Import Craft Beers – “La Goudale de Noel” by Les Brasseurs De Gayant

Les Brasseurs De Gayant - La Goudale

All the way from France comes “La Goudale de Noel” by Les Brasseurs De Gayant (7.7% alc, from a 75 cL re-fermented bottle and poured at home)

Aroma and Appearance: Pours a dark copper with a small 1/2 inch head of foam, almost no bubble action in the glass. I get notes of plum, dark fruit, raisin and a bit of clove from the nose.

Flavour: This tastes fairly malt forward, with cherries, caramel and sweet molasses hitting as it goes down. I enjoyed the mild lingering bitter aftertaste, the small re-fermented bubbles and the balances sweetness of the beer.

Overall Impression: Mine was aged for a good 6 months or longer so it was fairly decently balanced, yet had a subtle complexity to it which made it really interesting and pleasant to drink.

Rating: I would rate about 8/10 for a craft beer as in excellent, I enjoyed the combo of a Belgian ale mixed with winter spices and would buy this as a winter beer again for sure. It was more interesting than a lot of the standard “winter ale’s” that are offered by some of the local breweries.

Food Pairing: Pair it with salty meat like bacon or prosciutto, just trust me on this one!

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