Goudale | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant
France | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-07-2002

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146
Ratings:
243
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
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Photo of EatsTacos
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head

Fruity and spicey smell. Yeasty no doubt. A decent amount of citrus character is present, and not a lot of the horseblanket mustiness I'd expect.

The taste is almost like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but with the flavour turned down a few notches. Slightly sour finish, and a lot of sweetness on the sides of the mouth. The bitter finish is somewhat lemony.

Crisp carbonation with a light body.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Biere de Garde is a style that I really have taken a shine to,I just wish I could get more!This poured into a oversized wine glass a brilliant deep golden,excellent clarity and a well defined one finger white head that left shotty lace.Mild phenols in the nose along with some herb and toast,some real complexity to this beer I gotta say,first that mild phenolic clove-like spice comes thru along with some iron/metallic notes with a nice leafy,herbal finish.A beer with good complexity and it feels lighter than it is,very nice.

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Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber-blonde color with a two-finger head into my Piraat glass.

Aroma is light and full of raisin and other fruit, mainly a bit of tart cherry and apple. Very clean aroma.

Taste is strong upfront with apple, grape and cherry. Malt sweetness shows through as well. Only a bit of sourness.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering apple and grape flavors. Again, a very clean beer here with a large amount of alcohol upfront that is kind of a bit much.

I'll admit that I'm not a pro at reviewing beer like this. However, it is drinkable and if you can get past the alcohol bite, it is worth a shot. It's just different from what you may otherwise expect in a beer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good beer! Poured with a nice foamy, frothy, white head and a little lace. Color is a clear yellow. Aroma is earthy, yeasty, minerals, not cloying at all. Flavor's where it's really good. Spicy, malty, a bit tart sharp, and understated. Enticing without being overdone. Great body and carbonation. Clean and fresh. Very good finish. Slight hint of alcohol. Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-50 cL can. Pours a clear light orange-golden color w/nice fluffy off-white head, decent lacing and retention.

S-Belgian yeast, earth, faint fruit (apples & pears), grass and skunk of noble hops.

T-Complex blend of light pear and apple, sweet malt, bits of spice, herbal, and earthy vegetation, and a dry finish of noble hops w/grass, straw, and slight skunk, w/an aftertaste of flinty Belgian yeast.

M-Well-balanced, strong carbonation, lighter-bodied.

D-A really good beer that reminds me of a golden strong ale. Will try pairing w/mussels tonight, although I usually go for something lighter.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle bought from Julius Mienl in Vienna.

Color is light coppered with a golden hue. Head is thick, white, and lingers leaving gobs of head as the beer goes down and down...

Smell is a tad sweet, bready, and peppery. Taste is much the same. Nothing drastic going on here, but very agreeable flavors. Very easy to quaff as alcohol is not noticeable.

Yum.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that leaves plenty of lacing action

Smell: Bready, with hints of apricot and lemon

Taste: Starts out with a toasted bread flavor, which adds a potpourri of flavors by mid-palate (candi sugar, apricot/lemon and tart green apple); some heat from the alcohol arrives just after the swallow, and the sweeter elements outcompete the fruity and tart flavors for the tastebuds' attention through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: As others have noted, this is more of a Belgian Golden than a Biere de Garde but it is certainly worth a look

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Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth and rich, dark golden beer with silky head.Aroma is grass, smoke, wood, malt, sourdough...complex. But it gets better...taste is butterscotch, malt, butter, caramel, hay....again, really nice. This is on the "1001 Beers t o Try Before You Die" list....

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Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle has a bottle date of 09-28-09.

Appearance: Its body has a deep orange amber color with a good cloudy appearance and a tall off white head. The head quickly fades down to a thin cap which then holds on well making spotty slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very wheaty and bready. Underneath that are some light citrusy notes of hops.

Taste: There are dry wheat, light grain and light bready malty notes throughout. Towards the finish a light touch of citrus hops moves in and adds some bitterness for balance. The finish is quick, snappy and dry. The palate has a medium well carbonated feel.

Notes: Overall it is a very nice Biere de Garde with loads of tasty wheat maltiness. Everything else is right on par for the style.

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Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bunch of French writing on it.

Honey golden with a huge pillowy head with a fine merangue-like consistency. Leaves some fine lace on the glass. Smells of apples and clove some faint grassy hops. Tastes of mild fruit and gingerbread with just enough hop bitterness to balance. Grows slightly more complex as it warms a up a bit. Medium bodied with a very fine and mild carbonation. A fine ale and highly drinkable.

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Photo of twilight
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vielen Dank to Stuart, meine Kollege, for bringing this from Paris.

Pours crystal golden with a light fluffy head and lacing that won't quit. The beer looks good. But perhaps too light for a biere de garde. Let's just call it a blonde de garde. Aroma is slight spiciness with some detectable sweetness in the form of overripened fruit. Taste is pretty good, not complex, but ending with a slight sweetness coupled with a slight metallic twang. Full bitterness ensues but it never really coats the tongue the way most Belgian beers do. Now, I don't claim that this is a Belgian beer, nor do I claim that the French are experts at brewing beer. Still, this is a pretty good beer, and, were it lower in alcohol, would make a great session beer. Well, it makes a great session beer regardless. Notes of honey also detected, but there is very little dryness. Citrus/lemons mix in the end. Mouthfeel is okay. Nice, but not dry and not full. It. Just. Is. Drinkability? Well, you could get a sixer of this and just sit down on your favorite chair looking out on the French countryside. Excellent, fresh example of this beer, though lacking in the big maltiness and earthy bitterness found in most examples of this style.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears golden with an orange tint and a one inch off-white head that hold up extremely well. It might be because of the etched bottom of my Unibroue glass, but 10 minutes later its barely gone down at all. Leaves massive sheets of lace down the side of the glass.

Aroma is very grainy, reminds me more of a Helles lager than anything, except for a light mustiness and some more complexity.

Taste is way better than the aroma. It starts out fruity with a bit of dustiness/farmhouse funk coming through. There is a very mild sweetness coming through as well. It finishes up with a another dose of must and some earthy hop bitterness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium, a bit more crisp and harsh on the tongue than I would like.

Very tasty brew and a pretty good deal at only 5.99 a 750. This is only my second attempt at a Biere de Garde but this style is starting to enter the tops for me. If you see it, especially at the price I got it for, go for it. However, if La Divine is there (also brewed by these guys) it is superior.

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Photo of velkyal
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich golden colour with a huge foamy white head, which the picture does show rather well. The beer is also quite bubbly, sustaining the head so that it never fully disappears. The nose is rather hoppy, with plenty of grassy, floral notes, as well as touches of over ripe bananas and cloves, without realizing it I was drinking a wheat beer - confirmed by checking the ingredients in my French-English dictionary. Having an ABV of 7.2% this was one of the stronger wheat beers I have had, however it was very smooth and the alcohol only kicking in with a warming glow once it was some way down my throat.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly orange amber color with a white head and some lacing

S-grain, fruit, slight yeasty funk, spices

T-grains, peaches, yeast, slight citrus, slight sweetness and a mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel

O-an interesting and pretty tasty beer, good blend of flavors

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Photo of janubio
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle cage and cork.

Golden swirls of liquid that is totally clear (perhaps too clear) with a 3" deep, fuzzy and clumpy head. Clumpy lacing in a minimum fashion.

big aroma! Malty sweetness upfront with dank and sweet berries with cream and a slight tangy lemmon, honey soaked wheat and white rice. Nice balance with the malt being most up-front.

The flavor does not provide a sweet malt, but more of an herbal, bitter and snappy wheat with citric acids and sour grapes. A wild yeastieness adds some nice depth of flavor but is still a bit on the light side when it comes to overall complexity. A very tame and tart hop finish with a slightly medicinal and metallic bitter aftertaste. A crispy and light feel, classic smooth finish and only slightly dry and bitter in the end.

This is not a bad French brew, it's not on the level of most Belgian's but it's pretty good. And a good price for a 750ml bottle ($7.99)

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Photo of goochpunch
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

7.8%

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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Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought the 75cl bottle with a real cork.

A: Orangy, and despite the very small head, the carbonation inside the liquid is relatively aggressive.

S: Sweet, but faint. Apricot.

T: Quite different from any other beer I've had. The apricot taste is there but muted, as well as the sweetness. Hard to describe. But it's nice. The higher percentage of alcohol is barely apparent. It definitely retains some of the characteristics associated with beer, but it's somehow different.

M: The carbonation creates this foamy feeling in your mouth. Somewhat soft, medium light body.

D: I think the fact that it confuses me is making me hesitant to drink it with more enthusiasm. But it is good, just confusing to me...

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amberw with a loose white head that fades to film and clings. Nose is apple, tropical flower, yeast. Deep honey malts with a hint of nutmeg, then spice and lemon rind hops. Tight dry end, chewy, medium body, some burn.

A certain cider vinegar quality that is quite pleasant. But a bit heavy and malty for the style.

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Photo of ATPete
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottles caged and corked.

*the label on the bottle reads 7.8%, BA has this listed as 7.2%

A- La Goudale pours a very transparent yellow/amber color. It sports a moderate white head, leaving some patchy lace. Very low carbonation.

S- A subtle nose of spices, malt, and alcohol.

T- Much like that of the nose, other notes include baked apples, some bright citrus fruit, and a touch of hops. This beer tastes like it has come from artisinal France, very dirty with lots of earthy character. Semi-sweet and very balanced.

M- Medium/light. Could use more carbonation to keep its head afloat for longer.

D- Good, easy to drink, the 750ml should be no problem.

*4.99 shelf price. I'd buy 3. 1 to drink now, 1 to drink in 6 months and 1 to drink next year. Maybe some maturity will do wonders for this one.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is now available at the local Jewel if your in the greater Chicago area. Thats pretty cool. But at teh same time pretty bad. Now when I go grocery shopping, I know I will be constantly tempted to by good beer when maybe the budget is tight. But beer is always worth it in the end.

Pours a clear, dark yellow with a hint of rst hue. Very nice bubbling beneath a two finger head post-pour that recedes to a good film o' foam. Strong pilsner like malts give a cracker aroma to ths brew with some faint herbas from the French countryside. Malt chunks and then quick chammomile and lavender notes, then a touchingly sweet bread finish. Good carboanted palate with an hebal feel that lingers quite well. Don't even notice the 7.8% alcohol in this brew.

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Photo of BierFan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 milliliter bottle into a tumbler glass. The label said it was 7.8% abv with an expiration date of 5/29/09.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a big white head.

Smell: Very calm and mellow aroma. Biscuits from the malt. Some apple and pear smell as well.

Taste: Flowery pale malt taste. Light hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick for the style and could have used more carbonation.

If I had to compare this to something it would be an American blonde ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured golden yellow in appearance with a thin head that quickly died down into nice lacey patterns of bubbles on the surface. There is a light level of carbonation visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a bit of sweetness from the malt in the smell, which is filled with aromas of apples and has some hints of yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of malty sweetness and flavors of apples. The underlying hops are only slightly evident in the resulting finish, which is a bit dry.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a tad thick due to the limited amount of carbonation.
D: No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste; this is exceptionally drinkable and would be great to pair with some food for dinner. By itself, the beer is rather refreshing to drink.

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Photo of shroompod
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a decent head , a little lacing.

Smell is has a hint caramel sweetness , yeastiness , and some alcohol notes.

Earthy tartness , no hop presence , some residual malt sweetness.

Very dry , good carbonation.

Overall a nice refreshing French Ale.

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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
3.61 out of 5 based on 243 ratings.
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