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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 RomaniIteDomum
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +2.7%
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 metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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%
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%
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 DrSascha
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


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.

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Photo of wchesak
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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 stevoj
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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 jmarvin4189
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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 crossovert
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +5.9%
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 beerbrains
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 tartness...like 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 Traquairlover
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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%
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%
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%
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 puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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 scottoale
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of vrazionale
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
3.72 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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