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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
253
Reviews:
151
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
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9
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37
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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cork and caged 0.75 Litre brown bottle (Lot 2699 on the cork, no best before date, anywhere).

Poured into three glasses, no sediment in any of them.

The body was a clear amber, almost dark, dirty gold colour, a pure white head which produced some good lacing, sat on top.

The aroma was of hops and mixed spices (nutmeg and coriander?).

The mouthfeel was sharp, bitter and tangy, easy to drink but more 'middle of the road' than exciting. A non-offensive sort of beer, a little lacking in flavour: the hop content blending in and hiding too much behind the grains within the brew.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rough looking, thick, white head atop a golden body.

S - Light spice, subtle wheat, yeast, rich honey, slight note of crisp golden apple, bit of malt.

T - Sweet, apple, bit of hay, some yeast again, honeyed malt, light bitter finish. Tasty, but not a groundbreaking beer.

M - Medium light, not bad, carbonation doesn't kill the tongue.

D - One bottle is enough for me at 9.99 per, but it's a very decent beer, easy-drinking and filling.

I have had this in Europe and now in America and I haven't noticed a difference in the aroma and flavor so that's a good thing.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold, or light copper, with a good white head and some decent lacing.

Some yeasty funk and toasted malt notes, but this one has a real honeyed edge to it.

Sweet malt up front, with some slightly spicy notes, leading to a bit if yeast and bitter grain husk. Honey and bitterness and some fruit come in waves. Feels heavier than it is. As the palate clears, you get significant pucker.

Medium body, ok carbonation.

Not my favorite of the style, but a solid brew. I got thru the bomber, but it was a chore at the end.

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Photo of haz77
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear dark gold with minimal carbonation and a couple of fingers of head. This falls to a thin layer.

S - Medicinal phenols, banana, clove. Ok, if somewhat muted.

T - Medicinal phenols start the drink with the clove moving forward in the middle. Quite astringent finish works to try and clear the coating mouthfeel. Medium-long pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

M - Really good creamy mouthfeel, but with not quite enough carbonation to cut through it at the end of the drink. Mouth is still coated in the aftertaste.

D - Pretty good beer, but lacks complexity. Outclassed by others of the same style.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear yellow with a constant stream of bubbles and a thin white head that persisted almost the entire time. The smell was clean, with hints of pear, yeast, and faint citrus. The taste was of pear, with a very slight astringency at the end. Very refreshing. It was light in the mouth, with moderately high carbonation. This was a very smooth and drinkable beer, especially for the somewhat high ABV. I'd definitely drink it again.

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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 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 carpezytha
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Honey color with decent head.
S: Barnyard, leather, wool.
T: Dough, with the usual barnyard flavors of this style, along with some earthiness and even minerality. Sour note on finish.
M: Decent body and carbonation.
D: This is a drinkable beer, nothing that remarkable but it is refreshing to some degree and I will try again at some point.

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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 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 StaveHooks
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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 boss302
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Orange, big thick head, course bubbles.

S Mostly yeasty, some estery aroma, not much hop, but that is appropriate to style. Not a lot of malt aroma, which is not to style.

T Nothing really stands out. There is a yeasty flavor and some sweetness. Sweet must be counterd with carbonation, since what little hops exist are difficult for me to detect.

M Medium body, good carbonation.

D This was actually a decent drinking beer, it was clean and crisp. I'm sure I would say the same about some light colored American pilsners, but this beer had more body and character than most of those.

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Photo of bump8628
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear and golden with plenty of dense, white foam.

Very complex pale malt character of freshly baked bread, cereal, an assortment of grains, and a drizzle of honey. Well balanced by spicy hops and enough bitterness to almost balance the sweetness.

A golden Biere de Garde I guess is the best descriptor. Not something I would go after again, but I definitely enjoyed it.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Its a golden color... On the lighter side of beers. about 3 fingers of foam.

Smell - the smell of yeast fills my nostrils, but there is a hint of spices in the background

Taste - It tastes like spices, theres a little metallic aftertaste but its not too bad. It still has a good full taste, its like those commercial light beers, it has a good taste. its just hard to explain

Mouthfeel - theres alot of carbonation which takes away from the beer a little bit. it almost feels like champaign. it doesn't leave your mouth dry, its nice and refreshing and smooth. theres not bitterness to this beer.

Drinkability - Its a nice beer once in a while... if its on sale again i'll def buy it, 4.99 for a 750 ml, how can you go wrong with that? I'll drink any decent 750 ml for that price

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Photo of 100floods
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to my dearest friend Liz, who sent me this all the way from France. This is a style of beer I've rarely had, but have enjoy immensely whenever it's available.

pours a honey gold hue with a huge white head that dissolves to a nice film and half finger lacing.

Smells of Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel. Nice malt and honey flavors. not much noticeable carbonation until the end. This beer is extremely refreshing. It reminds me of a more full bodied lager. Oh so good. Unfortunately my pallet cannot unfold this beer anymore. But I can at least say I really like this beer.

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Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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 rarbring
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear light amber beer with a nice white head that leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is rich with malty tones and sour notes. Fresh bread with dough, bitter oranges.

Tasting of sweet bread, sour cream, and bitter orange peel, alcoholic.

Medium carbonation, smooth feeling, somewhat oily.

A nice aperetif with some strong cheese, sausage and La Goudale. Not bad at all.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color with a huge head and some amazing head. This is one of the most attractive beers I have seen.

Smells like sweet bread with some dry fruit and a little funk.

The taste is a little coppery with some of the sweet bread making an appearance. Nice bready finish, too.

Unfortunately it seems all the carbonation was used in the head. Nice body, but a bit flat.

All in all this was a bretty good beer, expecially since it was from the clearance rack.

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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 StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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 champ103
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms and leaves lots of lace behind.
S: A rustic funky aroma and some spices. Grain, bread, yeast, and finishes lightly fruity.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet malt. Funky yeast, grain and bread up front. Finishes with a spicy and fruity flavor. Very simple.
M/D: A lighter body and a little thin for my liking. Easy enough to drink.

Not bad at all. Fairly simple. Not something I will seek out again though.

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Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of fruity apple scents and some funk

T - Some of the apple taste comes out but theres more funky flavors to it

M This beer has alighter body with higher carbonation to it

D - I kinda like this beer a bit its different but still good with the interesting flavors that are going on worth a try sometime

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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 BlackBearForge
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goudale pours a glowing coppery gold with peachy accents and a generous white head which leaves nice sheets of lacing.

The aroma is of sweet honeylike malts with pear, apple and faint citrus notes. A slight musty grassiness as well perhaps from hopping. Noble hops I do believe.

The flavor is quite nice, sweet clover honey with apricots, pears and apples with a nice mild bitterness in the back of the palate. Nicely rounded and balanced flavors with just a touch of alcohol in the profile.

Mouthfeel is lively and on the lighter side of medium. Very smooth, a bit creamy and nicely carbonated.

My first French beer and first of the Bière de Garde style, Goudale is every bit as good as the Belgian styles I've been sampling of late. Very nice and definitely recomended!

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Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
3.59 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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