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La Choulette Blonde - Brasserie La Choulette

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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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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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paterlodie

Belgium

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice white foam upon a golden and quiet clear beer. Nose is sicy and has insense note to it. Quiet some sweet applejuice and hint of sourness complete the complex nose. Taste is strong alcoholic aplejuice and hint of gember with moderate low bitterness. Quiet drinkable and enjoyable brew IMO

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 14:46:20 | More by paterlodie
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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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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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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 21:51:47 | More by oberon
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maxpower

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 20:38:50 | More by maxpower
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 18:22:38 | More by Frozensoul327
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Boilermaker88

California

2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Spent $8.99 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle bearing a best before date of 12.10.06 on it. A tulip glass was the glassware of choice.
Poured a hazy dark gold with large bubbles floating rather lazily up to a flat out scrawny white head that fizzled down to nothing in no time and left zero lace.
Smell had a very sweet aroma, fruity and honey-thick. Also had a light diacetyl note and some mild peppery spice. Smelled too sweet which was a bad omen of things to come.
The taste was a mess of honey-drenched fruit with an underlying diacetyl tone. Decent yeasty malt flavor thanks to some of the end-of-the-bottle sediment I allowed to get into the glass. Some mild peppery spice tried to add some character but couldn't pull it off. The feel was medium-bodied, slick and a bit cloying.
As far as drinkability goes, this was a huge disappointment. In fact, I dumped the last third of my glass. Far too honey-sweet and lacking the breadth of character to be anything better than mediocre. Boring and lackluster; I feel seriously ripped off having paid as much as I did. Avoid; I know I will from now on.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 19:41:17 | More by Boilermaker88
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 14:24:03 | More by meathookjones
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Crosling

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 21:48:42 | More by Crosling
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 07:57:21 | More by Fugazme
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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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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 04:02:47 | More by funkengruven
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nomad

Kansas

4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 21:49:28 | More by nomad
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 22:45:18 | More by Shiloh
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inebrius

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 02:30:46 | More by inebrius
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 22:04:25 | More by Derek
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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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horndecker

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 03:11:54 | More by horndecker
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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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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 20:07:54 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 00:58:32 | More by Popsinc
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grassrootsVT

Vermont

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 16:25:00 | More by grassrootsVT
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich gold in colour with a fair bit of carbonation. Great aromas of toasted malt, and soft fruit (peaches perhaps). Flavor wise, it has a nice malty sweetness, along with additional notes of citrus fruit and spices. It’s quite heavy in the mouth with a warming finish. A little too much alcohol flavor in this one for me, but it's still pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 20:16:16 | More by fisherman34
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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
La Choulette Blonde from Brasserie La Choulette
83 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.