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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: 270   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3063) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2011
Bouteille de 330ml. Bière ambrée-cuivrée avec une mousse rocailleuse beige. Nez discret avec une touche de caramel, une pointe d’épice, de datte et de fruits secs. En bouche la bière est sucrée, elle a un léger goût de caramel et de fruits secs. Il me semble que cette bière était fort meilleur il y a 15 ans. 6/10

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (2896) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
330ml bottle, dark amber color, with a frothy white-beige head, sweet grainy, toasted, caramel, biscuity malt, bran muffin, faint fruitcake nose, with some light toffee, bread crust accents, and with some dried raisin, date, notes and with a faint caramelized french toast aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice toasty, caramel, biscuity, bready malt, toffee, bran muffin character, with some toffeeish, faint soft multigrains cookie, bread crust, caramel granola bar flavours, with some dried fruity raisiny, figgy, date undertones, and a soft molasses, brown sugar cookie note, leading towards a sweet grainy maltiness, fruity, toffeeish, caramel finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
Bottle: Poured a hazy brown color ale with a large frothy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bready yeast with fruity ester is quite nice. Taste is also dominated by a huge semidry caramel malt base with nice yeast ester of fresh bread and light fruit. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good bottle conditioning with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Much better then expected and a nice example of how good the French bière de garde can be.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
probstblueribbon (2858) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2010
330 ml bottle from Bieropholie, served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear(?) deep copper with a mice orange-tan head. Aroma: Fairly fruity, some nice brown sugar and caramel, fairly austere cold, as it warms, there are some esters, a touch of spiciness, some berries, never really opens up fully... Palate: Medium body, sparse effervescence. Flav.: Rich malts, rum, spiciness, a bit fruity, a bit of green hops, minerals, a bit of alcohol, not a tremendous complexity; dry with a touch of bitterness and a kinda peppery malt finish.

I expected a bit more depth.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5346) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2010
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 011110. Amber with white head. Aroma of malt with notes of barnyard. Flavor with some caramel and esters

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6013) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2010
Bottle at Hall’s Beerr Tavern, Paris. Gentle carboanation in a hazy amber beer. Very fruity, plums, peqaches, sour cherries. Feel srelated to an Altbier. Well balanced, quite complex. A little hint of barnyard, a small edge of vinegar.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Sweet malt . Some sweet fruity notes. Reddish brown color with nice thick head. Nice, almost nutty malt flavor. There are hints of "funk" that compliment the malt flavor but are not overpowering. Some spicy almost peppery notes as well. Pleasant aftertaste of sweet malt. No hints of the 8% alcohol in the aroma, flavor, or aftertaste. Nice enjoyable beer that is very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 19, 2010
75 cl bottle at Le Sous-Bock. Shared with Sakiko. Medium brown, a bit cloudy, fine, medium head. Chocolate, nutty aroma, with caramel and dried fruit, like prunes. Rich, sweet, amber malt, caramel, chocolate, plums and raisins. A dubbel, basically. Alcohol not very noticeable. High carbonation. Earthy, slightly funky feel to balance, with a touch of salty minerals. Not at all disappointing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2569) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2010
750 ml. bottle. Pours a thin short lived, off white head, over a clear, copper (SRM 15) body....nose is musty dried fruit with cherry, plum tones....taste is heavy sweet malts with brown sugar, toffee/caramel, plum, raisin, finishing with a musty/damp cellar dry bitterness.....mouth feel is slightly sticky and medium, carbonation adds a lifting spritz. This meets the style almost perfectly with the heavy malt dominance in both aroma and flavor. Additionally, it has the musty characteristics that seem to be particular to this type. BJCP 6/3/12/4/7

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
Pours a dark amber color with lighter red hues when held to a light source and a thin foamy yellowish head that quickly fades leaving no lacing. Very subtle light fruit aroma with hints of earthy hops, spice and faint hops. Very bland and uninteresting. Fuller bodied with much more of a malt presence than expected. Slightly spicy with citrus and dark fruits. Medium carbonation which helps the mouthfeel. Alcohol not well masked. Average at best.


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