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

bottled
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5116) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2005
(BJCP Class) Strong wine fruity aroma. Reddish color with a very light head. Strong malt flavor not as sweet as you would think this could be. Slightly fruity taste (Dried fruit taste) like a strong beer. Interesting flavor feel very strong with the alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
Deep earthiness and plenty of wood and tannins in an aroma that also offers dried apricots and marzipan. Hazy amber body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, off white head that recedes to a cover that lasts throughout and leaves some lacing down the sides of the glass. Caramel malts are sweet in the simple flavour with mild bitterness and some mild cabbage-like notes. Dusty yeast characteristics and mineralic quality to the aftertaste. Medium dry body with moderate carbonation. Bottle (BB 12/05, Half Time, Sep-05) enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Siroy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Dry and sour atop a sweet backbone in a way that seems out of synch. Cloudy copper, off-white head that sticks around. Malty and musty aroma with notes of fruit, caramel. Flavor is sweet to start, but turns slightly bitter and finishes sour. The mustiness shows up in the finish, too. Medium body and slightly sticky texture. Moderate carbonation. The bitter and sour seem at odds with each other and too overpowering for caramel sweetness. Still, the disparity became less pronounced as the beer warmed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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 (7905) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (11742) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2007
Bottle. Frothy white excellent mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Heavy malty and light hoppy aroma. Cramellic notes. Moderate sweet and light bitter flavor. Average slightly perfumed finish. Oily palate. A little boring beer but ok.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14997) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2007
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sweet malt, fruits and spices.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jerre (3014) - Waregem, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle, 33 cl. (via Willems) Clear, dark orange-amber color with off-white, foamy lacing head. Aroma light acidity, hops, fruits, malts . Medium body. Taste bit yeast, sweet malts, fruits. Dry sweet finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle from April 07. Pours a deep ruby red/amber with very little head. Aroma is pronounced alcohol, mustiness, and some pilsener hiding in the background. Taste is very straightforward. Tastes like super-old pilsener malt, mustiess, and even some hops in there. Almost tastes like the homebrew Saison I made today smelled. Reminds me a lot of a basement. Very dry on the palate, with a little bit of acidity in the background. No spiciness, hardly any "fresh" character.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
Bottle. Amber. Light head. Bready caramel nose. Woody caramel flavour with hardly a trace of alcohol.


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