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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: 275   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13575) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2005
[bottle from peckhams] pours an amber colour with a decent head. the nose is malty with some caramel notes, vanilla and yeast. excellent smooth body with a slightly sweet finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2912) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2005
Bottle, Smokeless Joe’s. Amber colour, very active, thick white head. Subtle spiciness in aroma, but it didn’t leave an impression. Sharp, carbonated, malt taste with and odd mustiness to it. Tasted slightly strong as well. It seemed a bit odd to me, but became much more drinkable as it warmed. One of those beers that might strike me differently every time I tried it. This time it was just ok.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2005
Bottle conditioned, from York Beer Shop. Amber bronze, fluffy white but shortlived head and moderate condition. Gentle caramel, low peardrops and a delicate, almost English, hint of peppery hop in the nose. Slight tangy fruitiness in the mouth with quite a bit of residual sweetness and an earthy, musty hop note. Sweet caramel tempered with more earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Doesn’t seem like an 8%er.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (949) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2005
The packaging consisted of a green 750 ml bottle, with a champagne style cork, and a wire cage. When the cork was pulled, a satisfying pop revealed that the yeast had been nicely active in the bottle. Poured into a 16 oz wine goblet, the body was clear amber red with moderate carbonation, and could be easily mistaken for a wine. The aroma was also somewhat wine like, with notes of cherry and oak and very little if any hops. The taste was smooth and refreshing. The body was very dry and woody with an astringent tartness, but almost no sourness. Fruits like cherries, red grapes, and pears were also abundant. Floral hops showed up in the middle of the peppery finish. Mouthfeel was surprisingly full. This Bière de Garde tasted much maltier than my previous experiences with beers from the related style Saison, and exhibited fewer funky flavors. Overall this was quite an enjoyable beer, which will most definitely turn me into trying more of its brethren.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2170) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2005
A nice, moody example of the style. Hints of dark fruits, but not overbearing at all. Good mild spiciness that is expected from the style. I would bet that this one would be really good on draught.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 Trying this again after a few years. Thanks for the throw in bottle, Liquor Box in East Moline. Still a solid brew and the only difference this time is that I have hints of prunes. Deep amber color with a huge off white head. The aroma is peanuts and some prunes along with a little bit of raspberries and chocolate. The taste is light and playful with hints of caramel and some hazelnuts. There is also a little bit of toast. This is a delicious beer that would probably go well with about any meal. Nutty and slightly sweet, but not dominated by any one characteristic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Malty mild hop caramel aroma. Dark sparkling amber appearance with average head. Prickly carbonation. Balance of malty biscuity, fruity orange.peach and apricot flavors. Long fruity light hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2005
Superb northern French biere de garde. Poured a caramel colour with a frothing tan head and some lace. The nose is subtle and complex. Lightly spiced, some nuts, plenty of malt, and a faint toastiness. Smooth, medium body. Caramel characters in a beautifully rounded body. Some spices in the mix. Alcohol is in balance. Very more-ish. (Bottle)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2005
Bottled. Thanks to DrNate. Reddish charneol colour. Cellary aroma with notes of toffee. Bit nutty nose(almond) as well. Very soft malty, a bit cellar-like in flavour as well and with almondy notes as well as toffee. A beer with small nuances in flavour.


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