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La Choulette Blonde - Brasserie La Choulette

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BA SCORE
83
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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-03-2002)
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 23:55:51 | More by pootz
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metter98

New York

3.66/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:30:32 | More by metter98
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 04:17:15 | More by Bighuge
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biergeniesser

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 00:03:27 | More by biergeniesser
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mjohn27603

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 01:55:46 | More by mjohn27603
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 20:51:56 | More by GCBrewingCo
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 05:05:11 | More by bruachan
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ccrida

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 03:40:30 | More by ccrida
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 06:29:18 | More by feloniousmonk
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ant1

France

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-21-2014 22:54:42 | More by ant1
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 10:53:07 | More by weeare138
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-04-2013 18:27:11 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-29-2013 18:52:07 | More by BillRoth
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 00:20:05 | More by DrJay
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 00:03:41 | More by ADR
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 04:45:48 | More by BretSikkink
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 01:31:06 | More by FightingEntropy
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 22:22:17 | More by Billolick
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 13:24:10 | More by jwc215
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 07:29:16 | More by Cozzatoad
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putnam

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

___

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

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 02:57:53 | More by putnam
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Gorgoroth

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 21:02:11 | More by Gorgoroth
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 23:20:24 | More by damndirtyape
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%

10-09-2012 10:53:50 | More by beerhunter13
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-01-2011 13:18:20 | More by ROGUE16
La Choulette Blonde from Brasserie La Choulette
83 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.