Goudale | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant
France
brasseurs-gayant.com

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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Reviews:
150
Ratings:
250
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.13/5  rDev -40.7%
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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Photo of JackRWatkins
2.69/5  rDev -25.1%
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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Photo of aleigator
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of josanguapo
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of JakeScully
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of Laundry_Hamper
2.34/5  rDev -34.8%
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 -1.9%
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 +1.7%
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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Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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 BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
2.39/5  rDev -33.4%
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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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of janubio
3.84/5  rDev +7%
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 Jeffo
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.23/5  rDev -37.9%
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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Photo of goochpunch
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
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 brunomorenodebrito
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of FLima
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of bamberger603
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer was striking- strawberry, coppery blonde with very little head. It looked wonderful in my Delirium Tremens chalice. The smell was nothing to write home about; a little bit of hop and light sweet malt, but really not a lot in this department. I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer, as did my wife. Great balance of hop and malt, swaying ever so slightly toward the hops. Light, floral, and just a little citrusy. The mouthfeel was decent; a little too sharp for a great rating, but certainly pleasant. Overall, we really enjoyed it. This was our first venture into this style, but I have a feeling we will be coming back to it quite soon.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in an impressive looking 750ml bomber
Now I am not a big fan of wheat beers
I found this to be very average of the style
With low aroma and not much flavour outside of acidic clove

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Photo of dcmchew
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Yellow pale, not a lot of foam, even less lacing.
Smells of citrus fruits, grains and grass.
Reading the ingredients (fructose, dextrose and antioxidants), started on an off foot. The chemical meddling is surely felt, but the beer isn't as bad as i've imagined. The malts are the backbone, as is to be expected in a biere de garde, with lots of grains, going to toasted, biscuit, white bread. Fruitiness is low, but providing a decent apple acidity and mild ripe fruit sweetness.
Low caramel, more a sugar syrup kind of sweetness, not entirely icky tho. Spices remind of a toned down witbier. Hops are surprisingly nice and herbal, with a more than decent bitterness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is lagery, fizzy, crisp, ending with a metallic bitterness often found in pilsners
This beer ends up being chaotic: not entirely a biere de garde, not a german lager, not a belgian pale, but still not unique in the world of beers. Personally, i consider it a Belgian style pale ale, meddled upon.
A decent one, nonetheless.

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Photo of Radome
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75 cl bottle into a goblet. Bottle purchased in France.

A - Burnished gold, orange tinge. Beer is crystal clear. Head is white, fluffy and mouse-like. Very thick and persistent. Many streams of tiny bubbles rising through the glass constantly.

S - Aroma of earthy and grassy hops dominate with a minor note of pilsner-like grain. Simple, direct but very clean aroma.

T - Flavors are more balanced between malt and hops than the aroma. The earthy and grassy hops are slightly lower in intensity than the bready, nutty malt. Hops bitterness is low. There is some orange, but it could be from hops, spicing or yeast--don't know. Like the aroma, the flavors are not very complex, but all are good.

M - Moderate body. Carbonation is soft and creamy. Alcohol is not noticeable.

O - This beer is soft, creamy and clean. It is not too complex and doesn't stand out in any particular area, but it is a very enjoyable and well-made Biere de Garde.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served in a chalice glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow to orange color. A bit cloudy. Forms a medium, creamy and very persistent white head with lots of lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet and very grainy. Fruity, bready and and a little bit spicy. Quite Belgian character which is common on the French CH'TI beers. Also light notes of honey, orange zest, spices and flowery hops

T: Follows the nose as a quite sweet and malty beer. Fruity esters. Strong notes of bready and earthy yeasts, again, Belgian character. Also some notes of honey, coriander and orange zest which reminds a classic Belgian Triple. End is dry with a mild hoppy bitterness

M: Full body. A little bit molasses. Good carbonation to the style. Dry crispy and grainy aftertaste

O: Average beer and drinkability. Not that bad for a French Ale

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got it because it was a french beer and I was all: Say whaaaa?1?!?!?1 The French only make wine! Let's see how it is.

A: Pretty average. Light clear amber. Little head dissipates quickly. Some lacing remains.

S: Very fruity. Big grape note. Malty. Maybe some orange. A little mustiness is nice.

T: Fruit comes through big at first. A sweetness follows that seems a little unbalanced and gritty. Fades to a bit of bittereness which is ok. A watery finish is a real let down.

M: Carbonation is powerful and a light glassy finish. Sits a bit too light.

Overall the first sip I had of this was great: lots going on with the sweetness and the bitter and the various earthy and musty notes. But as I got more into the beer a lot of the weaknesses began to come through. Its a pretty light beer which doesn't pair will with the big flavor notes. Certainly better than an average beer but not blowing my mind.

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Photo of pkalix
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BA says 7.2% but the bottle says 7.8%.
pours a nice golden color with a billowy, heavenly foam. some nice lacing on the sides and very active carbonation rising from the center of the bottom of the Duvel tulip glass- probably from the etching.
smell at first has a lager-y, heineken/stella aroma, but more subtle.
taste matches the smell to a degree, but also has some mild fruit and sweetness. kind of like a cross between a belgium ale and a heineken. easy bitterness at the end. reminds me of the french cigarretes a tried years ago- full flavor, a little raspy, a little raw, but makes a statement. there seems to be a tiny amount of sediment at the bottom which i instinctively swirl and pour from my training of the Franziskaners. i've heard this isnt always what i should do, however. the sediment does seem to add a very good-tasting bitterness, though.
medium bodied and continued carbonation in the glass, but not bubbly in the nose.
overall, i really like the look of this beer. the taste is subdued compared to what i expect it could taste like (comparing to equally tasting brews, this could be a lot 'stronger' tasting, i think), and who really expects much from the french anyway? their domain lies in other areas.... considering i've been dealing with an unusual bout of insomnia and looking for the antidote here, i was expecting a stronger, bitter/sweet taste due to the higher abv and i'm finding i really like this. i have had it before but it it didnt st ick out enough for me to remember any of the qualities and i'm paying much more attention to the taste now. for the OVERALL score, i suppose i wish there were a medium score available between an 80 and 90 because this is where i am stuck... perhaps a refill will help . . . . the obligatory eruction (burp) helps me decide- i'll give it a 4.5 due to the 'manly' taste.... but the 'scoring' part is always difficult. most brews have their own special 'presence', do they not? only the 'commercial' products pretty much are put out for the masses and there are some good ones, but mostly crafted to appeal to the masses. the tasting is difficult for me because a brewer puts in what he thinks will be special and if it gets past his standards then it's a product worthy of scoring. some breweries put out beers (like Stone's chipotle and vanilla) which, more or less, seem to satisfy a need to put forth a 'collection', regardless of how good it might be. and for those it just doesnt seem like it was a great bit of work put forth in the battle cry of pride but more for a profit. maybe the lack of sleep is kicking in . . . . prost!

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