Gayant La Goudale de Noël Review

Today, a Christmas beer from France, a Bière de Garde. This is a style of unfiltered farmhouse ale brewed in Northern France. The term means “beer for keeping.” I cellared this one for 2 years, and it is delicious. Les Brasseurs de Gayant produced la Goudale de Noël.

La Goudale de Noël pours copper with a thin white head of foam that reduces to lace. The aroma has green apples, caramel malts, honey, and bready yeast. On tasting I pick up caramel toasted malts and rich spices of coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and orange zest. It’s 7.7% ABV with a smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation.

The term Goudale is 14th century French for “Good ale.” Gayant uses that term for their ancient beers, including this winner.

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    While it's difficult to picture Santa as a young man, he was once. He met the future Mrs. Claus one snowy night when she offered him a winter ale that she brewed herself. It was love at first sight - for both the Mrs. and her winter ales. With Santa's growing fame, his favorite brews became named after his favorite day - Christmas. Santa now travels the world each year to spread the joy that began in a stable in Bethlehem two millennia ago.

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