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Brewed by La Choulette
Style: Bière de Garde
Hordain, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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La Choulette Ambrée is the classic amber version of a French bières de gardes. It has a wonderfully spicy aroma and is fullflavored, but effervescent and refreshing.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
skortila (4602) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2009
Bottled. Aroma has caramel, bit butter/’weeig’. Clear, brown coloured with an off-white head. The taste is sweet and caramel malty, has some raisins. Bit boring. Medium carbonation, medium body.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
MiP (13726) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 21, 2009
Bottle, 8%. Weak phenolic aroma, band aid. Nice clear dark chestnut colour. Good stable light brown head. The flavour is also phenolic, and worse than the aroma. Band aid, chemical, strange liquorice. Genuine Choulette quality :/

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3963) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2009
Bottle, shared with emacgee. A classic BdG, here. Biscuit, earth, bread, and malt highlight the nose. The flavor is a bit more sweet and caramelly but has a nice belgian-like yeast finish that rounds it out. ALcohol hidden very well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4112) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2009
Tasted with turdferguson. Pours a copper orange with some haze. Head is two fingers thick creamy and offwhite. The aroma is earthy, bready, malty, mild basementy character, more of a Belgian yeast feel than I was expecting. The flavor was sweet, candyish, mildly spicy, yeasty, earthy. Palate is smooth with a nice carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - DEC 28, 2008
No 652 Raed 28 12 2008 Bottle green, 750 ml, Appearance pours caramel nutbrown, dark burned orange, hazy body, honey like hue, there are yeasty fragments floating in the body texture, head is initially medium slowly decreasing to small and than to a minimal froth, rather no lacing, head was foamy and yellowish brown in colour, body looks as medium, there is a very nice natural saturation visible in the body, Aromat front is caramelly sweet with slightly hidden notes of spices becoming present when the beer gets warmer, nice note of whipped cream, burned sugar and milk chockolate, sweet orange, very juicy and refreshing, but somehow on the other hand spicy, seems light in appearance but has a really, full character in the aroma, very Belgian Ale like aroma, slightly similar to Abbey Beer, very considerable note of leavy spicy and earthy hops spiced up by alcohol, prune, raisin, vanilla, grains, wheat, Flavour front is quite soft in terms of the body but denotes high hoppyness, spicyness, leaves, herbal notes, rather soft in terms of aftertaste and mild on palate, alcohol is pefectly hidden and slightly warms up the flavour, woody touches, slightly toasted malt, very crispy and clean in flavour, finish duration is short to medium, Palate body is medium but seems quite light, alcohol is perfectly hidden, texture is wattery, carbonation on palate is quite high but natural, finish feel is kind of dusty, gently alcoholic and generally neutral, what could be a kinf of disadvantage, if not the pleasant spicyness and kind of bitterness at the end

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6981) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2008
Beautiful bright hazy amber orange, thin skim of a head that vanishes almost before the first sip. Aroma of distinct soft caramel and candied orange. Rich caramel flavour, orange brandy. The finish is dry, medium bitterness, and surprisingly a little tart.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (4135) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Not as light and fruity as some biere de gardes. Lots of amber and malts. Some nutty taste. But I prefer the farmhouse style a bit more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blom (836) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
Amber-red with a nice head. Malty aroma, full of nuts and caramel. Sweet flavours of fruits, spice, caramel and hazelnuts. Delicious.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle from April 07. Pours a deep ruby red/amber with very little head. Aroma is pronounced alcohol, mustiness, and some pilsener hiding in the background. Taste is very straightforward. Tastes like super-old pilsener malt, mustiess, and even some hops in there. Almost tastes like the homebrew Saison I made today smelled. Reminds me a lot of a basement. Very dry on the palate, with a little bit of acidity in the background. No spiciness, hardly any "fresh" character.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1332) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 3, 2008
Sweetish and very malty but ultimately tasty beer. Big bottle pours chestnut brown with beige head. Nose is sweet and fruity, ripe-apple-cidery, with some caramel malt coming through in aroma. Tastes mildly sweet and moderately bitter, getting sweeter as you go. Very caramel-malty with some nice stewed-apple notes. Lively MF. Strength well hidden, nearly refreshing but also nearly cloying. Would be a killer complement to some roast pork or bird, I think.


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