Saint Landelin La Divine | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

101 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 10-02-2007

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 135
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the only biere de garde I've ever had, so take this review with a grain of salt as I'll be reviewing it versus my personal preferences for beers.

Poured out with a nice, thick, white head. It leaves behind a lot of lacing. It has lots of carbonation. The head disappears after a few minutes leaving behind a thin layer of foam at the top of the beer. Its a nice,

Aroma wise, it smells very much like white wine with some grassiness and fruitiness (think pears, apples, and that kind of thing). It tastes very much like wine. I am not getting any hoppiness and am just getting a little malt and lots of fruitiness. The only bite is from the alcohol, which feels a bit too apparent to me.

Overall, this beer is okay. I don't really find it to be very enjoyable to drink as this is not my kind of beer.

 811 characters

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.

 497 characters

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 Best by date is 2/28/09, so we are 7 months past that date but I don't think it is a bad thing that this bottle is out of date.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.

 663 characters

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.

 480 characters

Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750cc bottle, poured in stages into a Duvel glass.

Golden-amber clear brew with tiny suspended yeast particles. White head is raised a couple inches which leaves fine spotty lacing as the beer is consumed.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with fresh floarl and citrus hoppy aromas. Some spiciness. Mouthfeel is stickier than expected from the fresh tangy flavor up front. There is more sweetness in the finish. Spicy tart orange peel, some smooth bitterness on the midpalate, and a fairly long sweet golden malty finish.

Nicely complex and enjoyable.

 548 characters

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.

 1,312 characters

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.

 950 characters

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.

 1,176 characters

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.

 454 characters

Photo of CampusCrew
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: nice amberish golden pale color, good head retention

smell: slight fruit, slight banana notes

taste: loaded alcohol and sweet flavor

mouthfeel: medium to more light bodied

drinkability: overall a decent beer for my first biere de garde. very similar to a saison which I think it's supposed too.

 312 characters

Photo of JayNH
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a golden color with a slight chill haze and a huge white foamy head. Excellent retention and solid lacing.

S- Sweet and a bit sugary. Fruity notes of pears and apples.

T- A pleasant dry sweetness with a nice balancing hoppiness. Fruity, pears and apples and apple peel bitterness in the finish.

M- Medium bodied and carbonation is perfect.

D- Excellent! I could drink this stuff till' I went blind. Well worth a try.

 429 characters

Photo of Oxymoron
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine brought this at a tasting. Pours a mostly cloudy lighter amber color with golden orange hues throughout. A good pour with a soft white head and good retention.

The nose had a light complexity but still remained very soft. Some light Belgian malt aromas. Hints of bready and biscuit notes. A light honey note but very subtle. Some yeast notes but not over the tops. Light apple and pear notes leaves a pie like aroma. A touch much on the yeast but ok for style.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out with a bit of sweetness up front with a light Belgian malt note and come caramel notes. But does finish with a light biscuit and bready finish that is dry. Some strong yeast notes come out and balance well, but for style would have liked a bit less. Some apple, pears and a touch of bubblegum that lingers. A light lemon zest as well.

The mouthfeel is right on. A bit of sweetness up front but finishes nice and dry. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall a very nice BdG. Some yeast notes are over the top but still tasty.

 1,042 characters

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

 470 characters

Photo of albern
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really delightful Belgian style Biere de Garde. It pours a fairly clear, well carbonated, orangy lightish amber color with a small off white thinnish head that does lace. The nose is quite complex and seems to change with each whiff. The beer is slightly musty, has plenty of yeasty character and is particularly floral as a result. There are some sparkling sweetish malts as well.

This is a very tasty, sweetish, and floral Belgianesque beer. There is a slightly sharp bite in the beer that is more from the yeast than I think from any residual spices added. This is a medium bodied beer with an 8% ABV that is well hidden. There are some orange rind flavors, some slight citrus notes, some golden blossom as well. A very complex, big palated beer, that is a delight to drink. Well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

 821 characters

Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into a firm half inch cap of foam, and leaves sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of barnyard funk with leathery notes, and a nice bready malt backbone. The taste is more malty than the aroma. There is still some funk, but it is more in the background. The finish is of nice lingering toasty malt. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, I really like this beer, and I would love to drink it again.

 574 characters

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

 561 characters

Photo of SpencerSauce
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love trying new beers and this one looked good. It was my first Biere De Garde. The swing top popped of with a small burst of of co2 and smoked and hazed for A second.

A- Clear Copper color with minimal bubble action. White head that had peaks.

S- Malts and i was thinking a dried fruits smell along with a slight hop smell. This brew had a funky smell too it, i kinda didnt like.

T- malts right in the beggining, then i get this funky undescribable taste. Some hops are found but very little.

M- Very bubbly in the mouth. With a taste that lingers

D- Not hard to drink although i dont know i would drink too much. One bottle was all i needed to know what the beer tasted like and might not get it again. It didnt taste too special.

 739 characters

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.

 1,942 characters

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.

 1,023 characters

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.

 466 characters

Photo of brc
2.2/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Poured vigorously from 50cl can into goblet. Piddly little head dissipates quickly, with a touch of lacing. Very clear apple-juice color, which the can describes as golden (dorée).

S: Not much nose on this one. Some hint of malty goodness to come, maybe some apple or wood notes.

T: When cold there is little taste upfront and an alcohol-heavy finish. As it warms I taste some sweetness and bitterness in balance, but there are few characteristic flavors to describe. It's either smooth and clean or boring and bland.

M: Somewhat watery upfront. Lingering warming feeling in the end, which is the most notable characteristic of my glass. The finish feels like a blossoming of warmth in the mouth that spreads and hangs around in the back of the throat, a bit like a good whiskey.

D: It goes down easy for a beer at 8.5%, but I'm in no hurry to have another. Unfortunately it doesn't have most of the desirable characteristics of a bière de garde.

 957 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.59/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry malt with some traces of DMS. Taste is also dominated by notes of DMS with some lightly sweet caramel malt notes. No spices or ester form the yeast are really noticeable and DMS is a bit too omnipresent. Medium body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol.

 379 characters

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!

 514 characters

Photo of fingerlaker
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite nice. Not really a Saison, more of a Blonde, but different from that too.

OPENING THE BOTTLE the swingtop sprayed me. How rude. I was also hit with a mild skunk smell that wasn't exactly pleasing, but I know enough not to judge a beer by it's first sneeze. I was also able to make out a nice apple smell in the back of the nose with a mild, mild hop smell up front.

Poured into a chalice the liquid was a quite dark yellow that was mostly clear. The head was strong and held up until the end. Banding was weak, though.

The taste was moderatly sweet and of a good barley base and a little bit of apples- I think they added cider to this beer. The hops are weak and don't last around on the mouth too long and left me a little cold.

Mouthfeel was VERY unique- This beer has a medium-heavy body and steamrolls across the palate. A lot smoother than most golden ales.

I like this beer and will buy it many more times.

 924 characters

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

 926 characters

Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
3.72 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.