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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bax (1107) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 (Bottle 30/11-2011) large fast fading off-white head, clear amber color, low to medium co2, fit body, slightly sweet aroma, slightly spicy taste. Rather balanced Christmas beer. BB date 22.04.2012.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (3765) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle 33cl, a clear amber red beer with nice huge head and good lacing. Nose is caramel like with peppery hops notes. Aroma is malty, sweet, fruity, wheat notes, fruit part is on agrumes and melon ! Very drinkable, not aggressive at all with 7° and not too sweet, some light diacetyl, very pleasant and balanced Biere de Noel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5842) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2011
750ml bottle at the Bayou shared with MikeJ. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a medium white head. A sweet spicy nose with some caramel and cherries. The flavor is very nice; smooth spices, cloves, a decent amount of hops, light fruit, quite sweet with biscuit and caramel. Very smooth, a great Holiday brew.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
POLK (2160) - Hørning, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2011
Dark amber color with big sized white head. Malty aroma. Caramel and mal in taste.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goozen (2890) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle 0.33ltr: Brown/coppery coloured brew, with slightly burning feel. Spicy and fruity taste with an sweetbitter aftertaste. An fine Christmas beer to drink on rainy September sunday.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from a beer of the month club. It pours a deep amber with a small, frothy, light tan head. The nose is caramel, apple, metal and a weird gummy note. The flavor starts with a dry metallic note and then has lots of bitterness with notes of aspirin and fake caramel. Not good. Light to medium body with average carbonation and a weird aftertaste. This one is no treat at all.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Sampled on 3/26/2011. This Biere de Garde pours a medium brown color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized beige, rocky foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are earthy. Malty, but not very sweet. Nice carbonation. Seems like a milder Biere de Garde. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Very barnyard-esque aroma. Getting some hay notes in the flavor profile. Some nutty notes as well. Belgian yeast is evident and doing it’s job.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
26-Nov-10 (750-ml corked and caged bottle, Best Before 20-Mar-09: Purchased 23-Dec-07 for $9.99 at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA) Despite the bottle being 3 years old and having an incredibly low fill (at least 2 inches of ullage), this beer is in fine shape. It pours hazy amber with a quarter-inch of off-white head that settles to a wide ring and dusting. With sweet-smelling aromas of brown sugar, cinnamon, toffee, caramel, ash, dried fruits, and buttered toast, the beer immediately smells enticing. The palate features similar flavors of sweet, caramely malts, brown sugar, toffee, winter baking spices, figs, and raisins, finishing with a touch of smoked malt. Medium in body with some additional weight from residual sugar. Carbonation is a low-medium, but that works perfectly for this beer, allowing the delicious flavors to have maximum exposure to the tongue without the distraction of prickly carbonation. The brewery feels this beer isn’t at its best any more, but at 18 months past "expiration," it’s still very delicious and shows no signs of falling apart any time soon. It’s not exactly a complex brew, but it’s an excellent winter beer that seems a perfect accompaniment for dessert at the end of your Christmas dinner.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (3827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2011
750 ml bottle Michael Jackson’s Rare Beer Club (November 2010), 1/2/11

Aroma: The nose has some earth, malts, spice, yeast, fruit, and bread
Appearance: It pours a mostly clear mahogany color with a thick, creamy, lasting beige head
Flavor: The taste is spice malts, yeast/bread, like brett notes, and a some light fruit notes
Palate: It is fairly palatable, on the lighter side body-wise, but not particularly thin, quite drinkable
Overall Impression: My first rating for the new year is also my first rating from La Choulette! This one was part of the first shipment I got from the Rare Beer Club after getting a subscription as a gift. First off, so far this seems to be a much better beer of the month club then the ones I’ve gotten in the past. It is going to get my trying some beers I wouldn’t necessarily run into in my local store. Second, I like this beer. It makes for a nice, flavorful biere de garde. Very solid stuff.
Happy rating in 2011!


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