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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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90
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119 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Reviews by mzwolinski:
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mzwolinski

California

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The few French artisinal beers I have had (Belzebuth, Biere du Desert), have not impressed me favorably toward the breed. As a result, this one sat in my closet for quite some time before being opened.

The beer poured clear gold in color, topped by a thinnish but naggingly persistent whitish head. The musky aroma masks a mild spiciness, combined with just the mildest hint of light fruitiness.

Strong barnyard character to the flavor. This develops a grapey, wine-like character toward the finish, and ends with a light suggestion of piney hops. Subtle and understated but complex.

Fairly dry in the finish, and overall light and effervescent in the mouth. A very pleasant surprise!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 17:05:56 | More by mzwolinski
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-25-2013 19:19:45 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

12-14-2013 02:55:54 | More by jaydoc
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-07-2013 19:57:53 | More by BillRoth
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RochefortChris

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

12-04-2013 18:25:57 | More by RochefortChris
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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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impending

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-30-2013 03:57:11 | More by impending
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-03-2013 23:34:24 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Holy_Hop_Head

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-30-2013 04:40:47 | More by Holy_Hop_Head
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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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Farnswurth

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

06-01-2013 02:21:29 | More by Farnswurth
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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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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-10-2013 19:08:37 | More by twenty5
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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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olfolxholme

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-03-2013 02:38:42 | More by olfolxholme
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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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marcobrau

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-19-2013 20:49:58 | More by marcobrau
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cliff1066

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12-28-2012 01:56:59 | More by cliff1066
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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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VernonKell

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2012 22:06:30 | More by VernonKell
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-12-2012 01:40:08 | More by t0rin0
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

09-12-2012 13:21:06 | More by yossarian14
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.1%

09-06-2012 05:31:26 | More by NOLANDMAN
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claytong

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-14-2012 23:58:57 | More by claytong
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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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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
90 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.