La Choulette De Noël - Brasserie La Choulette
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3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
Cellared since last Christmas. Pours a clear copper color with a large beige colored head. Big malty nose, lightly fruity and yeasty smelling, but mostly malt and some kilned candi sugar notes. Initial sip threw me a curveball. I thought it might have a bit of tartness to it judging by the aroma, but there was none. Just sweet, malty and a hint of green apple. A bit minerally and a watery aftertaste. Carbonation is good. Pretty good for a darker biere de garde.
12-25-2004 06:02:51 | More by crookedhalo
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
Best by date of April 2006.
Pours like a cola. Clear reddish tinged brown body with lots of tan foam. Minimal lacing. Oddly dark for a Saison. No yeast in the bottle.
Smell is, well, pretty much not there. I can't deduct too many points for something that is not offensive.
Taste is a roasty caramel nuttiness with a sharp crack of hops bitterness. Leaves with a nut bitter drying.
Mouthfeel is thin like water, but with agreeable carbonation. Not sharp.
This is OK for drinkability and it tastes nice, but nothing urging me to go back and get more.
12-21-2004 02:14:35 | More by silenius
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
Best by date of April 2004, Sampled October 2004
Rich raisin-like dark fruit notes emanate from my glass as I pour this beer. It is brilliantly clear ruby-highlighted amber color, and is topped by a fluffy thick head that is light tan. There is lots of sweet fruitiness in this beer, I get notes of candied cherries, raisins, fig, and fruitcake. The same candied note dominates the finish of this one, it is definitely an added flavor, but I am not quite sure what flavoring would produce this taste. The taste is pretty dry and malty up front, but then moves to the hyper sweet character in the finish (by hyper I don't mean that this beer is super sweet, just that the sweetness seems to be a sensitized component of this beer). Actually this beer is showing its age a bit as well, there is a certain mellow oxidation character here as well that contributes notes of sherry.
Upon reflection, the hyper sweet character that I have been sensing may in fact just be the aged character of this beer kicking in, it is not distracting, and perhaps adds a certain something to this beer.
11-06-2004 17:09:25 | More by Gueuzedude
3.15/5 rDev -18%
Presentation: Spied this on a recent trip to Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA. Contrary to popular belief the French do occasionally knock out a decent brew or two, so I figured this one was worth a try, especially as I had already tried another excellent offering from this Brasserie, the Les Bière Des San Culottes.
A 750ml standard looking green glass Belgium beer bottle, which could equally pass for a wine bottle. Cork and caged, the silver cage was easily removed allowing the thumbed cork to basically remove itself. No date on the cork, just the words La Choulette 59111 Hordain-F. The main label lists this offering a 7% Vol./alc. and recommends a serving temperature of 10° à 12° (which translates into 50-54°F in Olde Worlde units). Has one of those really annoying clipped main labels that says Best Before May 04, but you just know someone fucked up when aligning the labels, because it has at least 5 other snippet chunks missing from the label edge that basically line up with none of the dates or months. Why Brewers continue to bother with this old-fashioned method that never works is beyond me, especially with modern technology that can add the time, day, date and year to each bottle label relatively easily. Imported by Shelton Brothers I note, and described on the back label as a Special French Winter Ale from a Farmhouse Brewery that dates back to 1885 with yet another Best Before End clip style label that this time says May 04. Least the Collars and Cuffs match!
Appearance: Fantastic swirling light blue gun-smoke rose from the bottle mouth and slowly dissolved as the Cork was easily extracted. A thick pour revealed a dark brown caramel beer that is clear with a nicely formed ½ tan head. The chestnut body looks gorgeous in the glass. The head retention is superb and some nice smattered lacing is experienced. Below average conditioning levels.
Nose: Sweet malts, melting brown sugars, candy sugar, light fruits and some freshly tanned leather mixed with dark spices. Deeply inhaled, it smells like the sugar laden red colored candy dip used for Toffee Apples! Smells appealing.
Taste: Nice caramel malts to start with. Brown sugars and some light bitterness is consumed by the caramel and sugary sweetness in the middle. Grainy dissolved sugar feel and tastes ruin this beer. Labeled as a Bière de Garde, I have to respectfully completely disagree. This is merely a very average, overtly sweet, Brune. Nothing special at all, and certainly not worthy of the Noël moniker that it carries.
Mouthfeel: Sickly sticky feel as the beer warms. Served at the recommended temperature it is bearable, but the main body feel is of saccharin and brown sugar when it warms.
Drinkability: Average, and very cloying at times, the Drinkability resembles that of a sweet Bruin. Its OK, and I managed the 750ml, but a 375ml bottle would have done to be honest.
Overall: Brewed from Flanders and Hallertau Hops, as well as Pale and Special Malts, it sounds impressive but drinks like a run-of-the-mill sweet Brune. Not that special for a Xmas offering to be brutal, and certainly not worth he $7.99 I paid for it. Not bad, but dont waste your cash on this one, not unless its around the $3-4 mark for an (outdated) 75cl.
05-23-2004 23:55:02 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
750ml bottle. Pop the cork. A dark ruby red couloured brew with a large head of white/off-white foam. Aromas are of sweet belgian malts and candy sugar, as well as several kinds of fruits and hops. There are also some Flanders Red ale notes on the nose with some cherry-like aromas and some funky lambic-like tartness. The taste follows through with some lovely oud red flavors of cherries and some other sweet malt like flavors. The mouthfeel is nice and full and the drinkability is excellent. Nice.
03-01-2004 23:18:40 | More by francisweizen
3.45/5 rDev -10.2%
This particular beer had been cellared for a year. It was good, but I feel it is better fresh. Tasting notes for cellared beer:
Ruby Brown color and a big huge that lasts for a while. Spicy, fruity aroma. Medium bodied, fruits and spices in taste, but also a metallic tinge. It is warming in the peppery finish. I liked this, but the metallic tinge I was getting was what I didn't like.
02-24-2004 14:49:19 | More by ark57
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
Ruby red in color with a huge off white head that lasts and lasts. Smell is full of raisins, dates, malt and a hint of chocolate. Very effervesant as tons of little bubbles make their way to the top. The taste is complex. Soft and sweet in the beginning. The middle seems very dry as does the aftertaste. I pick up so many different flavors. Raisins, dates, nuts, rhubarb and chocolate. No alcohol notes that I can pick up. A touch of sour and cherry come through as well.
I solid seasonal that I will put up again next year.
01-15-2004 01:24:05 | More by CharlesRiver
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured beautifully into my chimay chalice glass rich thick head with excellent sweet smells emanating. The look was also enticing with a clear red/amber glow. The taste did not come through immediately when it was cold but become apparent once it warmed. Nice caramel and honey undertones with a pronounced malt profile. There was a definite alcohol warmth but at 7%ABV, it is missing that winter warmth. It also does not have any distinctive winter characteristics it is too thin and no spices to speak of. This beer is crisp, clean with nice flavors but fails in the winter ale department and was kind of pricey at $9.50 at Berkeley bowl. I remember Trader Joes used to carry a French xmas beer and it was good but it was like 4 bucks. This beer has a best if drunk by date of 2004. Not the mark of excellence.
01-01-2004 03:21:12 | More by lou91
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
A very drinkable seasonal in that it will warm you, but not knock you out. The beer pours a brilliant, and very, very clear, almost wine like deep blazing orange-like a glowing fire. Soft in the mouth and in the aroma, with mild chocolate,some banana like fruitiness, and creamy malted milk. A nutty, toasty flavor prevails on the tail end. A malt driven and really quite refreshing brew that is easy to drink and easy on the budget as well. This one came in at around six or seven bucks!
11-27-2003 03:46:03 | More by moulefrite
La Choulette De Noël from Brasserie La Choulette
86 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.