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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: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy deep coppery pour with aroma of caramel malt, fruit, some vinous notes, plus some funky cabernet notes. Tastes fruity, with caramel malt, vinous, nutty, and some cognac notes. The hops and spice appeared at mid-palate, and blended well with the flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A quickly fading foam falls onto the rusted copper.
-A wet, farmy soil is tainting the sweet oranges and apricots in the aroma.
-Carbonation is very frothy, and expands in the mouth.
-Flavor is a direct follow-up of the aroma, with less dirt/earth thankfully.

What if you dig deeper?
-The vegetal yeast esters kind of muddle the fruitiness after a while.
-Minerals scratch the teeth.
-The sticky, sweet fruitiness might bother some.
-A fun product, but not cohesive enough to be very good.

Bottle; best before December ’05.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7147) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2007
750mL bottle, BB 4/25/07. Poured clear, medium sparkly orange/amber with a well-formed cap of white head. The aroma picked up spicy darker fruits, dusty notes of mild oxidation, and an almost vinegary tartness. The flavor had a soft lemon and vinegary tartness throughout with sweet dark fruits and toffee across the middle.. dry peppery and floral notes hit on the finish.. just a bit too tart, perhaps because this was a little old.. still tasty, though. Medium-bodied with tartness beating out the sweet stuff.. lemony finish. I’d drink this again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy dark copper amber with a small, frothy, thin-lacing light tan head. Has a dry, earthy spicy, semi-tart aroma with some light fruity notes. Body starts slightly sweet and caramely malty along with some spicy earthy notes and fruity tart balance. Not sure if the tartness is intended, but it’s not too overpowering and does hide the alcohol fairly well. A decent biere de garde.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (7069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2007
Bottle. High and lasting creamy off-white head. Clear darjk amber body. Fruity and yet spicy dry barley malt aroma. Smooth and creamy nuts and spices mild flavor. A touch of pepper as well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6932) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle at Sous-Bock, Paris. It pours amber, with a long-lasting thick beige head. The nose is caramel, wood, leather and spice. The taste is caramel, wood, very spicy, earth, some dark fruit, metallic, brown bread, leather and some warming alcohol, with a dry, spicy finish. Medium body and fizzy champagne-like carbonation. A great biere de garde.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6862) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2013
330 ml bottle. BB 26/12/14. From saveur-biere.com.
My advent calender door number 15 gave me this one. It’s dark mahogany coloured with a big light tan head. Sweet dark fruits, spices and dry maltiness. Very nice. The flavour is also quite yummy with dark fruits, some sweetness, spices, dry woody malt and mild alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6802) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2008
Beautiful bright hazy amber orange, thin skim of a head that vanishes almost before the first sip. Aroma of distinct soft caramel and candied orange. Rich caramel flavour, orange brandy. The finish is dry, medium bitterness, and surprisingly a little tart.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (6700) - 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


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