Bière Du Désert | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

Bière Du DésertBière Du Désert
12 Ratings
Bière Du DésertBière Du Désert

Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-19-2002

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by mzwolinski:
Photo of mzwolinski
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awww man. I usually don’t read reviews before I try a new beer, but I was curious about the background of this one, so I checked ‘em out. That was something over six months ago. I’ve been dreading this moment ever since. But hey, I’m still objective and all. At least EyeChart liked it. :-)

The beer opens with a rather meak pop from the cork, and pours a clear pale gold. The head is very thin (almost nonexistent) with a spotty off-white head.

The first sniff reveals a very sweet aroma. This, however, quickly becomes fairly grainy – but not in a very good way. It smells like a pilsner in the way that “MGD” smells like a pilsner.

The taste is….not good. Wet grain with a hint of sugar. Hardly anything in the way of hops. This does *not* improve with warmth, so drink it cold. The grains developed a bit of a musky character as I drained the glass, which didn’t help anything.

Thinnish and slightly crisp in the mouth.

Not nearly as bad as I expected. But not at all interesting, nor is it even a terribly drinkable beer with which to kill some time.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Satyr179
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of benmiliron
2.51/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Paid 1.49 euro for a bottle.

A yellow straw with a drop of orange color. Smells like a rice lager with a good amount of alcohol. Taste is ok. Decent malt presence with lager crispness. Alcohol is a bit overwhelming. Mouthfeel is again disturbed through the excessive alcohol for a beer of this type. Drinkability is low due to all of the above.

My bottle lists this beer as a "strong ale".

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Photo of rex_4539
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Red/amber color, half finger off white head, great lacing, lots of carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel and kind of pharmaceutical aroma.

T: Sweet caramel, taste of pharmaceutical drugs, super malty.

F: Quite smooth for the high carbonation, very drinkable in the hot Greek summer.

O: It's not a bad beer but not my kind of thing. I got six bottles for free from my favorite bottle shop Sorry Mom in Athens, Greece, and I plan to enjoy them during the summer.

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Photo of SayBoom
3.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadan
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of der_meister
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Brasserie des Enfants de Gayant have been in existence since 1919, formed from four smaller (Caudrelier, Delfolie, Belle & Maronnier) Breweries soon after the Great War ended. In 1986 they released Bière du Désert; ten years later they distilled their name to simply Les Brasseurs de Gayant. My 750ml sample arrived corked with a silvery cage, yet the label is very much different to that pictured. My bottle has a dark brown main label that camouflages itself well against the brown bottle revealing a white square diamond front that appears to have a silhouette bust of Laurence of Arabia on it, as well as a few camels. Listed as ‘Bière du Désert’, with a ‘7°’ at the base of the diamond. Described as ‘De Plaisir Torride’, something akin to meaning “the scorching delight”. Needless to say that this is supposed to be a thirst quencher. Listed at Alc. 7% Vol. on the reverse label.

Appearance: Golden body with fresh urine hints. Slim but forceful white head that forms readily yet soon rescinds to a broken halo all too quickly.

Nose: Pilsner malts are aroused as it warmed, sweet yet toasted, but they are light and they pale against a fresher citric hop character. Odors reminded me of grain lofts from old Breweries, the kind of aroma you get as you walk through an old wooden loft, past the split Malt Sacks to the aromatic Hop Pockets. Never huge, but a nice mix of malts and hops nevertheless. Crushed grain powdery character on the nose.

Taste: Pale malts spin the rotating door to a grainy Pilsner malt middle, sweet with a talcum powder smooth dryness at first, it then becomes increasingly bitter. Lemon hops in the back end. Grainy to smooth, sweet to bitter.

Mouthfeel: Grains of sand malts at first, but it finishes with a smooth ending. Has a real Desert offering, dry, sandy and arid at first….then once quaffed, it becomes juicy and soothing, thirst quenching and bitter-sweet. Feels light at first, but there is a mild alcohol warmth in the middle mixed with a refreshing hoppy ending. Appealing in a very French Guillotine way.

Drinkability: Borders on French Euro Lager at times if you don’t pay attention, or don’t know what to look for. Yet, it does have some redeeming features, they are there, and I do find it quite quaffable in an unusual way.

Overall: Probably only appeals to those of us that enjoy a change of pace once in a while. I really don’t think it’s that bad of a beer if you take it in the context of its setting, and lay it over other offerings from this part of the World. Check the under carriage and you will see that this is a true French Blonde.

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Photo of FLima
2.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice head, not persistent. Light golden color. Light body and medium carbonation. Malt is predominant in its aroma. Flavor similar to aroma, sweetness from its malt and cereals, very low bitterness. A hint of citrus is also present. Refreshing even with its 7.2% alcohol, which by the way is well hidden.

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Photo of stcules
2.63/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep golden hue.Quite creamy white foam.
In the smell an abundant malt, fruitiness, light citrus, and even some flowers. Quite clean, but it seems like there is something missing.
In the taste an uncomplete dryness, with a comeback of other fruity-citrus notes, and even floreal.
At the end a lot of malt, almost honey.
Alcohol well hidden.
In the aftertaste, initially dry, there are notes of hop, quickly disappearing, leaving room to the citrus notes again.
Average to low body.
Clean and drinkable.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
2.23/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Biere du Desert is a clear, golden lager with no head that smells awfully. After i had a couple of sips the head settled down and the aufull smell transformed into the standard pilsener aroma. Not recommended



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Photo of AlexandreNys
4.5/5  rDev +42.4%

Bière Du Désert from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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