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

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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Malty mild hop caramel aroma. Dark sparkling amber appearance with average head. Prickly carbonation. Balance of malty biscuity, fruity orange.peach and apricot flavors. Long fruity light hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 Trying this again after a few years. Thanks for the throw in bottle, Liquor Box in East Moline. Still a solid brew and the only difference this time is that I have hints of prunes. Deep amber color with a huge off white head. The aroma is peanuts and some prunes along with a little bit of raspberries and chocolate. The taste is light and playful with hints of caramel and some hazelnuts. There is also a little bit of toast. This is a delicious beer that would probably go well with about any meal. Nutty and slightly sweet, but not dominated by any one characteristic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2005
Pours a reddish brown with a thin head. Fruity nose with some noticeable alcohol, yeast, spicy. The flavour is sweetly malty with the alcohol popping up again as well as some floral notes, lightly yeasty with medium carbonation. A pretty good beer. Now let’s see how it ages.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2005
(750ml bottle) Pours a reddish brown body with an average-sized off-white head. Malty aroma with notes of toffee, prunes, and dates. Compatible flavor of malt, dark fruits (prunes, dates, raisins), spicy yeast, and earthiness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Pours crystal clear amber with a few leasurely bubbles supporting a thin head. Very fruity aroma with toffee and spice and a few vegetable notes. Spicy, earthy caramel flavor with some candy sweetarts. Big, smooth body. Finishes sweet with some floral and candy orange flavors. If it weren’t for the mild astringency and a bit of dirtiness, this beer would be the best Biere de Garde I’ve had. Still great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Medium amber, slight haze, pillow head, just a perfect appearance for a beer. Aroma of gummy caramel with a streak of candy fudge and the faintest hint of something wildish. The flavor matches the nose almost perfectly, and at the end some hop bitterness and yeasty notes balance things out. This was quite tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
Maltier than most bières de gardes that I have and a little bit oktoberfest in character. Bought this in Indianapolis. Page 269 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide only 344 out of 500 Classic Brews to go.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2007
Drank in a stem glass. Poors a dark amber poor with a light brown sticky head. Aromas of a strong creamy scotch ale, sweet caramelised malts, dattes, prunes and a hint of hickory. Flavors are mostly what you smell. Good mouthfeel, sour twist with a nice long sweet bitter aftertaste. Elderberry flowers and star anise are added spices you can taste. This beer was brewed with obviously great yeast!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6116) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2007
Caged and corked 75cl bottle; poured with an immense head of tight foam and a beautiful tornadic swirl of yeast-inspired carbonation. When an aroma can finally escape, it is slightly spicy and tart, not unlike a freshly peeled blood orange. The flavor, however, is much more full-bodied. This is very earthy with a brown-sugary base, and a viscuous flowery aspect. I enjoyed it quite much. (#2798, 4/15/2007)

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goozen (3581) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle:Bière de Garde a style never copied outside of France, in Belgium they called Saison, and just this good looking amber coloured beer with coriander spices in it is just great.


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