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

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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
humlelala (1114) - DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
(33 cl bottle from Brødrene D; BBD: Jan 26th 2013) Pours a clear amber with lively carbonation and a medium, white head. Good retention and a little lace. Aroma is yeasty (basement) with bready notes and not much trace of hop. Oily texture, medium body, slightly sweet finish. Taste is mildly sweet with a little bitterness towards the end. Interesting but still confirming to me that biere de garde really isn’t my cup of tea. Girlfriend says: "It’s some kind of spicy."

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2005
[bottle from peckhams] pours an amber colour with a decent head. the nose is malty with some caramel notes, vanilla and yeast. excellent smooth body with a slightly sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Diogène (1068) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Bottle at Pub Italia, Ottawa. Amber copper with a medium white head that disappear quickly. Aroma is earthy and sweet, candy, roasted malts, herbal and floral. Taste is sweet malt, spices, herbs and dark fruits with a medium body. Good beer overall, but a little too sweet for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Poured an amber color with a ton of sedimentation. Aroma was of apples grapes. Beer was nice and tart. Flavor was much the same. Alcohol was not hidden well at all, but beer was pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2007
750ml Bottle: Cork pops with a fierce burst of CO2, but no gushing here. Pours a murky copper (maybe I didn’t decant well enough) with a healthy foam cap. Lots of earthy esthers rise from the glass - most notably canned peaches and cherries. This almost reminds me of the good old fruit cocktail in a can - the one where you only get like two cherries in the entire thing amongst lots of syrup covered pears, peaches and grapes. A healthy dose of musty malt lies beneath. The mustiness carries through to the body - which is medium body and had velvety carbonation. This style is new for me and the ’cellared’ notes are hard to take in. I like them, they are just new to me. Alongside the fungi covered malts are more tart fruity esthers that helps really balance this out. Interesting stuff indeed.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Bottle. Darker copper color with very active carbonation. Light tan head. Spicy, yeast aroma with some caramel and toast notes. Sweet and malty with a bubblegum flavor. More toast, some astringency, and a bit of fruit, apples or grapes mostly. Dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Amber body with rising carbonation, medium off-white head, sweet, malty, spicy and vinous nose. Rather vinous flavor with substantial peach fruity sweetness and spicy finish. Nicely balanced. Extra point for being from France, a country with conscience.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2009
appearance is mostly unclouded ruby, quite striking. head reduces to and remains a film quickly. aroma is lightly crunchy toffee brittle. mouthfeel is totally unexpected, very soft and pillowy. more caramel in taste along with nutty notes not unlike a dopplebock.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2007
Pours a light amber-brown with a moderate head with poor retention. Amazingly spicy aroma - very much like a Belgian strong. Full-bodied carmelized malt flavour, notes of alcohol. Warm finish, creamy with decent carb. This was surprising, and much better than any other French beer I’ve tasted.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 13, 2013
dark orange-amber, hazy. Tan head 1cm thick, fine, moderate-slow decay. Aroma contains blueberry malted milkshake, hint of chocolate, hazelnut. Light-medium body. Flavor: Touch of nutty toffee candy. Touch of tart pickle. Herbal hops and light chlorine. Light dry breadcrust. Not super sweet. Good, surprising tart flavor not apparent in the aroma.


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