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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-07-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
246
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
14.68%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
34
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Photo of bark
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The colour is deep gold with a tint of orange; the finger thick head sinks slowly down to a white lid, leaving some tracing.

The fruity smell got notes of apples, yeast, some sour notes and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is simpler than expected; I found flavours of sweet apples, alcohol, wheat flour, some feeble metallic bitterness and some sweetness. The rather short and simple aftertaste got notes of apples, some sweetness and alcohol and a discreet bitterness.

The carbonation is medium-low with small bubbles. The mouthfeel is much drier than the taste.

A middling Belgian/French type of beer.

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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 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 drpimento
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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 ccrida
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey goblet, Goudale is a clear dark gold with a very large white head that leaves heavy lace. Pretty nice, but I don't care for my beers that bright.

Smell is grainy, semi-sweet, a touch of sulfur, strait forward blonde, some wet, leafy hops. Served around 60F, it was pretty subdued, a little buttery as it opened up.

Taste is pretty good, some carmilized sugar, pretty average French blonde pintemps - this is cited on the label, so more of a saison style from spring harvest grains, which are supposedly the best of the year. Not bad, simple and a bit sugary, a dash of hops, very well made, just a hint of diacetyl on the finish as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium light, a bit slick.

Drinkability is really pretty good. Simple and easy drinking, the ABV is well hidden, and the price is right. Something about it is very digestible, in spite of the strength. I like the old school label, it adds to the whole rustic experience.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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 FLima
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber golden color with a one finger thick head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma of grainy malt, white pepper, white grapes and oranges. Hints of herbal hops.
Likewise, sweet flavor of oranges, honey, herbal hops, a bit of white grapes, very lightly spiced musk and peaches. Dry aftertaste.
Creamy body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% abv is well hidden.
Refreshing and easy to drink, a bit too sweet though. It is not a super complex beer but still flavorful.

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Photo of jera1350
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden brown with a large bubbly head which is light tan in color. Leaves some lace stuck to the side.

Yeasty smelling with some light caramel, clove and banana.

Very flowery tasting. Like flower petals that is. Belgian yeast, very light on malt, a little straw and some light buttery caramel. Slight spiciness. Clean taste and finish.

Creamy mouthfeel due to all of the soft carbonation. Somewhere between light and medium bodied with an extremely dry and clean finish.

Very easy to drink. Light and clean tasting. This beer could be a great gateway beer. For me, it lacks in depth and sweetness for the style. Still a solid beer. If you like belgians, this is worth a try.

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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 MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly orange amber color with a white head and some lacing

S-grain, fruit, slight yeasty funk, spices

T-grains, peaches, yeast, slight citrus, slight sweetness and a mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel

O-an interesting and pretty tasty beer, good blend of flavors

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Photo of Jeffo
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in France while on vacation last summer.

From a 750 into a tulip

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Perfectly clear amber yellow with lower levels of carbonation. Fades to a splotchy wisp that leaves some lacing down the glass. A slight wisp remains the whole way leaving some nice, chunky lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Toasted malts, caramel, some green fruits, and some earthy, floral hops on the nose. Bold enough.

TASTE: Toasted malts, caramel and green fruits, like apples and pears, much like the nose had indicated. A grainy, toasted finish of bread, earthy hops and some spicy notes from the alcohol. Much like a Belgian strong pale or a lighter triple.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Okay here.

OVERALL: A decent beer to be sure. Much like a stronger Belgian pale or a lighter triple, but this one showcased a good array of flavors and drank away quite easily. Must be pretty widely available in France, so a worthy choice if you're in a pinch.

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Photo of pkalix
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BA says 7.2% but the bottle says 7.8%.
pours a nice golden color with a billowy, heavenly foam. some nice lacing on the sides and very active carbonation rising from the center of the bottom of the Duvel tulip glass- probably from the etching.
smell at first has a lager-y, heineken/stella aroma, but more subtle.
taste matches the smell to a degree, but also has some mild fruit and sweetness. kind of like a cross between a belgium ale and a heineken. easy bitterness at the end. reminds me of the french cigarretes a tried years ago- full flavor, a little raspy, a little raw, but makes a statement. there seems to be a tiny amount of sediment at the bottom which i instinctively swirl and pour from my training of the Franziskaners. i've heard this isnt always what i should do, however. the sediment does seem to add a very good-tasting bitterness, though.
medium bodied and continued carbonation in the glass, but not bubbly in the nose.
overall, i really like the look of this beer. the taste is subdued compared to what i expect it could taste like (comparing to equally tasting brews, this could be a lot 'stronger' tasting, i think), and who really expects much from the french anyway? their domain lies in other areas.... considering i've been dealing with an unusual bout of insomnia and looking for the antidote here, i was expecting a stronger, bitter/sweet taste due to the higher abv and i'm finding i really like this. i have had it before but it it didnt st ick out enough for me to remember any of the qualities and i'm paying much more attention to the taste now. for the OVERALL score, i suppose i wish there were a medium score available between an 80 and 90 because this is where i am stuck... perhaps a refill will help . . . . the obligatory eruction (burp) helps me decide- i'll give it a 4.5 due to the 'manly' taste.... but the 'scoring' part is always difficult. most brews have their own special 'presence', do they not? only the 'commercial' products pretty much are put out for the masses and there are some good ones, but mostly crafted to appeal to the masses. the tasting is difficult for me because a brewer puts in what he thinks will be special and if it gets past his standards then it's a product worthy of scoring. some breweries put out beers (like Stone's chipotle and vanilla) which, more or less, seem to satisfy a need to put forth a 'collection', regardless of how good it might be. and for those it just doesnt seem like it was a great bit of work put forth in the battle cry of pride but more for a profit. maybe the lack of sleep is kicking in . . . . prost!

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Photo of Boto
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25cl. bottle: The beer pours a golden color, with maybe a tinge of orange in there. A bit of a white, frothy head that subsided quickly. Lots of bubbles on the side of the glass. A lightly spicy aroma. Some sweetness also. The taste is a light caramel, with the still unidentified spices. Tasty, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

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

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a pale golden yellow colour... White head poured big, thick and foamy then faded to decent covering... quite a lot of carbonation bubbles drift to the surface... some sticky lacing...

Aroma - Juicy, spicy fruits (light pears, apples and grapefruits), light biscuity malts, floral honey notes, sea saltiness, grassy, some wheat traces, some clove spiciness, peppery...

Taste - Spicy tart fruits (apples, pears, light lemons), some grainy traces, some vanilla, creamy, lots of floral notes, light salty aftertaste.. some spicy hops...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... Light bodied... a pretty quaffable brew although a bit on the strong side to be sessionable...

Overall - A decent enough and very drinkable Biere de Garde... definitely worth a try...

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

Golden straw colour with a large, foamy white head with good retention and visible carbonation.

Light and hoppy in aroma with some grass and malts coming through alongside some light floral notes and a fruity, apple like aroma coupled with some sugar.

Malts and a sweet fruity aroma, mainly apples, pear and a fair amount of sugar. There is also some yeast and a touch of spice to it. The taste is a nice one and fairly well balanced.

Smooth with a slightly sticky, sweet feel to it and a light to light medium body and solid carbonation.

Enjoyable beer here with a pleasant, fruity taste and good balance although it was very sweet. It wasn’t outstanding and to be honest probably not one I’d seek out again but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of rarbring
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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 thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (25cl, 75 cl), tasted in 2001.

Appearance: blond copper color, with white foam head.
Smell: good smell of grain.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity, balanced beer.
Drinkability: good beer in the "biere de garde" style.

Review translated from french 5-14-2008.

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Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really nice appearnce, clear gold, with nice fluffy head. Tastes like bread and flour, with some lemony acidity in the finish. The mouthfeel feels a bit empty. A bit sugaary aswell. Some herbal hops, but not as much as i like. dissapointing. I thought this was a biere de garde/ not a lager/pils as listed above,

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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 josanguapo
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Carrefour Camas. In Teku glass. Reading CSHTP Ch11. Pleasant but not memorable. Herbal, eaethy and a bit metallic bitterness. A standard biere de garde. Alcohol a bit noticeable but doesbt bother

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

Appearance: It has a nice golden/copper colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of honey, some bready malts, some spices and some fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet citrucy/spicy flavour to it with hints of fruity notes but the hops are very faint.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. It's an overall good beer.

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Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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 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 bump8628
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Goudale from Les Brasseurs de Gayant
3.61 out of 5 based on 246 ratings.
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