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RATINGS: 610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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(Translation from French):
In the XIV century, the good beers were called Goudale, Goudalle or Good Ale. There were sold for 2 deniers a pot at a merchant called Goudalier.


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2003
I found this one tucked away in a cupdboard. It may be a biere de garde but I had unfortunately gardee'd it for 5 years past the best before date. Nonetheless, it was still quite drinkable. Poured entrirely flat with no head but developed a petillant spritz on the palate. Curious muted apricot colour, no doubt due the length of time in bottle and not entirely clear. Nose was appley/cidery/citric, with slight vinous and malty undertones. Quite clean and sharp on the palate, with some sweetness. The sharpness lingered on the finish long after other flavours had subsided. All in all though, surprisingly pleasant for a beer 5 years out of date. Must get some more and re-rate when fresher. Bottle, December 2003. RE-RATE: One hour later and nearing the bottom of the 750ml bottle and I have indigestion already. The acidic/cidery character no doubt contributed. Deduct one point.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mark-jan (1) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2004 does not count
Great beer, strong, bitter lots off hops and a bit sweet. Tanks to John who gave it to me.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2007
Pale amber colour with a white head. Malty, light caramel sweet aroma with notes of grain. Light caramel sweet flavor and a watery finish.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2007
Bottle. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma of lambic & wheat. Malty flavour with citrus & alcohol. Strange beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/20/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog II

clear yellow, whispy white head, sweet malt aroma with lots of yeast spicyness, slightly sweet flavor, nice balancing spicyness,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.5/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
larsga (6621) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2007
Medium offwhite coarseish head. Golden body. Rubbery mealy aroma. Dry rubbery chalky resiny taste. Kind of flat. Quite boring. (0.33l bottle at RBNAG’07.)

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2008
Pour is deep golden with a thin off white head...smell is lightly musty but more strongly straw and farmyard but not in the funky way, in the straw and crap way)...taste is sweet with bread dough and straw...very thin and one sided...

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2008
Crystal clear golden, with huge frothy head, thick sticky rings of lacing. Aroma has light coriander up front, faint grass, cereal and pils malt. Cereal, almost pale lager like sweetness, light bready yeast and not much else, cloying. No bitterness whatsoever. Average at best. Fortunately enough, this was a sample bottle from the distributor, passed on to me from local owners, so glad I didn’t waste the 10 spot.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 3, 2009
The pour produces a slightly hazy orange/gold with a creamy white head that leaves great lacing. The nose is grainy, with corn husk, floral hops, honey and not much else. The flavour is equally grainy, with notes of corn, leafy hops, and that characteristic funky vegetal high-fermentation temp flavour. Bier de Garde’s have never been my thing, but this one really turned me off. It just tastes rotten. The palate, despite the flavour, is very nice, as it is creamy, appropriately carbonated and slightly warming in the finish, that ends a little syrupy though.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Ah, Goudale. The definition of the bad Biere de Garde. This pours a highly carbonated yellow into a giant chemical head. The head settles and you sample the nose and are slightly offended by the salty French "special malts" that catch your nose and you think you are tasting a mixture of salty Nord-Pas de Calais factory fumes, a cow field, and that patiserie next to that Turk restaurant in Maubeuge that nevertheless tempted you with doughy delights each time you passed under its crusty facade. That is to say that this beer isn’t all that bad --like Nord-Pas de Calais is bearable with a cute girl on the coast in July-- but it is still bad. The alcohol is annoyingly prevalent for no apparent reason, as it supplements what is basically all grains and a complete absence of balance in the hops. The defines "super-fermented" malt-liquor that is norther French beer.


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