La Goudale De Noel | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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La Goudale De NoelLa Goudale De Noel

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Les Brasseurs de Gayant

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerBeast on 11-27-2013

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by Braz:
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the corked caged 750 ml bottle with an expiration date of 01-31-15. Sampled on Christmas Day 2013.

The color is mahogany brown with an of-white fading head. It looks like toffee candy.

The aroma is wildly sweet with caramel malts, Belgian sugar, but the promised spice is on the thin side. So are the hops.

The body is pretty good. It is smooth and in the medium range.

The taste is incredibly sweet with caramel, toffee, and even a dash of honey. The hop presence is light but there is a bit of lingering dark fruit character. If I was to describe this in one word that word would be "sweet." But I liked it as a Christmas treat.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma has ripe cherries, of fruits and spices. Nice.
The taste is lightly spiced with lots of ripe fruit sweetness.
The texture is crisp.
Great flavors.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a fine two finger light khaki head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, Belgian yeast, coriander and cnnamon, appropriate for a seasonal ale. Flavor of caramel malt and toffee, light fruit, Belgian and holiday spicing; clove, coriander and cinnamon, mild light dried fruit, flavor tapers off to a spicy, lightly sweet caramel finish. Medium bodied with nice active carbonation. A light Belgian styled ale reminiscent of a spiced Belgian pale. The flavors were somewhat simple and thinned out in the finish, but overall well balanced and flavorful in a sweet caramel way. This bottle is now a half year out of season and may have lost a little flavor. Stil enjoyable and I finished it more quickly than I expected.

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Photo of Shanex
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFC21
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of willfman
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of mactrail
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber with a brief head in the Saint-Martin narrow tulip. Peculiar raisiny aroma with a hint of butter.

Fairly sweet and thick with malt. This has that same candied, funkified flavor of a hundred mediocre Belgian beers. In this case it's amplified by the spices. Caramel taste. Raisins and agave syrup. It's a sort of scorched butterscotch flavor with the usual dry yeasty finish.

Beware of stirring up the floaters. From the 750 ml bottle purchase at Ibis Market in San Diego.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 1/31/15.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toast, caramel, grape juice, and candied fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet toast, caramel, grape jelly, and candied fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but quite sweet and sticky in the flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A supermarket christmas ale. This one shows a lot of spices and a certain sweetness which makes it quite cloying. Ester profile all along. Nothing really great

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Photo of josanguapo
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Uvinum. In Teku glass. After dinner. Delicious caramel taste and nose. Among the best winter beers Ive tasted. A pity its short format (25cl)

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date code 01.31.15, poured to snifter

Gorgeous dark gold color, clear, about 1 finger of off white head that quickly settles to a thin bubble film, some limited but fairly sticky lacing.

Aroma is very malty, somewhat Germanic, hint of noble hops and orange peel, light spice notes as it warms.

Flavor similar to the aroma, tending sweet and malty, caramel, faint spice notes that accentuate the malt rather than overpower, nicely done... wee bit of lingering orange peel / coriander in the back. More Germanic than Belgian, I might guess a decoction mash.

Mouth feel is full bodied, lacks any significant carbonation sting. Actually, fairly refreshing for such a sweet brew.

Overall a very nice tidy beer, not too thick or too spiced. I have limited experience with French beers, outside Flanders, but it strikes me as very similar in taste and aroma to some top notch German brews. I hope I will find this on the bottle shop shelf every year going forward, I'll certainly make it a holiday beer tradition if I do. My wife agrees, and just grabbed the bottle from me.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a auburn red body with minimal head and lace on top of a piney, citric hop aroma that is sharp but also a touch of spice and sourness to it. Interesting beer as at first I get a light, smooth beer that has citric hops and spices and a sharpness to it, then the yeast in the beer, which helps smooth it out, also adds some fullness to the beer and there seems to be a slight yeast/candi sugar (maybe caramel) twinge sweet aspect to the beer for good balance. ABV is hidden but there is a slight bit of warmth after awhile and the carbonation leads to a crisp finish as well. Not the most complex beer and I'm not even sure I'd go back to this one but it was a good beer to have and glad I found it.

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Photo of fishrunner
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Yoann
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - Dark Amber with almost no head
S - Smoky malts with spicy hops
T - Bitterer than expected
M - Not very carbonated
O - Pretty good Christmas ale

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La Goudale De Noel from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 20 ratings