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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Amberish brown, with a nice long lasting head. Aroma is somewhat alcoholic and phenolic, a bit of burnt wood, spicy hops and a bit of caramel malt round out the flavor profile with just a hintof bittersweet fruitiness in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4209) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2006
Golden brown with a definite alcoholic presence.Nutty clinging mouthfeel with some sweetness.Quite a nice example of a nice style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
Botle at chaucer’s in London, Ont.- Pours deep brown with a frothy beige cap that lasts. No lacing though. Good prune aroma with a spiced hops style nuance that make this interesting. Lots of caramel too. Spicy flavours with floral, woody, and burnt malt invite. Good bitter sweet hops/malt finish. Nice! Thanks Milos from Chaucer’s!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3425) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2006
Pours a hazy dark amber with a yellow diminishing head. Quite sour. Very spicy some rasin and earth. Somewhat winey. Gets more complex as it matures for a bit in the glass. A wee bit too sour. Has an airy mouthfeel. Spicy/sour finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Clear, amber body with a thick, fluffy, off-white head. Whole grains, oily nuts, caramelized malts, light earthy notes and a touch of apples as well. The body is full and robust with a character and a nice heft on the tongue. Definitely malt heavy across the board with some light hop character. Maybe a little too sweet for the style, but certainly not something I’d classify as "sweet". Its a pretty tasty beer with nice malt depth and an underlying earthy character. Not the best Biere de Garde, but still tasty and interesting, and definitely better than the Framboise.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Pours an orange bronze color with a large off-white head, aroma of citrusy fruit, sweet malts, and alcohol. Flavor is carbonated, sweet upfront, fruity, with a sour citrusy grapefruit-like finish. Good body, good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
Deep red pour with a clingy head. Thick belgian like taste. Somewhat swet with some fruit and tartness like grapefruit. Very clean finish, a bit of a strong alcohol taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle. Beautiful semitranslucent brawn with big bubbly bready head. Smells like a wonderful tawny leathery breadloaf baking in a stone hearth. Oh my. This is a honeyed nectar delight. It’s quite sweet but balanced out by an earthy barley crisp finish. A delight, would buy this to share with anyone. Light and accessible enough that a neophyte could enjoy it but offer some real pleasures to the conniseur as well.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
Deep earthiness and plenty of wood and tannins in an aroma that also offers dried apricots and marzipan. Hazy amber body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, off white head that recedes to a cover that lasts throughout and leaves some lacing down the sides of the glass. Caramel malts are sweet in the simple flavour with mild bitterness and some mild cabbage-like notes. Dusty yeast characteristics and mineralic quality to the aftertaste. Medium dry body with moderate carbonation. Bottle (BB 12/05, Half Time, Sep-05) enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Siroy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
Deep orange, gentle off-white head stays light, but offers light stickiness. Profound earthiness and fruited apricot/orange purée make up most of the nuances within my ability to catch. Focused orange flavours and peachy rather slim malts don’t appear as well integrated as they could be. I’m in fact a bit alarmed at how simplistic this seems. Certainly nothing noticeable from the hops while the yeast is barely a factor besides a soft estery nature. Airy palate from the very active carbonation that bites the tongue. A bit disappointing as the classic bière de garde from the makers of the awesome sans-culottes.


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