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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
Ranking:
#37,892
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
258
pDev:
11.42%
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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 Reaper16
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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 CuttDeez
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml Corked bottle into my tulip glass.

A - A very nice crystal clear golden color that is hued by orange notes. The head is large and white. Cloudlike in the begining and full of bubbles. It leaves behind a decent amount of lace.

S - A light bready wheaty-ness to the nose at first. A slight lemon after nose but I am left looking for some pepper and herbal depth.

T & M - The taste is bready at first and opens to nice herbal notes and some fruit spritzes. It is very light and floral in the middle. The slight depth of the herbs and the sweets and tangs of the fruits mix nicely in the middle. Then on the end the alchohol comes through in a strong warming way and leave the palate soft. The beer is very light throughout in the mouth in spite of the warmth of alchohol at the end. I do like the carbination level of the beer but it seems to die quickly.

O - Not a bad ale, but it just doesn't have the depth in some areas. I do like its freshness and what herbs and floral notes come out. I just wanted a little more.

-Cheers

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Photo of BostonBiosafety
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with little head, but very carbonated....some lacing The smell is somewhat sweet and malty with a hint of fruit. The taste is a a bit sharp on the tongue due to the 7.8 ABV. It has a slight metallic aftertaste. I would like to see this beer with a lower alcohol content and aged a bit more before bottling. Subduing the alcohol on the palate would bring out the subtleties.

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Photo of chiccabeer
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours with a small amount of head. The head is built from a lot of small bubbles that dissipate very quickly. The smell has has a very sweet, almost sugary smell to it. The taste is a light bodied beer with flavors of hops, oranges, and apricots. The after taste is refreshing and leaves a sweet taste in the mouth. This is a good beer to have for dinner. Cheers.

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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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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 258 ratings
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