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La Choulette de Noël

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

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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Stronger, fuller flavored version of the classic bière de garde. The New York Times (your Paper of Record) just anointed this beer the ultimate bière de garde, and rightly so. It’s a rich, rare treat from one of France’s old guard craft breweries. Be there or be square.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6534) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle, shared at game night. Medium amber with a lively off white head, floculent colloidal yeast at the end of the pour. Fairly simple profile of caramel and marzipan flavours, light sweet spiciness.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (34282) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2014

Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium yellow orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, caramel, spicy, dusty malt, vegetables. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20131229]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (5636) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle @ Johns, Århus newyear tasting. Pours deep golden with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, spices. Flavor of malt, caramel, sweet dark fruit, spice. Medium body, lively carbonation. 291213

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (10792) - DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Clear amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, yeast and spices. Flavour is malt, caramel, yeast, medium sweet, spices, fruit and a little bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (13802) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are fruits, caramel, malt and hops. Sweet finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (10406) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Light bitter flavor. Moderate light bitter finish. Oily palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1278) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2013
750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there’s a lot of lacing. Aroma is mostly malty, it smells like dark fruit (raisins), toffee, caramel, apples and some sweet spices. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit (raisins, plums), apples, caramel, bready malt, brown sugar, and some cinnamon. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s a bit coating and has a good amount of carbonation. I liked this, and I think it’s worth a try if you come across it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (10595) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle from Voldby. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, light caramel and light spicy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 241213

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (5210) - ITALY - DEC 16, 2013
Ambrata buina schiuma abbastanza persistente nado speziato gmquasi detersivo iniziale abbastanza secca non molto corpo ben speziata amaro contenuto

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndrewsCheese (9) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013 does not count
Love love love this beer!! I’m not sure I would put it in the Christmas Ale or Biere de Garde category to be fair but who cares? It’s terrific. This is a visually stunning brew. The color is reddish with a gorgeous "snowfall" cap on top. Smells beautifully of dark fruits, plums, and anise. The texture is highly carbonated and creamy. Flavor is malty, deep, and complex. Very hard to put down.


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