BREWER: Brasserie Goudale, Hauts-de-France, France
STYLE: Biere de Garde
VESSEL: 75cl brown bottle
DATE OF POST: 2nd May 2020
La Goudale have gone down the traditional route with their styling. It works a treat. Absolutely fantastic packaging in a great sharing (or solo, if you’re feeling selfish) bottle. You have to love the champagne style cork, which adds massively to the sense of occasion with this beer. Its French style, aligned with an old wine bottle, is hugely successful.
What we have here is La Goudale’s blonde bier. And that’s exactly what it smells like. Not always the most pleasantly aroma’ed beers, this is ok for a blonde. It doesn’t have too much depth on the nose, but there’s enough there to pique your interest.
The sweet slightly orangey flavour is prevalent up front with La Goudale. It hits the taste buds straight away. They’re short lived and leave the palate quite cleansed.
I have to be careful as I am not the biggest blonde (beer of course) fan. But I like this. It sits well and is very refreshing. La Goudale’s sense of occasion carries all the way through their product.
Go an get your hands on one to share, or if you so wish, enjoy alone. Remember though – once opened you need to consume in one sitting. I’m sure you’ll be able to manage it…
Sammy’s Rating: 78%
I dunno, maybe it was the backdrop? Or maybe it was the fact I was sat sipping in the early evening French sun with my fellow beer reviewer Sammy. Or maybe it was because La Goudale Blonde is a simply sensational beer. OR MAYBE it was all of the above combined.
From start to finish this beer is just oozing greatness. The look and size of the bottle just suggests sitting back for a 30 min chinwag. And the beer itself, well, it’s pretty sweet, in both taste and quality. The sweetness level is just ok for me as I’m not really a fan of sweet beer. There is a lovely honey orange thing floating around. Combine this with an ultra smooth texture and a clearly high end brewing process and you end up with something pretty spectacular.
Something else that struck me with this beer is how mellow it is. Not so much in the way it drinks (though it is very mellow) but more in the way it makes you feel. Because of the strength we have going on here and the fact this is totally hidden in the taste, by the time the bottle is done you feel like you’ve been on a weekend’s caravaning trip to Rhyl with Robert Nesta Marley. And believe me, that is a nice feeling to have.
Jymi’s Rating: 87%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 82.5%
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