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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes - Brasserie La Choulette

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 22
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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 philipquarles
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle with a BBD of 10/30/09. Pours a cloudy orange gold with a medium, but substantial, off white head. Very nice staying power and lacing. Smells of sweet straw, oranges and light fruit, and some honey. Quite floral. Very sweet flavors of grain and apple. Again floral, almost perfume-like. Lightly spicy, and with some bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Spot on for a bière de garde.

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 BarleyMine
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a snifter and it poured a hazy golden color with a nice 1/2" white head receding to a 1/4" white line with slow, sticky lacing and sediment floating about.

Smells of yeast with fruity tones.

The taste is great. The initial flavor is yeasty/cellar-like flavors with nice fruity, malty, sweet and slight grain flavors in the finish.

The body is medium bordering on full with relaxed carbonation, a thick (not as thick as Belzebuth) mouth feel and a great satisfying finish.

Photo of Nickls
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Poured with a frothy white head, noticeable rising carbonation. Hazy, dandelion color.

S - Sweet fruit in the aroma, nearing apple and pear with a touch of yeasty sourness

T - Light, sweet fruitiness (pear?) with an almost grassy/strawy earthiness at the end.

M - Lighter MF, but by no means thin. Rolls well over the palate, and the carbonation is not a effervescent as suggested in the appearance.

D - Hugely drinkable brew. Very refreshing, and interesting enough to demand another sip. Definitely easy to quaff.

Overall, this is a great example of the style in every department. I found it to be very enjoyable, but subtle in the complexities. Good stuff, and definitely recommend for fans of the style.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml green bottle. "best by" of 30.10.09 printed on label. poured into tulip.

golden honey color with amber tone. clear on first pours, but some tiny yeast particles later. nice head that fades slowly to wispy layer. nice lacing.

pears and esters with gentle phenols and faint farmhouse odors. damp, sweet hay.

flavor has more pear fruitiness, esters and gentler phenols, providing a sweetness along with that from the malt and caramel. some diacetyl. gentle to moderate bitterness has grassy quality.

smooth, but ever so slightly watery. faint resins in finish. lively carbonation.

still some sweet cloying characters and phenols that cut down on drinkability for me.

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 DIM
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear, apple juice yellow. It poured with a big, sticky white head that quickly faded to a thin layer.

s: Strange, enticing, and difficult to decipher nose on this one. Sweet malty aromas of floral, peaty vanilla and a little butterscotch. There is also some mild spiciness here (cinnamon? coriander?) and just a little funky, rye yeastiness. As it warms a little heat emerges.

t: Malty toffee up front gives way to yeasty corriander flavors. There is also a bit of a metallic after taste. Subtle and strange, I've never had anything like this.

m: This has a light, crisp body and gentle, creamy carbonation.

d: Interesting, I need to explore this style further. This is my second example of the style and it was very different from the first.

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 yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy golden color with contrasting white head that is quite luxurious, creamy, and retains well.

Nose is faint, with apple & soft cheeses. Not sure if this is a slightly bad beer or not (the cheese).

Palate is extremely creamy body, soft ripe fruit & cheese, tart apples, light hops, and again just very creamy & smooth.

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 SurlyDuff
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice rich honey golden with a nice haze. It's got the classic Eugène Delacroix painting of the nude liberty leading the french towards freedom on the front label. Real neat choice for a great brew like this.

Floral honey sweetness in the aroma. Malt is sugary and fizzy.

Grassy leafy grape and honey sweetness. Fruity overripe orange, melon, and other fruits.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel, with a lingering sweet aftertaste. Overall a really nice and interesting brew, and one of the few ive had forom france, to date.

Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled may 24/08 as part of biegaman's annual summer saison tasting, with a mix of BA/RB represented. biegaman shared this one, so thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. best before 11.01.09.

pours nearly clear golden yellow with a small white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. big caramel and fruity nose. orange, date, fig. light sweetness. hint of alcohol. light spice hiding in the background. whole wheat bread. crackers.

taste is good. light sweetness. caramel. lots of fruit again - strange having this much dark fruit in such a light beer, but i like it. orange peel. whole wheat bread. light alcohol. light spice again.

mouthfeel is good. well integrated medium carbonation level. super smooth. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. good balance. great fruit. i really liked this one.

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 pmcadamis
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the beer without pants, but the broad on the label is without a bra. Hey girl...one of yo titties be out! Anyhow, the very artistic, and very French painting on the bottle is beautiful and adds a touch of class to a very pretty bottle.

A - As soon as I opened the corked and caged 750 ml bottle, a ridiculous amount of foam started to slowly erupt from the mouth. I waited for a few moments after wiping the foam away to see if it would stop, but it just kept coming even after I poured about 10 oz into my snifter. The brew in said snifter is a wonderfully cloudy brilliant marigold color with a mind-bogglingly huge and fluffy white head that leaves huge clumps of sea-foam stuck to the glass. Retention is excellent, and the sheer beauty of this beer has me reeling.

S - Fresh and cold apple cider, white vinegar, and a hint of tart cranberries. Green grape skins. Very delicate and a bit under-powered.

T - Sour green grapes and grape leaves like you'll find on greek food. In fact, this has a bit of a feta cheese acrid flavor too. I'm tasting a whole lot of very strange things here: hearts of palm, green olives, feta cheese, sour kraut, yellow peppers, lemon, herbs, and chicken broth. Very odd stuff this is.

M - Medium-light bodied with some prickly carbonation and a sour acidic finish that fades into a bit of dryness.

D - This is one of those weird and complex beers that shock and offend you at first, but then it starts to grow on you. My first Flanders red, roggenbier, and rauchbier struck me the same way. Overall, I wouldn't really want to drink this all night....especially at the price I paid for this one. But, its totally worth a try since it is so different and complex. This beer is like modern art...I respect it for the talent that went into it, but I don't really understand it.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of albern
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that insinuates itself on your tastes. It certainly has plenty of pop from the cork and it pours a pale yellow with a nice white head, some retention, a loads of white lacing. It almost looks like sugar particles clinging to the sides fo the glass. The smell is green apple, citrus, maybe some honey aromas, and other faint smells of floral leaves. The smell is second to the taste, which is quite good. There is quite a complexity to this beer. There are perfumed scents, tart apples, citrus, floral spices such as lavender, and grassy notes as well. This is a very refreshing, pleasing, relatively light beer, well worth seeking out. There is a moderate degree of carbonation, the finish is somewhat tart, and the mouthfeel is light and refreshing. The aftertaste is quite mild for a beer with a 7% ABV. The warming alcohol throatiness does pop through as the beer warms and settles, but the ABV is well hidden behind a melange of complexity. L'Chaim.

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 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 brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of GRPunk
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle with a "best by" date of Dec. 1, 2007 poured into a tulip glass.

A- A 1/2 inch pillowy with head sits atop a hazy deep golden brew and steadily turns to a nice lace. Small but very steady bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass. It left a tight sticking that slowly falls down the side of the glass.

S- A nice combination of fruity and floral aromas with a slight alcohol presence. There seems to be a wheat character to the aroma. I'm thinking the yeast is giving off a pleasant spicy scent too.

T- More complexity in the flavor. Certainly a spice combined with some bready and fruity tones. There is a light hop presence.

M- Light bubbles of carbonation combined with a full texture in the mouth.

D- While it packs a decent ABV, this beer is an extremely easy drinker.

Overall- A nice, multi-purpose beer. I'm enjoying this one on an unusually warm fall afternoon, but I could see this one as being a regular in my rotation if it had greater availability. I haven't been able to find it in Michigan.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.83/5  rDev -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.

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 shadow1961
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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

golden with a big white head that sticks around clumpy and nice with good lace all over. aroma is well balanced grassy hops, flowery malt and a little fruity sweetness. taste is mild and a bit sour. great, smooth, slightly dry mouthfeel with a good drinkability. goes down easily. great for a hot summer day.

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.

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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
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