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

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
253
Reviews:
151
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
37
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0
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Ratings: 253 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of PatrickJR
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear yellow with 1 finger head that sticks around awhile. Excellent lacing.

S - Strong peppery phenolic aroma, approaching something like a pencil eraser. Mild graininess and metallic aroma as well.

T - Something like a cross between a saison and a light lager. Phenols are most evident, with pepper and plastic. Grain comes through mid palate, along with a sharp hop bitterness; hard to pin down the flavor though. Alcohol shows as well with the residual phenolic finish.

M - Light bodied, borderline on medium. Decent carbonation, but overall a little thick for the large phenolic character.

D - I had planned on finishing the 750ml bottle, but it's looking like that might be a drink for tomorrow. It's a rough and slightly intense brew. Perhaps I'm just ill-versed in biere de gardes.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always get a kick out of seeing a biere de garde on the shelf.

A - Pours a little too clear for a biere de garde, very light gold with only a slight amber tint when held to the light. Body unimpressive, but lacing is actually quite impressive, so I'll split the difference score-wise.

S - Muted. Maybe some grape skin, some lavender. I poured the yeast in with the final pour, and this seems to help boost the aroma a good deal.

T - Base water tastes mineral-y, and hops provide some bite. Some grassiness over a sturdy cake-malt backing that opens up some as it warms. Very clean. Too clean for a biere de garde, or even a standard pale ale.

F - Crisp feel.

D - Comes off to me as more of a strong, moderately-hopped blonde lager than a biere de garde. That said, it *is* rather drinkable and enjoyable, just not really what I was looking for from this style. It's refreshing and tasty, which makes for an enjoyable beer, but ultimately a non-standard biere de garde.

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Photo of atis
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with nice white head that fades slowly, leaving dense lacing. Aroma is sweet spicy with mild fruity esters and little floral hops.

In the taste malt dominates, but some bitterish hops can also be felt, mostly towards the medium-dry finish. Weak fruity malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with nice and smooth warming feeling.

Overall, very good Biere de Garde, I will certainly have more of this.

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Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can at Chancey Smith's in London, ON- Sparkling gold pour unleashes a frothy bleached white cap. Some lace left behind, with some retention. Nose of honey, grains, lemon, grassy hops. Tastes of sweet grains, honey, floral hops, grass, straw. Quite the sharp hop profile towards the finish, prickly carbonation. Good.

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Photo of lgmol
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of macesq
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of parintele
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of k3ve
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of lmaduells
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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 banger7
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of windypete
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of sephyrott
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sbanacho
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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

Photo of ThaCreep
2.41/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Strong taste malty where alcohol is unfortunately quickly over. Not really other flavors if only worn a few grains such as wheat that are spread in the aftertaste. The nose is slightly chilled, with a characteristic hint of honey. Sour aftertaste unpleasant feature of lagers and bland and with too much alcohol in the body. Goudale = / = good ale.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer manages to walk a fine line. It is a complex style of beer, but it aims itself at a rather uncomplex audience. It is the sort of beer you'd have with dinner and it would compliment anything without getting in the way. You wouldn't really think about it, just note that it is a pleasant accompaniment. The yeast kicks off some nice esters, mostly almond and peach, while the malt profile is a nice blend of nicely toasty vienna malts and sweet pilsner malts. While you are drinking it, the beer is incredibly enjoyable, but the experience is ephemeral because all too soon it is gone. The 750 doesn't last long.

Plus, the 750 cost me 4.26 after tax. Can't beat that! A good beer for a fantastic price. I mean, let's make no mistake, this is an OK at best biere de garde, but as a 'beer' it offers enough complexity to keep me going with enough drinkability to keep me drinking. And the price? I mean, sure, I could get a better beer if I broke into the $8 range and could get a substantially better beer if I broke into the $12 range. But I gotta say, if I were to price this beer blind, I would have placed it in the $8 range, so it is a steal for the price!

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Photo of JBogan
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear light golden color with a large foamy white head which left good lacing.

Smelled earthy with some mild malts as well.

Tasted a bit different from the smell. There was some malt present, but I detected some floral notes along with a small honey presence.

Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp and leaning towards the thin side. It was perfect for this hot Vegas summer afternoon.

This was a very refreshing beer and easily drinkable. Reasonably priced too, about $9 for a 750 bottle. There are so many beers out there I've yet to try, so it might be a while before I revisit this one, but it was an enjoyable beer for this time of year. Worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears golden yellow with an off white head that slowly falls to a ring. Smells of sweet malt and a little funk as well. Taste is of sweet malt up front, grass but has a little metallic flavor on the back end. Medium in body. Effervescent carbonation. A decent beer but not great. I'd drink again but wouldn't purchase.

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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 sitarist
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a faint orange glow...lazy bubbles rise up to a frothy white head that leaves sheets and webs of lacing.

I smell biscuits and honey...there are some very faint whiffs of moss, and ripe fruit.

I taste honey and ripe fruits. It is earthy. The flavors remind me of mead?

Medium body...the carbonation tap-dances lightly on my tongue; as the fizz fades it coats my tongue nicely.

Not what I expected for this style, but still a unique beer.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very light amber look, clear with a decent white 1 1/2 inch head. Nice lace but nothing special.

Not much on the nose, malty with a hint of spices.

The flavor is not too deep, a nice malty goodness, but plain flavor, nothing special. It's light and well done, but I would expect more from this type, one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel is heavier than expected from the look, and silky, and the abv is well hidden, maybe not such a good thing.

This is just an average drinker, with the high abv it really should only be good with food, lunch or dinner, or god forbid breakfast. A decent accompaniment for savory food. As for a beer to seek out, not so much, many better out there.

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Photo of mobrado
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of roblowther
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 750ml bottle. This beer pours clear gold with a hint of opaqueness, looking rather like a cross between a pilsner and a kolsch. It leaves a bit of lacing and a thin head. The smell has a hint of banana, but reminds me mostly of a generic crap warm-country lager, frankly. The taste has a hint of malt up front, followed by a pungent hops that is fragrent but not bitter. It does have a very smooth finish. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a creamy feel to it, not too shabby really. It's drinkability is decent, but nothing to write home about. It masks the alcohol well, but the finish is a bit too floral and dry. To sum it up, this is one of the best beers I've tried in France, which is to say its like the sexiest of your cousins. Enjoyable in a way, but just not something you want to brag that you've done.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
3.59 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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