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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes - Brasserie La Choulette

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

121 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie La Choulette visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002)
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Reviews by marcobrau:
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

marcobrau, Jan 19, 2013
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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

oberon, Mar 28, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Appearance – Light orange in color with a yellowish tinge and a frothing head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The nose here is very light, even though the ale has warmed. It’s also classic BDG, though. The yeast is clear and nicely spiced. The white pepper especially makes a nice compliment, and the coriander is very clean.

Taste – The delicate flavors here work incredibly well together. This is a terrific example of how to balance rather complicated flavors. The yeast is sharp yet not overpowering. The light summer fruits are not overly sweet or “oranged”, as is often the case with inferior attempts at the style. Lastly, the spices are used to finely tune the other wonderful flavors.

Mouthfeel – Again, very delicate in the mouth. The carbonation is rich and active and the incredible balance helps this one go down quite well. This one is on the fuller side of medium-bodied and very fluffy.

Drinkability – This was a great surprise. I actually picked this up at a Topps grocery store of all places. What a find. I’ll pick up another bottle and keep it for a special occasion.

RoyalT, Dec 23, 2003
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4/5  rDev -1%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Upcharging and pretty clear deep yellow color, hazy and sparkly head. Sharp and winey aroma, with a sense of yeasty and woodsy mustiness. Flavor is full but not piquant, more like elements of malty sweetness and oak barrel flavor with some unfermented grape. Reasonably full-bodied, nice in the swallow with aftertaste of muskiness. Enough hops to make it balanced for style (I guess, this style is pretty new to me). Pretty enjoyable...

ADR, Jul 01, 2002
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4/5  rDev -1%

Pours a chunky yet airy white head over an orange-tinted golden body. Head recedes leaving chunky lace. Smells of tangy malt with hints of citrus and pilsner malt. Tastes crisp and fairly clean. A mild malt sweetness and just a touch of lemon citrus. A rather substantial earthy character. Hints of hops in the background. Crisp mouthfeel from a substantial carbonation. Medium bodied. Clean finish with a slight dryness.

A fairly mild, well-balanced and easy drinking Biere de Garde. Refreshing. It would make a good intro to the style, and artisan brews in general, for a non-craft drinker, but there just isn’t enough muscle or complexity for my tastes. I prefer La Choulette’s Ambree over this, but that applies in most situations. This is still an excellent beer-- well balanced and makes a great accompaniment to a meal.

Shovelbum, Feb 08, 2006
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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

This beer totally and utterly agreed with with me. Very nice floral subtly oaky aroma, very nice tastewise. Very subtle and elegant, with a tremendously satisfying bitter finish, very savoury, a very juicy little brew (grape-like as VENOM says), totally awesome. We get the Choulette Ambree down under, but not this, i'm sure the importers could get this if they wanted to. I'll just have to wait till i get to europe to try it again until they do.

rastaman, Jun 12, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours a golden yellow with a frothy white head which leaves nice lacing down the glass. Lots and lots of sediment floating around. I'm never seen quite so much before. I'm new to the style so please forgive me in my review. Sweet in the nose, with some spicy hops. Very complex; I can't begin to do all the flavours justice. All I know is I could smell this beer all evening and be happy. Spices (I get some coriander) with malts in the taste and a gentle hint of lemony gueuze-like sourness. Lovely and complex. Still can't get over the nose. Mouthfeel is nice. Wow, this is a nice beer. If the rest of the exampls of of biere de gardes are like this, I might have found my new favourite style.

foamer, Apr 06, 2005
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4/5  rDev -1%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a light golden yellow clear body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles and big white head of large airy bubbles. It has a nice soapy lacing with each sip.

S- Very light smell of soft malt and some fresh raw grain with a faint earthiness.

T-The taste is very smooth and has a slight sweetness but very light. Some raw grains with a hint of pale malt and light toasted malt. Slight carbonic acid taste in the dry finish. A very light hop bitterness in the finish aswell.

M- Medium-light body with some fizz to it.

D-This beer is very light and crisp and has a nice sweetness to it that is very faint. The malt and hops have good depth for as light as they are. Very pleasant to drink and the subtle taste makes me want to take another sip.

rhoadsrage, Sep 19, 2005
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured into a Moinette goblet (why not?). Got a nice bumpy head, snowy white and superbly retained. Gorgeous bubble activity inside an orange/gold body. Leaves a good web of lace. A nearly perfect looking beer.

Earthy aroma, grassy, wet hay, even mild barnyard funk.

Flavors are grassy, with funky yeast present. Also getting some boiled apple and mild nutmeg. Malt and alcohol flavors squeeze through too. Sweet on the tongue, an almost neutral aftertaste. Quite dry. Very light in the mouth. All-in-all pretty complex and absolutely delicious.

Super-easy to drink with its lighter body and 7% ABV. Probably best for summer but there's enough weight to this one, in terms of flavors and mouthfeel, to satisfy even in the coldest winter.

Metalmonk, Mar 08, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Misty, particle-strewn apricot with a plentiful white bonnet.
Fragrant of honeyed nuts, lilacs, stables, hay, white grapes and mildew.
So unique. Dehydrated orange peels, touched with honey, rolled in crushed cashews and chalkdust, laid upon sugared bread dough. Aided by sweet red apple cider and soft white wine vinousness. Earthy yeast qualities appear. Dangling cobwebs in forgotten dark corners. Horse elements too. Saddles mostly. Full of plant-life as well. Full botanical gardens. Multicolored blossoms. Petal softness. Herbal uprisings near the finale. Vanilla-hued rosemary, basil and ginger.
Medium bodied. Crisp and firm, yet soft-feeling and cream-filled.
This is absolutely delightful and one-of-a-kind.

A pants-less thanks to Bighuge for this jewel of a biere-de-garde.

cokes, Apr 30, 2004
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Damn good biere de garde, had at Beer Bistro. Spicey yeasty and smooth drinking. Nice permanent foaminess built in. Nice cidery colour. Some complexity to the taste, great alone, and according to my drinking buddy, with his meal. From France you say?

Sammy, Dec 20, 2005
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3.91/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

augustgarage, Nov 19, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

This is the beer without pants, but the broad on the label is without a bra. Hey girl...one of yo titties be out! Anyhow, the very artistic, and very French painting on the bottle is beautiful and adds a touch of class to a very pretty bottle.

A - As soon as I opened the corked and caged 750 ml bottle, a ridiculous amount of foam started to slowly erupt from the mouth. I waited for a few moments after wiping the foam away to see if it would stop, but it just kept coming even after I poured about 10 oz into my snifter. The brew in said snifter is a wonderfully cloudy brilliant marigold color with a mind-bogglingly huge and fluffy white head that leaves huge clumps of sea-foam stuck to the glass. Retention is excellent, and the sheer beauty of this beer has me reeling.

S - Fresh and cold apple cider, white vinegar, and a hint of tart cranberries. Green grape skins. Very delicate and a bit under-powered.

T - Sour green grapes and grape leaves like you'll find on greek food. In fact, this has a bit of a feta cheese acrid flavor too. I'm tasting a whole lot of very strange things here: hearts of palm, green olives, feta cheese, sour kraut, yellow peppers, lemon, herbs, and chicken broth. Very odd stuff this is.

M - Medium-light bodied with some prickly carbonation and a sour acidic finish that fades into a bit of dryness.

D - This is one of those weird and complex beers that shock and offend you at first, but then it starts to grow on you. My first Flanders red, roggenbier, and rauchbier struck me the same way. Overall, I wouldn't really want to drink this all night....especially at the price I paid for this one. But, its totally worth a try since it is so different and complex. This beer is like modern art...I respect it for the talent that went into it, but I don't really understand it.

pmcadamis, Feb 16, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +1%

Corked and caged 750ml bottle with a "best before" date of 01.12.07 poured into a tulip glass. Pours a small yellowish orange color with a small white head. The aroma is predominately malty and yeasty with some fruit and peppery spice. The taste starts out pretty mild with some malt and yeast flavors but livens up towards the sour/tart finish which shows some of the spices. At times I am reminded of an Oktoberfest beer when drinking this. Overall, this is a really tasty brew that I wouldn't mind having again at all.

cjgator3, Jan 15, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

cliff1066, Dec 28, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

philipquarles, Jul 27, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

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

KDawg, Mar 11, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 27, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

goldbot, Feb 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

metter98, Feb 24, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Presentation: 750ml cagetop bottle (best by date of 6-17-08) in a tulip glass

BAside: anyone else find it amusing that a beer named after pantless French freedom fighters has a label with a topless woman on it?

Opened with a noticeable "Pop", poured very softly & slowly with a faint crackle. Initially the nose is soft, muted, damp wood, moist soil, the aroma of walking thru a humid secluded woods in the cool of the morning, long left to nature's whimsy and full of green life & brown decay. With some time to bloom it grows brighter, faint echo of caramel & some old spices, with a perry-like sweetness, but yet still very clean. With subsequent pours mineral & rock qualities release, slightly musty, traces of old bread and very mild cheese.

A pencil's worth of tight, minute, pearl white foam faded quickly to a floating island with an edge ring that laced slightly. A repour intent on agitating it succeeds as I'm rewarded with a solid 2 finger's of more voluminous bubbles, sticky, sculpted, much more pleasing to the eye. An "old gold" describes the body, brassy & warm, reminiscent of aging pine, crystal clear with a nice parade of bubbles rising furiously thru it.

Its worth noting that this was initially poured at the BA suggested temps, but its definitely getter better in the aroma & initial taste as it warms. I would suggest drinking this at cellar temps to start.

Soft, semi-sweet, yet on the arid side of semi-dry, traces of summer corn, soft spice and room temperature pears. Malts are very soft and echo of the tender innards of artisan bread loaves, but not the crusts. A faint, piney quality is present as is some grassiness and adds some counterweight & a slightly bitter aspect, which is welcome. I definitely would drink this lightly chilled....ironically just as the bottle label says. Lesson learned. Luckily its a large bottle.

The crunch on the tongue is very muted, subdued. A "twang" of some sort is present, slightly bitter, even a peep tart, but I can't put my tongue on a comparative taste. Overall the mouthfeel & effect is very nicely balanced and clean.

It begins to grow softer, drier, more bittersweet on the palate (which is now just screaming for some cheese, bread, light fruit, a simple cured meat to go with this) and finishes very clean, slightly filmy, a tad thick with a bittersweet coated feeling.

This is an odd call. Its no taste roller coaster, but its not supposed to be. It is very clean, has some subtle sophistication, most refreshing, and would be a perfect aperitif beer, especially with the items I mentioned previously, Would also be dead on with most oily fish, a fruited/zesty salad, a simple sandwich made of few yet impeccable ingredients. A very versatile beer. I'm relatively new to this genre and these & Saisons are growing on me in their simplistic complexity. Its certainly worthy trying and would be highly recommended to pair with simple fare or to just enjoy quietly and enjoy a nice, easy to drink beer that has a few secrets. Give it a shot.

BuckSpin, Sep 28, 2007
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

750ml thanks to MartinT. The appearance is a nice clear shining gold. White head, well-laced, but pretty thin. Aroma is spicy, something along the lines of chive, very dry and farmy, almost closing to a wheat field in that respect. Slight floral and yeast notes complement the nose, but overall, it seems a bit harsh in its dryness, like a farm in summer that didn't receive enough water during spring. Palate is also very dry, not unlike a white wine, grapey with notes of orange, grapefruit, bread and lemon. Subtle hay and tartness come and go leaving a pleasant yeasty/spicy finish.

Rastacouere, Apr 19, 2004
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Golden blonde in hue, topped by a fluffy, thick rocky head. Brilliant clarity. Rough, frothy lace remains. Combination of a sweetly floral and chlorophyll - laden, fresh cut grass like hop nose is dominant in aroma. Undertones of yeast must and black licorice along with trace clove add, herbal rustic depth. Becomes progressively more peppery and phenolic as the volatile hop oils evaporate, but retains a purposeful, understated elegance. Softly spoken, yet enticing aromawise. Mellow, lightly perfumed, Blossom - esque honey sweetness upfront in flavor is quickly complemented by mild yeast and base pilsner malt derived breadiness. Subtle phenols emerge mid palate accompanied by light, pearish esters, only to be superceded by a firm, but judicious light caramel malt presence that serves to both extend malt sweetness and counteract the high apparant attenuation by contributing dextrins. Agreeably smooth, innocuous and soft in mouthfeel. Non descript, but well calculated hop bitterness offsets residual sweetness well and provides a cleansing dryness. Finishes mostly clean, with notes of sweet cracker and hints of lightly citric lemongrass. San Culottes is a dangerously delightful and soft brew. It's as light on the palate as a fine Helles but adds the subtle spice and fruit of a Belgian pale. A nearly quintessential Biere de Garde, that's only a hair shy in malt character. Very enjoyable.

marc77, Jun 12, 2003
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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
90 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.