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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes - Brasserie La Choulette

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Les Bière Des Sans CulottesLes Bière Des Sans Culottes

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

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

Pure Mild Nut Malt
hint of slightly bitter hop
pepper and grass spice-
Refreshing and easy on the palatte.

Pours a semi-hazy yellow orange
with a fast vanishing head

Smells primarily of the Nut malt with a very mild aroma

Taste is good with a very subtle complexity
swirling around
a nut malt dominating
a mild spice bitter finish with a
wee bit of sweetness

Mouthfeel is good
nice refreshing carbonation
and refined pleasent feel

Drinkability
is good as well
you could sip or swig these bottles in no time-
with some fresh country air.

meadhead, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

cjgator3, Jan 15, 2007
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
Photo of granger10
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brilliant golden color with a touch of amber. Large bright white head doesn't get out of control but stays for some time. Leaves quality sheets of lacing down the glass. Aroma is strong on honey and clove. Very earthy with a touch of biscuit. A touch acidic. Flavor is better than aroma would lead on. Lighter in body but so smooth and intricate. Almost a creamy, buttery mouthfeel. A touch of toast. Lots of flavorful honey characteristics and a touch sweet. Earthy but not too raw. A bit nutty. More of a subtle earthy, yeasty phenolic flavor. Fruity flavors are there but I can't put my finger on which fruit. More citric and some hoppiness in the finish. Drying. Light acidity finishes it off with only a touch of honey. This was good at first but really grew on me. I think I could drink this all day.

granger10, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of clvand0
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light amber color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very soft and fruity with hints of spice and funk. Very much like a saison. I like. The flavor is very smooth and enjoyable. Some graininess with very subtle hints of sour and funkiness that blend very well with the stronger flavors of fruit and spice. Extremely well balanced and it doesn't show a hint of the 7% abv. The mouthfeel is very light and the drinkability is very good.

clvand0, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of clickpush
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 750ml to tulip. One and a half finger white head over a soft, honey colored beer with just the tiniest bit of cloudiness. Very few bubbles inside the body of the beer. Head is fluffy but goes away in a relatively short amount of time, leaving a touch of residue along the edges of the glass and a flat layer of lace over the surface of the beer.

Nose: Smells effervescent and dusty, mixing honey notes and a light hop presence. Not particularly interesting, but in no way offensive.

Mouth: Very sparkly entrance that, by the time it reaches the back, has mellowed to a very easy-to-swallow texture. Sweet flavors up front and a dryer swallow, then a lasting plastic flavor, slightly tangy. A taste of dill pickles in the middle of the mouth, but not sour, maybe just dill. Some honey notes and taffy flavors. This is extremely enjoyable and drinkable, though not particularly complicated.

clickpush, Aug 02, 2006
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Moinette goblet (why not?). Got a nice bumpy head, snowy white and superbly retained. Gorgeous bubble activity inside an orange/gold body. Leaves a good web of lace. A nearly perfect looking beer.

Earthy aroma, grassy, wet hay, even mild barnyard funk.

Flavors are grassy, with funky yeast present. Also getting some boiled apple and mild nutmeg. Malt and alcohol flavors squeeze through too. Sweet on the tongue, an almost neutral aftertaste. Quite dry. Very light in the mouth. All-in-all pretty complex and absolutely delicious.

Super-easy to drink with its lighter body and 7% ABV. Probably best for summer but there's enough weight to this one, in terms of flavors and mouthfeel, to satisfy even in the coldest winter.

Metalmonk, Mar 08, 2006
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 Shovelbum
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chunky yet airy white head over an orange-tinted golden body. Head recedes leaving chunky lace. Smells of tangy malt with hints of citrus and pilsner malt. Tastes crisp and fairly clean. A mild malt sweetness and just a touch of lemon citrus. A rather substantial earthy character. Hints of hops in the background. Crisp mouthfeel from a substantial carbonation. Medium bodied. Clean finish with a slight dryness.

A fairly mild, well-balanced and easy drinking Biere de Garde. Refreshing. It would make a good intro to the style, and artisan brews in general, for a non-craft drinker, but there just isn’t enough muscle or complexity for my tastes. I prefer La Choulette’s Ambree over this, but that applies in most situations. This is still an excellent beer-- well balanced and makes a great accompaniment to a meal.

Shovelbum, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with a bright white frothy head. Nose is appley and farmy funk; mown grass and sweet hay. The taste is quite reminiscent (to me, at least) of a saison -- some sort of dank funkiness going on, but not quite "horse-blanket." There is also a delicious pear/apple wine flavor with a rounded hop balance. Light and dry mouthfeel makes this extremely thirst-quenching. Quite drinkable! I certainly see how this would kill at a holiday feast.

orfeu, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Hhawk06
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering poured with a pure white fluffy head and a body that was very clear and golden with a tint of yellow-ness to it. Refreshing malty sweetness, floral bouquet, and a touch of oak in the nose serve justice. The mouthfeel is fantastic; wonderfully smooth and brisk, leading to an entirely quenching brew. A lightly malted front is met with soft floral hop notes that is undeniably satisfying. The whole beer in itself almost takes on a creamy and feathery feeling as it does the walz on your palate. The finish is impeccably balanced and ultimately ends up leaving behind the sweet maltiness that was imparted in the mouthfeel. Good care and quality.

Hhawk06, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of Sephiroth
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork flew off with a slight nudge ( it rode in my car for 45 minutes tonight though.) Pours with vigorous foam. Duvel tulips are wonderful for creating that seemingly everlasting plume of carbonation, as is the case here. Smells buttery and spicey, some coriander is there I think.

Taste is really nice. No diacetyl at all. Grassy and floral hops at first, hops slightly bitter on the finish. Lemon bread comes to mind. Mouthfeel is lively and creamy. These 750ml are going quickly.

Sephiroth, Jan 17, 2006
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 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?

Sammy, Dec 20, 2005
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 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 mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a light golden yellow colour... Head was white - pours quite large with small beading. Nice thin layer stays quite a long time...

Aroma - Quite sweet, lemony, hint of biscuits, grassiness, strawberry notes, light alcohol notes.

Taste – Floral notes, grassy, peppery, slight dustiness, woody, nice bitterness, light hints of aniseed. Some hints of hay and tobacco ?

Feel - Slightly oily with some sharpness after...

Overall - An excellent beer, very drinkable. Recommended !!

mdagnew, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first Biere de Garde. Poured out to a hazy golden color with a nice foamy head and minor lacing in the glass. High carbonation. Smell was very pleasing and similar to a belgian ale such as Duvel; aromas of malt, earth, yeast and mild spice filled the nose well. An excellant start. Taste was very palatable and complex, yet not overbearing. Flavors of malt, grain, mild hops, yeast, and a dry sweetness blend wonderfully. Mouthfeel is fantastic; carbonation excites the tastebuds and the flavor gives them something to be happy about. High level of drinkability, I'm sure I will be seeing more of this in the cellar, as well as more of this style. Highly Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Oct 11, 2005
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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color with a nice billowy white head that stuck around for a while. There was good lacing going on with this one.

The aroma was earthy and sweet. It was slightly spicey with some apple notes.

At first sip I thought I could definately taste apple. There was a mild spiciness to it and it has some real earthy flavors to it that also came through in the nose.

This is a medium bodied beer with medium/moderate carbonation.

I think this is a great beer and I highly recommend it.

Brian700, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of mjohn27603
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork popped out of 750ml very gently and remained in my fingers. Pours a little darker gold in color than other biere de garde's that I've had. Very high carbonation with whole hand's worth of head that dissipates into a pillowy 2 finger head that remains minutes after the initial pour. Aroma is sour. Some aroma of grass and earthy smells. First sip reveals a very grassy flavor with a slight tang to it. It seems like it would pair very well with goat cheese. Very smooth mouthfeel and goes down very easily for a 7.0% ABV.

mjohn27603, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. Grabbed this one "to go" from Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg.

My sample poured with a great head, about 2 inches above my pint glass.

Bouquet was awesome; spicy and a bit tart. Upon closer inspection, I get hints of unique esters like apricot and currants, although I detect Saaz hops as well.

The taste was awesome. Very well balanced with a nice, soft malt profile.

Overall, a very drinkable brew, and it hit the spot on a hot summer day in BKLYN.

Sixpoint, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear light golden with a frothy white head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was crisp and malty with an earthy hop presence and slight belgian yeast spice character present. The aroma was not quite that of farmhouse, but it did contain some slight characteristics similar to that. As the head fell and the beer warmed more malt presence was observed, mainly caramel.

The flavor was crisp and well done. The flavor had a mineral component that was slightly metallic, but was not overbearing. The hop bittering was substantial enough to balance the maltiness from the caramel malts and the hop flavor had an earthiness that lingered. The very slight farmhouse character of the aroma was not present in the flavor, but some slight peppery yeast spice was noticeable.

The finish was dry with a lasting earthiness and a pepper spice flavor that increases as the beer dries on the palate and continues long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done.

750 ml corked and bailed green bottle. Best before date A 06. This beer drinks very easy and the peppery spice lasting and drying was very well done.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of foamer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a frothy white head which leaves nice lacing down the glass. Lots and lots of sediment floating around. I'm never seen quite so much before. I'm new to the style so please forgive me in my review. Sweet in the nose, with some spicy hops. Very complex; I can't begin to do all the flavours justice. All I know is I could smell this beer all evening and be happy. Spices (I get some coriander) with malts in the taste and a gentle hint of lemony gueuze-like sourness. Lovely and complex. Still can't get over the nose. Mouthfeel is nice. Wow, this is a nice beer. If the rest of the exampls of of biere de gardes are like this, I might have found my new favourite style.

foamer, Apr 06, 2005
Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
90 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.