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


on tap

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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
From a 25cL bottle. Deep malt aroma, sweet with raisin, caramel, brown sugar, orange peel, and spice. Dark caramel brown clear, with foamy off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with mild carbonation. Starts sweet, with rich malts and some raisin and brown sugar. Kind of watery. Mild dryness of hops toward the finish, and some alcohol warming. Mild acidity to finish, carbonic, with sweet-bitter-dry after, lightly chalky. Sweetness is a bit fake and watery.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maria (10190) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 16, 2007
Pours very flat, have to pour it very hard to get any foam. Nose of sweet fruits, slight oxidation, cherry, toasted wallnut. Very rich malt flavor, doesn’t taste cloying, but lacks balance. Lots of dark fruit flavors. I wish this had more carbonation to bring more life into this beer. Tastes flat and sweet with a lack of spice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JAN 20, 2010
Sampled at DØE Beerfestival 2009, Esbjerg. Pours a hazy dark amber beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is weak with sweetness. The flavor is malt and sweetness. The palate is sweet. Overall a little bit boring.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2011
Dark amber color with big sized white head. Malty aroma. Caramel and mal in taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JDBaker11058 (1614) - Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Appearance: suspiciously watery brownish pour slowly darkening to a deep red with tons of icky floaties; bottle was a gusher, with a huge off-white head. Aroma: Weak--notes of caramel, basement funk, yeast, hint of melon, and spices. Taste: bready, spicy, with more watery fruit notes (melon, some fig/raisin). Finish: relatively short, clean, with lingering notes of malt and bread. Notes: I don’t see what the fuss is about. Terribly average-seeming. Palate was nice and the alcohol well-hidden. Bottle aged over a year, but best before 9/2012. For a second glass, I had a couple of chocolate chip cookies beforehand, and the residual flavors were an excellent complement. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.

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