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Saint Landelin La Divine | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Saint Landelin La DivineSaint Landelin La Divine

Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sammy on 10-02-2007

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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into a firm half inch cap of foam, and leaves sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of barnyard funk with leathery notes, and a nice bready malt backbone. The taste is more malty than the aroma. There is still some funk, but it is more in the background. The finish is of nice lingering toasty malt. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, I really like this beer, and I would love to drink it again.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: nice amberish golden pale color, good head retention

smell: slight fruit, slight banana notes

taste: loaded alcohol and sweet flavor

mouthfeel: medium to more light bodied

drinkability: overall a decent beer for my first biere de garde. very similar to a saison which I think it's supposed too.

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Photo of SpencerSauce
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love trying new beers and this one looked good. It was my first Biere De Garde. The swing top popped of with a small burst of of co2 and smoked and hazed for A second.

A- Clear Copper color with minimal bubble action. White head that had peaks.

S- Malts and i was thinking a dried fruits smell along with a slight hop smell. This brew had a funky smell too it, i kinda didnt like.

T- malts right in the beggining, then i get this funky undescribable taste. Some hops are found but very little.

M- Very bubbly in the mouth. With a taste that lingers

D- Not hard to drink although i dont know i would drink too much. One bottle was all i needed to know what the beer tasted like and might not get it again. It didnt taste too special.

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Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden amber with a huge white head. The head falls rather slow. Rather nice lace.

Nice malt aroma with a bit of an herbal smell and a wee bit of funk. Malt taste. Quite good. Has a sweet finish and a mineral taste to it. Ends with the funk that you can pick up in the smell. I like it. More flavor comes out when it warms.

Medium bodied mouthfeel and somewhat low carbonation.

Rather good. Easy drinking and pleasant.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of GratefulEdd
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of TheGovernator
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

March 2013 bottling. Lite auburn pour with off white head. Funky and boozy black fruit aromas. Barleywines overtures. Black cherry and funky sweet candy flavors. Medium lite mouthfeel with great funky tongue coating. Different and excellent. The ale has aged nicely into a weak sherry like state.

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Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750cc bottle, poured in stages into a Duvel glass.

Golden-amber clear brew with tiny suspended yeast particles. White head is raised a couple inches which leaves fine spotty lacing as the beer is consumed.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with fresh floarl and citrus hoppy aromas. Some spiciness. Mouthfeel is stickier than expected from the fresh tangy flavor up front. There is more sweetness in the finish. Spicy tart orange peel, some smooth bitterness on the midpalate, and a fairly long sweet golden malty finish.

Nicely complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Golden, with 2 fingers of white head. Retention is somewhat short, but expected with the 8% ABV. Head settles to a patchy film, and produces some decent lacing.

S - Lemons, pepper, and cheese. Slighty musty-ness.

T - Sweet malt, very candy-like. Phenols from the nose take hold mid to late palate. A lemony sourness is most obvious, with hints of savory spices such as pepper, coriander, and clove. Finish is medicinal, and aftertaste offers a mild bitterness.

M - Light bodied with a perfect level of moderate/high carbonation.

D - Damn. For the type of beer, I was expecting something closer to a saison or even tripel, but this is superb. It actually has enough malt character to balance out the interesting but often overwhelming phenolic characteristics. I won't have much of a problem downing the whole bottle this evening.

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Photo of albern
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really delightful Belgian style Biere de Garde. It pours a fairly clear, well carbonated, orangy lightish amber color with a small off white thinnish head that does lace. The nose is quite complex and seems to change with each whiff. The beer is slightly musty, has plenty of yeasty character and is particularly floral as a result. There are some sparkling sweetish malts as well.

This is a very tasty, sweetish, and floral Belgianesque beer. There is a slightly sharp bite in the beer that is more from the yeast than I think from any residual spices added. This is a medium bodied beer with an 8% ABV that is well hidden. There are some orange rind flavors, some slight citrus notes, some golden blossom as well. A very complex, big palated beer, that is a delight to drink. Well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of JayNH
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a golden color with a slight chill haze and a huge white foamy head. Excellent retention and solid lacing.

S- Sweet and a bit sugary. Fruity notes of pears and apples.

T- A pleasant dry sweetness with a nice balancing hoppiness. Fruity, pears and apples and apple peel bitterness in the finish.

M- Medium bodied and carbonation is perfect.

D- Excellent! I could drink this stuff till' I went blind. Well worth a try.

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Photo of speter
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear slightly ruddy golden color with a two-finger fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing. Marred slightly by some small black floaters.

S: Like a buttered dinner roll. Toasty caramel and honey overtones.

T: A very malty front that transitions to apple and pear esters just past mid-palate. The hops kick in late, but persist nicely through the finish and aftertaste. Overall, a nicely complex taste.

M: Rich and creamy, somewhat in the bock range. The alcohol is well-integrated.

O: A beautiful bière de garde, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of notafood
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this at the Keg in New Albany, IN. A fantastic place, which is getting ready to expand in two weeks.

Poured a beautiful amber hue into a tulip with a full, even, white three finger head. No visible carbonation in the glass.

A pretty subtle nose on this. Sweet, maybe honey, very yeasty and with a rather apparent organic/earthy smell. Definitely fruity but not too in-your face. A nice spicy hop scent compliments it Almost reminds me of brandy.

Sweet and malty, great hop and yeast balance to give it a little kick. After some time in the glass and a bit of air, it thins, picks up some kind of dusty spice flavor. This is damn fine beer, I feel like I'm drinking champagne. Had one once before that had been aged a bit more than this one and loved it. I would love to cellar this a few years and experience it as true Biere de Garde.

This is really excellent beer, and I would say the same about the other two beers I've had from Les Brasseurs de Gayant. I think this is kind of a benchmark for beers internationally. I wish this was supermarket beer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz brown bottle. Freshness Date stamped on label.
It pours a bright and shiny orange-hued amber color with a snow white finely bubbled head on top, with some patchy, clinging lace.
A yeasty citrus smell rises out at first pour. A musty basement smell follows. After that, a whiff of orange zest, dry hay and a bit of peppery spice. A hint of gin fumes seems to stay around throughout.
A taste of tart green apples is upfront. A complex mix of flavors include plums, caramel malt, citrus zest, coriander and again, gin comes to mind.
This is a well-rounded brew, that is slick, wet with a bit of a edgy bite.
I could drink this all evening, but at a well-hidden 8% abv, that probably is not a great idea.
Nice brew!

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Photo of spointon
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 750ml brown swing-top bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip glass. The bottle featured a best before date of 5/28/09.

A= This ale poured a very clear darker gold with a slight orange quality to the color. The head poured 2.5" of dense, creamy whiteness, but quickly dropped to a skim, leaving behind tons of sticky lace.

S= I found complex aromas of sweet and biscuity malts, fresh mown hay, tangerines, mild hop spice, and a nice yeasty funk. Some alcohol came forth when the beer was swirled in the glass.

T= Solid malt base upfront, followed by a fruity sweetness. The fruitiness was all orchard fruits (apples, pears) and tangy citrus (tangerines, mandarin oranges). Some earthy and grassy flavors through the middle, as well as chalky yeast funk and a flash of noble hop spice. The finish dried out to produce a mildly bitter and tangy aftertaste. Alcohol was well hidden throughout.

MF= On the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation was light, but the thinn-ish body made it feel crisper than it really was. A bit watery at times, but I believe this beer is supposed to be thinner than, say a Belgian Tripel.

D= My first beer of this style and I have to say I was impressed. This could be a really great warm weather alternative to heavier bodied Belgian ales or to pair with food. I could certainly see myself having more of this around the house! Highly recommended!

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Photo of roadhouse
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim having never tried any beers from France. It was only 5.99 for a 750 so I figured why not.

Poured from a 750 ml swingtop bottle with a best by date of 5/28/09 into a tulip glass.

Appears a nearly clear shade of golden orange with a two inch off-white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom. Big sheets of Belgian-like lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma is reminiscent of a Saison with lots of barnyard funk, dustiness, hay, and an underlayer of fruitiness that comes off as somewhat lemony.

Taste is initially quite sweet probably from candi sugar or the like but it is quickly taken over by a nice funkiness that is kind of tart, but certainly not sour. It almost reminds me of Orval, but not quite. After the initial funky flavor the fruitiness makes an appearance before being overpowered by an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth drinking with no trace of the 8% ABV.

I was quite impressed with this stuff. Very glad I decided to pick it up, very disappointed it was the last one on the shelf.

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass and there was a decent amount of head. Smell is very good with a light amount of fruit. This beer is very smooth with a great feel. The beer has a sweetness to it, and a nice flavor. Just a well made ale. It would be good to have after dinner. Cheers.

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Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber to near bronze colored beer with a small white head.

Smell is sweet malty and fruity with a herbs and spice hop aroma. Spicy apple aroma and spicy ethanol gives the nose a black pepper itch. A final hard sniff reveals a bit of brandy/grape aroma.

The taste starts out sweet malty and fruity at first, little bit of apple brandy flavor here. Hint of coriander detected giving this a decidedly Belgian flavor. Can't shake the apple flavor here both sweet and astringent like apple skins.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but it is just that OK, not outstanding. Nothing bad about it but it just doesn't make you say WOW.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine brought this at a tasting. Pours a mostly cloudy lighter amber color with golden orange hues throughout. A good pour with a soft white head and good retention.

The nose had a light complexity but still remained very soft. Some light Belgian malt aromas. Hints of bready and biscuit notes. A light honey note but very subtle. Some yeast notes but not over the tops. Light apple and pear notes leaves a pie like aroma. A touch much on the yeast but ok for style.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out with a bit of sweetness up front with a light Belgian malt note and come caramel notes. But does finish with a light biscuit and bready finish that is dry. Some strong yeast notes come out and balance well, but for style would have liked a bit less. Some apple, pears and a touch of bubblegum that lingers. A light lemon zest as well.

The mouthfeel is right on. A bit of sweetness up front but finishes nice and dry. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall a very nice BdG. Some yeast notes are over the top but still tasty.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Props to my in-laws for this treat...

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of head, solid retention and nice chunky, sheeting lacing.

S - Nose offers up some fruity sweetness, musty pears, caramel, buttered pecans and a touch of sour apple on the finish.

T - Much like the nose, fruity sweetness, with the pears and sour apple coming through alongside the caramel and a touch of musty peat on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - At 8.5%, this is incredibly smooth, easy drinking and dangerously drinkable. Easily one of the smoothest 8%-ers I've ever had. I will be grabbing another bottle of this.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, with swing top, best before dating on the front label. Pours clear lightish amber, bubbles continuing to rise to the top, under a long lasting fine and tiny bubble white head, that leaves plenty of sticky, classy looking sheeting and lace. Spice, a hint of soap and yeast in the nose. Belgian style yeast and spicing in full flame here, nice take on the style, crisp, flavorful and lively brew. Puckering hop crunch late. Bring on the cheese and salads and enjoy with this one. I liked it, nice to see French brewers getting in on the up scale beer thing.

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Photo of kwjd
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a Wegman's in Buffalo because I thought it looked interesting. Pours a bubbly orange colour with thick white head. Great head retention with lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of grassy hops with some sort of fruitiness. Lots of yeast in the aroma too. Fairly sweet flavour. I'm really enjoying this beer. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of fingerlaker
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite nice. Not really a Saison, more of a Blonde, but different from that too.

OPENING THE BOTTLE the swingtop sprayed me. How rude. I was also hit with a mild skunk smell that wasn't exactly pleasing, but I know enough not to judge a beer by it's first sneeze. I was also able to make out a nice apple smell in the back of the nose with a mild, mild hop smell up front.

Poured into a chalice the liquid was a quite dark yellow that was mostly clear. The head was strong and held up until the end. Banding was weak, though.

The taste was moderatly sweet and of a good barley base and a little bit of apples- I think they added cider to this beer. The hops are weak and don't last around on the mouth too long and left me a little cold.

Mouthfeel was VERY unique- This beer has a medium-heavy body and steamrolls across the palate. A lot smoother than most golden ales.

I like this beer and will buy it many more times.

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Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. swing-top brown bottle with a best before date: 5/28/09. Pours an amber-gold with pristene clarity and a 1/2" white foam head.

Sweet and fruity bisquit malty nose with a slight burnt rubber lingering after.

Flavor is also sweet with light fruit and floral aspects. Nice sweet apple, pear, sultana, honeysuckle with a likeness of bubblegum that finishes crisp and smooth with an offset bitterness. Mildly smooth mouthfeel with some zip from the carbonation. Alcohol is burried within.

A very drinkable, solid beer for this style, that quite honestly took me by surprise. This was brewed in France?

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