La Goudale
Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Les Brasseurs de Gayant
Bière de Garde
Ranked #63
Ranked #26,722
3.61 | pDev: 11.36%
Jun 30, 2022
Dec 07, 2002
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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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can just under fridge temp. Pours clear yellow with a good amount of white head. The nose is lemon, vanilla, wheat, apricot, and a sweet candy. The taste is really nice. Super smooth. Orange creamsicle, banana, a bit of leather, caramel, wheat, and a nice earthy note. I really like this. Medium bodied and a nice subtle sweet aftertaste.
Jun 30, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by ALeX117

May 03, 2022
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from the 750ml corked and caged bottle in Paris. The beer was a nice dark gold color. Smell was slightly yeasty and earthy. Taste was a bit spicy with light fruit and earthy hops. This was a nice surprise. Dangerously drinkable for it's relative strength.
Apr 21, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Les Brasseurs de Gayant "La Goudale"
75cl brown glass bottle, corked & caged

Notes: Brewed from pale and caramel malts with 3 Flemish hop varieties and coriander and bitter orange peel. Slightly hazy deep golden/amber colored body beneath a full head of slightly off-white foam. The head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma of grainy and bready malt along with dried straw, woody spiciness, some floral character, soft orange marmalade, dried apricot, dull apple, and a hint of a clove-like phenol from the yeast. The flavor follows but shows the malt to be nutty, gently caramelish, and somewhat honey-like as well. The woody spiciness and soft fruits remain, and it's a bit grassy, herbal, and peppery as well. It's sweetish up front and across the middle but balanced by a moderate to median bitterness that kicks up in the semi-dry finish with the spiciness, and perhaps alcohol, adding something in. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation that warms to become quite smooth. Really quite nice all around. Fairly complex and highly satiating.
Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Just fine. Fine and good. Air conditioning on a hot day, a double meat, mustard instead of spread, add whole grilled onion and pepperoni at in n out after a long day, and fresh, warm skivvies out of the dryer on a cold day. Just give it to me
Aug 11, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by Madchiotis from Greece

Jul 24, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

Oct 28, 2020
Rated: 3.57 by Aledome from Netherlands

Oct 22, 2020
Rated: 4.13 by Joebbailey from Luxembourg

Sep 12, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by arzt from Germany

Feb 04, 2020
Rated: 4 by lhwjanssen from Netherlands

Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 3.73 by Lanas from Greece

Dec 25, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.
Sep 26, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by thatsmyspot from Italy

Aug 18, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by darktronica from Indiana

Jul 18, 2019
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Rated by ewpass from Canada (PE)

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Arras 2019. Clear gold with a nice head and strong lacing. Fruity Belgian yeast nose. Light- medium body with a Belgian yeast tang. Enjoyable.
Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 3.36 by tux_alin from Romania

Dec 02, 2018
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Reviewed by elnachooo from Spain

3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
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.
Oct 19, 2018
Rated: 3.58 by garthbrennan from Tennessee

Sep 24, 2018
Rated: 3.54 by Antyk from Belgium

Aug 06, 2018
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
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.
Jul 11, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by Wontonst from California

Jul 10, 2018
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Rated by wdf210 from California

3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Overly sweet, but still drinkable. Okay to try once, but don't plan to drink again.
Jul 01, 2018
Rated: 4 by YeastEnthusiast from New Jersey

Jun 18, 2018
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Reviewed by agreenman19 from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
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.
Mar 06, 2018
Rated: 4 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 3.42 by McWooze from France

Nov 09, 2017
Rated: 3.31 by 54V4G3 from Belgium

Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jul 29, 2017
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Reviewed by The_Bujon from Ireland

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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.
Jul 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.79/5  rDev +5%
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.
May 31, 2017
Rated: 3.41 by Foley67 from Scotland

May 21, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

May 17, 2017
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Reviewed by Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

2.13/5  rDev -41%
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.
Feb 27, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by ckollias from Maryland

Jan 27, 2017
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Reviewed by JackRWatkins from Georgia

2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
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)
Jan 07, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by stephenlee from England

Dec 26, 2016
Rated: 3.18 by desint from Belgium

Nov 13, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Oct 30, 2016
Rated: 3.57 by FCox143 from England

Oct 03, 2016
La Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 283 ratings