Les Bière Des Sans Culottes - Brasserie La Choulette

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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?

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.44/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully rich sunset gold with a fine yeasty haze. The head is as stunning as the heads on the finest Belgian ales; no surprise since quality brewing doesn't stop at the Franco-Belgian border. It's French vanilla is color, creamily airy and as sticky as all get out with multiple lace bridges connecting cap and glass. I love the look of world-class saisons and bieres de garde and this one can easily be counted among the best.

The nose is low on power; although, to be fair, there's quite a bit of head between me and the beer. Adding more liquid to the glass brings it closer, but also results in more foam. The nose is golden fruity with a mild white peppery spiciness. It smells neither malt-dominant, nor hop-dominant. Yeast-dominant perhaps?

This is definitely good beer, if a little too light (in both flavor and body) to be considered great. I'll reserve final judgement until I've entered the bottom portion of the bottle where most of the yeasties have congregated. The initial burst of flavor is wonderful, I just wish that it lingered a bit longer on the taste buds rather than rushing off to deliver the increasingly soporific effects of a 7% ABV.

The Beer Without Pants is fruitier and sweeter than I remember most biere de gardes being, although it isn't all that sweet in the general sense. The flavor profile consists of ripe buttery pears in a light sugar syrup, sprinkled with toasted sourdough bread crumbs, coriander and clove. As I said, this is delicious beer whose only real fault is a lack of commitment on the palate.

Subsequent pours don't murk up the appearance and don't intensify the flavor much at all. If you like beer of this style to be light, summery and insanely drinkable, then you'll love it. I'm tempted to grant a perfect score for drinkability, but drinkability is too enmeshed in my love of a beer's flavor for me to go that route here.

The body does firm up a bit with warming, but is still closer to light than to medium. To its credit, the beer easily avoids a watery mouthfeel while walking the 'light tightrope' with consummate skill. It's too bad that the bubbles had other things to do; the mouthfeel is in need of a little zestiness at this point in the proceedings.

In the final analysis, Les Biere Des Sans Culottes is a well-crafted biere de garde that would benefit, in my considered opinion, by being ever so slightly bigger in all respects. What's there is fabulous, I just want more of it.

Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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.

Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of creamy, off white head settles slowly and leaves minor lace. The body is clear and dark gold in color.

S - Spicy and peppery with clean malt and notes of pepper, vanilla, mango and pineapple.

T - Rich malty flavor up front, followed by the same yeast character as in the nose. Lots of pepper and vanilla in the middle complimented by pineapple. The hops come out for the finish with the spicy, herbal, flavors of european hops and moderate bitterness.

M - Thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D - An easily drinkable and quite complex example of the style. The aroma characteristics are especially nice.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that this bottle made it into the U.S. with this label intact, topless lass and all, ...maybe it's less lascivious, maybe the nipples aren't so distinct...
Appearance: slightly hazy, fully peachy, tangeriney color, with a fine layer of fizzy white foam, that alas, dissipates too soon.
Aroma: soft, yet fruity, orange is brightest here, citrus is strong, and there's a particularly spicy factor at work as well, lush and invigorating.
Taste: mmm, fruity, yet mild, mellow, medium body, small finish, but flavor is just right. Not sure where the difference and deviation is between this and the regular Choulettes...did they drop their trousers while brewing?
No, it is significantly different, all my jokes aside, it is smoother, fruitier, without the lemony/orange citric taste, very mellow, easy-drinking, a perfect choice for dinner, picnics, celebrations, patting yourself on the back, whatever it takes. Very well-rounded, the malt meets the hops almost perfectly, and the flavor remains king. Mmm, tasty, and this is so amiable and perfectly integrated, that, were it more affordable and readily reachable, I'd take it on more often as an everyday brew. Just loosen the belt, lose the fancypants and go "sans culottes", I says...

Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 17.06.08:

Pours golden with a foamy white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of a floral bouquet with grassy/grainy undertones and lightly toasted bread. Champagne-like fruitiness mixed in.

The taste is lighter than the taste, though still well-done. Yeasty and oily with some caramelish sweetness. Late-setting hops give it some bitterness in the dry finish.

Nor complex for style, but tasty in its simplicity and light body. Well-hidden alcohol and lack of spicy complexities make this very easy to drink.

For a fuller example, try this brewery's Ambree. After having different offerings of this brewery, I do realize that La Choulette has a wonderful yeast strain, giving their beers a uniquely wonderful taste. This could use more flavor and body, but the aroma and drinkability make this a shining star of a mild/light example of the style.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, clear, light gold color. It is crowned by a thick off white head. Aromas of lemon zest, grain, and hay are found in the nose. Overall though, the aromas are quite light. Mmm, this beer is much tastier than the faint aroma would suggest. The beer is lightly sweet and it has a medium full body, which is a nice surprise. The taste is redolent with lemon, green apple, bergamot, grain, and a tannic bite. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish, which is followed by an astringency and some tingling acidity. A nice bit of toasted biscuit and toasted malt flavors come through as this beer opens up. This beer is definitely quite malty.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw, sunset hues with decent head and lacing.

S: Nice floral notes, smells similar to a saison, slight farm aroma.

T: Interesting beer. After some contemplation, I definitely get a flavor similar to tea or tea bags. Floral notes come out nicely. This beer is decent, but lacks any memorable or distinguishing characteristics other than perhaps tea bags) that would cause me to want it again.

M: Smooth and easy to drink, moderately thin bodied.

D: Easy to drink, though after finishing my glass, I was ready for something a bit more interesting.

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL green bottle, why green, stop it, thankfully this bottle shows no signs of skunk, this is a classic beer, I know of it thanks to the legendary Michael Jackson, and I've wanted to try it for years,

A: Pours a rather clear goldenrod to yellow orange. Light soapy white head, with good retention, mild lace.

S: Very interesting nose. I get a lot of walnut and peanut oil initially, but this blows off and by the end of the bottle it's more classic biere de garde in the Jenlain style. Lots of grassiness and sourdough bread.

T: Nice nuttiness initially, with some pils style malt and earthy hops. Very much to style, some herbal ale characteristics come in on the back end.

M: Light to medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, real nice piney grassy aftertaste.

O: Nice to see a 750 under $10, and this biere de garde is quite good. Complex, not as good as Jenlain Ambree, but few are. Good stuff, it really is a nice beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened at biegamans Summer Saison tasting, thanks Jan!

Pours a clear straw yellow, light bit of haze, thin white head forms, drops to a thin ring, not much lacing. Smell is nice, sweet and sugary, dry toast middle, strawberries, quite grainy, bran cereal, oats, different take but neat. Taste is similar, bran, vanilla/brown sugar, toast, quite malty, some spice, honey, nice finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, goes down smooth, the graininess is pretty neat because its so complex. Thanks Jan!

Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy looking straw color. A dense off-white head recedes to a collar and a few islands. The aroma is musty and fruity with a spattering of grapes. The fruitiness on the nose is very muted on the tongue. Instead, there is substantial must, a little leather, tinges of alcohol and some evidence of lime juice. This is a unique beverage. Some very slight sourness and tartness. A little bit of a dry finish. Body is light to medium and mouthfeel is effervescent. Nice little farmhouse ale. Very drinkable.

Photo of cjgator3
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer without pants. Perfect score on quality naming. I'm not so expert on Biere de Garde style, so this review should get a generous dose of salt. The appearance was very good, crystal clear golden color, lots of wet looking foam with lacing tendrils on the glass. The aroma was mild, mostly malts. The flavor was sweet and a little "worty", a very nice reminder of the tastes I "smell" in working microbreweries. Very very tasty, the essence of pale malt. I liked it.

Photo of ccrida
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (best before 17.06.08) that I've cellared for a little over a year, poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet at 55F , is a clear brassy gold, with a very creamy white head that leaves decent lace. In spite of lots of easily roused white flecks in suspension in the bottle, each of my gentle pours clear, barely chill-hazed. I've cellared this bottle for a little over a year

Smell is sweet cereal grains, floral, lots of vanilla, some melon, toffee and coconut, very nice

Taste is pretty strong at first, with a sharp metallic bite that it took a few sips to adjust to. I compared the first 6 oz to the last 6 of a Southampton French Christmas, and it was so overwhelming I didn't think I'd finish the bottle. I definitely didn't seem to go good with the leftover thanksgiving dinner either, although that could have still been the palate shock from the strong contrast as well. However, as I adjusted, which took that whole first small pour, it opened up more favorably, sweeter, with honey, toffee, table sugar, vanilla, melons. Pretty damn good, but not the world classic I expected, it needed more malt, way less tang. It may be well past it primed, depending on how forward dated it is "Best Before," but it's been in good conditions since I've had it. I still have one more, and may let it run for a long while just to see what it's like in say, 5 years. Probably bad, we'll see. Also, while a very authentic example of the blonde French farmhouse style, I definitely prefer a maltier, darker BdG. Not a huge difference from their La Choulette Blonde IIRC.

Mouthfeel is light, dry and sticky, but very fluffy carbonation, very lush. However, it seems a bit textured, perhaps it's just my imagination, but I swear I can feel those flecks I see in the bottle!

Drinkability is pretty good, nice taste and goes down easily, and not a bad price either IIRC. Still, it's on the thicker, more full-flavored side, and started out rather rough, but was so pleasant by the end, I can't think of another beer that turned around so dramatically as I acclimated. Nevertheless, I should try one fresh, these pale BdGs can be good with food if they're not too sweet and sharp.

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.

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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
90 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.