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La Choulette Blonde - Brasserie La Choulette

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 64
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-03-2002

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Photo of nomad
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievably crystal clear and oranged gold, this beer has pistine clarity and shocking glow. With it comes a soft, scruffy head piling up well and showing wall-to-wall lace through out the session. Just a gorgeous display of color and foamy eye candy

Smell is thick, sweet, doughy, long boiled, aromatic pale malt - just juicy and full of pure malt aroma. For complexity, hints of dried herbs and a faint fruitiness linger though that gargantuan pale malt dominates. The thickness, sweetness, and clarity is startling and makes my head spin with beery dreams.

Tastes of nutty, crunchy pale malts with some high-kiln complexity and balanced by chewable continental hop oils. Very light fruitiness support the whole and fails to balance the strong mineral presence in the finish. General impression is full pale malts with a textured sweetness and slight nutty character that balances any simple boredom. Almost tart and chalky notions long after swallowing to further paint on the pale canvas.

A gorgeous biere de garde with a multitude of aroma and a variety of flavors in each bottle. Fascinating to age and a supreme value for the price conscious. Huge thank you to the three gentlemen who introduced me to this beauty - I only thought the Ambree existed. (1,267 characters)

Photo of inebrius
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm trying to figure out how they stuff so much beer into this little bottle. First impression is fluffyness, and malt, caramel malt, caramel coated oat rings on a bed of beet greens. There is an odd, distracting, seemingly industrial mix of bitter saccharine that wants you to ignore the rural reduction that flows so easily. Free yourself and embrace it. (356 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber to a delicate white head with a slight cloudyness. Smell almost resembles tamarind, spicy and fragrant, quite a bouquet. Tastes just as it smells, spicy with an aftertaste that resembles tamarind, very complex with no offensive undertones. Very little carbonation and an aromatic finish make this a very nice christmas beer. (344 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised to see this at the LCBO.

Pours a nice light copper color with great head retention and lacework. The aroma is intensely malty, with a distinct black licoricecharacter. The taste is sweet and very malty. There's stewed fruit, cinamon and licorice flavors. Its quite spicy. In the finish theres a slightly tart apple juice flavor. Hops are almost unnoticeable throughout. Even the finish is pure spicy maltiness. The mouthfeel is thick and quite mouthcoating.

This is a great beer that malthead especially will love. Its assertive and complex. I
recomend it. (590 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've been lagering this one for a few months. It really mellowed... loosing the mild tartness, leaving a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

A: Golden-yellow, not much head. Lots of sediment. Unfortunately, the sediment didn't stick together, making it difficult to pour. I left 1/3 of the bottle behind with the first pour!

S: Bready-malt.

T: Nice, strong bready/biscuity malt. A hint of alcohol aftertaste, but I'd never guess it was this heavy. Some earthy yeast flavour, especially when you get some sediment.

M: Moderate body, moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry.

D: Dangerously drinkable! (592 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didnt have all that high of expectations of this beer just from looking at other reviews but I really ejoyed this offering.Poured into a oversized wine glass a dull medium gold with a well formed white head that left sheets of lace behind,very interesting and complex aromas I picked up some spiced green apple -like notes, brown sugar and even a hint of wood thrown in.Again very pleasantly suprised by the flavors and even more so the complexity of this country ale a real spiced flavor like clove and cinnamon not strong but to be its the backbone of this beer some green apple light tartness and brown sugar sweetness rounds out this very nicely.A little filling but thuroghly enjoyable and I would bet extremely food friendly,it ages extremely well mine was "best enjoyed by 12-05" .Iam diggin the French country ales and will continue to seek them out. (860 characters)

Photo of pattyhopp
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first bier de garde was jolly pumpkin's golden ale...it was full of sour wonderfulness and i wanted more...i tried la choulette and i didnt get that same sourness..dont get me wrong this is a good beer indeed...it had a bit of funk to it...was it too old? can someone reccomend something delicicous with some good sourness? (326 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a well-formed head that retains and laces well

Smell: Toffee, tart apples, lemons, peppery spices, yeasty

Taste: Starts with a fruity element that is both beguilingly sweet and tart at the same time - lemony fruit with toffee sweetness and a building undertone of wood and tart green apples; after the swallow, the flavors build in both the sweet and tart dimensions and provide a mellow finish in which the toffee and yeasty elements build; oxidized, but in a good way

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation

Drinkability: Although this bottle is best before 12/05, I think it has benefited from the age, as I wasn't prepared to like it as much as I have, given the other reviews; the oxidation has brought out some very interesting flavors (796 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl. 75cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : golden color with a white foam disappears into contact with the glass.
Smell : Flavoring honey we reveal a hint of alcohol.
Taste & Mouthfeel : woody, round and generous mouth, alcohol gives it a comforting warmth.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the French style "bière de garde" (341 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, corked and caged, best by 07/11/14. Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear light amber, 1/2" white head upon pouring that died back to a thin skin of foam across the top. Some occasional strands and islands of lacing that slowly slid back down the glass. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the beer when held up to the light.

Smell: Floral, sweet orange candy-like aroma.

Taste: Sweet start with fruity esters. Fruity esters throughout and some hints of noble hops at the finish along with some orange candy-like flavors. A crisp, light, and refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation, only a little bit sticky, but not too long on the teeth. Carbonation helps take the stickiness away, but not in strong scouring way.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice beer on a hot day. Went great with Indian food (Aloo Choley). Very drinkable. I could easily have helped the Mrs. polish off another bottle and now wish I had another bottle. Everything combined makes this a great beer, but I think it helps to have a bit of a sweet tooth with this beer. (1,089 characters)

Photo of Fugazme
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml

A very nice looking beer, I must say. Orange/deep gold in color with a bright, 1/2" head. Clarity is good. Head stays for a bit... some decent retention. Lacing is nice.

Aroma is inviting, but not nearly as much as I would hope. Some touches of orange and peach. A slight amount of peppery spice. Sweet malt aromas and a little sulphur. Overall a good aroma.

First impression was of a lager... then quickly it moves into a smooth and creamy apple juice-like flavor on the swallow. Decently complex... not overly so. A nice sweetness on the backend makes this quite enjoyable. I wouldn't rank it a top Saison, not really even close... but easily a very drinkable beer. (682 characters)

Photo of putnam
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous push from inside the bottle and the cork hissed abruptly, bringing with it a lot of foam activity and gunsmoke.
The initial impressions on the nose are deeply grainy. Boiled, sweet cereal grains are joined by agressive orange juice and pepper aromas.

I'm trying to like this. It has issues with sparging I think, or something like that. The grain sludge was left carelessly open to the garage-yeast. Very low acid, almost alkaline, it gives a detergent-like flavor that is hard to love. Flowery, muscat perfume and raw grain flavors characterize the midpalate. The beer begins to redeem itself. It is somewhat reminiscent of St. Sylvestre's 3 Monts -- loaded with concrete basement-flavored brett and who knows what else. Served very cold, with cold terrines and juniper-laced Alpine cheeses, this might be delightful. Treat it like a rustic Chenin Blanc. For now, I'm closing it and putting it back in the fridge. Let's have a Cantillon Kriek instead.

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Next day: its tight. Delicious and unforgiven -- this is a white wine-beer. Drink it cold, with shellfish, on the street, dipped in mustard. (1,119 characters)

Photo of Gorgoroth
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes taken on 11/28/10

Presentation: Standard, green 750ml bottle, corked and caged. Lovely label with classical/minimalist European artwork and lettering in black, green, parchment and gold foil. Date stamp on bottom of front label says 25.04.07, I assume this is a bottling date and not a "best before" date.

Appearance: Pours into my Gulden Draak tulip a hazy amber brown, like rich natural honey. Lively carbonation instigates a frothy, eggshell-white head of about one fingerwidth, which gradually dissipates to a thin halo. Carbonation appears to stop after a few minutes, displaying a lot of hanging sediment.

Smell: The smell is of honey, sweet malt, fresh spring fruits and bright citrus. Pretty typical and straightforward for this style of beer.

Taste: Upfront there is grapefruit with floral hop undertones and a bready malt/yeast backbone on the palate. There is lingering citrus bitterness with notes of farmy, earthy funk in the throat; overarching earthy spice notes à la cumin, and cooked vegetables with subtle hints of cloying sweetness reminiscent of Belgian yeast and candi sugar.

Mouthfeel: Mild, a medium body on the palate with subtle or barely detectable carbonation. The finish is very dry and herbally bitter with contrasting notes of cloying sweetness and minimal alcoholic warmth.

Drinkability & Final Thoughts: A very drinkable beer which showcases well, if not extraordinarily, the basic elements of French-style bière de garde. There is enough complexity to the flavor and mouthfeel to warrant a thoughtul sipping, but it is also fresh and simple enough to drink more quickly along with or after a meal. At just over $5 for the 750 I'd have no reservations buying one again. I'd like to come across a fresher bottle and also perhaps store a couple for another year or two to see how they develop. (1,850 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a tulip glass. Freshness date stamped 07.06.08 above an unnotched label. (If this is European dated, it's just past, if it is American, it's close, but within)...

Pours hazed golden with a large white creamy head that settles to a lasting thin cover, leaving lacing on the glass.

THe smell is musty, lightly spiced bread with sourish, tart citrus, esp. lemon. It has a grainy, slightly floral backing.

The taste is musty and bready. Spicing is subtle. Sweet caramelish graininess balanced by a citric sourness. It has an herbal, slightly metallic tinge. Pretty complex in a subtle way. Finishes bone dry and bitterish.

Light-to-medium-bodied with adequate carbonation. Alcohol is somewhat well-hidden, though becomes a bit more apparent as it progresses.

An interesting brew in its own way. Something sharp about it makes it a slow sipper. (884 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caged and corked, best before dating on front label, but if I can figure it out it looks like this is 2 years past its due date....any way it seems to be fresh and in good shape so I will continue. Pours light, golden and clear, minor off white head and pretty standard lacing. Powdered sugar nose, then notes of ripe fruit, pepper, white wine, earthy and then a fairly sour finish. Complex, refreshing and generally interesting stuff. Went well with the spicy jambalaya we had for supper. Worth a try. (502 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finely hazed pale gold appearance with a bright white head of about 1/2 an inch in height. Fairly simple ring lacing. Tart lemony aroma, suggestions of definite damp wood and muskiness. Medium mouthfeel, high carbonation. Fairly well-balanced approach, some yeastiness, dried straw, and medium citrus astringency, just held back by a countering malt sweetness that's a little non-descript except for a very bare caramelization and baked apple. The finish has a hard-to-pin-down fade to it, reminds me a little of soda water with a squeeze of bottled lemon concentrate. Not bad, nice aroma, not that distinctive. (611 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared 750ml bottle

A- Clear and perfectly trasparent gold colour. Generous white frothy head with decent retention and good amounts of lacing on the glass

S- Weak to be honest, but i still like it as it feels quite fresh. Some undefined kind of sweetness (with some honey to it) that reminds me of cider. Somehow this is also similar to the smell of salad oil

T- Almost nothing to do with the aroma (luckily). Sweet grainy malts with a very faint hint of roastiness. Fresh on the tongue with maybe some floral notes from the hops. The best part is on the palate though, where an oily feel spreads out and brings some very good fruity notes of apple and citrus. Some honey in the aftertaste (and eventually something to do with the aroma)

M- Medium body. Oily on the palate as mentioned, but still fresh on the tongue, despite quite low carbonation. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Overall a very delicate mouthfeel

O- I liked this a lot. It is highly drinkable and quite refreshing. What i liked most is that it feels incredibly delicate on your mouth (1,054 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big puffy white head on the beer, and even some foam trying to push it's way up the neck in spite of fairly careful handling. No surprise, a bit of a carbonation bite as a result. The body glistens with sunset orange-yellow though cloudy from a lot of suspended yeast. I thought I was fairly careful pouring but the yeast floated so easily that it didn't seem to matter. Still looked cool. Fruity notes in the nose--citrus, grapefruit and assertive yeast in smell and taste. Light hop is spicy with fruit in the taste, but not overly complex--simple, elegant, nice, but not overwhelming. Warming up expanded some of the flavors, but not much. My wife liked it, and she's very fussy. Good beer, not disappointed but probably won't buy another bottle.

Bottle from the Blue Max in Bloomington, MN. (798 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a dark tint. Characteristic Belgian yeasty aroma with a touch of hop pepper kick. Clean, somewhat faint, gets a more pronounced floral fullness with time.

Very lightly puckering yeast and citric combination, smooth, medium body. Pepper in the finish. A little thin, but the alcohol is nonetheless well hidden at 7.5%. Good for an any-meal sipper, and cuisine de biere. (389 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy deep golden colour topped by rocky white foam. Some foam stickage on the glass and head retention was supported by plentiful carbonation. Toasty malt with noticeable warm alcohol aroma. Light fruity smell with some mustiness. Flavour is balanced towards smooth, malty sweetness; bitterness is on the low side. Fruity esters show up at the midpoint, followed by some spiciness and alcohol warmth at the finish. Moderately high carbonation composed of fine bubbles with a silky, slightly slick texture and a medium-light body.

330 mL brown bottle, best before date on the bottom of the front label. (613 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a light golden color with a tight 1 inch white head. Lots of clingy, white lace to be seen.
Smell is of bready, syrupy malt and honey.
Taste is of fresh bread with a hearty honey glaze.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a warming alcohol and a cream, doughy maltiness that lingers. Medium, fizzy carbonation.
Drinkability is ok but the alcohol makes it a bit uncomfortable to consume.

It's ok, dog (404 characters)

Photo of bruachan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i've had the ambree before so i grabbed this when i was given the chance. the label says to consume before may of this year, but who knows what that reveals in terms of when it was brewed

the cork essentially extricated itself and the explanation poured forth in the form of a thick, highly-carbonated head

the aroma unpacks some great malt scents along with some citrus and some luscious floral and fruit charateristics. and a touch of cinnamon and minty hop. the flavors drive home everything asserted by the nose. the european malts form the base and support some slight fruity element. noticeable but tasteful bitterness. it's not a dynamic brew and, despite the decent carbonation, is a little on the thick side...especially as i appreciate the style (761 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, and peachy in color, with a slim white head.
Aroma: clean and spare, showing off shades of citrus and spice, unfolding larger, until I regret my initial judgement and admire the floral notes, the connamon, and orange, quite nice, indeed.
Taste: huge citrus on the palate right away, yeasty, full citric quality. Medium body, nice finish, good-enough texture. I can dig this brew, though it doesn't wow me, nor is it designed to...these are meant to be simple, table beers, if I've got it right, and it matches that description ably. A nice thing to whet the whistle and wash down dinner, a good thing to pass down the gullet easily, if it's affordable. (674 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dusty old 750ml bottle that I picked up at the beginning of the summer, best buy date is not notched, but the years only go up to 2005, so I'd reckon it's at least 4+ years old. Only the slightest pop to the cork, but it pours a decent sized eggshell head with long last leaving Brussels lace, over a hazy burnt gold brew.

Smell is very sweet and thick, candied orange, caramel and hazelnuts, almost in amaretto territory, even though I served it at fridge temp. As it warms, it actually softens some, with the citrus gaining prominence.

Taste is sweet and similarly flavored, although it's not as thick and cloying as the nose, with noticeable, but very clean wisp of alcohol on the finish. In addition to the hazelnut, there is orange, vanilla and caramelized sugar, a bit like creme brulee! In remarkably good shape for it's age, but I don't care for the sweet nuttiness, which makes it almost liqueur like, although the finish is rather clean.

Mouthfeel has a prickly dryness, but is very creamy, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is pretty good, it's pretty light and smooth, altough the flavor of the esters isn't my favorite, I'm just not a huge fan of those orange dominant french yeasts, a la Jenlain or Thiriez. Still, it has garded remarkably well, and softened some of it warmed an my pallate adjusted, making it a pretty nice little desert beer, without the usual strong sweetness. By the end, I really warmed up to it. Also, like Jenlain, La Choulette bieres are a bargain price compared to many of their counterparts. (1,545 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear medium golden with a barely off-white and grothy head which laced the chalice from top to bottom.

The aroma was fruity and lightly spicy with pepper most notable. A light caramel malt character was present, but more of a background aromatic.

The flavor was much less exciting, with a light caramel flavor coupled with a light citrusy flavor and bittering which were at a lower level. The flavor also was just slightly cardboard (oxidized) with a grape undertone. The spice in the aroma was only a whisper in the flavor with a light pepper.

The finish was dry with a lasting with very low grape and pepper flavors into the afteraste. The body was medium and the carbonation level made the mouthfeel a bit creamy. The alcohol was never present, not even in warming after consumption. The bottle says "Biere de Garde" and the beer was kinda boring whether a BdG or a Saison.

750 ml bottle corked and bailed. Best before end 05 on label. (992 characters)

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La Choulette Blonde from Brasserie La Choulette
82 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.