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Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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82
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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%


Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-07-2002)
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 23:45:12 | More by Jwale73
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LungeRehm

Germany

3.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 21:14:40 | More by LungeRehm
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ricke

Sweden

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 14:07:21 | More by ricke
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:07:09 | More by Gueuzedude
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andyinsdca

California

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 02:47:52 | More by andyinsdca
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BeerPhan86

New York

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice bright gold with a two finger fluffy white head.

S - Slightly fruity with some musty yeast smells, like a Belgian golden ale. Some spiciness and citrus also.

T - Sweet yet tame, slightly funky. Tastes like a light Belgian blonde ale with more sourness to it. Finish is clean, hoppy and sharp like a Pilsner. Very refreshing albeit not that flavorful.

M - Light and crisp with more than enough carbonation. It's got me burping.

D - Very sessionable, seems extremely light given the alcohol content. Yet for the price I would not drink this in bulk.

Not something I will probably buy again as it is not flavorful enough to warrant the price but it is worth a try. A French brewery attempting a Belgian style, that's a first for me!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 17:39:53 | More by BeerPhan86
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured in an over sized wine glass. Clear copper with a 1 finger white head leaving a corner ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Very little lacing.

S - Grassy yeast, bread with some honey notes, earthy grains, green apples, with some spiciness as well.

T - Malty followed by a spicy citrus. Tart fruits-pears & apples. Some cereal and sour grain in the background along with mild alcohol notes. There's also some metal present. It comes through in the aftertaste as well. The finish is tart and crisp.

The metallic aftertaste of this beer bugs me. This was an ok Biere de Garde. It's worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 21:40:58 | More by StaveHooks
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle 11-28-11 cork and cage

Light amber color, very clear. Minimal head, some lacing. average carbonation. smell is unique. Grainy, musky funk. Almost a wine character.

Smooth first sip. What i believe is a grainy pilsner flavor. Light sweetness. It actually tastes like corn to me. Bitterness and overall hop presence is mild.

Light mouthfeel and refreshing, but also a bit bland. ABV is respectable. A notable sweet adjunct flavor I am not hugely fond of. Pretty unique though.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 02:41:56 | More by mlazzaro
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impending

California

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

B-

750ml into a tulip. Pours an orange yellow, dense towering white head forever to recede, nice lacing.

Aroma is mildly fruity, mild spices, yeast and mildly musty as well. mild

Taste is grainy, light dry fruits. Dull bland straw skews the slight bitterness to its detriment without contributing an offsetting dank. Thin yet creamy bodied, vaporizes to foam with the slightest swish.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 00:25:08 | More by impending
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ipogios

Cyprus

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2002 06:38:39 | More by ipogios
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boss302

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Orange, big thick head, course bubbles.

S Mostly yeasty, some estery aroma, not much hop, but that is appropriate to style. Not a lot of malt aroma, which is not to style.

T Nothing really stands out. There is a yeasty flavor and some sweetness. Sweet must be counterd with carbonation, since what little hops exist are difficult for me to detect.

M Medium body, good carbonation.

D This was actually a decent drinking beer, it was clean and crisp. I'm sure I would say the same about some light colored American pilsners, but this beer had more body and character than most of those.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 03:23:54 | More by boss302
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haz77

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 12:56:42 | More by haz77
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nickfl

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 02:50:11 | More by nickfl
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw colour with a large, foamy white head with good retention and visible carbonation.

Light and hoppy in aroma with some grass and malts coming through alongside some light floral notes and a fruity, apple like aroma coupled with some sugar.

Malts and a sweet fruity aroma, mainly apples, pear and a fair amount of sugar. There is also some yeast and a touch of spice to it. The taste is a nice one and fairly well balanced.

Smooth with a slightly sticky, sweet feel to it and a light to light medium body and solid carbonation.

Enjoyable beer here with a pleasant, fruity taste and good balance although it was very sweet. It wasn’t outstanding and to be honest probably not one I’d seek out again but still quite drinkable.

1001 Beers Blog: http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 08:03:48 | More by flyingpig
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sitarist

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 03:23:42 | More by sitarist
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JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 17:52:12 | More by JustinBathurst
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boxofepilepsy

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 19:36:48 | More by boxofepilepsy
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champ103

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms and leaves lots of lace behind.
S: A rustic funky aroma and some spices. Grain, bread, yeast, and finishes lightly fruity.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet malt. Funky yeast, grain and bread up front. Finishes with a spicy and fruity flavor. Very simple.
M/D: A lighter body and a little thin for my liking. Easy enough to drink.

Not bad at all. Fairly simple. Not something I will seek out again though.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 19:08:08 | More by champ103
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magictacosinus

California

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 18:56:59 | More by magictacosinus
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear golden brew with a very thin layer of head that has a very long retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Nothing too special in the aroma. It has very grainy smell with a heavy hit of yeast. The smell is fairly grassy.

T: Much the same as the smell with lots of grain and yeast in the forefront. It has a slight spiciness with a nice hit of floral notes in the middle. The beer has quite a bit of grainy bitterness throughout, which lasts from the beginning until long after the sip is finished.

M: Light body and lots of carbonation make it easy to drink. Very dry finish.

O: A pretty good beer. Easy to drink and refreshing, with a fair amount of flavor for such a light brew. I wish that it wasn't quite so bitter, because after a few sips that starts to overwhelm.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 22:06:50 | More by DaveBlack
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 21:18:36 | More by weeare138
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thierrynantes

France

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 21:56:59 | More by thierrynantes
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Zorro

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 01:53:27 | More by Zorro
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Osiris9588

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, caged and corked. Poured a fluffy 4-finger head with large bubbles, but dissipated rather rapidly.

Clear, dark straw color with a stream a tiny bubbles ascending up the center. Slight and mild, fragrant aroma of banana a malt. The flavor offers strong banana, mild spice, then some candy on the finish.

Medium-mouthed, a bit soapy and a touch syrupy, progresses from bright when first hitting the tongue to sappy and warm on the finish.

Not bad, but not all the memorable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 23:36:39 | More by Osiris9588
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served in a chalice glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow to orange color. A bit cloudy. Forms a medium, creamy and very persistent white head with lots of lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet and very grainy. Fruity, bready and and a little bit spicy. Quite Belgian character which is common on the French CH'TI beers. Also light notes of honey, orange zest, spices and flowery hops

T: Follows the nose as a quite sweet and malty beer. Fruity esters. Strong notes of bready and earthy yeasts, again, Belgian character. Also some notes of honey, coriander and orange zest which reminds a classic Belgian Triple. End is dry with a mild hoppy bitterness

M: Full body. A little bit molasses. Good carbonation to the style. Dry crispy and grainy aftertaste

O: Average beer and drinkability. Not that bad for a French Ale

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 01:24:50 | More by eduardolinhalis
Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.