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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes - Brasserie La Choulette

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BA SCORE
88
very good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002)
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Photo of cypressbob
2.28/5  rDev -43.4%
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

cypressbob, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of nathi
2.3/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

nathi, Nov 09, 2002
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

scruffwhor, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

RenoZymurgist, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of taez555
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

taez555, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of brewcrew76
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

brewcrew76, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of radshoesbro
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.

radshoesbro, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

VelvetExtract, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

RochefortChris, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of ILhophead
3.58/5  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.

ILhophead, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
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.

TappaKeggaBrew, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Gavage, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of francisweizen
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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!

francisweizen, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

GRG1313, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of shadow1961
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

shadow1961, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

RedHaze, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of twenty5
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
Photo of impending
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

impending, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Farnswurth
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Farnswurth, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of paterlodie
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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

paterlodie, Nov 27, 2006
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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
88 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.