thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2006
75 cl bottle. Clear copper-coloured with a good ofwhite head. The nose promises raisins and caramel and just a hint of dusty cellar. Complex raisins and caramel flavours with dry cellar flavours appearing gradually making for a semi-dry finish. Rather light body for this strength as is characteristic for the style. Warming alcohol. A great biere de garde (that lives up to its style). tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
lotsa head, spicy and malt with some unknown flavour i cant quite figure out. slightly tart, love ambree’s Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
Maltier than most bières de gardes that I have and a little bit oktoberfest in character. Bought this in Indianapolis. Page 269 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide only 344 out of 500 Classic Brews to go. Braudog (6719) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2007
Caged and corked 75cl bottle; poured with an immense head of tight foam and a beautiful tornadic swirl of yeast-inspired carbonation. When an aroma can finally escape, it is slightly spicy and tart, not unlike a freshly peeled blood orange. The flavor, however, is much more full-bodied. This is very earthy with a brown-sugary base, and a viscuous flowery aspect. I enjoyed it quite much. (#2798, 4/15/2007) goozen (4071) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle:Bière de Garde a style never copied outside of France, in Belgium they called Saison, and just this good looking amber coloured beer with coriander spices in it is just great.
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Sweet malt . Some sweet fruity notes. Reddish brown color with nice thick head. Nice, almost nutty malt flavor. There are hints of "funk" that compliment the malt flavor but are not overpowering. Some spicy almost peppery notes as well. Pleasant aftertaste of sweet malt. No hints of the 8% alcohol in the aroma, flavor, or aftertaste. Nice enjoyable beer that is very drinkable. MacBoost (1900) - Victor, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle from Beers of the World. Pours amber, with TONS of floaties. Huge off white head that lasts and lasts. The nose has caramel, toffee, wheat. Impressive looking beer. Taste is sweet - sugar, caramel, and heavy malts. Hops are noticeably lacking. My first beer from La Choulette, and I am impressed. World class Biere de Garde. TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with a handsome white head. Lots of deep malt aroma similarly malty flavour. There’s a yeast bound spiciness. Reminiscent of a belgian blonde but without the esthers. Comparable to a doppelbock but less of a toffee edge. Bags of caramel. Very flavoursome indeed. BlackHaddock (7346) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2012
May 2008: 75cl Green cork and caged bottle, poured into two Corsendonk stemmed tulip shaped glasses.
The pour was in one almost smooth action, but the second glass ended up with a few pieces of sediment. Otherwise the beer was a lovely amber, a little lighter than a typical Belgian Amber beer but with the same good biege foaming head. The beer was opened 4 months after the Best Before Date.
The aroma was like a fairly sweet malty biscuit straight out of the oven.
Good flavours throughout, this is a well balanced beer and I really enjoyed it. The 8% doesn’t knock your socks off, but you know it’s there.
The French beer scene is a lot better than most poeple realise, this is a good example of what they are missing.
Erasmus_ro (2945) - Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2013
75cl bottle. Pours a dark coppery brown with a medium, beige head. Aroma is earthy and malty. A lot of breadiness, a dab of dark fruits, prunes and plums. Somewhat herbal. Taste is semisweet, earthy with a lot of dark malts and breadiness. Dark bread and dark fruits. Prune, apple on the finish. Nettles and black currant on the aftertaste. Spiciness. Soft, smooth and medium. Not much in the way of carbonation. Could be a bit fuller. Finally a French Bière de Garde that has a good character of its own.