Goudale | Les Brasseurs de Gayant

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Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs de Gayant
France | website

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
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
243
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
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Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: nice golden amberish pale color

smell: slight fruit, slight banana notes

taste: loaded alcohol and sweet flavor

mouthfeel: medium to light bodied and blanaced

drinkability: overall great slection. I don;t have too much expereince with beire de garde but I am excited to try more.

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Photo of DawnL
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was not blown away by this beer. I found the flavor to be a little flat. It wasn't as interesting or complex as I was hoping. Having said that - it's appearance was stunning - great caramel tint with good head retention that dissipated into sticky lace. The aroma was slightly hoppy - lager/pilsner like. There was something familiar and good about this brew. I would buy it again.

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Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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 malmquna
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Produced a nice, fine white head when poured into a glass. The Belgian lace stayed on the inside of the glass all the way down. The beer itself is a very clear, golden apple juice color. The smell is quite subdued with just a hint of sweet malt and perhaps a little citrus and hop aroma.

The mouthfeel is quite nice, smooth and sweet. The flavor is subtle, with an overall sweet malt profile, some orange and estery flavors, and just enough hop bitterness to round everything out.

This beer is very drinkable, but at 7.2% abv, this is no session beer even though it goes down as one. Beware of this and at least have a snack when you put more than one or two of these down. This beer would likely go well with a variety of poultry dishes, or more substantial fish or even pork recipes.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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 HugoGrim
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peach gold body with a thin film of a head. Loads of soapy bubbles cling to the glass with some nice lace.

Aroma is sweet and crisp. Hints of citrus, spices, and light hops.

As this is the first beer of the style I have tried it is new territory. Flavor is much like a Belgian ale though lighter. Not as heavy in the malt or spice profile. Drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of imaguitargod
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a mug (yes, that’s right, a coffee mug, whatcu gunna do bout that!) because that’s all I had around at the time and it had a decent head which stuck around for a bit. I must say, this is a perfect example of the style. Instant sweetness resembling honey and malt which dies down into the background and a slight funkiness and fruity ester come forward. Medium bodied with a hint of alcohol mixing in with a faint bitterness on the back end. Proper glassware would do this wonders (coffee mugs not suggested).

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, caged and corked. Poured a fluffy 4-finger head with large bubbles, but dissipated rather rapidly.

Clear, dark straw color with a stream a tiny bubbles ascending up the center. Slight and mild, fragrant aroma of banana a malt. The flavor offers strong banana, mild spice, then some candy on the finish.

Medium-mouthed, a bit soapy and a touch syrupy, progresses from bright when first hitting the tongue to sappy and warm on the finish.

Not bad, but not all the memorable.

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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 mtstatebeer
2.87/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass. Pours an orange-yellow color with a pretty decent off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, some floral notes, a little boozy, and earthiness from the yeast. Taste is similar with some caramel malts and a touch alcoholic. Mouthfeel is very active, medium bodied, and gives a slight metallic aftertaste. Overall decent, but not my favorite.

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Photo of JayNH
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden color with a slight chill haze. A huge foamy head, good retention and lacing.

S- Malty sweet, fruity, pleasant....

T- A hint of alcohol upfront, a dry fruity sweetness. Sort of musty, with a grape peel sourness. Finishes with a grassy hop note.

M- Smooth, medium bodied. Carbonation is brisk but appropriate.

D- Excellent, I'd enjoy a few of these....

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Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber-blonde color with a two-finger head into my Piraat glass.

Aroma is light and full of raisin and other fruit, mainly a bit of tart cherry and apple. Very clean aroma.

Taste is strong upfront with apple, grape and cherry. Malt sweetness shows through as well. Only a bit of sourness.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering apple and grape flavors. Again, a very clean beer here with a large amount of alcohol upfront that is kind of a bit much.

I'll admit that I'm not a pro at reviewing beer like this. However, it is drinkable and if you can get past the alcohol bite, it is worth a shot. It's just different from what you may otherwise expect in a beer.

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Photo of Scriba
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden with a white head that fades away (leaving some lacing).

S: A fruity smell. Some apple is recognisable. There is also both malt and yeast.

T: A nice taste. The fruitiness from the smell is of course present, but there is also some malt, metal, yeast, alcohol and some sweetness. The bitterness in the aftertaste is well balanced.

M: Nice and dry with lively CO2.

D: Yes, but there is so many more exciting beers then this one...

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Photo of sjccmd
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold/amber with an active white head that fades to a lacing

The smell is pretty nice, floral yeast and hops, apples, citrus

The taste goes along with the smell, more subdued and less floral, with a malt backbone

crisp and clean mouthfeel, nice dry finish

a decent beer, nothing too special, but I prefer this to La Divine, they're pretty similar, but I prefer the floral aspects, and the dry finish in this beer

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

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of barnyard funk, leather, and hints of lemon. The taste has a slight malt sweetness with mellow funky yeast notes. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but nothing special. I could drink it again, but there are so many better beers out there for the same price or less.

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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 boxofepilepsy
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to a Belgian tulip.

Billed as a bier de garde / Belgian Golden ale, but pours a little pale with lovely sheets of head that scream Belgian.
The nose is out of the park. Lots of sweetness is evident. The maltiness is assertively present, as is a fresh breadiness-- though not in the way of a Quad. Think muffins? Some lemon rind, too.
The taste falls a little short. Subdued maltiness, and only a touch of the spice and fruit promised by the smell. Nothing jumps out at me here, but it's certainly not out of balance. Lots of creaminess, but the head is not at full as some. The bottle disappears between the 3 of us, but one sip doesn't beg for another.

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Photo of ricke
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving date: 2009-02-26. Served in snifter. 330 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (best before 2010-01-28).

Appearance: Pours a clear golden copper with a 2 cm off-white head that settles rather quickly and leaves some lacings.

Smell: A rather sweet smell with plenty of malts and fruits of the forest. Notes of bubblegum. Some mint and earthy aromas as well.

Taste: The taste has a prominent and rather sweet malt character - a bit caramel-like. Gentle citric notes. Earthy notes, grass and general floral hop flavors. Faint yeast in the background. The alcohol is noticeable and gets more prominent towards the end. The finish has a light bitterness to it, is slightly dry, has a restrained hop character, is slightly metallic and contains a rather big amount of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is fuller than I had expected, but is still in the medium range. Small lively bubbles, yet it's still quite smooth actually.

Drinkability: This is a good beer, and it drinks easily. Still, it's not great, and it's certainly not very interesting. It lacks complex and all in all it's different flavors are too restrained. I was expecting more from it. However, this was my first bière de garde, so I don't have many reference points to compare it with. But I was expecting something in the line of a Belgian saison, and even though I can detect some small similarities, this is far from a saison. It's too clean, too restrained and anonymous. Again, not a bad beer, but I'll probably forget about it in a while.

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Photo of Pamola
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear gold, releasing a lot of carbonation on the glass but no real head to speak of. Nice lacing and color though.

S: Mellow estry and earthy malt aroma with crisp hops in the end. Smells a bit like a mellow farmhouse ale.

T: Wonderfully tart with hops and a distinct sweetness. Lemon in the back. This is pretty refreshing. The citrus overtones are very nice in this style. Certainly a little booze bite in there as well.

M: Effervescent, which goes great with the tartness and hoppy citrus flavors. The beer has decent body. Rather consistent throughout the mouth.

D: This is my best Biere de Garde experience yet. This could be my new really hot summer day beer.

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Photo of atis
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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 Jwale73
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured a translucent gold with an orange hue. Half inch cap quickly dissipates into a fairly consistent swirl. Nose was grassy and minty. Taste was wet cardboard, grainy and grassy; mint flavor was diminshed. Mouthfeel was light and lively. Easy drinking, fairly clean and a well-hidden abv, but not really my thing.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head

Fruity and spicey smell. Yeasty no doubt. A decent amount of citrus character is present, and not a lot of the horseblanket mustiness I'd expect.

The taste is almost like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but with the flavour turned down a few notches. Slightly sour finish, and a lot of sweetness on the sides of the mouth. The bitter finish is somewhat lemony.

Crisp carbonation with a light body.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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 velkyal
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich golden colour with a huge foamy white head, which the picture does show rather well. The beer is also quite bubbly, sustaining the head so that it never fully disappears. The nose is rather hoppy, with plenty of grassy, floral notes, as well as touches of over ripe bananas and cloves, without realizing it I was drinking a wheat beer - confirmed by checking the ingredients in my French-English dictionary. Having an ABV of 7.2% this was one of the stronger wheat beers I have had, however it was very smooth and the alcohol only kicking in with a warming glow once it was some way down my throat.

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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
82 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.
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