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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: 271   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (947) - 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 (2162) - 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 (5096) - 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 (1413) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2005
75 cl bottle; Dark copper with white head that collapses fairly fast. Nose is sweet malt and a hint of chewinggum. Flavor is sweet and spicy with a strange dusty taste... maybe this beer has been mistreated by the shop?? Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and allright for style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Copper brown color, medium off white head. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, caramel, apple. In comparison to your standard biere de garde, much sweeter, toasted malt, caramel, alcohol is nearly indetectable. Same mineral water base and wine feel as others in the style, but a much less dry finish. A flavorful and fun beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
Nutty brown with a great sweet malt and a touch of vanilla on top of the caramels. A dry finish... Much better than the Blonde.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4927) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 23, 2004
This bottled brew corked, caged and marked best before 2004 poured a very large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained average carbonation, was transparent and copper brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of nice but mild malty caramel . Its mouth feel is initially tingly slightly thick smooth full bodied with a palate and a aftertaste. Its flavor contained wonderful cacophony of flavors that included notes of toffee vinuous malty caramel hoppy roasted notes and was very tasty. An excellent beer that I would buy again.


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