you like them malty and a touch sweet, this one should be right up your alley.

The flavor is reminiscent of sugar cookies coated with lemon glaze. Accents include herbal hops, snappy apples and a wee dash of ground clove. The bitterness of the hops reins in the malt sugar sweetness and keeps things from veering too far in that direction. This is close to good beer. Very close.

Although the mouthfeel could use a bit more volume, it has plenty of heft (for the style) due to all those malt sugars. In addition, the zesty carbonation keeps things light and as crisp as possible given the circumstances. Alcohol? Barely a blip. Yeah, tell that to my increasingly foggy central nervous system.

Apparently, good beer in 14th century France was known as goudale, or 'good ale'. Even though this particular Goudale is much better than Moyenale (mediocre ale), I'm not sure that it does enough to earn its name. Still, I don't regret the $9.99 purchase price one bit.

Photo of velkyal
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich golden colour with a huge foamy white head, which the picture does show rather well. The beer is also quite bubbly, sustaining the head so that it never fully disappears. The nose is rather hoppy, with plenty of grassy, floral notes, as well as touches of over ripe bananas and cloves, without realizing it I was drinking a wheat beer - confirmed by checking the ingredients in my French-English dictionary. Having an ABV of 7.2% this was one of the stronger wheat beers I have had, however it was very smooth and the alcohol only kicking in with a warming glow once it was some way down my throat.

Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden yellow color with a small, but pillowy, white head. It left no lacing just a little residue.

S - It smelled a little funky and fruity - mostly pear and green apple.

T - It tasted somewhat spicy and funky with a subtle caramel maltiness adding a sweet kick.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good beer. It was easy drinking and unique.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an odd find at giant eagle of all places.

A- pours a very clear light amber/orange yellow with light canary highs and persimmon lows. white head is huge and airy and fluffy but with amazing retention and tons of the wispiest lace i've seen. considering the lightness of the foam it's crazy how it holds itself, as if the the bubbles crystallize like stringy melted sugar. the foam sticks to the glass in a way that i've only seen duvel do (and maybe 1 or 2 others) where it slopes down into the body like canyon walls.

S- very fruity with sharp yeast. mandarin orange, green apple, over ripe pear, mango, and strawberry-melon english pale ale type diacetyl and sweet malt aromas. but with less of the caramel and butterscotch. alcohol is fruity pineapple and has a mild spiciness and the yeast does as well with banana, vanilla, fresh nutmeg, and pepper. grassy, green hop aroma. pleasantly complex and rustic.

T- unique taste which for me, was quickly appreciated. perhaps best described as a ridiculously fruity helles lager with intense yeast character as well. a bit of light caramel, toffee and butterscotch sweetness weaves in and out of bitter fruit, apple skin and pear skin, grape skin, orange pith, full of tannins and spicy yeast, toasted squash seeds, under ripe berries, and dry sherry. finish is lasting and ponderous at times, vinous with a delicate earthy hop bitterness.

MF- nicely astringent and dry, slightly oily due to high yeast activity and diacetyl? could possibly account for much of this light brew's dense body, as the yeast is smelled, tasted, and felt here in an unusual way. below medium carbonation complements the juicy texture.

D- unique and delicious, rugged unrefined belgian complexity while still maintaining a bright, fresh profile lacking of farmhouse funkiness. (not that farmhouse funkiness is bad). as of now, any future beire de garde that i buy will have this to live up to.

Photo of LungeRehm
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a pale golden yellow colour... White head poured big, thick and foamy then faded to decent covering... quite a lot of carbonation bubbles drift to the surface... some sticky lacing...

Aroma - Juicy, spicy fruits (light pears, apples and grapefruits), light biscuity malts, floral honey notes, sea saltiness, grassy, some wheat traces, some clove spiciness, peppery...

Taste - Spicy tart fruits (apples, pears, light lemons), some grainy traces, some vanilla, creamy, lots of floral notes, light salty aftertaste.. some spicy hops...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... Light bodied... a pretty quaffable brew although a bit on the strong side to be sessionable...

Overall - A decent enough and very drinkable Biere de Garde... definitely worth a try...

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

Poured from a 750 milliliter bottle into a tumbler glass. The label said it was 7.8% abv with an expiration date of 5/29/09.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a big white head.

Smell: Very calm and mellow aroma. Biscuits from the malt. Some apple and pear smell as well.

Taste: Flowery pale malt taste. Light hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick for the style and could have used more carbonation.

If I had to compare this to something it would be an American blonde ale.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.