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Goudale - Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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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robbyc1

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very light amber look, clear with a decent white 1 1/2 inch head. Nice lace but nothing special.

Not much on the nose, malty with a hint of spices.

The flavor is not too deep, a nice malty goodness, but plain flavor, nothing special. It's light and well done, but I would expect more from this type, one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel is heavier than expected from the look, and silky, and the abv is well hidden, maybe not such a good thing.

This is just an average drinker, with the high abv it really should only be good with food, lunch or dinner, or god forbid breakfast. A decent accompaniment for savory food. As for a beer to seek out, not so much, many better out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 22:44:45 | More by robbyc1
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peach gold body with a thin film of a head. Loads of soapy bubbles cling to the glass with some nice lace.

Aroma is sweet and crisp. Hints of citrus, spices, and light hops.

As this is the first beer of the style I have tried it is new territory. Flavor is much like a Belgian ale though lighter. Not as heavy in the malt or spice profile. Drinkability is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 00:52:01 | More by HugoGrim
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imaguitargod

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a mug (yes, that’s right, a coffee mug, whatcu gunna do bout that!) because that’s all I had around at the time and it had a decent head which stuck around for a bit. I must say, this is a perfect example of the style. Instant sweetness resembling honey and malt which dies down into the background and a slight funkiness and fruity ester come forward. Medium bodied with a hint of alcohol mixing in with a faint bitterness on the back end. Proper glassware would do this wonders (coffee mugs not suggested).

~Jonathan Passow

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 23:32:31 | More by imaguitargod
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Osiris9588

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -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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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle cage and cork.

Golden swirls of liquid that is totally clear (perhaps too clear) with a 3" deep, fuzzy and clumpy head. Clumpy lacing in a minimum fashion.

big aroma! Malty sweetness upfront with dank and sweet berries with cream and a slight tangy lemmon, honey soaked wheat and white rice. Nice balance with the malt being most up-front.

The flavor does not provide a sweet malt, but more of an herbal, bitter and snappy wheat with citric acids and sour grapes. A wild yeastieness adds some nice depth of flavor but is still a bit on the light side when it comes to overall complexity. A very tame and tart hop finish with a slightly medicinal and metallic bitter aftertaste. A crispy and light feel, classic smooth finish and only slightly dry and bitter in the end.

This is not a bad French brew, it's not on the level of most Belgian's but it's pretty good. And a good price for a 750ml bottle ($7.99)

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 21:42:06 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass. Pours an orange-yellow color with a pretty decent off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, some floral notes, a little boozy, and earthiness from the yeast. Taste is similar with some caramel malts and a touch alcoholic. Mouthfeel is very active, medium bodied, and gives a slight metallic aftertaste. Overall decent, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 01:45:27 | More by mtstatebeer
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JayNH

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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....

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 22:21:56 | More by JayNH
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Brad007

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 01:56:58 | More by Brad007
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Scriba

Sweden

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 18:00:08 | More by Scriba
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sjccmd

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 16:40:10 | More by sjccmd
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 22:05:50 | More by KarlHungus
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biggred1

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 23:05:38 | More by biggred1
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boxofepilepsy

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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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ricke

Sweden

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Pamola

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:48:47 | More by Pamola
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atis

Finland

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-25-2009 20:04:27 | More by atis
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 00:00:33 | More by EatsTacos
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 22:59:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
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velkyal

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 09:50:16 | More by velkyal
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zeff80

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 03:22:02 | More by zeff80
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 09:08:39 | More by hustlesworth
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LungeRehm

Germany

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 10:25:13 | More by mdagnew
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BierFan

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 22:20:48 | More by BierFan
Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.