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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.


3.6
   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 (6773) - 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 (2221) - 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 (512) - 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 (9460) - 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 (6155) - Valdosta, 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!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2010
750 ml bottle. Caramel and brown sugar with some roasted marshmellows and caramelized dates with raisins. Pours a dark amber with a very thick white head, fluffy. Caramel malts, with grilled mission figs, with dark raisins and light molasses upfront but finishes surprisingly dry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Aged for 2 to 3 years. Aroma is similar to a belgian or a saison. Lightly sweet and somewhat yeasty flavor. No bitterness. Medium bodied. Not a whole lot of complexity, but very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4546) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Got this 750 ml bottle for $6.50. Dated best before 20-3-09, tasted yesterday. Pours a deep slightly hazy amber, with creamy off-white head. Very rough and earthy.. lemon zest, hay, pear, leather, caramel malt, dirt, nuts, and light sweetness. I love the rough flavors and complexity, one of the better farmhouse style beers I have had.


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