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


on tap

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RATINGS: 283   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7433) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2934) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2010
Pours deep amber with heavy sweet notes of malt. The first palate shows the heavy sweet malt but then is disipates to a nice spice driven finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle. Dark amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Malt, yeast, and light spice aroma. Caramel and light earthy flavor with light spice and light yeast. Medium bodied. Yeast lingers with malt/caramel, light dried fruit, and light earth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (17889) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
26th September 2008. Clear brown beer. Bags of smooth creamy and nutty malt. Very smooth, very creamy! Sumptuous!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Grossecaisse (120) - FRANCE - JAN 3, 2010
une bière trop amère pour moi. Ca doit être le houblon qui doit être en trop grande quantité, en tout cas, il ne me reste pas un gros souvenir affectif.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1318) - Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bought this bottle even though it is past its BBD based on the marking on the label, which was ’02-D-07’, thought I would take the chance, has a medium red or so pour with a foamy off-white head, there are some floaties in the brew, the head thinned out, red pour has brown and dark bronze hues at the sides, leaves some bubbly lacing on the glass, aromas of toasted malt, caramel, faint chocolate, there is a good amount of malt aroma, smells like this is aged in wood, there is an ‘old’ smell to (from age or because it is past its BBD?), it smells musty to (for the same reason?), flavors of faint spice, toasted malt, some caramel, faint alcohol warmth - not much though, some apple with a faint citrus, finish has fine pepper feel and is dry, there is an off flavor, oxidation from past its BBD? has a medium mouth feel, maybe some Beire de Gardes do not age to well past their BBD, I will need to try a fresh bottle of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (11330) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2009
clear amber, large smooth offwhite head. Sweet malty, nutty aroma, crisp. flavor is quite smoked or roasted, malty, a little sweet. maize, fruity notes, alc shows clearly when warming up. this reminds me most of a cheap strong beer, but with some interesting comlexity added in, unbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malts, nuts, grains, and a slight hint of cocoa. Poured deep amber/copper in color with a large, creamy, rocky, off-white/slight beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Very good to excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malts, nuts, grains, slight paper, a hint of tobacco, and a slight hint of cocoa. Medium body. Smooth texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, malts, nuts, grains, and slight tobacco finish. 8%ABV is undetectable.

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