Saint Landelin Spéciale Noël
Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #108
Ranked #44,819
3.43 | pDev: 13.99%
Les Brasseurs de Gayant
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown 750ml cork-and-wire finished bottle. Date stamp on front label 07.03.13.

Appearance: An orange-amber color with good clarity and some visible carbonation bubbles. Generous and durable bone-colored head leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: mix of Belgian dubbel and French biere de garde. Hints of honey, dark dried fruits and apricot jam.

Palate: Medium body; medium-high carbonation is both soft and midly crisp; Soft and smooth overall.

O: a pleasant Holiday ale that is more than a little like a Belgian dubbel and which worked fine in the 100F degree heat of Arizona.

Jun 05, 2013
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice) L32.1.07 2.28.10 on the bottle
A- This beer has a crystal clear slow slightly dense deep copper body with a cobweb off-white head that breaks down quickly. There is a gentle slow carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The aroma is pretty clean with a very faint malt sweetness and a green quality underneath. There is a wet straw note that comes through and grows as the beer opens.
T- There is a light hard candy sweetness followed by a mineral water taste. There is a very light tartness then a soft carbonic acid and bitter note in the finish. As the beer warms there is a live cherry quality to the malt and much of the taste turns cidery.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and a tight fizz finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer is very light in flavor and a bit dulled or mellowed. There is not any depth or contrast to taste or smell.

Sep 15, 2010
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Rayek from Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint.

A: Pale toffee with great clarity and a fair amount of carbonation. A foamy cream cap starts well, but retreats to a patchwork film fairly quickly. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Very sweet. Brown sugar and caramel give the beer a cookie dough quality. Alcohol adds just enough of a tingle to keep the beer from going over the top with the sweetness.

T: The sweetness continues. The brown sugar from the nose is joined by toffee and the slightest bit of anise. Alcohol is present, which seems odd given the ABV. However, it and the anise are the only thing keeping this beer from being crazy sweet.

M: The body is light and syrupy, with about the right amount of carbonation.

D: This is certainly different. Did I mention that it's sweet? The anti-hop-bomb. I' glad I tried it, but don't think I'll be back.

Jun 02, 2010
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Asgeirr from Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Saint Landelin Spéciale Noël pours a dark amber colour along with a great large number of small bubbles and a eggshell-to-cream white toned crown, slowly diminishing and leaving a great amount of lacing after several minutes.

Smell: A sour apricot tone, fresh hops, some toffee, a undertone of butter. Generally, this one is relatively mild in all of it's scents. None of them really do stand out.

Taste: Sweet, citric touch, some peach-to-pineapple burnt under somewhat metallic-bitter notes covered by a gentle butterscotch shroud. Once again mellow, yet qualitative.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, round towards the palate, medium high in carbonation.

Drinkability: Surprisingly easy to down, decently resounding in respective sensory-compartments, which overall gives it a higher grade of likeability.

May 19, 2010
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of a 750ml bottle this beer was a very clear orange hue, similar to that of a dried apricot with some visible rising carbonation. The one finger of yellowish head soon became a skim and the lacing was so-so. The aroma was a blend of spices, citrus, and some tanginess atop a generic maltiness. The flavors were quite weird, my initial reaction was "WTF 'holiday' are those French brewers trying to celebrate with this?" Needless to say, not what I consider a 'Traditional Holiday Ale.' It was sweet and tasted like orange zest and apricot nectar blended with (cheap) caramel malt as well as malt extract. The spices were barely perceptible . The mouthfeel was slightly below average, being a little oily and prickly at first but it mellowed as I drank it. The body was medium and the carbonation a little high. Found this one on sale and I'm glad I did. It's not a Belgian Style Dark Ale, not a Holiday ale and not worth full the price.

May 11, 2010
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Pleepleus from New York

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this Holiday brew this past Easter with fellow BAs Moxley and Hyland. Poured from bomber to tulip a darker amber with a 1/2" of white bubbly head that reduced to sketchy lacing and a nice bubble sheen. Fruity spicy nose. Typical Belgian ale taste with some serious spice and fruit notes or "flavour sil vous plait". Light and satifying, not overly fruity and very drinkable. Thanks to Judy from Siebert's for this one!

Apr 08, 2010
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BeardedBoffin from New Mexico

3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Being a fan of French ales, I approach this bottle with high hopes. The beer settles in the glass a dark amber color with 1.5 inches of foam above it. Not a bad look.

The aroma is a tad spicy with some pear and raisin. A little grain maly trickles in as well. The faint esters clear the way. The aroma hints at the sweetness to come.

This beer is medium bodied on the palate, nothing much more to say. The flavors are similar to the aroma: malt, raisins, and sweet fruit. In totality, a light combination of flavors mingles with some sweetness.

The beer finishes with a small amount of bitterness. The sweetness lingers on the palate, and on my lips so it seems. A mild warming is felt down below.

This beer did not match my expectations. I was hoping for rich complexities and a fireside friend. I found a fairly one-dimensional conduit of sweet malt.

Feb 01, 2010
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Haybeerman from Colorado

3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange amber color. Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to 1 finger that held. Decanted continually. Laced in wavy rings aroiund the glass.

S: Roasted malt and pepper. Grass and floral hops. Yeast.

T: Very consistent with smell with some caramel and fruit. Very muted though. Evenly bitter in the finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Some sweetness lingers through the mild bitter in the finish.

D: The bottly and price frankly, had me expecting a bit more. That said, its easily drinkable, just not that special.

Jan 17, 2010
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Kendo from New York

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy coppery-amber with 1-finger whitish head. Leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Not much in the nose at first, though it's possible it's too cold. Some mustiness and spice.

T: First impression: fruitiness. Also some sort of non-descript spice. Warmth is felt in belly. As it warms I think ripe apples and tart apple skins. Finishes slightly dry with a lingering tartness fighting the fruity sweetness.

M: Medium in heft, active prickly carbonation.

D: OK. A bit too sweet.

Jan 09, 2010
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bheilman from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been partial to French beers lately and this one definitely did not let me down. Nice color with a small head and a fair amount of lacing. The smell is fairly subtle but does add to the flavor a bit. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice bite of carbonation. The flavors of chocolate and caramel in more of a rich rather than sweet flavor highlight the flavor. The aftertaste is smooth and finishes with a bit of bitterness, but again very subtle. The beer is very drinkable, but also a bit expensive. Definitely a great tasting winter beer to keep you warm at a nice family gathering.

Jan 08, 2010
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rarbring from Sweden

4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is copper toned light brown, with an off-white head leaving quite some lacing.

The smell is rather sweet (raisins) and bread plus a hint of salty cheese.

The taste is corresponding to the smell, rather sweet tones dominating (dried fruits and some caramel), but also this exciting salty roquefort cheese type of nuance. I like that!

A mild carbonation and a creamy feeling.

To me very suited as an after dinner beer a cold evening.

Jan 08, 2010
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robbyc1 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasty dark look with an off white ok head, lacing not.

Malty on the palate, very much like the Goudale, I was expecting something xmas about this beer but there is nothing beyond their normal malt palate. Bready, earthy, but without complexity, certainly a bit lighter than most of this style, which I'm not sure it correct. Nothing wrong, well balanced, but forgettable.

An easy if dissappointing drinker, Ok for an autumn day, but for providing as satisfying winter warmer or Noel brew look elsewhere.

Dec 04, 2009
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The bottle looks great: 75 cl. with a cork and steel cage. When you "pop" it and starts pouring it's pure amber with a medium large head that leaves some lacings.

S: Light roasted malt. Faint floral hops. Yeast. Unbalanced.

T: The smell all over again but completed with some fruityness. The taste is really mild - there's nothing wrong, but very mild.

M: The aftertaste is short and holds some sweetness and bitterness. The body is surprisingly light and in the carbonation there's lots of small bubbles.

D: Quite a dissapointment; the price and look of the bottle indicated something else (at least to me). The quality is lower than anticipated. The price is SEK 46,90 - about $ 7 - for that I can buy two bottles of Westmalle Dubbel (in the same liqour-store), a beer I rated A+ (all 5)...

Nov 21, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright coppery orange with no yeasty haziness yet... or ever. This beer is either a Belgian amber ale or the lightest Belgian dark ale in existence. The toasted marshmallow colored crown is large, rocky and sticky. More (and better looking) lace would have helped.

Like the color, the aroma is darker than pale and lighter than dark. It's low on power, is generically fruity and is only slightly spicy. SLSN better have more punch and personality on the palate or this could be a long 750 ml.

The three other Les Brasseurs de Gayant ales that I've reviewed weren't great, but they were above average. Saint Landelin Speciale Noel is the worst of the lot and is definitely below average. The label doesn't say and it doesn't taste like any spices were added. At least they would have added flavor, something this brew lacks in a major way.

The beer tastes like a watery Belgian amber ale with a minimal amount of caramel malt, a shot of corn syrup, a little apricot fruitiness and a barely perceptible clove-like spiciness. It's so weak and so bland that I might have thought it was old... if 2.28.10 wasn't right there on the label. Why in the world did I spend $9.99 for this stuff?

The body/mouthfeel is lighter than it should be, even though the (probably added) sugar tries to make it feel more full. There isn't enough carbonation and there isn't one iota of expansivness. This really is a sub-standard product from top to bottom.

This so-called 'French Holiday Ale' doesn't make me feel the least bit festive or jolly. Don't make the same mistake I did. There are much better ways to spend a ten-spot than this. What a disappointment.

May 24, 2009
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atis from Finland

3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with slightly off-white head with two finger head that slowly fades to a dense long-lasting layer, slim patchy lacing. Aroma is rich sweet malty, bunch of fruity esters, hints of caramel.

Taste is very sweet (but not cloying) malty with mild spice and light fruity esters (orange perhaps). Mouthfeel is light creamy medium, medium carbonation.

Overall, slightly above average, very drinkable and light Dark Ale.

Mar 03, 2009
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baggio from Sweden

3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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A: Copper color with a decent sized, white, head and some lacing.

S: Fruit, Hops, Spices, Honey and hay.

T: Caramel, Hay, Spices, Orange, Fruits & Berries.

M: On the sweet side with not much bitterness at all. Low carbonation.

A disappointment. Tastes very little and not very christmasy at all. An easy drink tho.

Feb 27, 2009
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RoyalT from Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This is a brownish-orange in color with a modest head. The beer is clear and boring.

Smell - There's a light, almost watered-down flavor and some big, darkish spices. The malts smell cheap and uninviting.

Taste - This is a little better at the taste, but again the malts are too thin to impress. I also didn't care for the strange, leafy aftertaste. It finished more like a lingering lager than a bold, Belgian-style ale.

Mouthfeel - For some reason I always get the feeling that I'm licking an ashtray when I drink French beer. This ale is almost medium-bodied but lacks any good carbonation.

Sinkability - 'Twas not a merry holiday drinking this sad ale.

Dec 20, 2008
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SFLpunk from Vermont

3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown 750mL cork-finished bottle. Date stamp on front label 02.28.10.

Appearance: An orange-amber hue with fine white bubbles, but no lacing on the glass, just a fine coating on the surface of the beer.

Nose: Aromas of French biere de garde. A light honey note followed by dried cereal grains, maybe a touch of honeysuckle.

Palate: Moderately crisp, with muted notes of dried barley, honey and a touch of earth. A little sweet too.

Notes: Reminds me of a healthier version of Smacks cereal. The aromas are that of a brewery when it's not actively brewing...dried grains, etc. An okay beer. Doesn't really achieve the style of "Belgian Dark Ale," however. It's a little too simple and clean. So far not impressed with this brewery.

Dec 08, 2008
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blakesell from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml caged and corked bottle into my favorite Belgian styled goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours a light golden clear amber with a finger of pillowy Belgian styled foam across the top of the glass. Just judging by the appearance here, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this beer is not a Belgian Dark ale.

Smell- On first smell, I would say this beer is a Biere De Garde, which was my first assumption when I picked up the bottle and held it to the light at the wine store I found it in. It has the nearly lagered slightly oxidized smell of a Biere De Garde with some slight spices which would designate the Noel part. A light rubbery medicinal smell also lingers on the finish which isn't the greatest, but not what the beer is claimed to be either.

Taste- Yep, that tears it. This is no Belgian Dark. Kiddos, this is a Biere De Garde all the way. Smooth lager characteristics, musty cellar qualities, medium malt character, light sweetness, a light diacetyl flavor, but that's the only off Biere De Garde flavor I'm getting here. There is some light spicing here as well, but no coriander.

Mouthfeel- Lightly creamy, slightly medicinal, not warming, lightly cloying, not hoppy or astringent, highly carbonated, and medium light in body.

Drinkability- Smooth, I'll be buying another for cellaring as I love to cellar my Belgian and French styles. In this case the French style that it is. One that will improve with age will all good hopes.

Dec 03, 2008
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nick76 from Florida

3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is sweet with cardboard, yeast, and malt. The appearance is golden amber with a nice foamy head. The taste is like the aroma but too sweet. The mouthfeel is thin. Overall this is not what I expected from a seasonal beer. It's way to weak and watery and there is nothing special about it except it's too sweet.

Nov 25, 2008
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thierrynantes from France

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : brown-amber beer with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : fruity nose and spicy notes.
Taste and mouthfeel : Sweet with fruit and spices flavour.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style the Belgian dark Ale.

Sep 21, 2008
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bark from Sweden

4.14/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is red with a tint of brown; the liquid clear. The thick compact head is quite low. Some fine lacing.

The smell is very complex and spicy with lots of dried cherries, raisins, figs and Christmas spices.

The taste is inviting and sweet, it reminds a bit of red berry squash. There are some notes of spices and a hint of meat stock (some salty notes), some slowly growing malt and oak barrels (strong wine). The aftertaste is sweet and fruity (raisins, cherries, raspberries), it is balanced without much bitterness.

The liquid is thick and creamy, the carbonation mild and the bubbles medium sized.

A very fine Christmas beer but, sadly, a bit too sweet for me.

May 19, 2007
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descartes from Oregon

2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 33 ml bottle.

Apperance: Pinkish red with a quarter inch of head.
Smell: Strong smell of malt with caramel and honey.
Taste: Very odd beer, very sweet on the front of the palate but in the middle tastes of hops. Ends with an off aftertaste somewhat like cough syrup! I really find the taste uneven and uninviting.
Mouthfeel: Decent texture but after a while becomes sticky.
Drinkability: I struggled to get through one and it doesn't lend itself to any particular climate.

Dec 28, 2006
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Sigmund from Norway

4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(750 ml corked bottle, champagne style. Bought in Denmark.). A Christmas beer in August, why not? Amber colour, large fizzy head that doesn’t last very long. Pleasant and complex aroma of oak, caramel, dried fruits and spices. I find the flavour less complex, maybe because of the beer’s fizzyness. Still it is reasonably malty and easily drinkable, fairly sweet. Aftertaste is OK but not impressive.

Aug 17, 2004
Saint Landelin Spéciale Noël from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 28 ratings