La Goudale
Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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French Bière de Garde
Ranked #141
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3.62 | pDev: 11.33%
Les Brasseurs de Gayant
La GoudaleLa Goudale
Notes: Its light taste of special malts, flavored with Flanders hops and its aromas of high fermentation, gives La Goudale all its character and balance.
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4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with Shanex. 250 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/4/2020. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, light banana/clove, honey, cracker, biscuit dough, toast, light caramel/nutty, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malts, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, light banana/clove, honey, cracker, biscuit dough, toast, light caramel/nutty, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness; and herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on finish. Lingering notes of orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, light banana/clove, honey, cracker, biscuit dough, toast, light caramel/nutty, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, and moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.2%. Overall this is an awesome Biere de Garde. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Perfectly balanced Belgian yeast and rich Munich malt complexity; with great noble hop presence/balance for the style. Mild residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example.

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superspak from Michigan, Sep 26, 2019
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3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Es una cerveza con carbonatación alta con cuerpo medio. Es de aroma frutal y se destacan los cítricos. Al paladar se distinguen hierbas y limón. Final con amargor medio.

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3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is called "Bière Blonde à l'ancienne." It's more of a Belgian strong blonde than a Bière de Garde. But it's spiced with coriander and orange peel like a Witbier. And it tastes like a flavored Tripel.

Whatever this is the flavors are very odd. Sweet and wheaty. There is something like a hoppy finish with a tang of bitterness. Yellow and foaming in the glass. From the 750 ml bottle. Shot the cork 20 feet on opening. Not such a pleasure but quite sippable.

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mactrail from Washington, Jul 11, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - love this bottle shape with the thin neck. Very elegant and vinous. Pours a typical blonde goldish amber. Fluffy head and lots of bubbles.

S - metal and old tap water. Notes of dates and caramel come through at the end.

T - strong, smooth caramel flavor mixed with toffee. Tastes way better than it smells. A bit nutty with hints of coffee, but that could be the ristretto I just pounded.

F - not as carbonated as the look would suggest. Actually quite tame. Medium body and silky, luxurious carbonation. Quite nice.

O - didn't have high hopes for this since I see it literally everywhere in France, but it's tasty. Toasty and sweet, once you get past the smell, it's not bad.

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agreenman19 from Connecticut, Mar 06, 2018
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3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber, with a foaming head to die for, however that is gone like a match to petrol fumes.

The aroma is a none offensive slightly hoppy sour scent, which doesn't really invite me.

The taste is better, malty hops galore, capped with a bit of an artificial effervescence, which is very apparent in the after taste.

It does wash down quite well, especially on a sunny afternoon.

This biere de garde is not too bad, but nothing to write home about.

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The_Bujon from Ireland, Jul 22, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet chalice glass.

Deep orange body, and fairly clear. Faint tan head with little retention. Small lace and a slight Puck.

Aroma hints a little candy sugar, Belgian like character. Faint toast and malt slightly, but goes for slightly fruity esters.

Palate isn't much different but stick to tripel like qualities. Strong booze with minimal fruit qualities in the mid palate. Touches of sugary sweetness and faint indistinct fruit. Not much sensing caramel or De Garde quality, but a decent rush of malt and classic candied sugars.

Really comes off more like a solid tripel, but doesn't remind me of Biere de Garde in any way.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, May 31, 2017
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2.13/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Review: 50cl Can of La Goudale Biere: ABV: 7.2%

Coming in a very interesting shiny can that had a lot of distinctive black lettering. Stands out, even if its not obvious what exactly it all means!

On appearance got a hazy amber orange colour that produced a pretty large frothy white head, which does die over time but maintains overall, albeit small. Some lacing. Nothing special to look at.

Smells of caramel and the usual blond aroma of yeasts, sweet malts, grains and with a bit of citrus, nothing special.

No hanging around with this beer, on initial taste you can immediately get the alcohol, straight in with an aggressive taste………lots of yeast and citrus lightning up the taste-buds!

But no real discernible after taste. All in the front taste.

Not nice, too harsh on the palate. Very bitter. Fuck me, its hard. Disgusting even!

Second can much more manageable. Deep tasting hops. Sweet Malts
Tastes much better. A slow burner.

Creamy bodied
In the end I kind of liked it, don’t know if the alcohol kicks in and the initial shock with the first can but it was ok, albeit the second can, similar to a Belgian strong pale ale.

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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland, Feb 27, 2017
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2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a light, watery brown color with little to no head, some honeyed tones peek through the hazy brown color, not very appealing to look at though there is a pleasant rustic quality to the color
S: Smells of honey and grain and some other subtly distracting note that mingles with the honey that I can't quite place, it also has something of an earthy character in with the honey as well (again, hard to place)
T: Sweet and bready, with a good amount of honey flavor and a clean graininess, somewhat watery and not overly effervescent, the dance of the honey and malt is the strongest thing here, there is a subtle (extremely subtle) hint of nondescript bitterness here as well
M: Watery and silky, not overly pleasant
O: This is not a repulsive beer, it tastes okay, but I find it very difficult to think of a time in which I would reach for this (it could be good with food I guess?) it's just kinda bland. Ehh (Disclaimer: I'm not an expert by any means on the style)

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3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yields an amber-golden color with a medium sized, froth, white head.

Smells of flowery, slightly tart yeast with a hint of wet grass to it, coated up by white bread dough. Reveals a subtle clove and pepper spice note once the beer warms up.

Has a medium carbonation, which turns up the volume after the swallow, finishing effervescent and refreshing with a noteable warmth, once the liquid goes down to the belly.

Tastes of calming white bread malts with an uprising, biting spiciness, inheriting a sweet, sugary note, opening up the palate to cakey malts. Finishes with rock sugar, bitter cardamom and dried herbs among an aqueous softness.

Tastes like a lighter Triple, which got a prominent spiciness to it, defining the taste while the beer remains pleasantly refreshing.

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aleigator from Germany, Aug 22, 2016
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2.27/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

From Carrefour Camas. In Teku glass. Reading CSHTP Ch11. Pleasant but not memorable. Herbal, eaethy and a bit metallic bitterness. A standard biere de garde. Alcohol a bit noticeable but doesbt bother. Avg 3.52

3 Jan 2018. From Hipercor. In Teku glass. 33cl bottle. At lunch, with russian salad + stewed meat. Alcoholic, with cologne reminiscences and some metal and dryness

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Photo of Shanex
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A good French Bière de Garde, there are a few better out there but at this price and widely available in France and neighboring countries you can get a cheap bottle and quickly drinkable summer night buzz.

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Shanex from France, Mar 07, 2016
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2.34/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Extremely cheap beer "brewed under license of an abbey" - the bottle I have is rated at 6%, I bought it in Aldi with moderate hope, given the reviews here. An overpowering bouquet of Fray Bentos Steak & Kidney Pie. I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really a bière de garde, more of a belgian strong pale ale. It's fruity but not very hoppy. The balance is almost presence. The sweetness is a bit high and goes against the whole thing

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with lacing from the white head sticking to the glass. So far, so good. Aroma is muted...really nothing off, but only some light hop and malt aroma, and a bit of that unfortunately euro-lager scent. Taste is extremely okay. By that, I mean there are no off flavors, but it is unremarkable. Pleasant, some bready malt, enough hops to balance but not jump out. Medium body. Overall, very drinkable but nothing special. Actually, not a bad beer at all, but it just doesn't give you a reason to go buy another.

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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy copper tinted gold under a 1” dense white foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Bread, cider and herbs on the nose.
T: There is some biscuit, light fruit, lingering tartness mixed with sweetness, a little orange and a touch of alcohol. The hops are a little dull.
F: Medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: Kind of a mid-range Biere de Garde that is a little meh.

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pat61 from Minnesota, May 25, 2015
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2.39/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Enjoy by 01-29-15, 750 mL bottle

Look - Pours a clear golden honey with decent sized head. Less than average bubble distribution, good head retention, good clinging. 3.5 paws.

Smell - Light malt, a bit of steel and musty horse blanket. Slight nuances of honey and a faint hop aroma. 2 paws.

Taste - A honey sweet malt greets you up front, followed by a metallic minerality. An astringent hop bitterness is present throughout. The bitterness lingers on the tongue, along with the metallic taste, like the underside of a bottle cap. A distinct alcohol flavor is present as well. Slight bits of yeasty spiciness are detectable, but muddled by the metallic bitterness. 2 paws.

Feel - Crisp and effervescent, tingling the entire mouth. Goes down quite smooth. Not viscous at all. 3.5 paws.

Overall - It has been years since I have had this beer, and I remember liking it quite a bit. I now, however, feel that it is just not a good beer at all. As is the case with many beers with a number of years between samplings, I do not know if this is due to changes in quality of the actual beer, or just changes in my own palate. 2.75 paws.

Meow beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Golden body. Small diminishing off-white head.
S: A pongy, plasticy smell.
T: Very bready with lots of umami. An unpleasant bitter aftertaste but not too bad. Its fruity, syrupy and also vinous.
O: Not bad.

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Hoppsbabo from United Kingdom (England), Nov 15, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #3 from France
Poured in small wine glass

A: thin head; clear, amber color; seems inert
S: thin aroma; malty, a bit of lager, much like a eurolager
T: sweet, strong malt and yeast presence; esters; a bit of banana and clove; not much hops; very good specimen for the genre; aggressive and complex

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Arithmeticus from Maryland, Jun 01, 2014
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3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Clear golden amber. Thick frothy head with lacing.
Light yeast. Some grain and malt.
Initial sweetness is dispersed by a bitter completion. Brown bread. Alcohol is apparent.
Medium body and well carbonated.
A bit too boozy.

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vinicole from United Kingdom (England), May 17, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle. Amber colour with a persistent head, lace and ring all over. Smell of honey, chocolate, caramel, ripened fruits and brandy. Medium to full body, it pass through your tongue very easily, but leaving an alcohol feeling. Taste is alcoholic, honeoy, fruits, caramel, flowers and some chocolate.

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janubio from Spain, Apr 17, 2014
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3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in France while on vacation last summer.

From a 750 into a tulip

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Perfectly clear amber yellow with lower levels of carbonation. Fades to a splotchy wisp that leaves some lacing down the glass. A slight wisp remains the whole way leaving some nice, chunky lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Toasted malts, caramel, some green fruits, and some earthy, floral hops on the nose. Bold enough.

TASTE: Toasted malts, caramel and green fruits, like apples and pears, much like the nose had indicated. A grainy, toasted finish of bread, earthy hops and some spicy notes from the alcohol. Much like a Belgian strong pale or a lighter triple.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Okay here.

OVERALL: A decent beer to be sure. Much like a stronger Belgian pale or a lighter triple, but this one showcased a good array of flavors and drank away quite easily. Must be pretty widely available in France, so a worthy choice if you're in a pinch.

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Jeffo from Netherlands, Apr 12, 2014
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2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

75cl caged and corked brown bottle purchased from a Carrefour in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. Freshness date of 02/09/2015.

Pours a lovely clear, and bright golden colour with a coarse-bubbled and rather unpersistent head of white. Fair amount of coarse, streaming carbonation. Body is fairly light, but looks okay. Overall, it's certainly got some good characteristic.

Nose is rather unpleasant and a little disappointing. Flabby adjunct grain characters (I thought corn, but the bottle only mentions rice), slight overt sweetness, and a dirty, skunky character like overboiled vegetables. I guess that's the corn-like DMS I was smelling, but it's not quite straight DMS.

Taste is mildly better, because there's a hint of bitterness to ride over some of the rougher edges. Otherwise, that corny thin sweetness does stretch over most of the rest, with a slight vegetative edge. It's fairly clean and light at least for the most part, but there's not much going for it.

Feel is light and clean: if the flavours weren't so offensive, it would match nicely.

Overall, though, I found much that was unpleasant in this beer. There's not a lot of structure or pleasant flavours to it even looking at the positives, and with the nasty characters coming through it verges on genuinely offensive. Not one I'll be picking up again.

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3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Pours out a rich honey body with a thin, whipped egg white head. Smells of bready malts, faint yeast, alcohol, and earthy hop. Flavor is of honey, bread, floral hops, with a punch of alcohol that seems a bit out of place, seeing as this already has a year on it. Light acidity comes in to refresh the palate a bit. Mouthfeel is chewy with tongue-scrubbing bubbles. Not the best biere de garde I've had, but a good example of one.

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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clean golden color, good head formation, with medium retention. In the nose the spicy and earth of yeast and hops can be detected, maltiness in second plan. The taste is spicy too, with sweetness of malts predominaiting, low bitterness and hop flavor

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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber golden color with a one finger thick head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma of grainy malt, white pepper, white grapes and oranges. Hints of herbal hops.
Likewise, sweet flavor of oranges, honey, herbal hops, a bit of white grapes, very lightly spiced musk and peaches. Dry aftertaste.
Creamy body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% abv is well hidden.
Refreshing and easy to drink, a bit too sweet though. It is not a super complex beer but still flavorful.

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FLima from Brazil, Jan 11, 2014
La Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 274 ratings