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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (2964) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 21, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 toast, grass, leaves, cooked vegetables, cloudy, amber, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, heavily sour, sticky, flat, long finish,

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
75cL bottle, BBE sometime in 2004, been in beer fridge since around 2005. Initial pour is almost crystal clear, a few floaters are there but no chunks, with a short lived head that fades to a nice ring on the edge of the glass. Aroma is rather sharp with lots of ripe fruit, candied strawberries, a little bit of cherry pie. Flavorwise, this beer is at it’s peak, gone are the green apple flavors and in are the candied apples with just ever so little notes of sherry. I’m about floored, I expected this beer to be an oxidized mess and found just sheer fruity beauty.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2002
750 ml bottle. Medium head dies very quickly; orange slightly cloudy body. Amazing farmy-sweet-flowery nose, I didn’t want to drink it because I wanted to keep smelling it! Some grapiness in the nose leads into an almost-as-intense flavor profile with grapes, buttermilk and cheese vying for your rapt attention. Wonderful thick, malty mouthfeel gradually gives way to a dry champagny finish. Just amazing, I wish I could get my hand on more bieres de Garde, could be my new favorite style!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nate (3553) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Fruity nose, light acidity, hops, malty and rich. A clean aroma, sweet and pleasant with a bit of yeast. Dark orange-amber clear with off-white, almost tan foamy lacing head. Medium-heavy body with solid carbonation, warming effect after. Starts malty and sweet, with musky fruit, yeast and alcohol. Finish is even sweeter, vaporous and deep, close to being velvety in texture. Strong nutty sweet finish. A little dryness comes in to finish, while leaving a sweet tannic residue, like after eating an exceptionally sweet pear or grape.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2407) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2006
Bu au Pub Italia (33 cl). Couleur brun sale, peu de collet. Bel arome de malte caramelisé et cassonade. Très bon goût d’orge malté, sucré et ra fréchissant.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2110) - 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.

4.4
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Tasted like it was aged in a oak cask. It was so good. Deep orange in color. Sweet fruity aroma. Malty. It tasted like champagne or wine. The alcohol was subtle, not noticeable. Really good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2004
This is one impressive brew. Deep yellow to orange color with a lasting white head. A sweet, mellow, fruity aroma, with a well blended alcohol undertone. Malty brew that has (oak?) woody undertones blended with a malty, fruity palate. The alcohol, though not hidden, was blended perfectly with the flavor profile to give the beer a wine-like impression. These guys are now 2 for 2 in my book as far as good beer goes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1807) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
Bottle. Clear chestnut brown colour with a large off-white head. The nose is malty, fruity, honey perhaps; barnyardy and caramel. Sweet malty taste, noticable but nice alcohol, caramel, fruit and a touch of spice. Nicely balanced. Full bodied, moderate carbonation. I like it a lot.


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