Les Bière Des Sans Culottes - Brasserie La Choulette

Not Rated.
Les Bière Des Sans CulottesLes Bière Des Sans Culottes

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

101 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 101
Hads: 127
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 24
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (12) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 101 | Hads: 127
Photo of nathi
2.28/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale yellow with low head.
Little malt, huge rotten cabbage aroma, a light acidicness.
Fruity malt flavor is very low and very simple. Light tartness and very dry.
This beer just tastes off. Not pleasant. Out of 5 Bier de Gardes tasted oin the same night, this was the worst and had the lamest malt profile. (313 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
2.29/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle, corked

Pours with a hazy yellowy body, fluffy egg white head, some retention but nothing outstanding

Smell, really wasnt sure what was going on here, cauliflower and brocolli being boiled, a fair whack of DMS. Little bit of malt, little else

Taste, quite dry and limited, some off flavours once again, DMS fairly prominent.

Maybe it was a bad bottle, but this was pretty rough all round with lots of off flavours (439 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.44/5  rDev -39.2%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, sediment-enriched blonde body with a thin white head.

Smell: That's one screwy scent. Crackers and diced, cooked potatoes. Oh, and it certainly smells cidery, with strong notes of musty apples.

Taste: A tart, pressed flower flavor with just a bit of sugary sweetness that carries through to the lingering, tart finish. No real hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Man, this really makes me miss the Lost Abbey Avant Garde. I should see if I still a bottle or two around. (545 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright, pilsner like light amber with some sunshine touches. Nice had at first, the recedes to champagne film and ok lacing. The aroma is lots of green apple peels. Very herbal scents. Some honey becomes prevalent as the beer warms though. The taste is a little cidery. Lots of apples and herbs. Dry, pie baking herbs. At least, thats the first thing that comes to mind. This beers starts to get a bit metallic as it warms though. I liked the apple flavors, but the warmer it gets, the more the apples fade. The palate is Fantly fruity with some dried fruit and a metallic finish. (586 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden color with a quickly faiding head.
The aroma is full of more fruit than i am used to in a biere de garde. The aroma is very unique for an ale from this region is reminds me of cassis only just a sublte hint amongs a dry very tasty bready malt aroma. I havent taken a drink yet but i can't wait so here goes.
Not as carbonated as most belgian beers this ale is not as bitey and presents a more malt forward example of the style. Still the Flavor begins with a quick rush of bubbles and a touch of hop bitterness only to be swept away with the fruity flavor and toasty dry malt flavor that lingers almost too long for my taste.
Mouthfeel is appropriate for style and is refreshing.
Overall the lack of the high belgian style carbonation makes this beer a little flabby. Maybe ill buy another bottle in a year or so to see if their techniques have improved but otherwise an enjoyable brew. (909 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured an opaque yellowish/golden body with a small white head.

Nose was a mix of big ripe fruits and dulled mild spice.

Taste was very dry and crisp. Clean malt, some yeast, and mild fruit tones. Hints of some floral notes as well as touches of spice. Basically crisp and dulled though. Sort of like a golden ale or saison but a bit crisper with some very subtle touches of flowers and spice.

Decent beer, wasn’t crazy about it. (449 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of radshoesbro
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked best before 12/1/07

A - Pours a golden with a thin fluffy white head.

S - Fruity and floral aromas with a touch of green apple. Earthy damp soil and decaying vegetation are faint in the background. Some grassy notes.

T - Cooked corn (but not really DMS like compared to other beers I have tasted it in) is the predominant flavor. It creates an earthy slightly sweet taste that lingers into a dry finish. At the sweet part some honey dances on the tongue but then gives way back to the drying corn finish.

M - On the lighter side of medium with a dry finish.

D - Not complex but unique. I found it hard to drink straight out of the fridge but much better as I approached the bottom of the bottle and it had warmed significantly. (746 characters)

Photo of ILhophead
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking a 750mL bottle, one year past it's best before date, from a Duvel tulip glass. My first french blond ale so I'm not familiar with all of the characteristics of the style. Poured with a nice 1" or so head with large loose bubbles. Crystal clear, light golden color. Can't come up with any good descriptors for the smell other than it smells like it tastes. Light caramel sweetness and a grassy, fruity, floral bouquet. Nice, light mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Worth a try if you like the style. (500 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

supposedly their most special brew, but i will tell you that my bottle from 2009 (found on shelf in south denver) has seen its better days im sure. there is some oxidation and also some coagulation of the yeast which results in a fish food murky pour with an almost gray shade to it, dense and uninviting. still, the french stuff turns me on, and this one does too, with a really far out yeasty aroma, almost like a saison of champagne, farmy for sure, straw and hay and grass and meadow, late summer, dried by the sun but still earthy and natural. hops have faded a lot, but still kick in some bitterness to balance the sweeter, thicker malt base, which is probably a shadow of its former self. the flavors are all a bit stale, oxidized, this was probably pretty awesome fresh or even after a few years, but six is too many. carbonation held up though, and i like the beer on the whole. i like this brewery a lot too, it really has my interest, although i have to say i had much higher hopes for this. not everything is better aged, memo to new wave beer geeks (1,061 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color. One inch white head with large bubbles. Decent amounts of lace develop.

Smell: grass, apples, and a soft spiciness comes through to the nose.

Taste: green apples, grass, grapes, hints of spiciness and a touch of earthiness are wrapped in a hearty Saaz-styled hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: very crisp throughout. Relatively clean aftertaste for the flavorful profile. Medium bodied beers.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer that goes well with simple pork chop or tenderloin meal. Mildly refreshing. (540 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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. (1,004 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty tasty Biere De Garde from France, but it wasnt complex enough for me to rate it as highly as others before me have! This beer poured a nice light-amber colour with a fluffy white head. The aromas were very malty with some spicy notes and some boozy notes, but that was about it in the aromas department. The taste was good, but it reminded me of an Octoberfest beer, not a Biere De Garde. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and the drinkability was nice.

Not bad, but not worthy of all the hype! (513 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sans Culottes pours a fluffy head over a slightly cloudy golden brew.
Carbonation is moderate but steady, and the nose is light barley malt,
fruit, and ale yeast. The flavor is slightly sweet malt up front, balanced
with an herbal hop finish. The mouthfeel is round yet crisp, with a bit of
astringency due to the 7% alcohol by volume. This almost seems like a
great big pils. Tasty. (389 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (2,066 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 01.12.06

Pours a clear straw color with a one inch head that settles pretty slowly to a thin cap and ring, and leaves behind some pretty nice lacing.

Smell; very earthy, with a somewhat horse blanket smell. Fruity with hints of apples with some bits of coriander.

Taste; the horse blanket is more pronounced in the flavor. There's a nice grassy and fruitiness, with some apples and coriander and a little bit of lemon. Mouthfeel is light and pretty creamy, and goes down really nicely. Went very well with my spicy Thai chicken. (545 characters)

Photo of pinotboy007
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  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. (2,419 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 27-02-08. White head and a golden beer with orange shine and lots of haze and also bigger particles floating in the brew. Nose is very grainy, light sour and spicy. Taste is more sour, quiet bitter( not just hops), herbal, grainy, dry taste and malts taste bit like dry grass. Good beer but needs a couple of sips to get used to the grainy sour taste and next to that bitterness hangs bit. Well carbonated and certainly not your regular brew. Enjoyable (455 characters)

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

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. (3,026 characters)

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

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. (586 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  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. (435 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
89 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.