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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 274   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2005
Pours a reddish brown with a thin head. Fruity nose with some noticeable alcohol, yeast, spicy. The flavour is sweetly malty with the alcohol popping up again as well as some floral notes, lightly yeasty with medium carbonation. A pretty good beer. Now let’s see how it ages.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2005
A nice light brown/red colour with a small head. Quite sparkling with a discreet salty flavour at the beginning, it flows easily in the mouth. Some strong malt and grapes aromas. A very good bear I would drink along bread with a sweet spread on it, possibly with peanuts or pork with a sweet sauce.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!). Best before date of Nov. ’05. Poured a darker mahogany color with a smaller sized tan head. Kinda of a musty and earthy aroma with leather coming out as it wamed up. Tastes of spices, light caramel, and earthy. Light alcohol in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5290) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 BB 11/05... Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head, that left sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of hay, barnyard, caramel malts, cognac, dust, and light spices. Taste of caramel malt, tart citrus, earthy, with white grapes and light alcohol as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Very beautiful amber coloured beer. No real sediment, but tiny bits of floating impurities. Light brown and quite stable head. Very malty with distinct notes of caramel. Sweetness balanced well by the hops. The potent alcohol is well hidden. 021103

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1492) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2005 An elegant if hard-tasting dark reddish blonde Biére de Garde. Noticable alcohol in taste and sour corn aroma. Decent, probably exactly what the style is intended to be. Will age a few bottles to see if it gets more interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2005

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6418) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 18, 2005
This amber ale poured with a nice beige head, eliciting a sour malty aroma. There was something special about the yeast (it seemed as if it were cultured from Chimay yeast) that resulted in a bit of carbonation. The flavor was musty, hoppy and nicely balanced. In my opinion, this is one of the better French ales, especially if one is fond of the "farmhouse" style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml) - tulip glass. Poured cloudy orange with a big creamy/rocky slightly off-white head, intricate thin lacing left behind. Aroma redolent of sour corn mash, hops, a bit of coriander, alcohol and sweet malt - a little earthy yeastiness in the back. Flat, greasy mouthfeel, tastes of corn starch, white wine, orange peels - some subtle hops and a sour, wheaty note overall. A little flatter than ideal, but well blended and balanced with enough going on to keep me searching for "what’s that taste???!"

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13559) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2005
Bottle from Carrefour, Calais Won the Medaille d’Or Paris 2004 according to the sticker label on the bottle. Reddish amber colour with a caramel/white head. Lots of malt on the nose and some kind or freshly washed green vegetable? Lots of caramel malt in the flavour and the sweetness is balanced by the relatively astringent hop finish. Excellent balance, will buy again when I go to France next week.


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