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Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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82
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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of MisterDeeds
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

MisterDeeds, May 31, 2008
Photo of TheSarge
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

TheSarge, May 16, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

ATPete, May 08, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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?!?)

Billolick, May 04, 2008
Photo of BeerLover729
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

BeerLover729, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

BeerBelcher, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of allboutbierge
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle bought from Julius Mienl in Vienna.

Color is light coppered with a golden hue. Head is thick, white, and lingers leaving gobs of head as the beer goes down and down...

Smell is a tad sweet, bready, and peppery. Taste is much the same. Nothing drastic going on here, but very agreeable flavors. Very easy to quaff as alcohol is not noticeable.

Yum.

allboutbierge, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (25cl, 75 cl), tasted in 2001.

Appearance: blond copper color, with white foam head.
Smell: good smell of grain.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity, balanced beer.
Drinkability: good beer in the "biere de garde" style.

Review translated from french 5-14-2008.

thierrynantes, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of Asgeirr
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bière de Gardes La Goudale pours a orange-to-golden (perhaps ocrhe) colour with a rich foamy white head. However looms to be a bit flat because of its low carbonation.

Smell: Sweet and caramelly with hints of yeast and yet fresh.

Taste: Much like the smell La Goudale holds a deep sweetness to it, and at the same time a clearly distinct bitterness reminiscent of bread -- greatly poised!

Mouthfeel: Medium full and greatly mellifluous, though it leaves a quite dry sensation afterwards.

Drinkability: Highly recommended, primarily due to the fact that its taste holds a great symbiosis of sweet and bitter.

Additionally, La Goudale actually goes very well along with hors d'oeuvres made of gravlax, (hand) whipped cream and whitefish roe, or any other Sacandinavian fish dish for that matter, seriously, try it!

Asgeirr, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of johnnieoz
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33 cl Bottle (no cork, regular bottle cap). Best before 01/2009.

A: A lighter shade of amber with a nice head. There is a decent lace curtain after each sip.

S: Can't say I detect much of what the brewer describes (see their website). Instead, I sense floral and citrus-like hops. It smells like a slightly above-average lager.

T: Clearly a Belgian-style ale. But this is the first time I try a "Bière de Garde" so this is definitely a new flavor. It is nice n' prickly on the tongue, sweetish and there is some pomelo/sweet grapefruit in effect here.

M: Fullish, smooth, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. However, 'tis a tad watery.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer, a good ale indeed even if the brewer calls it a "top-fermented lager". The alcohol came on a bit strong, very deceptive.

johnnieoz, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corks are fun.

Poured a fine off-white head that held strong. Streams of bubbles rise through deep golden beer feeding the head above. Earthy aromas mixed with fruits (pears and apples), yeasty notes, and some sugar. Quite inviting. Slightly raw malt flavor mixed with doughy yeast and spring flowers
Finishes with a tinge of alcohol and bitterness. The flavor is rough, but not bad. Just right for the style I suppose. It's a big beer, but the mouthfeel remains quite light and dry. I could definitely go for a few of these.

HappyHourHero, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of Umbra
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Available and purchased at a supermarket in Paris for less than 3Euro a pop. Afraid at first to try, given the availability, and it was listed in the beer bar as an amber. Poured a slightly amber yellow with a decent head, lacing and retention. Aroma of spicy yeast and dark bread.
Alcohol was masked well. Strong apple cider flavor that I remember from Dupont, with some chalkiness and metal coming in on the finish.
Mouthfeel was sticky, but not sweet, and lingering. A bit more bubbles would've scored it somewhat higher

Umbra, May 31, 2007
Photo of roblowther
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 750ml bottle. This beer pours clear gold with a hint of opaqueness, looking rather like a cross between a pilsner and a kolsch. It leaves a bit of lacing and a thin head. The smell has a hint of banana, but reminds me mostly of a generic crap warm-country lager, frankly. The taste has a hint of malt up front, followed by a pungent hops that is fragrent but not bitter. It does have a very smooth finish. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a creamy feel to it, not too shabby really. It's drinkability is decent, but nothing to write home about. It masks the alcohol well, but the finish is a bit too floral and dry. To sum it up, this is one of the best beers I've tried in France, which is to say its like the sexiest of your cousins. Enjoyable in a way, but just not something you want to brag that you've done.

roblowther, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Socrates
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Socrates, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of bark
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The colour is deep gold with a tint of orange; the finger thick head sinks slowly down to a white lid, leaving some tracing.

The fruity smell got notes of apples, yeast, some sour notes and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is simpler than expected; I found flavours of sweet apples, alcohol, wheat flour, some feeble metallic bitterness and some sweetness. The rather short and simple aftertaste got notes of apples, some sweetness and alcohol and a discreet bitterness.

The carbonation is medium-low with small bubbles. The mouthfeel is much drier than the taste.

A middling Belgian/French type of beer.

bark, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of Sigmund
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle, bought in France.
Golden nearly clear colour, large lasting white head. Pleasant flowery and fruity aroma, also notes of honey and leather. Flavour is spicy and somewhat alcoholic, with a peppery finish. This bière de garde is well worth sampling.

Sigmund, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours lightly skunked with aggressive carbonation that smacks the back of your mouth like little tiny little thorns. Spicy feeling and a bit acidic. Tastes and smells somewhat of grapefruit and also mildly of wheat and lemon. This is not a very good beer and was most certainly a waste of a euro.

DaPeculierDane, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of twilight
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vielen Dank to Stuart, meine Kollege, for bringing this from Paris.

Pours crystal golden with a light fluffy head and lacing that won't quit. The beer looks good. But perhaps too light for a biere de garde. Let's just call it a blonde de garde. Aroma is slight spiciness with some detectable sweetness in the form of overripened fruit. Taste is pretty good, not complex, but ending with a slight sweetness coupled with a slight metallic twang. Full bitterness ensues but it never really coats the tongue the way most Belgian beers do. Now, I don't claim that this is a Belgian beer, nor do I claim that the French are experts at brewing beer. Still, this is a pretty good beer, and, were it lower in alcohol, would make a great session beer. Well, it makes a great session beer regardless. Notes of honey also detected, but there is very little dryness. Citrus/lemons mix in the end. Mouthfeel is okay. Nice, but not dry and not full. It. Just. Is. Drinkability? Well, you could get a sixer of this and just sit down on your favorite chair looking out on the French countryside. Excellent, fresh example of this beer, though lacking in the big maltiness and earthy bitterness found in most examples of this style.

twilight, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for sharing...
Appears a light gold with a fluffy 2 finger white head. White film with a solid collar. Little bits of carbonation pump to the top.
Smell is like champaigne spiced with honey and pepper.
Tastes like champaigne spiced with honey and pepper with alcohol detected.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and spicey with a mild sweetness.
This one is ok but the abv is noticable and I'm just not crazy about it.

weeare138, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear medium yellow ale with a medium head with better then average retention. Aroma is quite different then what I’m used to with some barnyard aspect and something quiet salty that I cannot instantly recognize. Taste is also quite salty but at the same time refreshing. Spices are a bit scarce for my liking and body if definitely too thin for a bière de garde but there is still something I like in this beer.

Phyl21ca, May 02, 2005
Photo of Boto
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25cl. bottle: The beer pours a golden color, with maybe a tinge of orange in there. A bit of a white, frothy head that subsided quickly. Lots of bubbles on the side of the glass. A lightly spicy aroma. Some sweetness also. The taste is a light caramel, with the still unidentified spices. Tasty, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

Boto, May 18, 2004
Photo of rastaman
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really nice appearnce, clear gold, with nice fluffy head. Tastes like bread and flour, with some lemony acidity in the finish. The mouthfeel feels a bit empty. A bit sugaary aswell. Some herbal hops, but not as much as i like. dissapointing. I thought this was a biere de garde/ not a lager/pils as listed above,

rastaman, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of ipogios
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden colour topped by an impressive head that stick around for a while. Aroma is quite sweet. Flavour consists of sweet yeast and hops. There is a moderate spicy finish. Quite impressive brew by the French

ipogios, Dec 07, 2002
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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.