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
brasseurs-gayant.com

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
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
102
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
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4
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11
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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a light golden-amber w/just a touch of haze, dense off-white head w/decent retention and gorgeous sticky lace.

S-Bits of malt, pear & apricot, spice, Belgian yeast, and a touch of funk and autumnal earth.

T-Slightly sweet dough w/fruit upfront, and a dry spicy finish. Bit of warm alcohol in the aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

M-Sweet/dry balance is decent, body is lighter-to-medium, carbonation is moderate, but the metallic edge in the finish and aftertaste throw it off a bit.

D-Decent brew, easy to drink.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good looking beer right here. Bright copper, clean and clear. Off white head, thick, dense. Settles in the middle and around as a collar. Great sticky lacing.

Malt and spice aroma. Light caramel or toasted bread up front, but spice comes in quick and hard. Alcohol is noticeable.

Malt takes a back seat in the flavors. Although it is present, and provides a backbone, it is very slight. The spice, florals and some white pepper (?) combine with the alcohol to afford quite a sharp punch. Overall I would like to see more malt...or malt strength.
Carbonation seems to belie the big head. It feels a bit thin and I think more bubbles would give it a very nice 'pop' to it.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, light orange bronze colour, with a snow white, foamy, craggy head. Smell was average for the style with it's mild, barn-yard "funk". Taste was mildly bitter with some nicem European style hops, and mildly sweet, too. A very gentle beer to be 8,5%. Mouthfeel, to me, was a bit light to be so high in abv. Very easy drinking beer, all things considered, and solidly crafted. Glad I got to try this one.

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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dumpy brown bottle, containing 33cl of 8.5% strenght beer. Plenty of life left when opened. Poured into a Westmalle Chalice, everything looks good in one of those.

Good looking beer, deep old gold, clear and almost bright. The foaming white head didn't stay long enough for me, but it tried to hang around for a while.

Yeast, hops and malts hit the nose. I had been reviewing lagers before I opened this, what a joy to actually smell something at last.

The alcohol hits hard in this (or is it because of the lager tastings?), I had trouble getting past the initial thump of it. Smaller sips allowed the true flavours to come through. A mix of hops, malts, cereals and yeast combine very sweetly to give this beer a pleasant feel, with a warming sensation from the alcohol adding to its charms, once I got over the first gulp.

Easy to drink, in fact far too easy, this would be a headache inducing special given the chance.

Once again a fine beer from France, I really must try and get some more when the chance arises.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured nice amber (on the orange side) with a billowy white head that stuck around

smells of citrus fruits, mostly oranges, with some grassy hops, bready malt in the background

the taste similar to the smell but less with more malt, lingering finish that I would have liked to have been drier

mouthfeel is nice and crisp at first but the finish seems to hold on for too long for the style

I split this with a friend and I didn't really feel the desire to have more than half a bottle, decent but after this we opened up La Goudale and we both preferred that

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Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color wih a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - is of sweet malt and Belgian yeast

T - Like the nose sweet malt with some Belgian yeast notes

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - While this isn't the best beer for the style its still a damn good beer that I could drink again worth picking up to try sometime

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3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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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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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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 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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3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
3.72 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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