RateBeer
overall
85
93
style
Brewed by La Choulette
Style: Bière de Garde
Hordain, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beersearcher (2382) - 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 (3038) - 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 (4744) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2010
A starkly white and full head is the harbinger of what’s to come for this beer. A nose full of sours and the color of royal walnut this beer floats on the taste bud, airy, tangy, a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon. Finishes with a subtle peanut shell bite. A delightfully crated beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7550) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours amber with a thick off-white head and a toffee aroma. There is a carbonated caramel malt flavor with candi sugar and spice. Good but not exceptional.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2010
750 ml. Deep amber body with a big, frothy, foamy off-white head. The head slowly subsides to fizzy pools. Malty aroma with notes of cookie and caramel and a backbone of yeasty earthiness, though not pronounced. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic and lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Aroma is better than flavor with its muted spice flavors and a grain bill that seems in competition with them. The finish is close to unpleasant, leaving a lingering taste of raw grain in the mouth and in the mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
psilosophy (557) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - DEC 15, 2010
Bouteille de 33cl. Couleur ambrée foncée, mousse moyenne qui ne tient pas très longtemps.Tout à fait archétypique d’une bière de noël : épicée, légèrement caramélisée et plutôt sucrée. Généreuse mais pas très complexe, carbonnation moyenne. Trouvée à intermarché - Montigny en Gohelle.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10068) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Tasted from a 750 mL bottle purchased in Denver, Colorado. Red orange appearance with lots dispersed sediment. A bit fruity medium body aroma. Bread-like flavor thats seems to be drawing a lot of flavor from the sediment. A bit of fruitiness that’s somewhat like sour oranges. Interesting but not my favorite.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
750ml bottle courtesy of Lance! Sweet and raisony, nice and warm. Quite nice to sip and enjoy on a cold night.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (6831) - Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
12/1/10. 750mL bottle courtesy Lance. Caramelled raisin aroma and flavor with hints of bitter herbs and nuts... not bad!


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2 3 4  5  6 7 8 » 20


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50