Saint Landelin La Divine | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Saint Landelin La DivineSaint Landelin La Divine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant
France | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 10-02-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
135
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
13.44%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bittersweet combo. Lacey, with abundant white head on orange body. Yeasty aroma. Smooth drinking with spice mix. Medium bodied and drinkable. Smokeless Joes. Dry finish. Not best biere de garde, and quite yeasty. Above average beer. Grows on you and you could take a lot if you had to.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Fredrick T Bunky and JennyBo for bringing this bottle to BCTC. A 750 mL swingtop.

A: The bière de garde is a light golden amber color that I'd associate with a saison nine times out of ten, much lighter than most BdGs that I'm used to. Four fingers of head coated my glass and left a thick ring of head.

S: The yeast strain has left a very sweet mark on this ale, with a peppery anise aroma that is light but evident. I also detect some apple.

T: The ale isn't as malty as most BdGs, a nice touch as I'm not particularly fond of that element. The light malts are accentuated by the yeast strain, leaving a sweet honey and spice finish. Low carbonation forces the flavors to linger much longer than they should. The sweet fullness of the malts is rather nice, the more I get used to it (revealing its malty provenance here).

M: The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with maltiness. Took me a while to discern that through the spicy flavors. The lack of carbonation is a check against it, the bubbles would add to the experience.

D: The ale doesn't taste as heavy as it is, both a blessing and a curse. An enjoyable ale that is taking me a long time to get through.

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Photo of Naugros
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz (750ml) bottle with swing top and stopper - dated 07.28.11 which I'm assuming is the "enjoy by" date. There's another number beneath the date (which the reviewer before alludes to) that reads L.02.1.08 If it's a date I can't imagine it refers to the brewing of the beer. To brew in French is brasser, so I'm trying to think of another French verb that begins with an L that might give me a hint. No luck.

Golden amber and crystal clear with visible carbonation. Beautiful white, frothy head that attains 2" think and quickly dissipates leaving behind spotty lacing.

Ah brettanomyces, it's been too long. The funk associated with that yeast strain is not all there is to smell here. Light citrus and herbal tones also come through on a biscuit base.

The biscuit and light citrus show up on the tongue and impart a sweetness that was also perceived in the smell. Alcohol is supposed to be evident in biere de garde, but I'm not fond of the way this one makes it known. It's vinous and astringent on the palate, like sacramental wine.

The beer is medium-bodied, bordering on light with subtle carbonation. The astringency hits too far forward on the palate for my liking and it leaves a sticky coating on the lips.

This one starts off so nicely in its presentation and it starts to lose me at the first sip. I still found myself finishing the whole bottle with the help of some blue cheese and crackers, which it paired with exceptionally.

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Photo of BellsFan
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Poured from a 750 mL swing top bottle into a 400 mL pilsner to reveal a golden beverage with about two fingers of head.

Nose. Its aroma was faint but unfortunately reminded me of an American Lager.

Taste. Honey and a hint of hops. Mostly sweet.

Mouthfeel. Crisp and thicker than a typical pilser, although I don't know if this is a pilsner.

Overall a good summer beer but know the 8%ABV sneeks up on you.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle into Unibroue tulip. Best by date is 2/28/09, so we are 7 months past that date but I don't think it is a bad thing that this bottle is out of date. Large white head pillows upon pouring and slowly moves on. Beer is golden in color. The aroma is quite funky with a bit of banana like fruity, clove-like smell beyond that funky Belgian wild yeast. 8.5% ABV is well hidden in this one, maybe because the bottle has mellowed as its gone past best buy date? Pleasant beer to drink, assuming you can get used to the funky nose. If you like witbiers, this beer may be a good transition into the world of funk as it possesses qualities of both.

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Photo of drpimento
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured with an off white huge foamy frothy textured head and a boat load of lace. Color is a slightly hazy medium to light amber. Aroma is yeasty, malty, a bit hoppy sweet. Flavor's about the same. Body is quite thin but ok carbonation. Not bad beer all in all. Finish is nice. Would have again.

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Photo of ATPete
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, swing top.

*the label reads 8%, BA has it listed as 8.5%

A- Very lagerish, yellow/amber color, very transparent, slow rising carbonation and a small, quickly disipating white head.

S- cloves, cinnamon, other delicate spices, earth tones, roasted barley, alcohol.

T- Much like the nose initially, mid palate this beer explodes with bright cirtus fruits, well taimed hop bitterness, a good solid base of malt, some pepper and spice and a touch of alcohol to clean things up.

M- Medium/light body, very smooth, refreshing and crisp. A little more carbonation for some good old head retention would be nice, this may be the swing-tops fault.

D- Good, very light tasting for an 8%'er, just complex enough to finish the bottle.

**this artisanal brew from France have just hit New Jersey store shelves at a very reasonable 4.99/ 750ml. Its definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, dark, orange-amber, with red highlights dwells in my tulip glass while a one-finger, rocky cloud clears quickly, leaving rings of lace and a light puff on the surface while sediment lurks mysteriously within.

Damp straw leads followed by molasses and floral notes dominated by doughy yeast, while peat, apple, and white wine round it out.

Mildly sweet apples and funky yeast open with a nice balance of hops behind. The flavor profile is less complex than the aroma, with a moderate, sour finish containing hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

I'm not a fan of the sediment, but the medium body and slick texture has a nice tone that is followed briefly by a metallic touch in the finish, and no noticeable alcohol.

Saint Landelin La Divine is more easily drinkable than the scores above would suggest, especially as I have paired it with a Dubliner cheese, so go ahead and finish the bottle.

date consumed: 3 Nov 2008

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Photo of trygger87
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look; a mate honey color with a suprising amount of carbonation considering that the bottle i picked up is almost exactly a year past its best by date (Currently 5-18-10, best by 5-28-09).Very little head with just a thin ring staying around. Beer actually has some legs!
I get a big hit of white grape juice and a lot of sugars. Which is not unpleasent at all, some beers that smell sweet really turn me off but not this one. It seriously does have a Martinellies apple juice smell to it.
Malty malty beer,but in a good way. Almost taste like a hard apple cider with lots of malt added. Its a good tasting beer with a clean finish.
The mouth feel is smooth and creamy, leaving almost no bitterness on the tounge. A very drinkable beer to say the least.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow - apple juice from concentrate. A finger high of white, fluffy head. Retention is nice.

S: Salty, smoked meat is what really comes to mind - like jerky. Some fruit skins. Maybe I am getting the wrong aroma from this?

T: Fruitiness, a touch of saltiness and light smoke again. Pear, maybe some light apricot and apple.

M: A rich, medium body. Smooth carbonation and feel... Goes down nicely. Not really anything huge going on, but a 'safe' and inoffensive.

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Photo of shroompod
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice rocky head , lots of lacing. Clear golden color.

Smell is biscuity, toasted grains , some alcohol in the nose.

The beer has a slightly odd malty sweetness. Faint hops in the background. Some funky musty character.

Mouthfeel is medium , good carbonation.

Not my favorite style of beer , but this ones worth a taste.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another birthday present from my brother.

A: Pours a murky golden honey color. Far amount of head which dissolved to lace fairly quickly.

S: Slight hint of apples, almost like apple juice. Yeast, malt and almost a fresh wheat smell are apparent as well.

T: A wheat a yeast taste was most readily apparent, but there were some fruits as well.

M: Not a whole lot of carbonation, very light feeling for the amount of alcohol by volume. Slightly spicy aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable, but the overall flavor is somewhat generic.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8.00

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, bananas, clove/yeast, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with bananas and corn. There is also a bit of a yeasty spiciness and a bit of a rustiness. It ends with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Good not great. Worth trying once but not something that really stands out enough to buy again. It became a little boring to get through the 750ml size bottle.

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Photo of peensteen
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber colour, 2 fingers of fluffy white head, good lace here as well. Smell is yeasty with a bit of spice, apple and candied fruits, crisp grainy malts with just a bit of lemony hop, finished with more spice and some earthy points. Taste goes south a bit here, some of that candied fruit from the nose, light bitterness but moderatley sweet all the way through, hard candy flavours with a odd smoke like flavour toward the finish here. Medium carbonation and medium body, pretty nice feel. Not a bad beer, but I am begining to suspect that I'm not a huge fan of this style though, still fairly drinkable and would drink it again if someone handed me a glass but otherwise I'm not going looking for it.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronze. Alcohol if this one might think in a beer of this ABV. In the mouth, the hops are good but a little too quiet. Rather we perceive the sun cereals, which are inevitably think of cakes or biscuits wheat just baked. So rather fine taste slightly woody aroma with a bitter aftertaste rather light.

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Photo of bort11
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml swing-top bottle, best by 5/28/09. Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Tall white head that leaves a thin wispy lacing. Color is a deep copper orange with good clarity. The nucleation site of the glass kicks off a solid stream of bubbles.

Smell is a dry musty yeast, with a mix of dried apples and apricots. Taste has a very toasty malt body, with some mildly sweet fruit esters.

Mouthfeel is light and very dry. The carbonation gives a creamy texture. An interesting selection indeed.

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Photo of jsp2
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml swing top bottle with a freshness date. Pours a clear golden yellow with a thick, bright white foam. Smells of cloves and orange peel with a faintness of hops. Sweet with low carbonation, and slight notes of orange and cloves. Alcohol is a little warming and dry on the finish. A little hop bitterness.

OK, I mainly bought this because it came in a cool bottle. It turned out to be a great tasting and balanced beer but not something I would really seek out.

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Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a big dense white head that hangs around for a while leaving decent lacing. The aroma is very bready with some toasted grains and corn on top of the subtle Belgian yeast. Maybe some spices in the nose as well. The taste mirrors the aroma with toasted grains and spices along with a little alcohol presence coming through in the finish. There is a sweetness that grows as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is smooth and clean with a slightly dry finish. An interesting beer that didn't stand out in any way for me.

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Photo of mothman
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Pours a massive 3 finger off white head. Color is a clear golden orange. Decent retention with a ton of splattered lace.

Aroma: Lemon, barnyard funk, spices, cloves, yeast, grassy hops, pear and red apples.

Taste: Some barnyard funk right of the top. Lemons, spices, cloves, pears, musky apples, and grassy hops. Not to bad.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Dry and crisp feel to it. Ends with a barnyard aftertaste to it.

Overall, I think this beer is decent. Nothing special or something to go crazy in a search for but worth a try. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright tangerine with bumblebee yellow edges. A fine shower of yeast is barely disturbed by very few, slowly rising bubbles. The alabaster colored crown is a thing of beauty. It's lightly creamy, looks like a vanilla milkshake as it melts, and is tacky enough to grace the glass with some incredibly attractive lace. Great appearance on head and lace alone.

The nose, although tame, is pretty much par for the style course. It's golden malty, fruity, musty and somewhat spicy. Spices were added, but I had no luck trying to find out which ones. Grains of paradise (alligator pepper) is a wild guess... that's probably off the mark. Coriander is another stab in the dark.

Where flavor is concerned, La Divine doesn't live up to its name. That doesn't mean it's bad beer, just that it isn't outstanding. It tastes like a Belgian amber ale that has been punched up with the aformentioned 'added spices'. On the other hand, a lot of Belgian yeast strains are capable of providing this much spiciness, although maybe not this exact *type* of spiciness.

The malt tastes predominantly pale, with a slice of toasted whole grain bread as an accent. There's some earthy-herbal character as well. Golden fruit is dominant... hops are on the low end... and the spiciness adds a flavor twist that isn't prominent enough or distinctive enough to qualify as a flavor hook.

Even though the alcohol is pretty well-masked, the beer still drinks like an 8.0%'er. Which is fine. The mouthfeel doesn't have the creamy expansiveness that I look for in beer of this style. It's a bit slick and is underbubbled, which is just what the soft 'pop' on crown cracking and the appearance suggested it would be.

I haven't been blown away by any of the three Les Brasseurs de Gayant offerings that have found their way into my glass. La Divine might be worth a look if you love the style and think a French biere de garde sounds interesting. For me, it's one and done.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-brown color with lots of golden highlights. Tiny bubbles and some good haze liven up this look. White head looks pretty nice, keeps okay, and really leaves good lace.

Faint aromas, somewhat malty and spicy, but the overripe light fruits are the star. The flavor is fairly spicy in a phenolic way, with pale malt and toasted bread adding some punch. Golden apple and pear, slightly bruised, provide much of the taste.

Easier to take this one down with a better mouthfeel. A little slick, and it seems to showcase every tenth of the 8.5% abv.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear gold color and a nice looking white foamy head. Much retention is evident.

Slightly fruity aroma with light caramel and a little grassy. As it warms, the caramel is more pronounced.

The taste is fruity with a big malt swallow. Kindy earthy tastes as well. Some wood and a slight nutty taste too. Dry finish but a lingering aftertaste.

Bubbly a plenty. Carbonated well. Swing top cap did its job.

Overall I enjoyed the experience. Would I race out to grab another? No. Would I recommend trying this for the Biere de Garde novice? Sure. I will say I would love to try this from the source.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a bright orange-red with nice thick white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of hoppy citrus fruit and a touch of floral, along with malty caramel and a hint of honey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly tingly. Taste picks up the flavors of the nose nicely and highlights them, and the finish is smooth.

An interesting beer that went well with the French dinner, but at at 8% had to go light, as I could feel the effects of just two.

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Photo of biegaman
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

St Landelin La Divine has a toasted golden tone that would be well on its way to becoming tangelo orange if not for the brown suede gloss. The beer's complexion is perfectly transparent and replete with pin-needle-sized holes poked into it by excited bubbles. Its head has a high tide/low tide effect depending on the recentness of the pour.

Neither exactly grassy nor grainy, neither entirely sweet nor bitter nor spicy, it has an evasive yeastiness and subdued malts. It smells a bit like soggy honey-nut cereal and damp grains. There's also passing, short-lived rose-like florals. Alcohol is present. All in all, a bit of an odd duck.

The flavour has a surprisingly assertive toast to it. Roasted grain and chestnuts, grass clippings and fermenting orchard fruits (pear, apple, plum) make up the bulk of the flavour (though these descriptors don't accurately portray the true flavour which, frankly, is a bit too ambiguous to be properly defined). Again, alcohol feels the need to say 'bonjour!'.

The beer has a mild, almost sanitized amount of 'farmhouse' mustiness. It has a heavily drying note that resembles something like wooden shoots. Earthy bitterness is persistent but negligible; kind of like a fly that won't go away, it's annoying but not actually problematic. Same goes for the alcohol, which is nearly imperceptible but thins out the caramelly toast.

For the most engrossing, captivating beers elements of time and place either evaporate entirely or they are irrefutably reinforced - this beer does neither. It embodies neither the proud (often overlooked) French brewing tradition nor the proper capacities of the Bière de Garde style. While it's a fine enough beer, it doesn't leave much to recommend it for.

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Photo of SummitVA
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light hiss as the bottle open. Deep golden pour with low carbonation.

S - Sweet candy, brown sugar, and malt.

T - Big brown sugar initially with a bit of malt character. Crisp finish suggest some bitterness, but no other hop character present. Sweet candied sugar and heat in finish.

M - Light medium. Despite low carbonation, this still tastes remarkably light.

O - A fine, clean Biere de Garde. A little overpriced, but I'd definitely seek out another bottle and open it at a more appropriate time of the year.

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Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
84 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.
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