Saint Landelin La Divine | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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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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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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Photo of phantomwyse
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light honey body with moderate carbonation and a dense, dense, rocky 2+ finger head.

S: Watered down apple juice, hay, dry soil, yeast.

T: Freeze dried apples, slight lemon tartness, yeast.

M: Thin to medium bodied and dry.

D: Fairly drinkable, but not entirely flavorful enough to keep me intrigued.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz brown bottle. Freshness Date stamped on label.
It pours a bright and shiny orange-hued amber color with a snow white finely bubbled head on top, with some patchy, clinging lace.
A yeasty citrus smell rises out at first pour. A musty basement smell follows. After that, a whiff of orange zest, dry hay and a bit of peppery spice. A hint of gin fumes seems to stay around throughout.
A taste of tart green apples is upfront. A complex mix of flavors include plums, caramel malt, citrus zest, coriander and again, gin comes to mind.
This is a well-rounded brew, that is slick, wet with a bit of a edgy bite.
I could drink this all evening, but at a well-hidden 8% abv, that probably is not a great idea.
Nice brew!

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Photo of blakesell
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another fresh bottle, what am I thinking drinking a "beer for keeping" fresh?

Poured from the swing top bottle into one of my fine clear German stein's.

Appearance- Rough pour was finally able to muster up some head, the swing top didn't open at all and I was afraid there would be no carbonation. Finally got a decent three fingers out of it that pretty quickly faded to a thin ring around the sides. Lacing is ample about the sides of the glass. Amber golden and clear.

Smell- Mild cereal malts that don't give off a whole lot in the nose. This is clearly a paler example of the style so it won't give off near as many aromas as a darker Biere de Garde. Still I can't help but think that this is missing something. Light oxidation.

Taste- Right away I notice the cloying off sweetness, as the finish is classified to be a lot drier. Outside of that this is closer to the lighter examples and not very prominent again with flavor. One thing I can say is going well for this beer is that the alcohol is barely detectable. There is also a light spiciness, but also a bloodlike metallic flavor that is entirely displeasing.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and slightly warming. Lightly carbonated, smooth, no alcohol hotness for the 8.5% that it is.

Drinkability- This is drinkable and somewhat malty, I'll drink this one but I have a feeling that it will be my last for a long time. The other will wait in my cellar and will be "kept" hopefully until it becomes better.

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Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml swing cap bottle. Pours a pale copper color with a very nice dense white head that left a wall of lacing on the glass. The brew has a fruity nose; some oxidized grapes, sweetened granny smith apple skins, and hay. There is quite a candied aroma to it. The taste is of a weak caramel and apple juice. There is barely enough caramel malt to carry the Biere de Garde classification. The feel is quite light and has soft carbonation which leads to a flat feel. An average Biere de Garde at best; not nearly malty enough. It is a bit tin-like but holds it own. A very blah biere de garde. I would like to see more caramel malt to bring this brew around.

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Photo of mothman
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Pours a massive 3 finger off white head. Color is a clear golden orange. Decent retention with a ton of splattered lace.

Aroma: Lemon, barnyard funk, spices, cloves, yeast, grassy hops, pear and red apples.

Taste: Some barnyard funk right of the top. Lemons, spices, cloves, pears, musky apples, and grassy hops. Not to bad.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Dry and crisp feel to it. Ends with a barnyard aftertaste to it.

Overall, I think this beer is decent. Nothing special or something to go crazy in a search for but worth a try. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden amber with a huge white head. The head falls rather slow. Rather nice lace.

Nice malt aroma with a bit of an herbal smell and a wee bit of funk. Malt taste. Quite good. Has a sweet finish and a mineral taste to it. Ends with the funk that you can pick up in the smell. I like it. More flavor comes out when it warms.

Medium bodied mouthfeel and somewhat low carbonation.

Rather good. Easy drinking and pleasant.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one at my local Publix when i was getting my DF 90 Minute four pack.

A- Pours a slightly darker than straw colored fluid that has nicely active head and decent lacing quarter inching the glass.

S- Smells of fresh wheat and a twang of yeasty goodness. Light scents of coriander follow.

T-M- First is a very metallic bite with heavy alcohol esters mixed with a prominent wheat and yeast like flavor. Different with something to talk about. Mouthfeel is smooth with lingering carbonation allowing the metal like flavors to slowly roll down the tongue.

D- I could drink this up like no other but for the price I will pass.

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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 drpimento
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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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