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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes - Brasserie La Choulette

Les Bière Des Sans CulottesLes Bière Des Sans Culottes

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%


Brewed by:
Brasserie La Choulette visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002)
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augustgarage

California

3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thinking of brewing my own version of this style soon, so figured I should pick up a sampling to get an idea of what I'm aiming for.

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Brasseurs Biere de Garde tulip/flute.

Nearly clear straw liquid topped by a weak heavily active snow white head. Soapy thin lacing, superior retention.

Sweet delicate aroma with hints of hay, wildflowers, cork, and Asian pear. Light cereal notes from the malt. Hops are hard to discern.

Malty palate entry with a mild but lasting bitterness to offset the caramel notes. Possibly a hint of diacetyl, but I think this is the yeast character peaking through. A nice balance between the fruity esters of an ale and the glassy smoothness of a lager. Finishes moderately dry despite a long initial wave of candy-apple sweetness.

Very light and soft mouthfeel...carbonation seems sufficient but is somehow ephemeral.

While I wish I'd picked up one of this artisanal brewery's amber ales instead, the blonde still has a low and subtle wildness/funk that keeps you from mistaking the beer for a middling pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 03:37:42 | More by augustgarage
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, pale gold in color, with a 3-finger head of rocky, white foam; retention was excellent, as was lacing. Would have been a perfect 5, but for the floaties in my second glass (as the sediment from the bottom of the bottle got stirred up).

S: Pleasant, but not potent. Grain, fresh-cut grass, and a fruity aroma similar to a muscato wine.

T: Not much sweetness from the malt; instead, more grain flavor up front. There was a little bit of tart fruit (grapes, maybe some pear notes) in the middle. The finish was mildly bitter hops at first, reminding me of the noble hops found in pilsners; the bitterness became a little more intense (although not unpleasant) the more I drank, and it lingered a long time on the palate.

M: Crisp and dry, very well carbonated.

O: Not a clear winner because its taste, which was just OK, trumped its beautiful appearance.
It is definitely a good thirst quencher on a warm summer evening, but there are other refreshing beers available for a few dollars less.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:54:56 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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thierrynantes

France

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from V&B, tasted in 2013.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : grassy hops with herbal spices aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty and fruity flavors, and spicy notes.
Drinkability : a good beer in the French style "Bière de garde".

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 17:19:52 | More by thierrynantes
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popery

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright golden amber color. Pretty clear, but I can see a lot of floaties in the bottle. Big off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is full of sweet pale grain flavor. Lots of fruit. Pears, apples, grapes, apricots, dates. Mild herbal, grassy hops. A faint medicinal note. Just tons of pilsner malt favor. Taste is similar. It starts sweet with that fresh, pale malt flavor but finishes dry with some funk and mild hop bitterness. More light fruitiness, big pear note particularly. Some musty apple/grape skin flavor and feel. Feel is light but full. There's some prickly carbonation but it's generally quite smooth due to the full body. Very easy to drink. Goes well with some soft goat cheese. Fun to find a nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 06:40:49 | More by popery
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metter98

New York

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear light golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of fruity yeast in the nose along with some hints of farmhouse yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some fruity flavors of apples but is a little more balanced with notes of farmhouse yeast and hints of grainy malts and earthiness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a bode rate amount of carbonation. No dryness is noticeable.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, partly because it isn't as malty or earthy compared to other beers in the style. It would pair very well with French cuisine.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:02:52 | More by metter98
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Huhzubendah. Served in a taster glass. Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. The nose starts out with some grain and a bit of yeast, but is then somewhat overtaken by skunked hops. Very unfortunate. Flavor is similarly skunked, but to an even greater level. Light-medium body and high carbonation. Ugh, another victim of the green bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 18:45:21 | More by Thorpe429
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear golden color. Smell was slightly floral, sweet, kind of like champagne. Taste was close to a saison, but not as grainy. Had a little bit of a fruity backend and a mildly sweet beginning. Bubbly feel was nice. Overall a good, pretty affordable Biere de Garde, but I wouldn't say it's definitive for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 21:47:50 | More by TheRealBigC
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rustic grain flavor, well melded maturity, and deep levels of refreshment all pay tribute to the French Biere de Garde style with Belgian influence and French prestige.

Pouring a bright honey-gold color, the beer carries a mild haze that seems to have been largely cleared by age. Champagne-like carbonation pays tribute to Belgian beers as it builds a fluid stark white head with great retention that's constantly fueled by the carbonation underneath and lacing with a mix of intricate patterns and isolated pockets of foam.

Firm pilsner aromas hold a rich bread, yeast, and sweet scent that hedges on butter and corn. Elegant malt aromatics borrow fruit notes from the yeast and form the scent of grilled apples, peaches, and figs. Very light in floral hop presence, a faint herbal tea-like note can be detected under the corn and grain.

Grainy-sweet to taste, and with the light starchy flavor of fresh kilned barley, the beer's rustic malt flavors reveal light corn, caramel, and honey flavors to match that of bread dough and flaky buttery crust. The full flavors of malt support the esters of apple, peach, apricot, and figs that all seem in the over ripened variety. Balanced by mild acidity and light pepper and smoke from the phenolic yeast compounds, somehow the ale escapes any meaningful hop flavor or bitterness. Instead a light taste of raw tobacco and tea leaves support the sweetness and buttery roundness. Slight fruit acidity and an overall flinty minerally taste cleans up the beer heading into finish.

Full bodied for pilsner-rich ales, the starchy body is aided by the fullness of buttery compounds that coat the mouth and give fatty impressions. Those fuller textures linger deep into the finish and gives the beer a satisfying and extended closure of straw-like medium dryness and mineral snap.

While it's easy to read too much of the saison style into this beer, its fuller impressions and malt-forward demeanor gives this beer a juicy malt profile and refined mellow taste. This beer is a very rewarding and round version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 04:49:30 | More by BEERchitect
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Halcyondays

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL green bottle, why green, stop it, thankfully this bottle shows no signs of skunk, this is a classic beer, I know of it thanks to the legendary Michael Jackson, and I've wanted to try it for years,

A: Pours a rather clear goldenrod to yellow orange. Light soapy white head, with good retention, mild lace.

S: Very interesting nose. I get a lot of walnut and peanut oil initially, but this blows off and by the end of the bottle it's more classic biere de garde in the Jenlain style. Lots of grassiness and sourdough bread.

T: Nice nuttiness initially, with some pils style malt and earthy hops. Very much to style, some herbal ale characteristics come in on the back end.

M: Light to medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, real nice piney grassy aftertaste.

O: Nice to see a 750 under $10, and this biere de garde is quite good. Complex, not as good as Jenlain Ambree, but few are. Good stuff, it really is a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 07:18:10 | More by Halcyondays
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KDawg

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a nice gold color with a very foamy head.

excellent and balanced aromas of grains, bits of funk, straw and citrus notes as well

Very good flavors of citrus, grains, and a nice touch of funky dryness on the back end. Nice smooth feel, but lacking a bit in the middle

This is just lacking a slight bit to make it really good. Still a very enjoyable biere de garde with some nice dryness on the end

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 04:57:21 | More by KDawg
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another discounted beer.

A-Pours a hazed honey color. Head grows and dies. Head does leave consistent lacing.

S-Nose is quite sweet. Sugars and some floral notes. A bit bready too. A bit a barnyard aroma too. Yeast and pale juicy fruits.

T-Sugary sweet and flowery. Tastes a bit like overly sugared sweet-tea. Pretty mild. Has some earthy tones that are accompanied by the yeast.

M-Very soft and smooth feel. Carbonation is mellow. Slick. Medium bodied. Easy sipping.

O/D-A pleasant, albeit unmemorable beer from a foreign land. For $3 at a discount, I am happy to have tried it. Nothing crazy but tastes alright.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 23:04:00 | More by VelvetExtract
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw-yellow to the light, perfectly clear and bubbled Champagne-style, this is a handsome and delectable looking ale. Be careful smelling it - I had hardly dipped into the glass but with this tall and fluffy a head it's incredibly easy to get your nose wet. And as the glass (which becomes mummified) will attest, a foam mustache is also unavoidable. (It might be a perfect score if not for the insistence of yeast sediment.)

Saisons have been known to have some pretty funky characteristics and, indeed, this one, although considerably light-struck thanks to the green bottle, smells remarkably (oddly) like Dijon mustard. How very French. While token notes of wheat malt and barnyard must are appreciated, there's a distinctive Dijon-like spice that almost makes me want to sneeze.

Skunkiness is noted in the aroma, but the taste confirms that this beer is still in fine form (and nothing like the bland European lagers we usually find skunked in green glass bottles). More refreshing than complex, it tastes of hay, liquid grain, golden apple and is peppered with a little bit of zesty spice. Continental malt is appreciated on the finish, but it comes to taste like corn starch with hints of Vegemite. It's more likeable when cold.

Living so close to one another, it's obvious the French and Belgians exchanged a few secrets. This French ale captures the musty, farmhouse character of Belgian classics while combining it with classic Champagne-esque bubbling and the fresh acidity, muscular body and dry finish of a Chablis. Indeed, this is a seamless substitute for a mild white wine.

But alas the musty and corn-y elements make the beer significantly less appealing by the second half of the bottle. The skunkiness (why use green glass?) grows more apparent and the graininess becomes oily and overly sweet. The yeasty invaders make themselves known, contributing off-notes that are a little sour and not so tasty. The marks must be lowered.

Whether labeled a saison or a bière de garde, the fact remains that this is, as the late Michael Jackson wrote, where France meets Belgium. While it needs some improvements (no green glass please!), there's no sense offering this beer in anything less than the 750ml bottle; it is the ideal thing to share amongst friends or guests, especially where things like cheese or crackers are served, and is a delightful accompaniment to a relaxing weekend afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 19:49:58 | More by biegaman
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gatornation

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 750ml bottle with BB date of 050912

A- pours a almost clear golden yellow color with a fluffy white head and tons of lacing on side of glass

S- funky,floral , earthy notes of a saison with some grasst musty smells

T- to me very much like a saison ,floral funk up first , with a touch of citrus hops,grassy hay and wheat with a touch of malts balance out the flavor

M- well carbonated thru-out,smooth creamy with some leftover spice

O- to me drinks like a tasty saison,very easy to drink the whole bottle on a warm summer day like today

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 19:07:17 | More by gatornation
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uturn

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an Oerbier long stemmed glass.

Best before end: 30. 10. 09
Enjoyed on: 22. 05. 11

A: The beer poured a hazy light straw color with a fluffy 1+ finger white head and left a very nice sticky lacing on my glass.

N: The nose as mild with notes of sweat bread, mild pepper, dried grass and floral.

T: The taste was light and sweet upfront with caramel, toasted bread and some citrus fruits and ended more on the dry side.

M: The mouthfeel was a mild to medium body and creamy smooth.

D&O: The drinkability was very good with a good balance. A nice easy drinking and refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 19:09:28 | More by uturn
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden color with a big white rocky cap of foam. A nice mixture in the aroma of orchard fruit, earth and yeast--almost a little nutty. Light on the palate. Pale malt, fresh crisp fruit on the palate. It finishes with some earth tones. A solid fresh beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 20:50:25 | More by BeardedBoffin
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy light yellow color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of light funky notes with solid medium sweet malt backbone. Taste is also sweeter then I would have expected with good notes of light barnyard yeast. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed thought maybe a tad too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 03:26:36 | More by Phyl21ca
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goldbot

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Best before 01.06.14.

Hazy yellowish copper in color. Thick, white, foamy head with lively carbonation. Aroma is spicy and fruity; plenty of yeast character here but with sweet estery character. The flavor doesn't pop quite so much, but it is nice and malty with again a nice hint of fruitiness. Pretty good mouthfeel, low to medium body but quite dry tasting. Pretty smooth drinking overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 23:25:37 | More by goldbot
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a blonde color with a great head and some lace. The aroma is a touch funky but that fades in seconds. There is some honey and mild breadiness with a graininess and some subtle floral notes. As it warms alfalfa is a pretty strong character of the aroma as well. The flavor is dry and spicy with some earthiness and grassiness with bits of fruitiness and mild hoppiness sneak in. It's got that baguette and honey sweet maltiness that I love in Biere de Garde but that character seems fairly intensified in this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 17:41:37 | More by BieresDesMoines
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer of the without pants! Nice lemony color, very much like a good saison, with a fluffy, puffy head. A subdued amount of clover and other flowery fragrances hovers over the glass; there's a bit of clove and some... pepper? Whatever it is, it's absolutely inviting. An equally flowery yet subdued flavor, somewhat malty but not overly so, with a rounded swipe of pilsneresque hops at the very end. There's a bit of breadiness and grass in the glass as well. For a 7% beer this does not overpower or cause undue wobble, nor does it warm as it slithers its way down the gut. It's refreshing and delightful and I want another.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:07:55 | More by gfreed
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radshoesbro

California

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't a very good biere de garde, but it is a good beer. If this were labeled as a pilsner I would've rated it higher.

Pours a golden strawish yellow with foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving spots on my glass and massive lacing on my wife's.

Smells of grassy pilsner malts with a slight hint of cider.

this beer changes significantly from my glass to my wife's. In mine it's pretty ordinary, grassy malts with a slight slight zing. In Allyson's it tastes like it's got a mild amount of fruit tartness. Weird.

Mouthfeel is a lot fuller than I figured it would be. Light bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkable to a point, but the slightly high ABV and big bottle will catch up fast if you're drinking alone.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 03:59:44 | More by radshoesbro
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw, sunset hues with decent head and lacing.

S: Nice floral notes, smells similar to a saison, slight farm aroma.

T: Interesting beer. After some contemplation, I definitely get a flavor similar to tea or tea bags. Floral notes come out nicely. This beer is decent, but lacks any memorable or distinguishing characteristics other than perhaps tea bags) that would cause me to want it again.

M: Smooth and easy to drink, moderately thin bodied.

D: Easy to drink, though after finishing my glass, I was ready for something a bit more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 04:48:11 | More by Huhzubendah
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pinotboy007

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice label (a painting) reminiscent of the old French Franc currency. Nice white head over a golden-yellow ale with some carbo bubbles streaming North; no lace.

S - Fruit (Apple? Pear?) and malt.

T - Fruit forward and malty w/only the slightest trace of hops and well-concealed alcohol. There's also a bit of farm straw thrown in there on the nice aftertaste. Very nice.

M - Silky, slick ale with carbonation that's lip-smacking and refreshing.

D - Two thumbs up! More than drinkable any time of year and food friendly, I'm sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 21:30:02 | More by pinotboy007
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Vancer

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Per Michael Jackson on the label, this is world class beer, and 7%. Let's check 'er out.

Cork/caged 750ml pops! loudly upon opening. Clear, straw yellow brew pours well carbonated in my Heritage Festival sample glass. Nice white head pops up, but doesn't lay any lace.

Light aroma of fruit and malt. Sharp grainy grass and pepper cuts in during the finish. Tasty, and very enjoyable this ending summer day. Good beer for $8 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 19:56:26 | More by Vancer
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle with a BBD of 10/30/09. Pours a cloudy orange gold with a medium, but substantial, off white head. Very nice staying power and lacing. Smells of sweet straw, oranges and light fruit, and some honey. Quite floral. Very sweet flavors of grain and apple. Again floral, almost perfume-like. Lightly spicy, and with some bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Spot on for a bière de garde.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 00:55:06 | More by philipquarles
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy a Biere de Garde with a meal or by itself,a vastly underrated style in my humble opinion.This poured into an oversized wine glass a rich full golden with just a hint of orange hue,a clingy near creamy-like white head atop.Aromas of wet grain and some mineral,and slightly sweet dough.Flavors have a big pilsner malt bready quality that alot of the style do,some semi sweet toffee and light white pepper spice round out the finish.I like it,a beer to savor and enjoy,very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 18:54:42 | More by oberon
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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
90 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.