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Goudale | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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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 augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Brawweurs de Garde tulip/flute.

Initial pour is clear gold with a finger of ivory. Ornate yet delicate lacing, very good retention.

Gentle aromatics suggest wild grass and winter fruit with a hint of funk that dissipates after a short time.Possibly a Pils malt base?

The flavors follow the nose closely with more of an emphasis on the fruit which comes across as an overripe pear at times. The subtle funk comes and goes as well. Finishes somewhat sweet, but not overly so.

Light bodied, gently carbonated, and soft mouthfeel.

Not an especially memorable ale, though it does distinguish itself with a subtle flourish of funk albeit finishing a little too sweet to be as refreshing as the better examples of the style.

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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 peabody
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slight amber tinted yellow with 1/2 finger of small white bubbles. Slight lacing.
Smell is clove and barley malt sugars. Not a lot of aroma. Kinda lacking.
Taste is a little watery and dirty at first. More sugar than spice here. Can't taste the alcohol or smell it. Kinda boring.
It is clean feeling in the mouth even though it has lots of sugar. Leaves a slight oily feel to the tongue and roof of the mouth.
Overall the best thing about this Biere De Garde is the price and the fact it goes down like water and about as forgettable too.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured in an over sized wine glass. Clear copper with a 1 finger white head leaving a corner ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Very little lacing.

S - Grassy yeast, bread with some honey notes, earthy grains, green apples, with some spiciness as well.

T - Malty followed by a spicy citrus. Tart fruits-pears & apples. Some cereal and sour grain in the background along with mild alcohol notes. There's also some metal present. It comes through in the aftertaste as well. The finish is tart and crisp.

The metallic aftertaste of this beer bugs me. This was an ok Biere de Garde. It's worth a try though.

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Photo of impending
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


750ml into a tulip. Pours an orange yellow, dense towering white head forever to recede, nice lacing.

Aroma is mildly fruity, mild spices, yeast and mildly musty as well. mild

Taste is grainy, light dry fruits. Dull bland straw skews the slight bitterness to its detriment without contributing an offsetting dank. Thin yet creamy bodied, vaporizes to foam with the slightest swish.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours lightly skunked with aggressive carbonation that smacks the back of your mouth like little tiny little thorns. Spicy feeling and a bit acidic. Tastes and smells somewhat of grapefruit and also mildly of wheat and lemon. This is not a very good beer and was most certainly a waste of a euro.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow. My perception of French beers as largely mediocre was hardly raised by this product. Not much here, and with a style as wide as Biere de Garde I expected some element that was extreme or at least interesting, and I didn't really get it from this beer.

Appearance was good-enough, with a golden color and a whisp of white head. Aroma was lightly citrus-y and grainy but didn't have much to it. Flavor was similarly non-descript and even more absent than the aroma. Mouthfeel was unremarkable. Not a lot here, good or bad.

I can't say I'd go out of my way to get this beer, nor will I recommend it.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a pilsner color. crisp light straw. very musty skunk of a nose with a consistent head. nice volume throughout. skunky funk as some weird barn esters in there... fruitiness. not sweet. constricting hop taste. little malt flavor. covered by herbal aspects and hop. fruit is a mystery in the skunk at the tip of the palate. this beer is waiting for dried meat and a sharper feta.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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 TheSarge
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great looking brew. Perfect white lacy head, with a nice clear and golden body. Aromas are arid, with light grassy nodes and a little grainy too. The taste is more than on par. It has a sweet bubble gum character up front, but then gets countered with a bitter cooked vegetable like finish. This feels pretty clean, and has a slight alcoholic warmness to it.

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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


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 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 Radome
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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 magictacosinus
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served into a snifter from a 750ml bottle (that I have to drink all by myself...).

Appearance: Yellowish-amber color, pretty clear (possibly filtered). Contains a decent head, good carbonation. Bières de Garde vary in the orange tinginess, but this holds up well.

Smell: Slightly sugary, pretty malty overall. There are some honey-filled bready notes, a little bit of spiciness and not as boozy as I expected it to smell.

Taste: I enjoy how this beer tastes, however. The lager yeast is definitely present, but it reveals itself to be creamy, malty, and quite refreshingly sweet unlike other kinds of lagers. The alcohol level becomes strikingly present as one drinks this, but it is highly responsible for the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Decent overall. A little too watery, but contains a full bodied yet mild bitter sting that makes it worth drinking. There is some zestiness in this beer beyond the maltiness. All it takes is to take it in.

Overall: I was drinking these every other day last year during a hot summer in Toulouse. I took a liking to them then, although it was before I got more serious with craft beers. I still think this is a decent beer, though, even if there are far better kinds of Bières de Garde out there.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corks are fun.

Poured a fine off-white head that held strong. Streams of bubbles rise through deep golden beer feeding the head above. Earthy aromas mixed with fruits (pears and apples), yeasty notes, and some sugar. Quite inviting. Slightly raw malt flavor mixed with doughy yeast and spring flowers
Finishes with a tinge of alcohol and bitterness. The flavor is rough, but not bad. Just right for the style I suppose. It's a big beer, but the mouthfeel remains quite light and dry. I could definitely go for a few of these.

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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 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 aleigator
3.61/5  rDev 0%
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 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 Sigmund
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle, bought in France.
Golden nearly clear colour, large lasting white head. Pleasant flowery and fruity aroma, also notes of honey and leather. Flavour is spicy and somewhat alcoholic, with a peppery finish. This bière de garde is well worth sampling.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an odd find at giant eagle of all places.

A- pours a very clear light amber/orange yellow with light canary highs and persimmon lows. white head is huge and airy and fluffy but with amazing retention and tons of the wispiest lace i've seen. considering the lightness of the foam it's crazy how it holds itself, as if the the bubbles crystallize like stringy melted sugar. the foam sticks to the glass in a way that i've only seen duvel do (and maybe 1 or 2 others) where it slopes down into the body like canyon walls.

S- very fruity with sharp yeast. mandarin orange, green apple, over ripe pear, mango, and strawberry-melon english pale ale type diacetyl and sweet malt aromas. but with less of the caramel and butterscotch. alcohol is fruity pineapple and has a mild spiciness and the yeast does as well with banana, vanilla, fresh nutmeg, and pepper. grassy, green hop aroma. pleasantly complex and rustic.

T- unique taste which for me, was quickly appreciated. perhaps best described as a ridiculously fruity helles lager with intense yeast character as well. a bit of light caramel, toffee and butterscotch sweetness weaves in and out of bitter fruit, apple skin and pear skin, grape skin, orange pith, full of tannins and spicy yeast, toasted squash seeds, under ripe berries, and dry sherry. finish is lasting and ponderous at times, vinous with a delicate earthy hop bitterness.

MF- nicely astringent and dry, slightly oily due to high yeast activity and diacetyl? could possibly account for much of this light brew's dense body, as the yeast is smelled, tasted, and felt here in an unusual way. below medium carbonation complements the juicy texture.

D- unique and delicious, rugged unrefined belgian complexity while still maintaining a bright, fresh profile lacking of farmhouse funkiness. (not that farmhouse funkiness is bad). as of now, any future beire de garde that i buy will have this to live up to.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a light, light orange color; sort of a poppy orange. The body is quite clear, and you can see an abundance of carbonation screaming up to the top of the glass. A finger and a half of creamy, fine-bubbled head form. The lacing is spectacular: a solid but fine wall of foam sticks to the circumference of the glass. Great looking Biere de Garde.

The aroma strikes me right off the bat as musty. Like musty attic meets stale Belgian amber malts. That's not a bad thing, it's just a thing. I get some apple core aroma, and also a little bit of rose petal. Yeah, lots of apple core. Some faint nuttiness too. Pretty subtle, but a solid enough nose.

I don't particularly enjoy the flavor of this beer, but it is objectively pretty solid. It's very much in the Amber Ale vibe in terms of malt flavors: light breadcrust, appleskin. There's some phenolic astringency here, which is welcome. The finish brings out a drying huskiness from the malts that comes across like nutshell. I'd like this beer -- ostensibly in the farmhouse ale mode -- to have some more interesting yeast flavors. As is, it is a standard, if above-average, example of the style.

La Goudale is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Despite the active visible carbonation, you don't really feel it prickle your tongue. That smoothness compliments the amber malt flavors. Overall, this is a good Biere de Garde. I don't personally see myself buying it again, but someone that really enjoys American Amber Ales should definitely seek this beer out. Accessible palate expansion and/or a rustic Belgian beer for people that don't like funk.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from poured from a 750 mL bottle. The beer appeared a brownish to orange color, rust perhaps, with a big cap of white foam. The aroma seems to be fermented grain in character. This cellared malt reappears in the flavor profile. Some sweetness while the spice at the end is muted. The palate is dry. It tastes fine, but I would like to see a little more complex earthiness.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
3.61 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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