Les Bière Des Sans Culottes - Brasserie La Choulette
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4/5 rDev -1%
This review is of a recently purchased 750, no legible bottling date visible, poured into a traditionally fluted IPA glass. The beer pours a bright and cheery yellow with a modest white foam head. There is some lacing that stays with the glass. There is some sediment so be careful not to pour aggressively and to let the bottle rest if you've moved it a lot.
The nose is delicate and modestly complex as is fitting a blonde ale. At first inhalation there is slight pear, lemon and banana. This gives to way to fresh wood and hay. At no point is the aroma anything more than a suggestion - just a slight wisp of recognition and its gone.
Upon tasting the sense of balance and delicacy is maintained. The beer flows over the tongue from middle to back, leaving a sensory trail of bread, dry grain and slight hops. There is a bit of salt to the sides of the tongue and medium carbonation that cleanses and refreshes. This biere de garde drinks like the finest of saisons but with just a little extra warmth from the 7% ABV calling attention to its stylistic difference.
I really, really like this. As a beire de garde this should keep well. I only purchased the one bottle, now I am hoping I can lay in a few more. I could drink this anytime
08-01-2014 20:44:42 | More by cornmuse
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.
11-19-2013 03:37:42 | More by augustgarage
3.64/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
06-16-2013 02:54:56 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
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".
05-12-2013 17:19:52 | More by thierrynantes
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
05-05-2013 06:40:49 | More by popery
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.
02-24-2013 01:02:52 | More by metter98
2.4/5 rDev -40.6%
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.
12-15-2012 18:45:21 | More by Thorpe429
Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
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