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

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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Caged corked 750 ml. green bottle, blurb on the back label, printed best before date in the center of label (30.11.07), sampled in a tulip glass. Yeast sediment is visible in the bottom. Orangy golden in color, a little floating sediment did make it into the glass, small foamy white head that settled into a thin slightly sudsy lacing. A light earthy musty yeast aroma is the first smell I noticed, followed by fruity esters, green pears and apples. Spices I pick up are mainly clove along with soft Noble hops. The malts are in the background, sweet toasted caramel. Crisp and dry tasting, the light body is firm from the carbonation, oily on the tongue. Medium hop bitterness and Noble tasting, herbal spicy. Earthy, musty yeast, clove and aniseedy spices, everything seems to be pinched in the right proportions. The fruitiness is raw pears and green apple skins. Toasted malts, grainy and sweet caramel. Especially dry finish, the spices and toasted caramel lingering a bit in the palate. The alcohol is barely noticeable, just a nice warming presence. I personally found this to be a very enjoyable Bière de Garde with the unique tastes that I like in the style. An easy sipper, another first rate French ale from this family owned brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3270) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Real pretty glass of beer just here... nice n’ clear... golden, s’got a real decent fluffy white head that leaves 1 heck of a lacing on the glass... just a real fine look for beer, real fine.

The aroma is really very inviting, whole wheat bread, honey, earthy spices, light fruitiness... toasty and a little yeasty. Just nicely pungent & appetizing.

The flavor has a touch of honey sweetness at the start, but that sort of lets up fairly quickly... more of that whole grain breadiness in the flavor with some really nice spiciness. The beer has some subtle soft yeasty dough & floral notes with some pear like fruitiness. Really just nicely complex but approachable with a enjoyably dry finish.

The palate is maybe a little soft for what I like in this type of beer, but then it’s also really well suited to the flavors, it’s prickly and well carbonated... I’d prefer it a little livelier but I think the mouthfeel serves the beer well all together.

An altogether enjoyable drinking experience, sheesh... this is a shelf beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (3992) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2005
Golden and smooth with a slight bitterness that lingered for some time.The laceing was very impressive and it was a very gentle drink considering its strength. Highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2005 La Choulette is a beer from the North of France. It has a classical yellow/golden coloru and an average head that falls quickly. La Choulette blonde gives a soft taste on the mouth that is hard to define, but you feel after a few moments very strong floral and grassy aromas. The finish is sweet and you hardly taste any alcohol. All in all it’s a light beer that has an interesting flavor. La Choulette Blonde is one of the beer I could drink next to a dessert. It would fit pretty well with an apple pie.It’s also a beer I would suggest to a woman who’s usually not into this type of drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Poured a filtered clear gold with a soft fading head. Aromas of bananas and flowery noble hops, and flavors of banana, green apple, lemon, and herbs. Medium body and maltiness leaves a nice light honeyish finish. Refreshing but still sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4402) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Best before Dec ’05. Pours medium gold into a tulip. Bright white micro/congomerate head leaves lacing as it recedes. Bread, hay, caramel and honey aromas. Creamy caramel with a sweet honey finish. Almost cloying, but as it is just short -- and dry -- it is nontheless enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2286) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
Originally rated April 2005. Pours a slight hazy golden colour with amber highlights. The head is foamy with not bad retention, but the lacing is great. Man, this brew is pretty special. Hard to detect the nose and mouth. Carbonation is slow and light with tiny bubbles. The scent is spicy, nutty and dry. Mild though. The taste is earthy. The middle is mildly bitter with a smooth nut aftertaste. Very interesting brew, just expecting something less smooth. Two words - Earth, Nuts. If you don’t like those, stay away.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (10669) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 11, 2011
Leichter Erdnuss-Antrunk mit Karamellnote. Süßlich werdend, neben einer leichten Hopfennote kommt auch ein mildes Kräuteraroma auf. Im weiteren Verlauf hopfig, die im Antrunk erkannte Note von Erdnüssen ist dabei immer wieder erkennbar, wird im Abgang aber um eine Malznote ergänzt. Hier ist das Bier besonders würzig und weniger süß als im Mittelteil. Gut! Test vom 13.8.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 8,12,12,11,10,12 - 11,35

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11074) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
75 cL bottle, BB 4/25/07 (oops). Bready, lightly spicy aroma. Hazy orange tinged golden color with small bits and small bubbles. My pour was nothing like the picture, but being 8 months overdate may account for it. The white head was enthusiastic, but left rapidly. Medium bodied with creamy, slightly fizzy, carbonation. There’s biscuit, some heat down the sides of the throat, something of lush ripe stone fruit in a dry way, light spice, very smooth in the mouth. The finish is more dry than not, with something like citrus lurking around the edges. I could drink this indefinitely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11872) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Very clear and bright with a large light beige head. Mild herb aroma. Very yeasty flavor, full bodied, with background of slight licorice. Bitter finish.


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