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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%
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
[Courtesy of yespr, session @ yespr] Hazy dark amber with huge of white head. Aroma is fruity with caramel. Flavor is sweet malty with fruit and caramel notes.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle. Hazy amber with tiny floaties. The aroma has a strange smokish mild woodish sweet aroma, Medium good creamy white head. Bit sweet toasty malty flavour with some yeast and some spice, slight sour touch. Thanks yespr.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2007
Very dark amber with a huge and nice head. The aroma is malty and sour with notes of rowan berries. The flavour is sweet with a grapefruit acidity, notes of candy sugar and rowan berries. IMO it’s not in balance. 1762

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10070) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9527) - 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2008
Bottled. A dark amber coloured beer with a whitish head and lacing. The aroma is thick and gluey. Some brown bread and heavy malts. A really really chewy mouthfeel. Malty and bready. Quite sweet. Not sure why this is called a Christmas beer. Overridingly chewy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (8568) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2011
bottle, many thanks to jaghana. Clear amber colour, mid-sized off-white head. Shy aroma of malt with fruity accents. Quite dry and hoppy, thoiugh not too bitter. Shy malty background, slightly grainy. The hop character is dusty with herbal accents. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2004
Frothy fruitiness of pomegranates and strawberries strive for candyish levels of sweetness and sometimes succeed...Smoky malt fumes languidly hover over rummy spiciness...Blatant proof that French Noël beers are of very distinct constitution than that of their northern neighbours, but can still offer interesting sweet quaffers...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8529) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle @ Cole’s Christmas Tasting 2007. Copper body with a fast fading white head. Sweet aroma, light yeast and very light notes of fruit and spice. Similar flavour, light overall profile, mild fruit and spices echo the aroma. (6+) Average palate. Not unpleasant but fails to inspire.


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