Goudale | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-07-2002

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255
Reviews:
152
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7/28/11.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, and grape juice. Taste is much the same with a very sweet and fruity flavor. There is a slight alcohol kick with each sip as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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 BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, look what I found at Marrika's Bierstube. I knew nothing of this beer, but after examining the bottle, was convinced it was worth a shot. The beer pours with a hazy, canary yellow color, some yeast floaties, and a soft yet spritzy head formation that retained nicely throughout. Aromas of soft pilsner malts, lemons (among more citrus fruits), apricots, pineapples, white grapes, apples, and pears. Very estery needless to say. Peppery phenolics give a depth to the aroma with white pepper, clove, and ginger. A subtle grandma's-attic, dusty, yeasty, somewhat funky reminds me that we definately have an artisnal Belgian on our hands. Flavors also focus on the fruits. While following up on the spices, tartness, and funky flavors from the wild yeast. The beer never slides over to the barnyard character that the style can sometimes bring, but they are not as clean as a Flying Dog, Garde Dog either. Textures are light, creamy, warming, spicy, and prickly due to the carbonation. Finishes with a fruity, estery, peppery lingering. Very easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

.33cl brown glass bottle poured into an An Brainblasta goblet in Belfort, France. Reviewed live.

A: 1.5 finger head, devoid of cream, thin, and of poor retention. Clear dark yellow colour.

Sm: Nutty malted barley. A light scent, difficult for me broken nose to detect.

T: Simple and bad. Caramelized malt. No nutty notes at all. No layering or boldness. Poorly balanced and built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but not complementary of the flavours of the body (which may be a good thing).

Dr: High ABV, low quality, and fairly high pricing. It's nothing worth trying.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear medium yellow ale with a medium head with better then average retention. Aroma is quite different then what I’m used to with some barnyard aspect and something quiet salty that I cannot instantly recognize. Taste is also quite salty but at the same time refreshing. Spices are a bit scarce for my liking and body if definitely too thin for a bière de garde but there is still something I like in this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden yellow color with a small, but pillowy, white head. It left no lacing just a little residue.

S - It smelled a little funky and fruity - mostly pear and green apple.

T - It tasted somewhat spicy and funky with a subtle caramel maltiness adding a sweet kick.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good beer. It was easy drinking and unique.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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 nickfl
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of creamy, white foam on a clear, amber-gold body. As the head settles it leaves thick rings of lace.

S - Clean and malty with just a hint of apple yeast character.

T - Malty sweetness with a strong pils malt character, notes of honey and graham crackers. Moderate herbal hop flavors and bitterness in the middle fade to an herbal finish with a slight mustiness.

M - High carbonation, medium to heavy body, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a nice Bier de Garde and easy to drink, though it isn't terribly complex. A more interesting malt profile could make this a great beer; as it is, I don't feel like I need to have this one again.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kruggerand gold with a wee splash of orange and a superfine yeasty haze. The alabaster colored crown fills half the glass after the pour and is a thing of real beauty. At least with respect to foam, the Belgians have nothing on Les Brasseurs de Gayant. Thick sheets of honeycomb-like lace put the appearance score over the top.

The nose brings things back to planet Earth. It isn't bad, it just isn't special. Notably absent (for the most part) are earthiness, yeastiness, spiciness and all those qualities that good bieres de garde are supposed to have. Each sniff delivers pale malt, freshly baked white bread and lemon zest.

Goudale is more of a Belgian (French actually) pale ale than it is a member of the stated style. The brewery calls it a golden ale, which works as well as anything else. Anyone who has had a 7.2% golden ale from this area of the world knows what to expect. As is often the case, the final call on the flavor score will come later in the bottle, since the first 6-8 ounces haven't made it obvious.

Unfortunately, I have to go with the lower of the two considered flavor scores. Time and warming haven't delivered the expected amount of depth and complexity. Simple isn't always a negative, but it usually is in a biere de garde or Belgian pale. If you like them malty and a touch sweet, this one should be right up your alley.

The flavor is reminiscent of sugar cookies coated with lemon glaze. Accents include herbal hops, snappy apples and a wee dash of ground clove. The bitterness of the hops reins in the malt sugar sweetness and keeps things from veering too far in that direction. This is close to good beer. Very close.

Although the mouthfeel could use a bit more volume, it has plenty of heft (for the style) due to all those malt sugars. In addition, the zesty carbonation keeps things light and as crisp as possible given the circumstances. Alcohol? Barely a blip. Yeah, tell that to my increasingly foggy central nervous system.

Apparently, good beer in 14th century France was known as goudale, or 'good ale'. Even though this particular Goudale is much better than Moyenale (mediocre ale), I'm not sure that it does enough to earn its name. Still, I don't regret the $9.99 purchase price one bit.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My label says it's a biere de garde but this seems to have two different images both the 750 ml bottle and the 16 ounce cans. Pours into a Allagash chalice, a deep honey amber body with birght white head forming thick, fine chunky sporadic lacing forms nicely. Aroma has some earthy spicy notes with some malt liquor esque cooked veggies and sweet apple cider notes coming off the nose. Flavor has a bit more than that going on spicy yeast, earthy herbal hops, with a flowing malt breadiness. Quite complex and aromatic compared to a standard malt liquor but the alcohol is well hidden it's hard to imagine this is near 8% alcohol by volume. The label is in French not quite sure what it says about the beer other than Houblon des Flanders (hops from Flanders). Bought from a small market/liquor store in East Liverpool called Rayl's. Decent selection for the Ohio Valley, never seen this beer anywhere else in the states and priced right at around 6 bucks. Seems like a mass produced biere de garde definitely not from a small farmhouse microbrewery, still pretty tasty. Overall effervescent carbonation medium bodied a bit cloying with sweetness between sips. Can't complain, this was the last bottle available there I'm glad I had the opportunity to try a new beer.

Here's what the English version of the website calls this beer, "a top fermenting lager"?


Gayant Brewers presents Goudale, a lager beer of top fermentation. Culled from an original medieval recipe, Goudale is a historic name.

Made from special malts and flavored with hops from Flanders, Goudale is a golden beer, dense, tasty and long in the mouth.

Synonym of quality for connoisseurs, symbol of quality for beer lovers, a hearty beer to be enjoyed amongst friends … without doubt, Goudale from Gayant Brewers is a beer everyone can agree to enjoy !

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Photo of imbibehour
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, with best before dating on the front label. Pours clear golden, under a nice looking, puffy/fluffy eggshell head, Long lasting, with respectable fine lacing. Perfumey/flowery nose, that announces the tasty brew that is to come. Thoroughly enjoyable offering, light spice. nuanced dry hops, honey, nutty yeast all present and intermingled. Ice, complex, balanced....bring on the goat cheese, crusty bread, roasted veggies and salads. Well worth a try on its own or with food. Definitely suprsed by the low review numbers for this one. My bottle was fresh and tasty. Ignore the other reviews, this stuff is the goods...(where can I get cans of this fine product?!?)

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For beer review #1000, I went with a French beer while watching the New Orleans/Minnesota game. Seemed somewhat fitting.

Pours a bright, light golden body. Some haze, but it was served quite cold. Huge, white head that foamed up nicely, proved to be a bit rocky and laced really well down the glass.

Lemon/apricot and malt aroma. Alcohol clears out the sinuses a bit to allow for the malt to provide some sweetness to mix well with the citrus. yeast offers mild spices and a touch of floral.

Citrus dominates here in the flavor. Malt is light and sweet, but does anchor the lemony and unripe apricot flavors.
I would think the carbonation would have contributed more to this beer and its feel. The alcohol thins things out, but carbonation could have mixed well with the citrus and malt. As it is, the sugar cookie leaves kind of a flat finish, with lemon in the back seat.

Still, quite drinkable at 7.8% abv. Solid offering

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Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Eziel
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on April 7, 2012 at the Keene, NH Beerfest. The pour is golden with a white head and good retention. The aroma is malty and yeasty but hops are hard to discover. The body falls into the light to medium range. The taste is quite sweet with malts. It almost seems like overkill. There is a thin hop character that is next to impossible to find. This is one of those beers I have wanted to try but I am glad I got to try it at a brewfest rather than spend the $10 for it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best By Date May 2009; Sampled August 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip with an almost four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear and a rich gold color that turns to a bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is an interesting mix of spicy-fruit and malt notes. The nose reminds me of a perfectly ripe, sweet, aromatic apple that has a touch of spiciness to it. Grassy grain notes and a touch of dusty malt becomes lightly noticeable towards the finish. The aroma definitely smells more like apple cider than anything else.

Sweet tasting with an apple flavor to it up front that moves to a piquant spiciness towards the finish. The finish is a mix of esters, phenols and higher alcohols that produce flavors similar to white pepper, ginger, a touch of warmth and a definite clove note; the phenolics even take on a cola like character towards the finish. Fairly well carbonated which provides a bit of fizz to the texture that helps to lighten things up just a bit. The taste is not one dimensional apple like the aroma, but the phenolics are a bit too much even if they provide an interesting counterpoint to the apple notes.

Not bad, just seems to be lacking in complexity, especially malt character.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear light amber colored beer that is almost gold in color. Puffy white head.

Smell is sweet with a light fruity aroma. Mostly grape and apple aroma with a little toasted grain. Not that aromatic a beer, just a little sweet and fruity.

Taste starts out mostly malt with a good caramel flavor. Earthy toasted mushroom flavor and some toasted bread flavor. Fruit does not show up in the taste for me.

Mouthfeel is OK.

One thing this does have in spades is excellent drinkability; it practically jumps in to your mouth. A bit pricey though for half the price I will get the Hennepin.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
3.59 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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