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


on tap

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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2011 does not count
I really liked this beer. it’s head is very creamy but not so much that it deadens the aroma. It’s bright and a little sweet. If you like a heavily herbed nose or a traditional American hop this might not be the beer for you. The heavy banana on the nose and the caramel flavor makes it almost a dessert beer, but I wouldn’t go that far. If it were a little higher in alcohol it might have enough contrast. That said, I’m drinking it with strawberries and it’s quite complimentary (not in the glass). I think it plays well with lower acid fruit but might be too similar to cooked sugars, chocolates or caramel to be complimentary. A nutty cheese might also do the trick. I’ll also say that my bottle is about a year past the sell by date but I doubt it’s anywhere near the drink by date. Seems like some age might be helpful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (6180) - Utah, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle shared by footbalm at his going away party
Appearance: Hazy brown apple cider color with a small off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Tart and spicy peppers
Taste: Tart fruits, dusty. Thin mouthfeel
Ok, easy drinking

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
douglas88 (7423) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2011
Bottle shared by Eric. Pours a murky light brown color with a medium white head. A spicy almost sour malty nose. The flavor is quite oxidized (unknown vintage but aged) sweet dry fruit, some caramel. Smooth and decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6468) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2011
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée légèrement voilée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de céréales grillées et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Forte effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de céréales grillées en arrière goût. (Rating #3605)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (6943) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 75cl bottle shared with friends. Clear amber colour. White head. A good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2511) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle bought in a shop near Le Touquet, France. A red/orange coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Fruity, spice aroma. Tastes fruity, sweet, caramel, spice, malty. Very pleasant biere de garde.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2267) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2011
330ml bottle froma trade with boutip. pours bronze with a lasting off white head. big malty nose with some yeasty easters as well. full big malt flavour. very fresh and straight forward malt bomb of a Bière de Garde. great in its elegant simplicity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (4035) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
Le liquide est ambré. La mousse est peu épaisse mais stable. Le nez offre des arômes de malt grillé modérément intenses et des parfums de petits fruits rouges. Quelques notes caramélisées et vanillées peuvent aussi se manifester. Le goût est bien peu différent, tout en malt et très faiblement touché par des saveurs de houblons. L’alcool est pratiquement introuvable. En bouche, le liquide a un corps moyen-faible avec une effervescence modérément forte et une texture douce. En finale, quelques notes amères et asséchantes sont à la remorque d’un malt fort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3639) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3222) - 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.

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