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91
style
Brewed by La Choulette
Style: Bière de Garde
Hordain, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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unknown

on tap
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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
La Choulette Ambrée is the classic amber version of a French bières de gardes. It has a wonderfully spicy aroma and is fullflavored, but effervescent and refreshing.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Amber body with rising carbonation, medium off-white head, sweet, malty, spicy and vinous nose. Rather vinous flavor with substantial peach fruity sweetness and spicy finish. Nicely balanced. Extra point for being from France, a country with conscience.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2009
appearance is mostly unclouded ruby, quite striking. head reduces to and remains a film quickly. aroma is lightly crunchy toffee brittle. mouthfeel is totally unexpected, very soft and pillowy. more caramel in taste along with nutty notes not unlike a dopplebock.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1009) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 13, 2013
dark orange-amber, hazy. Tan head 1cm thick, fine, moderate-slow decay. Aroma contains blueberry malted milkshake, hint of chocolate, hazelnut. Light-medium body. Flavor: Touch of nutty toffee candy. Touch of tart pickle. Herbal hops and light chlorine. Light dry breadcrust. Not super sweet. Good, surprising tart flavor not apparent in the aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cristobal37 (1009) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 25, 2016
Fresh malts caramel salty fruity aroma. Amber brown minimal head. Medium body, sweet amber, starts carbonated then gets kinda molassesy like a heller bock, but without any booziness. Finish is light but nice. I imagine this would be a nice table beer with dinner.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2007
Pours a light amber-brown with a moderate head with poor retention. Amazingly spicy aroma - very much like a Belgian strong. Full-bodied carmelized malt flavour, notes of alcohol. Warm finish, creamy with decent carb. This was surprising, and much better than any other French beer I’ve tasted.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Not as much nuttiness and maltiness as I would have liked. However, there are distinct wood and honey notes mixed in with a gentle hint of white wine. The yeast was a little too much in eveidence and interfered slightly with the malt accents. Still, decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2007
I really enjoyed this beer. It is decisively sour, with a kriek-like quality I found very endearing. While I would not call this a sessionable beer, I would highly recommend it. It poured a hazy amber with 5mm of head. It exhibited a cherry fruity-sourness in its bouquet. It didn’t have a dry-sourness (like a Berliner Weisse would), rather it had this sweet-sour dichotomy going on that certain fruits provide that makes you pucker. Tart would be the best word I suppose. Not very drinkable/sessionable, but I still enjoyed it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2004
As I was drinking this and reading the reviews, I realized that madslangtved's description summed up exactly what I was thinking. So I will take the liberty of using his review: "Not very good. I can't decide what this beer tastes like. It is very confusing. Not very well-balanced."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoR (959) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2006
Very interesting beer. Nice head. Very spicy, fruitiness in the finish. Had it in bottle at the Bier Market, in Toronto.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (952) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Pours a dark amber, almost brown colour, with a fluffy head. A rich aroma of spice, dark fruit, coffee. Satisfying taste, lots of malts with a bit of bitterness, but nicely balanced. Pretty good overall.


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