La Choulette Blonde - Brasserie La Choulette

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 64
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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 Crosling
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of biergeniesser
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of nomad
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of inebrius
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.72/5  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.

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Photo of horndecker
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.73/5  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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.15/5  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.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of grassrootsVT
3.46/5  rDev -6%
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...

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Photo of fisherman34
3.17/5  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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark yellow color ale with nice big head with better then average retention. Aroma is quite floral but does not seem to contain any spices, as I would have expected. Taste is quite refreshing with some nice floral malt and lingering bitterness at the end. Body is a bit thin for a ‘’biere de garde’’ and this generally lack some punch to be truly remarkable.

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Photo of TerryW
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hazy soft orange in colour. Moderate head settles to film, some lace.

Mildly Belgian on the nose, whiff of alcohol as a backbone.

Belgian style evident in taste, but has a heavy, somewhat sour character. Sweet and cloying on the palate, a hint of bitterness and then a sticky finish.

Might work as an after dinner quaff for its ability to warm you up and settle you down, but still just not right somehow.

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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of baiser
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep yellow colour, with a white fizzy head. Small amount of lacing, and moderate carbonation. Some fruitiness, a bit smokey and strong on the malt flavour. Sweet, balanced by a dry bitterness after sip. Warming alcohol. Taste grew on me as I finished the beer. Had some flavours that didn't quite mesh.

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Photo of pootz
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of putnam
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  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.

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