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

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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2004
Just as nice as the one without pants with a very smokey earthy taste. A long neck of this last christmas almost knocked me out after mum's passion pop. Strangely available in Cordkers up at Newcastle but unsighted in Sydney...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Tasted like it was aged in a oak cask. It was so good. Deep orange in color. Sweet fruity aroma. Malty. It tasted like champagne or wine. The alcohol was subtle, not noticeable. Really good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2004
This is one impressive brew. Deep yellow to orange color with a lasting white head. A sweet, mellow, fruity aroma, with a well blended alcohol undertone. Malty brew that has (oak?) woody undertones blended with a malty, fruity palate. The alcohol, though not hidden, was blended perfectly with the flavor profile to give the beer a wine-like impression. These guys are now 2 for 2 in my book as far as good beer goes.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2004
As I was drinking this and reading the reviews, I realized that madslangtved's description summed up exactly what I was thinking. So I will take the liberty of using his review: "Not very good. I can't decide what this beer tastes like. It is very confusing. Not very well-balanced."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 26, 2003
i hosted a bit of a beer tasting for my mum and her friends and they seemed to like this the best. it was use by 2002 which i guess is why it was slightly more subdued and less spicy than i expected. rich ruby colour. a full over-ripe apple sweetness smooths into some marzipan and then dries out with some stale tea - certainly the cellaring did it some good

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5707) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Medium amber in color, with medium white lacing - musty, damp, cellared aroma, with touches of yeast and mild sweetness - medium bodied, with flavors of honey and fruits such as strawberries and cherries - dry sherry-like character - finish is a little thin, but has a decent maltiness to it - a highly under-rated biere de garde, and not a bad price, either.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2003
A good copper/amber with a clean white head. The nose is subtle with a hint of smoke that is supported by the taste of this and some dry honey notes. Dry finish in the hop as well but there is a sherry like flavour similar to Jenlain to round it out. Similarly pleasing as well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
Small white head. Copper-red body. Fruit, sweet (caramelised sugar?, honey), smooth. Nice.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
mindtheft (28) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2003
This beer smells and tastes too much like a cooler for my liking. The head is remarkable, the appearance is nice, however the alcohol presence is too strong. Does not even taste like beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Well, you help me decide how old this is - the "best before" label has three years printed on it; 95, 96, and 97! Could it be over 8 years old? No indication on the cork, which was difficult to remove and escaped with nearly no sound. In the nose it does indeed resemble other de Gardes I've had; far-off fruitiness mixed with a slightly sour hay, grape skin and white wininess. This would be good, but more along the 3 Monts line than the La Baviasienne. Too bad it's gone this far south.


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