Saint Landelin La Divine | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

Saint Landelin La DivineSaint Landelin La Divine
BA SCORE
3.71/5
137 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:
#26,921
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
137
pDev:
11.59%
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Photo of SummitVA
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very eloquent, softly sweet, and floral Belgian ale that, without the cork, avoids the more must wood notes of most Biere de Garde.

Pouring a mostly clear, rich golden color, the beer builds a creamy and delicate white head of solid staying power and subtle lace.

Soft, sweet malts are the perfect complement to flowery notes for the scent of honeysuckle and light perfume. A light musty malt character pulls out of the more elegant mold and accents the spices from yeast. A very nice beer that's usually what I want out of Leffe Blonde.

Succulent but with the finess flavor of powdered sugar begins to shape the malt character. Further rounded by a light honey/nectar taste, soft caramel, and sugar cookies, the malt character is uniquely moderate yet complex. White pepper, herbal hops, and a mix of pear apples give variety, depth, and intrigue to the well melded ale.

Medium throughout, the beer begins with a supple sweetness that seemingly disolves on the tongue in a very cotton candy, evaporative way. The beer makes a quite fade into a late dryness of light peppery spice and moderate alcohols.

A delicious Belgian pale ale/golden ale that's kinda what I like to think is similar to the monk's paterbiers. But I'm used to more aged character or even a more cork-like woodiness in beers listed in the Biere de Garde style.

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Photo of evilkalla
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into a chalice.

A: Poured a pale yellow/light copper, slightly cloudy, with a thin wisp of head which immediately dissipated. A fair level of carbonation is visible.

S: Has a yeasty smell to it, sort of flowery, but that's about all I can detect.

T: Has a nutty essence to it, with sort of a wild fruit character. It reminds me of wild scuppernongs that grow here in the south. Has a somewhat bitter and crisp finish to it. Not bad.

M: Not overly thick or thin. I think it's just about right.

O: I haven't had a lot of beers in this style; this one isn't bad, although I don't think the style is to my liking. Still, an ok tasting beer, I don't regret the purchase.

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Photo of speter
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear slightly ruddy golden color with a two-finger fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing. Marred slightly by some small black floaters.

S: Like a buttered dinner roll. Toasty caramel and honey overtones.

T: A very malty front that transitions to apple and pear esters just past mid-palate. The hops kick in late, but persist nicely through the finish and aftertaste. Overall, a nicely complex taste.

M: Rich and creamy, somewhat in the bock range. The alcohol is well-integrated.

O: A beautiful bière de garde, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

.33cl bottle acquired in Strasbourg, France, and poured into an An Brainblasta goblet in me companion's gaff in Belfort, France. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head, quite thin, without cream, but of good retention. Clear transparent colour.

Sm: Light orange esters over top a pleasant barley foundation. No cream.

T: The esters are only on the fringe, replaced by caramelized malt, some spices, and weak barley. Far more simple than expected, to a disappointing degree. Weakly, underwhelmingly built for the style. Sort of balanced, but with a boring climax. I expected more.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Doesn't complement the flavours of the body.

Dr: Disguises its ABV remarkably well, but fails to offer the wealth of flavour expected for the style and presentation. Fairly drinkable, but disappointing overall. Not really worth a go unless you're into generic would-be abbey beers.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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 kwjd
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a Wegman's in Buffalo because I thought it looked interesting. Pours a bubbly orange colour with thick white head. Great head retention with lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of grassy hops with some sort of fruitiness. Lots of yeast in the aroma too. Fairly sweet flavour. I'm really enjoying this beer. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass and there was a decent amount of head. Smell is very good with a light amount of fruit. This beer is very smooth with a great feel. The beer has a sweetness to it, and a nice flavor. Just a well made ale. It would be good to have after dinner. Cheers.

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Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, poured into leffe chalice. Half finger head, clear, amber colour. Sweat yeasty smell. This isn't a complex beer, it had a nice sweet taste, there were hints of pear and apple. It was smooth, as the alcohol was well hidden its possible to drink a few of these but it could get dangerous at this strength.

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Photo of Naugros
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 crossovert
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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 BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 armock
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of boss302
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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 jera1350
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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 ThaCreep
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear, orange, golden beer with a thin head. Very little visible carbonation.

Smell is eastry fruity and has some exotic fruit in it. I smell apricot, pear, mango, maybe some banana. The malt is a little dextrinous.

Taste has a base of light caramel/ dextrine malt, which gives the beer a nice malty backbone. The yeast adds a fruity character with notes of apricot and apple. Bitterness is low. The mouthfeel is a little (too) sticky. This beer appears to be quite similar to Duvel, but without the dryness and bitterness.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a slightly hazy tangerine-gold color. The head was a half finger of yellow-tinted foam that faded to a skim that left pretty good lacing in sliding curtains The aroma was totally appropriate for a Biere de Garde, caramel malt, spicy hops, fruity esters and yeast. The flavors were quite similar and enjoyable with a well balanced malt profile, an alcohol punch in the middle, and a clean finish. The caramel malt really came off clearly and was well met by the fruit notes and citrusy hops. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation good. Biere de Garde is a difficult style to make well and this was one of the best I've ever tried.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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 RomaniIteDomum
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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 trygger87
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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 brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks a bit more American than European, with a clear amber color and a one finger head that leaves some shards of lace

Smell: Candi sugar sweetness, almost meadlike, dominates the aroma, with biscuity malt and some herbacious must

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a growing herbacious apple flavor, almost like angostura bitters mixed with candi sugar; after the swallow, the herbacious, musty element lingers though the apple sweetness refuses to surrender

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, almost a bit syrupy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very different biere de garde, but the combination of the sweet and herbally bitter flavors don't cut it for me

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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 crnipeter
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml, BBE 28. May 2011, into La Chouffe tulip. Clear light amber fluid is topped by rich white bubbly head that slowly sets to a stable sheet. The head clings to the walls as I'm swirling and tilting the glass. Malty sweetness with esters of apple and pear, slightly bananaish - which makes sense as the beer contains wheat, herbal component probably derived from hops is reminiscent of green olives, some faint spicy alcohol. The taste is malty with apple tartness and evident hoppy bitterness balancing the malt, slightly spicy. Mild carbonation, light-medium body and a little astringent.
This beer is lacking toasty, caramel and cellar-like notes that are supposed to mark the style. On the other hand it has enough tartness and spicing to resemble its close relative, a Belgian Saisson. It is better than most macros that can be found on the shelves locally but nothing that I would go back to, at least not on a regular basis.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Saint Landelin La Divine from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 137 ratings
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