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

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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3873) - - DEC 31, 2006
hazy burgundy with a large cream colored head. flavor is light. dark fruit with hints of toffee and cola. notes of tea leaves and herbs. forgettable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14345) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2006
75cl bottle from Auchan, Calais. Clear mid ruby colour with lasting beige head. The rich dark fruits are slightly sour on the aroma, along with a bit of choc. Plums and cherries also. Moderate fullness in mouth supported by some great syrupy fruit which never gets too much. Fruit is quite intense. Not too much boiled sweet which some of these beers suffer from. Finish has a bit of dryness almost a bit of powder. Fruit is prettygood. Syrupy but great. And a bit of spice, nutmeg/cinnamon.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2006
Dark and hazy amber colour. Malty and nutty with hints of spices but somewhat boring...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7223) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2006
750mL bottle BB 3/22/07. It’s supposed to be in the 30s this week... I can drink a Christmas beer :) Poured a translucent lighter ruby with almost nothing going on for head. The nose resonated with lighter, fruity candi sugars.. sweet, but natural.. a bit dried with light spicage and a bit of bread. Sweet syrupy flavors, but not the texture in the mouth.. free-flowing sweetened dried apricots and other fruits, a pinch of cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and mild floral bitterness come together quite nicely with increasing complexity and intrigue culminating in a sweet and spicy long-lived finish. Body became thicker as the drink progressed, and lower carbonation provided an ideal pace across the palate. This was very enjoyable, and almost impossible to beat at $3.99 :)

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Bottle from the latest ’06 shipment. Very little pop from the cork, and not much head. Undercarbonated. Dull aroma, vegetably, cabbage, molasses, beets, radish, brown sugar. Tastes pretty good, though comes across quite flat. Supremely easy to drink, as a result, though I’d trade a bit of that for a little more life. Bad comments, for sure, though this was still enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8161) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy ruby coppery pour with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, fruit, spice, hopcitrus. The taste was caramel malty, spicy, with some nutmeg, brown sugar, maple syrup, and slight hops. Medium palate with a lot of complexity.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Rich aroma of dried fruits, rum, and soy sauce. Creamy on the tongue with a lasting flaovr of fruit syrup reduction, roasted malt, and marmite. Yeasty bite with just a touch of resiny hops. Pretty tasty, but the taste buds get quickly overwhelmed to the point that the beer becomes a little one dimensional.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9128) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
I would readily have again. Excellent with dinner. Palish biere de garde colour, heavenly spicy scent. Easy mouthfeel, understated carbonation and it;s in its prime, nine months before expirey. Slightly candy sweet that works nicely with the spices. Sour notes

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a huge head. Very malty aroma with notes of toffee and caramel. Light dusty and malty flavour someway sweet and spicy.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a big tan head. Caramel malty, fruity aroma and taste. Medium body with a light sweet finish.


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