Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant
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3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Brawweurs de Garde tulip/flute.
Initial pour is clear gold with a finger of ivory. Ornate yet delicate lacing, very good retention.
Gentle aromatics suggest wild grass and winter fruit with a hint of funk that dissipates after a short time.Possibly a Pils malt base?
The flavors follow the nose closely with more of an emphasis on the fruit which comes across as an overripe pear at times. The subtle funk comes and goes as well. Finishes somewhat sweet, but not overly so.
Light bodied, gently carbonated, and soft mouthfeel.
Not an especially memorable ale, though it does distinguish itself with a subtle flourish of funk albeit finishing a little too sweet to be as refreshing as the better examples of the style.
03-02-2012 04:16:25 | More by augustgarage
2.93/5 rDev -18.8%
Poured from 750 into globe glass.
Appearance: a darker golden clear beer with a think ultra fine white bubbly head that is there through out the entire drinking experience. little lacing that is really scattered on the glass as I drink it.
Smells: I do not smell to much that is special. There is a floral note that is overpowered by a yeast type smell IMO.
Tastes: again not to much for me to really pick out besides a floral hop taste that is subdued for the most part with the different yeast taste that gives a sweeter taste than I prefer, but too much in this beer for me.
Mouthfeel: although it is 7.2% I do not taste to much alcohol. It is a nice thing but I only pick up a overwhelming carbonated feeling that makes everything else as far as taste diminish which I wish was not the case. I do not know if it is just me, but I am happy I tried it, yet I probably will not but but another bottle in the future.
10-05-2011 23:08:00 | More by kennylopez
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
Served into a snifter from a 750ml bottle (that I have to drink all by myself...).
Appearance: Yellowish-amber color, pretty clear (possibly filtered). Contains a decent head, good carbonation. Bières de Garde vary in the orange tinginess, but this holds up well.
Smell: Slightly sugary, pretty malty overall. There are some honey-filled bready notes, a little bit of spiciness and not as boozy as I expected it to smell.
Taste: I enjoy how this beer tastes, however. The lager yeast is definitely present, but it reveals itself to be creamy, malty, and quite refreshingly sweet unlike other kinds of lagers. The alcohol level becomes strikingly present as one drinks this, but it is highly responsible for the sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Decent overall. A little too watery, but contains a full bodied yet mild bitter sting that makes it worth drinking. There is some zestiness in this beer beyond the maltiness. All it takes is to take it in.
Overall: I was drinking these every other day last year during a hot summer in Toulouse. I took a liking to them then, although it was before I got more serious with craft beers. I still think this is a decent beer, though, even if there are far better kinds of Bières de Garde out there.
09-08-2011 18:56:59 | More by magictacosinus
3.2/5 rDev -11.4%
Pours out a slight amber tinted yellow with 1/2 finger of small white bubbles. Slight lacing.
Smell is clove and barley malt sugars. Not a lot of aroma. Kinda lacking.
Taste is a little watery and dirty at first. More sugar than spice here. Can't taste the alcohol or smell it. Kinda boring.
It is clean feeling in the mouth even though it has lots of sugar. Leaves a slight oily feel to the tongue and roof of the mouth.
Overall the best thing about this Biere De Garde is the price and the fact it goes down like water and about as forgettable too.
09-03-2011 11:35:06 | More by peabody
2.4/5 rDev -33.5%
Strong taste malty where alcohol is unfortunately quickly over. Not really other flavors if only worn a few grains such as wheat that are spread in the aftertaste. The nose is slightly chilled, with a characteristic hint of honey. Sour aftertaste unpleasant feature of lagers and bland and with too much alcohol in the body. Goudale = / = good ale.
07-17-2011 09:47:06 | More by ThaCreep
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
Appearance: It has a nice golden/copper colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of honey, some bready malts, some spices and some fruit.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet citrucy/spicy flavour to it with hints of fruity notes but the hops are very faint.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. It's an overall good beer.
07-13-2011 17:50:20 | More by SebD
2.28/5 rDev -36.8%
.33cl brown glass bottle poured into an An Brainblasta goblet in Belfort, France. Reviewed live.
A: 1.5 finger head, devoid of cream, thin, and of poor retention. Clear dark yellow colour.
Sm: Nutty malted barley. A light scent, difficult for me broken nose to detect.
T: Simple and bad. Caramelized malt. No nutty notes at all. No layering or boldness. Poorly balanced and built.
Mf: Smooth and wet, but not complementary of the flavours of the body (which may be a good thing).
Dr: High ABV, low quality, and fairly high pricing. It's nothing worth trying.
06-20-2011 15:27:29 | More by kojevergas
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass
Pours a light, light orange color; sort of a poppy orange. The body is quite clear, and you can see an abundance of carbonation screaming up to the top of the glass. A finger and a half of creamy, fine-bubbled head form. The lacing is spectacular: a solid but fine wall of foam sticks to the circumference of the glass. Great looking Biere de Garde.
The aroma strikes me right off the bat as musty. Like musty attic meets stale Belgian amber malts. That's not a bad thing, it's just a thing. I get some apple core aroma, and also a little bit of rose petal. Yeah, lots of apple core. Some faint nuttiness too. Pretty subtle, but a solid enough nose.
I don't particularly enjoy the flavor of this beer, but it is objectively pretty solid. It's very much in the Amber Ale vibe in terms of malt flavors: light breadcrust, appleskin. There's some phenolic astringency here, which is welcome. The finish brings out a drying huskiness from the malts that comes across like nutshell. I'd like this beer -- ostensibly in the farmhouse ale mode -- to have some more interesting yeast flavors. As is, it is a standard, if above-average, example of the style.
La Goudale is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Despite the active visible carbonation, you don't really feel it prickle your tongue. That smoothness compliments the amber malt flavors. Overall, this is a good Biere de Garde. I don't personally see myself buying it again, but someone that really enjoys American Amber Ales should definitely seek this beer out. Accessible palate expansion and/or a rustic Belgian beer for people that don't like funk.
06-06-2011 03:55:52 | More by Reaper16
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from a 750ml Corked bottle into my tulip glass.
A - A very nice crystal clear golden color that is hued by orange notes. The head is large and white. Cloudlike in the begining and full of bubbles. It leaves behind a decent amount of lace.
S - A light bready wheaty-ness to the nose at first. A slight lemon after nose but I am left looking for some pepper and herbal depth.
T & M - The taste is bready at first and opens to nice herbal notes and some fruit spritzes. It is very light and floral in the middle. The slight depth of the herbs and the sweets and tangs of the fruits mix nicely in the middle. Then on the end the alchohol comes through in a strong warming way and leave the palate soft. The beer is very light throughout in the mouth in spite of the warmth of alchohol at the end. I do like the carbination level of the beer but it seems to die quickly.
O - Not a bad ale, but it just doesn't have the depth in some areas. I do like its freshness and what herbs and floral notes come out. I just wanted a little more.
05-05-2011 00:58:01 | More by CuttDeez
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
04-23-2011 01:28:24 | More by BostonBiosafety
3.18/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
04-22-2011 03:47:26 | More by chiccabeer
United Kingdom (England)
3.28/5 rDev -9.1%
Cork and caged 0.75 Litre brown bottle (Lot 2699 on the cork, no best before date, anywhere).
Poured into three glasses, no sediment in any of them.
The body was a clear amber, almost dark, dirty gold colour, a pure white head which produced some good lacing, sat on top.
The aroma was of hops and mixed spices (nutmeg and coriander?).
The mouthfeel was sharp, bitter and tangy, easy to drink but more 'middle of the road' than exciting. A non-offensive sort of beer, a little lacking in flavour: the hop content blending in and hiding too much behind the grains within the brew.
03-30-2011 08:21:16 | More by BlackHaddock
4.08/5 rDev +13%
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.
03-22-2011 01:09:44 | More by Yojimbo1941
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a deep gold, or light copper, with a good white head and some decent lacing.
Some yeasty funk and toasted malt notes, but this one has a real honeyed edge to it.
Sweet malt up front, with some slightly spicy notes, leading to a bit if yeast and bitter grain husk. Honey and bitterness and some fruit come in waves. Feels heavier than it is. As the palate clears, you get significant pucker.
Medium body, ok carbonation.
Not my favorite of the style, but a solid brew. I got thru the bomber, but it was a chore at the end.
02-27-2011 12:44:52 | More by OtherShoe2
3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
A - Pours a clear dark gold with minimal carbonation and a couple of fingers of head. This falls to a thin layer.
S - Medicinal phenols, banana, clove. Ok, if somewhat muted.
T - Medicinal phenols start the drink with the clove moving forward in the middle. Quite astringent finish works to try and clear the coating mouthfeel. Medium-long pleasantly bitter aftertaste.
M - Really good creamy mouthfeel, but with not quite enough carbonation to cut through it at the end of the drink. Mouth is still coated in the aftertaste.
D - Pretty good beer, but lacks complexity. Outclassed by others of the same style.
01-15-2011 12:56:42 | More by haz77
4.22/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured a clear yellow with a constant stream of bubbles and a thin white head that persisted almost the entire time. The smell was clean, with hints of pear, yeast, and faint citrus. The taste was of pear, with a very slight astringency at the end. Very refreshing. It was light in the mouth, with moderately high carbonation. This was a very smooth and drinkable beer, especially for the somewhat high ABV. I'd definitely drink it again.
11-24-2010 18:33:11 | More by RedSpecial1
3.45/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours a clear golden yellow with a faint orange glow...lazy bubbles rise up to a frothy white head that leaves sheets and webs of lacing.
I smell biscuits and honey...there are some very faint whiffs of moss, and ripe fruit.
I taste honey and ripe fruits. It is earthy. The flavors remind me of mead?
Medium body...the carbonation tap-dances lightly on my tongue; as the fizz fades it coats my tongue nicely.
Not what I expected for this style, but still a unique beer.
10-19-2010 03:23:42 | More by sitarist
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that leaves plenty of lacing action
Smell: Bready, with hints of apricot and lemon
Taste: Starts out with a toasted bread flavor, which adds a potpourri of flavors by mid-palate (candi sugar, apricot/lemon and tart green apple); some heat from the alcohol arrives just after the swallow, and the sweeter elements outcompete the fruity and tart flavors for the tastebuds' attention through the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation and some warmth in the gullet
Drinkability: As others have noted, this is more of a Belgian Golden than a Biere de Garde but it is certainly worth a look
10-10-2010 22:20:59 | More by brentk56
Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.