BOTW–La Goudale

My super hero wife was again away last weekend, this time in LA working on a ridiculously high profile project for what she calls “The Place”.

I had an evite to a fantastic party, but was feeling like I needed a bit of downtime.

Between B.A.R. certification, friends being in town, and birthday celebrations, recent events had gotten a bit off the rails.  Too many blurry nights.  I really needed a night at home with the dog and cats to regroup.

Everything better with pork.

But I was just feeling too lazy to put together my usual bachelor dinner, a pot of jambalaya.  Fortunately, bone-in chicken breasts were on sale at Good Life.  I rubbed them with Gremolata, put a sage leaf under the skin, and draped some, (unfortunately not Boccolone,) Pancetta over the top and threw them in the convection oven at 375F.  Then I covered some potatoes with water and set them to boil.

La goudale.

La Goudale appeared this week at our local grocery.  Interestingly, the brewers claim La Goudale is based on, “…an original medieval recipe, Goudale is a historic name.”

La Goudale.

I tend to like lighter Belgian Saisons and Singles, which seem to be relatively rarely brought into this country.  Just kind of tired of overly “big” beers.  You can keep your triples and your Imperials.  Just give me something nice that goes well with food and doesn’t hit me over the head with the hammer of sweetness and alcohol.  Goudale fits into this profile, being fairly dry, not overly sweet, or particularly strong.  Initially not seeming overly complex, it did show some enjoyable subtleties of flavor as it warmed.

Mmmmm.

Pulled the breasts out when they hit 145F.  Sauteed some sliced spring onions and spinach in butter.  Drained and smashed the potatoes.  Stirred the sauteed veg into them along with some sour cream.

Dinner.

Sliced the chicken breast and served it with the potatoes.  Shoulda maybe made a pan sauce, but like I said, this was a lazy, bachelor dinner, not an impress the significant other kind of thing.

2 thoughts on “BOTW–La Goudale

  1. “I tend to like lighter Belgian Saisons and Singles, which seem to be relatively rarely brought into this country.”

    This statement may seem like you are commenting on a Belgian beer. In case this was not clear enough from the label on your second picture, La Goudale is French (“Imported from France”, says the label). Interestingly, your bottle contains 7.8% ABV, while in France, it’s only 7.2% ABV.
    It is indeed one very enjoyable beer, which is, fortunately, very easy to find in France.

    • No, I know Goudale is a French beer. I just meant it fit in well with the flavor profile of the Farmhouse and Abbey ales I enjoy, whether they are from France, Belgium, America, or elsewhere. Interesting about the difference in ABV. Wonder what is up with that?

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