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La Choulette Blonde - Brasserie La Choulette

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83
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie La Choulette visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-03-2002)
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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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

weeare138, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

BillRoth, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of bruachan
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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

bruachan, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

ccrida, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of biergeniesser
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 750 ml bottle of La Choulette Blond described itself as an artisanal Biere de Garde on its label; however, having tasted a few examples of both Bieres de Garde and Saisons, it is apparent that at a certain range in the fringe of both styles similarities abound.

This beer poured a rich blond to golden and started bright, becoming cloudy as the sediment in the bottom of the bottle was stirred up. It formed a creamy white head which dissipated quickly, but laced well; large fish eye bubbles evolved quickly from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma of this beer was predominantly estery with hints of lactic sourness. Hop aroma was virtually non-existent; that is to say that it may have been present to some degree, but was certainly overpowered by the other aroma components.

Low level hop bitterness and a slight spicy hop note were in the background flavors of La Choulette Blond, while citrusy/acidic and phenolic flavors dominated. Slight lactic and "wild yeast" characters were also detectable. A moderate degree of carbon dioxide “bite” was also notable in the flavor of this beer.

The body of this beer was quite light. It finished dry with a relatively high degree of carbonation.

All in all, La Choulette blond is an interesting and enjoyable beer which has a lot going on. In its 750ml bottle format I would recommend it to share with a few friends, as its acidity and relatively high alcohol content limits its solo-drinkability factor.

biergeniesser, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of mjohn27603
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork pops out gently after chilling bottle for several weeks. Pours clear golden. Head develops that overflows the glass. Aroma is sour with some grassy and musty earthy odors. First sip reveals some straw flavor with a little sourness. A small hint of bitterness but very subtle. Mouthfeel is thin. A bit heavier taste than other biere de gardes I tried. Musty flavors with some earthiness. A lot of flavors going on here. They don't all blend together especially well. Refreshing on the palate and fairly drinkable.

mjohn27603, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a glowing golden orange appearance. Slightly chill hazed. A fair and bubbly white head adorns the surface. Retention is moderate and lacing is intricate. Streams of bubbles rise at a moderate clip to the surface from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is spicy and sweet...doughy and musty. Pretty nice. The flavor is quite earthy and elemental. Some fruity ester like qualities surrface soon enough. A bit of lemon is detected and unrefined hop notes as well. Maybe a little mettalic character too. Lively mouthfeel with a body checking in around medium. Better than average, but I've had better Biere de Gardes.

Bighuge, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is a hazy dark shade of golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some fine particles floating in suspension. It poured with a thin white head consisting of large bubbles covering the surface that gradually died down, leaving a thin film on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of yeast in the nose, which smell like the taste of the clumps of yeast you get at the bottom of a bottle.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of yeast and also has some notes of fruits—apples seem to stand out in particular—the fruit diminishes a bit as the beer warms up but never completely fade away. There are some faint hints of toasted malts and sweetness; no bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, especially given its lighter body. It isn't quite interesting enough to drink on its own but I would definitely consider pairing this with food.

metter98, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of pootz
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. A golden slightly hazed ale with a moderate rocky cap. Light lacing. soft coabonation. Aroma is sweet but has musty alcohol tones like a smoked malt whisky. Good malt spine, silky mouth feel... toned back hops..sweet with fruity tones like peach or apricot in sweet cream...finish is wet with a musty, earthy decernment... interesting ale..very gentle and warming

pootz, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with Dec 05 date on it. Body appears a cloudy golden color with a rapid forming tall foamy white head. Pretty interesting aroma with some light farmy notes and sweet fruits such as pears. Also notes of grain were mixed in. Taste starts with some fruit before the farmy yeast notes come through. Some spiciness peaks in over earthy notes. Some interesting wine like flavors seemed to mix in at times. Finishes up with a spicy sweet flavor. Interesting enough overall to keep you sipping. Good carbonation and crisp feel to it. Easy enough drinking but I doubt I would have more after the 750. Solid brew.

meathookjones, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of Shiloh
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew arrived a brilliant pale yellow with a full finger crown leaving to a full thin lace and minor glass cling.
The carbonation was very light.
The body is full and sediment floats throughout.
Aroma is strongly to the yeast.
The taste is very nice, definetly a malt expierience, bread like, plum and a warming alcohol presence.

Shiloh, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of Popsinc
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a partly cloudy, golden orange...medium white head. The nose was ripe with honey, caramel and fresh apricot sweetness. Taste was sweeter than anticiapted and gets sweeter as the sip progresses. Sticky finish. Medium bodied. Mostly lively mouthfeel that leans towards a creamy finish. Long lingering sweetness. I enjoyed it however, the hot weather combined with the sticky sweetness just made me crave a light wheat beer. Decent nonetheless.

Popsinc, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of magpieken
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

magpieken, May 25, 2013
Photo of mizx
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

mizx, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy orange amber color with a fluffy white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Musty funky grape aromas, funky, fruity and spicy pepper flavors, I think I taste horseradish. Medium bodied with a nice crisp mouthfeel, kind of wine like, very dry.

maxpower, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of grassrootsVT
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Spirit Haus in Amherst. First impact: very inexpensive - a little over 5$ for a 25oz bottle.

App: A nice dissipating head - unfiltered - dark golden - with lots of floaties - definitely bottle conditioned.
Aroma: the pleasant aroma seemed to disappear with the head - leaving a strong smell that was reminiscent, to me atleast, of a lager - perhaps a hellerbock - while my fellow taster thought it smelled and tasted a bit like a belgian dubbel [yeast character].
Taste: A single taste - malty sweet through and through - no hope presence... lager like.
Mouthfeel: nice, not dry, clean...bubbley...
Drinkability - the price is right on this one - it's light...but i think that i would tire of its relatively uneventful taste after another glass...

grassrootsVT, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of Crosling
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light orange with a head plump in size and eloquent in its lacing and texture. Aroma is fairly well balanced between the malt (caramel, bread), hops (herbs) and yeast (barnyard funk) along with a touch of honey, hay, pear skins and peach. In the flavor, the first that strikes me is its resemblence to Affligem Triple in its sweet malt and yeast contribution. It’s a bit sweet overall, but it does have a unique rustic character that I enjoy. Notes of honey, light fruits and sugar covered rock candy (pineapple flavored). A pretty good beer that I definately enjoyed.

Crosling, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of horndecker
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

It's the color of honey, golden orange, with a vigorous, off-white head. Dense carbonation leaves very sticky suds and lace. A bit cloudy.

The aromas are of butterscotch, citrus and toffee. Peppery with a slight but apparent alcohol. Strawberries and flowery hops follow, as does a funky yeast note as it warms.

The flavor is buttery, tangerines, a bit of numbing alcohol, lots of fruit, a tangy center, drying finish. The aftertaste is flowery yet mildly bitter, something like Earl Grey tea.

Nice mouthfilling fizz, plenty of carbonation, sturdy with a nice body.

Here (on this site) it's designated a saison, though the label says "biere de garde artisanale". Call it what you want. Seems too syrupy and flowery to call it a saison. Whatever it is, it's pretty tasty, although the too apparent alcohol diminishes my enjoyment.

horndecker, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of dirtyskunk
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light clear gold. One finger of steady head, settles to a thin cap, decent lacing leaving some nice rings on the glass.

Pretty good nose with an earthy yeast smell, some wood and spice and just a little fruity apple suggestion in the back.

A light dry grainy background with some herbal hops. Belgian tasting spice and medicinal bitterness in the back. As it warms up there is some booze evident, as well as a little bit of honey sweetness. Disappointingly, there's not much of the complexity that the nose promised.

Mouthfeel is thin and weak too. A little bit slick, carbonation barely holding things together.

Looked good in the bottle, looked good in the glass, smelled promising.. Good up until I actually sipped it. What a let down. This one is a miss. Average at best.

dirtyskunk, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger white head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet muscatel nose. Starts crisp but sweet and finishes with a kind of sweet and sour flavor. $5.95 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abundant lasting yeasty foam on top of yellow golden. Some floral and yeast and alcohol smell. Taste is so-so, like a Belgian blonde style, with some yeast substance. Light spice with black pepper, in fact there were a couple of granuals. Did not finish.

Sammy, May 15, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fair offering, though I prefer Sans Culottes. Pours out to a warm golden yellow hue that is slightly hazed. Small head of white foam calms to a thin layer of bubbles over the head of the beer. Lots of lace. Medium level of carbonation. Aroma smells like buttered popcorn and malt, with a touch fo meaty grain notes. Nice. Taste fair; buttery malt, sweet grains, earthy hues, some flowery notes and notions of yeast strains swirl about. Better when warmed to about 50 degrees or so. Mouthfeel was fine, slightly smooth and bubbly. Drinkability is average. Not bad. Worth trying. I just recommend that you have it at a warmer temp. than most beers.

Frozensoul327, May 21, 2006
La Choulette Blonde from Brasserie La Choulette
83 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.