Saint Landelin La Divine | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

Saint Landelin La DivineSaint Landelin La Divine
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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: 136 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of vrazionale
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Best before 12/28/09.

A - Pours a slightly hazy sunset orange body with a quickly-dissipating but robust one-finger head formation.

S - Floral hops, orange peel, stony minerality, dark honey, peach, and a slight touch of basement funk.

T - A clash between fruity and bitter hop flavors leads to an intricate and intriguing flavor profile. There is a definite floral character here that reminds me of honey, though of course without the sweetness. I really dig the slight minerality that I'm tasting here - it tastes like this beer was fermented in cement! The malt character steps up as the brew warms, leaving some of the intricacies of the flavor profile behind.

M - Very crisp and brisk, with a bracing bitterness that doesn't ever come across as too bold. Very light on the palate.

D - I really dig this beer. A great representation of the style. I'm impressed that there is still some hop bitterness, as this brew is getting close to its "Best Before" date. This is totally a beer to pair with food - the acidity and the minerality make this brew a great fit with mussels, scallops, or oysters, and the fruity notes would make this a match for a fresh goat's milk cheese or a wedge cut from a younger, fruitier wheel of Cabot Clothbound.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of trixdout
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very eloquent, softly sweet, and floral Belgian ale that, without the cork, avoids the more must wood notes of most Biere de Garde.

Pouring a mostly clear, rich golden color, the beer builds a creamy and delicate white head of solid staying power and subtle lace.

Soft, sweet malts are the perfect complement to flowery notes for the scent of honeysuckle and light perfume. A light musty malt character pulls out of the more elegant mold and accents the spices from yeast. A very nice beer that's usually what I want out of Leffe Blonde.

Succulent but with the finess flavor of powdered sugar begins to shape the malt character. Further rounded by a light honey/nectar taste, soft caramel, and sugar cookies, the malt character is uniquely moderate yet complex. White pepper, herbal hops, and a mix of pear apples give variety, depth, and intrigue to the well melded ale.

Medium throughout, the beer begins with a supple sweetness that seemingly disolves on the tongue in a very cotton candy, evaporative way. The beer makes a quite fade into a late dryness of light peppery spice and moderate alcohols.

A delicious Belgian pale ale/golden ale that's kinda what I like to think is similar to the monk's paterbiers. But I'm used to more aged character or even a more cork-like woodiness in beers listed in the Biere de Garde style.

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Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, poured into leffe chalice. Half finger head, clear, amber colour. Sweat yeasty smell. This isn't a complex beer, it had a nice sweet taste, there were hints of pear and apple. It was smooth, as the alcohol was well hidden its possible to drink a few of these but it could get dangerous at this strength.

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Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear yellow gold color and formed a nice foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it quickly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, spices, yeast and a slight barnyard background. The flavor was of malt, yeast, and spices that I can't really separate. The body is medium light and slightly creamy. The finish is slightly tart. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice bright golden hue with a nice foamy two finger egg white head. Nice retention and chunky lace all the way down the glass. Tons of bubbles appear out of nowhere and rise to the top. Nice looking brew.

S: Nice yeasty aroma smells like a wonderful bakery when combined with the spices that pour from this one. Hints of apple and pear as well.

T: Nice brew. Bold and yeasty with nice fall fruits, but mostly apple. Touches of spice all over the place. Nothing that i can really pick out but they are there and they are nice.

M: Medium in body with great carbonation. Very snappy.

D: Very nice. I really enjoyed this one and the price point may be the lowest of any I have ever tasted in it's class.

A great beer, and quite possibly the best French beer I have had to date.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a slightly hazy tangerine-gold color. The head was a half finger of yellow-tinted foam that faded to a skim that left pretty good lacing in sliding curtains The aroma was totally appropriate for a Biere de Garde, caramel malt, spicy hops, fruity esters and yeast. The flavors were quite similar and enjoyable with a well balanced malt profile, an alcohol punch in the middle, and a clean finish. The caramel malt really came off clearly and was well met by the fruit notes and citrusy hops. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation good. Biere de Garde is a difficult style to make well and this was one of the best I've ever tried.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 750 ml. bottle marked 12.28.09-L27.1.11. Sampled on March 27, 2010. Served about 45 degrees. As I popped the plastic cork often found on these French beers it really opened with exhileration and a nice puff of carbonated mist. The aroma was noticeable right out of the bottle before pouring. The pour was a cloudy orange-pale yellow with an eager, foamy white head that fizzles down after a few moments but leaves a thin lacing all around the glass. The aroma bursts with sensations of wheat, malts, coriander, and other tantalizing spices. The flavor has a bitter tanginess with a dry finale of hops and spices. While the aroma had a non-distinct alcohol scent the taste had a bit more alcohol in the mix. Drinkable? If by drinkable you mean it is easy to drink quickly...then I would have to say yes. It was easier to drink this one than savor it. The 8% ABV hit me lightly at the end. It had its own variety of characteristics which were commendable on the face of it but I still tend to favor Belgian Abbey Ales, at least over this one from France. Still, it was not a bad beer overall. I found it in the Price Chopper Grocery Store in Keene, N.H. It was kind of a stand-alone among the typical nationally known macro and micro brews you see in grocery stores or other bottle shops.

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Photo of BadAxeBeer
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carmel toasted roasted bitter after taste.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Clear, dark yellow gold with a good foamy white head, great retention, heavy lacing.

S = Crisp notes of hay, wild yeast, white pepper, quite complex.

T = Good strong half cooked bread dough with light floral notes, dry hay, small traces of citrus and spiced apple, quite complex and well balanced, some trace of the alcohol after mid-palate, at the back of the mouth right before the finish really starts I get a slight smokey taste, quite good stuff.

M = Medium bodied, fair mouthcoating, alcohol is present and body is just a touch watery.

D = Good drinkability, a very approachable beer. I could happily drink this sitting outside enjoying the afternoon in a French cafe.

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Photo of boss302
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, flip top, my bottle stated 8%, not 8.5%abv

A Orange, unclear. I had a decent head, but not thick.

S Mostly a yeasty estery aroma. No hops that I noticed.

T There is some bitterness, but it is more of a bitter malt taste. There is some sweet caramel malt to balance, but not much hop taste. There is some medicinal astringency. Finish is yeasty.

M Medium body, good malt thickness. Carbonation is light, but OK

D A pretty good beer, alcohol isnt really noticeable in the flavor. The brewers did a good job of disquising it.

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Photo of KeefD
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange/yellow color with a nice, bubbly, three-finger head that had very good retention and left behind some very lovely lacing. Aroma is reminiscent of Orval, some sweet Flavor is lightly sweet, a bit of light fruit taste to it, some pears and orange comes to mind, hints of lemon and grass. Very nice. It's sort of light bodied and the flavors aren't screaming out at me, but it's very tasty nonetheless. Easily drinkable. I like this beer a lot. Plus, the bottle will come in handy for homebrewing!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date May 2009; Sampled July 2008
A brisk pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a clear, lightly red tinged copper hue as it sits on my desk but shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is sweet with a mix of light pear and sweet malt notes. Grassy grain aromas produce a touch of dried hay, some saltine cracker notes and a touch of biscuit like grain. Mixed in with the noticeable grassiness is a light herbal character that shows that this has a touch of hop character to it. The aroma is about what I would expect from a Bière de Garde.

Lightly sweet up front, but picks up even more sweetness as it rolls across the tongue. This is definitely malt focused for the most part with sweet grain notes, grassy grain flavors, and crushed malt notes of biscuits and light toffee all noticeable. The light-medium carbonation combines with a light hop note to produce a peppery, bitter bite that is noticeable from beginning to end of each sip. This has a fullness to it that envelopes the palate in its velvety texture. Not overly heavy, but it is not a quaffing brew either. This almost has a mint flavor to it that is very light and really only noticeable as it starts to warm up.

This didn't start out very impressive, but it has certainly developed into a tasty, enjoyable beer as I have been quaffing this. It hits the style pretty well and while it doesn't cover any new ground, it is well integrated and works nicely. It manages to become more than the sum of its individual components.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle
8.5% ABV
King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
May 11, 2013
The beer pours a copper-tinged gold with a this white cap. Aroma is light fruits, sweet malt, must and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavour is very musty with yeast, tart fruits, and some burnt wood. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of beerbrains
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden amber with a rocky white head. The head stays just long enough to leave very nice lacing on the glass.

The nose delivers a beautiful floral sweetness. The same sweetness and malty comes through in the taste, yet it contains a bit of a good Braeburn apple. There is a definite Belgium influence here. The mouthfeel is crisp and cleansing. Delicious.

In the past I have been less than impressed with French beers, this one however is worth seeking out and trying.

Although not what I would think of as a hot weather beer, it will be great with any traditional summer foods you are serving, especially a good homemade brat.

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Photo of crossovert
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml swing top bottle. The label has two dates on it: 07/28/11 and I can'read the other one.

It pours a clear honey color with a large foamy white head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving some nice lacing.

The smell is rather clean. There is a cloviness to it and just some simple bready malt. Over that is a distinct noble hop scent. It is subtle, but nice.

The flavor is sweeter. Quite sweet indeed actually. It has a semi nuttiness with a nice bit of caramel. This is accented by a distinct fruitiness, some spice, and a touch of hops, though not as much hops as indicated in the smell.

It is pretty good, they could have dialed down the sweetness but other than that a solid, subtle brew.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted @ Abraxas Belgian/French ale tasting.

Pours kind of a pale, chilly-crystal-looking amber.

Hints of tobacco in the nose, I thought, and decidedly floral.

Thankfully much cleaner and drier than its little sister, Goudale. Toasty malt backbone and some earthy hop bitterness.

Feel is mineral-y and a little coarse, but I like that in this style.

I could throw back the whole bottle, though I'd choose Castelain's biere de garde over this one.

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Photo of SayBoom
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz/1 pint-9.4 oz/750ml bottle (so nice of them to

break that down for me) - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in

Atlanta, Georgia. Best Before: 12.28.09.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, orangey body with a smallish, airy, white head.

Smell: Incredibly weak, mild nose with only very subtle notes of sweet barley, grains, and maybe a hint of white grapes.

Taste: Though the nose was a bit lacking, at least the taste is here. Sweet, lightly bready barley malt with some slight caramel accents. Light fruity mixture of apricot, grape, and pears. Lightly herbaceous hops with only a minute amount of persistent bitterness. Touch of spiciness. Late in the taste you get a flavor of grains folded with honey. Final hints of the mild bitterness and alcohol in the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A Bière de Garde with nice, subtle nuances and surprisingly quaffable considering the ABV percentage.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a cup...

Appearance - poured a dark golden color with good head

Smell - the yeast def fills my nostrils but some sweet smells is also picked up...

Taste - its a wheat with a hint of spices in the background. It tastes good but nothing too special. It tastes pretty good for the price... 4.99 for a 750 ml bottle

Mouthfeel - very smooth, wasn't bitter with good carbonation

Drinkability - I don't think I'm going to save the rest of this 750 ml...

It was a beautiful day outside, worked for 8 hours... Just went for a 40 mile bike ride get back to my house and cracked this bottle open and sat outside in the sun on my deck and just relaxed.... I couldn't have asked for more... You wont be disappointed if your looking for a good beer to just relax with...

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a swing-top bottle into a chalice at around 45 degrees.

A: Poured a dark gold, completely clear. A fairly large pillowy white head formed rapidly and then receded to a centimeter of foam that followed the beer all the way down. Decent lacing. Small bubbles rise rather languidly to the surface.

S: Some bready yeast is apparent on the nose. A little bit of green apple skin also makes an appearance. The nose is a bit muted, but nice.

T: First impression is of fresh bread, then apple and pear. The finish is a bit of mineral. There is a spiciness of alcohol throughout. One also notices some tropical fruit notes, like mango perhaps.

M: Surprisingly full-bodied, even slightly viscous. The carbonation is moderate and prevents the beer from being cloying.

D: A nice sipping beer, I find it challenging not to drink it a little too quickly.

Overall: Classified as a biere de garde, this could almost pass as a tripel but for a lack of phenolic forwardness. Very nice beer, definitely worth seeking out if you are a fan of the style.

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Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
Beer rating: 55.1% out of 100 with 136 ratings
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