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Saint Landelin La Divine | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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3.7/5
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139 Ratings
Saint Landelin La DivineSaint Landelin La Divine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant
France
brasseurs-gayant.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 10-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,745
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
139
pDev:
11.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, light orange/amber color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grass, yeast and fruity notes, like apple and pears.
A nice sweet aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet fruits, apple and pears with a spicy yeasty bite. There were some slightly funky flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This is a nice biere de garde. It has some nice complexities and depth.

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Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a white head of suds that leave a good amount of lacing around the tulip.

Lightly fruity with a wheat scent and honey sweetness.

Decent complexity. Wheaty with an apple and pear fruit sweetness. Good hop presence on the back end.

Medium body with a silky smooth feel.

A nice beer that drinks well. Easy enough for anyone to drink, yet has complexity to satisfy the beer geeks.

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yummy! Tastes of malt and toffee with an abrupt, dry finish. Tiny oil slick head on golden/amber body. Aroma has same notes as taste, but lighter. Taste come on full strength at first sip. This is really lovely.

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Photo of wchesak
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the flip top into a La Fin du Monde chalice

A - light amber color, Large white head, leaving very splotchy lace, lots of good bubbles collect on the side of the glass

S - fruity, some wood character, malt shows up with a caramel smell

T - more malty than the nose, with some bite to it, yeasty/bready

M - effervescent, lingering flavor

D - kinda pick up the alcohol in the aftertaste but very minimal, enough going on to where its worth trying out again

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Photo of DrSascha
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, with weak head. Smells and tastes of toffee and caramel. Sweet without being cloying. Smooth mouthfeel with mildly sweet-citrus after-taste. Similar to Affligem, but less sugary on the tongue. Lower carbonation suits the flavor, but is a bit disappointing as the glass progresses. As another reviewer says, "dangerously drinkable" for an 8.5% ABV!

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Photo of impending
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours nearly transparent copper amber, orange tinged minor head, minor lacing.

Aroma is of sweet light skinned fruits begun to soften. Mild spice and camphor.

Honey as if about to turn, phenolic but pleasant enough. Muted pear and apple. Brief dry twang leads to a sweet aftertaste. A tad thicker than medium smooth mouthfeel. Needs warmth before the full complexity comes out.
cheers
jd

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured golden yellow-orange into a snifter glass with a big and foamy head, which quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles and lacing covering the surface. There's a lot of carbonation.
S: There are flavors of malty sweetness with fruity notes of apples and pears.
T: The taste is a mixture of malty sweetness and fruitiness. A slight bit of hop flavor is present in the finish, which is also on the sweet side.
M: It feels medium-bodied and the amount of carbonation makes it feel smooth.
D: It's very drinkable and any tastes of alcohol are well hidden. This beer would make a perfect complement to a nice dinner with French food.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB June 15, 2014.

Beer is a clear amber colour. Moderate to large white head. Fades steadily, leaves some lace.

Nose contains caramel and biscuity malt scents, light fruits, a bit of an almond scent, yeast and brown sugar.

Taste is fairly similar to the nose. Quite malty, biscuit and caramel. Yeast is prominent as well, with some spicing and fruit. I still get some almond. I like it better in the nose. Fairly sweet.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation, bready.

Overall, decent, but not great. Not something I would return to.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Market Street Wine, uptown location, given to me for free by the store after I bought a bad Legend Imperial Stout - very generous!!

Appearance: Sparse and fine carbonation, tons of gorgeous lacing that settles in the wake of a head w/ average retention. So all that's nice, but the color - a transparent, pale, yellow golden body - isn't that great. But the spectacular lacing totally makes up for it.

Aroma: Mostly spice and fruit - stone fruits, bananas, cloves, grapes, apple skins - with a few other pale sweet and yeasty, earthy notes.

Taste: Completely inoffensive, but not very impressive. Mild spice - clove, white pepper - some faint, grainy, malty sweetness, a little herbal, spicy hoppiness. Improves a little as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Prickly, fine-bubbled, full bodied, with expressive carbonation. Definitely leaves you with an expressive after-feel (read: belch).

Drinkability: A decent, even borderline good beer. Alcohol's a little high, though not for the style. All in all it's an attractive, pleasant smelling, nice feeling beer, but just not interesting enough to send me back for more, I don't believe. Still, worth trying at least once.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderfully dark golden color with a huge lively cream colored head.

Smells of spices, yeast, and a little funk. Some fruit and sweetness also makes an appearance.

Sweet and malty with a little metallic copper finish with dried fruit and customary funk.

Creamy with a nice carbonation.

Pretty drinkable. I wouldn't go looking too hard, but I would enjoy this one again.

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Photo of bubrewer
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was delighted to find this unusual beer in the local Publix grocery store rather than having to make the usual long drive to a beer store. I shared this bottle with my Dad on his back porch while we chatted and watched the lizards and squirrels.

Knowing nothing about this beer other than what is on the label, I would not have been surprised to see a hazy, farmhouse style beer but this was very clear, with a craggy head that never went away. the bottle had been stored on its side for several weeks, but any yeast stuck firm and stayed behind in the bottle.

Aroma is a little candy sweet, spicy, and a low level of earthy barnyard starting to take hold. It reminds me very much of a fresh young Orval.

Flavor follows the aroma pretty well, adding a soft, round flavor and mouthfeel that makes me think of wheat or spelt. Carbonation was lower than I expected, leaving it a little heavy.

that full-ish mouthfeel and lower carbonation coupled with the emerging brettanomyces character tells me this beer might very well age gracefully, changing all along the way just like Orval. A year or two from now it should be drier, more effervescent, and very earthy - yumm! I think I'll get a couple of bottles to forget in the back of the fridge and see how they are next year.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +1.9%
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 zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jgammoniv
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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