La Choulette Blonde - Brasserie La Choulette

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Brasserie La Choulette visit their website
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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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 53
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.

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.

Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  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.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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

Photo of meathookjones
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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.

Photo of dirtyskunk
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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...

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.

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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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

Photo of joe1510
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml
$5.99
Sam's Marcey

Best By Date: 7/6/08

La Choulette Blonde pours an apple juice golden that would be clear except for all the floating particulate. A minimal head of clean white foam grew to two fingers on the pour and quickly dissipated to a skim coat. As the head fell it left a patch here and there of lace. The looks are a little of a disappointment for the style.

This blonde ale is very reminiscent of an apple cider. As a matter of fact there isn't much in here that reminds me of beer. Fermented apples are first and foremost in the aroma. They last throughout. A touch of earthiness comes along in the background but the apples lead the way. There is a touch of spicing that reminds me of cinnamon and sugar. A slight pale malt sweetness is there but it sits way in the background.

The flavor follows the aroma closely. It's all Fermented green apples with a touch of earthiness coming through mid palate. The earthiness adds a little depth to put it nicely. There isn't much of a malt presence but what is there is sweet and pale. The spicing on the tongue is a little more nondescript. This is a very strange beer. I don't know what to think about it. I will pass on this from now on.

The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum with mellow carbonation. Even though the carbonation is on the light side the body keeps things moving. There is some residual sweetness left after the swallow.

This beer goes down easy enough, as easy as a cider would. This beer is light and refreshing. I still just don't know what to think about it.

La Choulette Blonde is a very strange biere de garde. I've never had a beer with so many cider qualities. As a matter of fact if I was blindfolded I would think this was a cider. It's decent enough to drink but just doesn't follow along the lines of what I want in this fairly open style of beer.

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.

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green 75cl cork and caged bottle, drank two months after its BBD.

Poured into four tulip shaped glasses, the first three showed a clear golden Blonde beer with very little head. The last pour produced a cloudier body with a stronger smell and taste (as you would expect). I prefered the last pour!

Wheat and dog biscuits came to mind in the aroma, then a more general farmyard grain smell took over.

French beers are getting better (the ones I try anyway), this one doesn't set the world alight, but it does have something about it.

I liked the sweet aftertaste and its sour start, it just failed in the body fullness for me, but overall, OK.

Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blonde in colour, with initially big pillowy head, which fades quite quickly, mine had heaps of sediment floating around in it. Kind of sticky malt flavour and not overly flavourfull, slight floral bitter finish, but as i said a bit too sticky.

Photo of morimech
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a very small head that quickly disappears to just wisps of suds on top. Some particulate matter is suspended in the ale.

Has an earthy aroma. Some fruitiness lingers in the background.

Taste is similar. Earthy with cider like qualities. Not at all sour or funky. The flavor just does not sit very well with me. A lingering sweetness dominates the finish.

Light body with low carbonation. Since it is so light, the lack of carbonation is not really an issue.

A different take of a Biere de Garde and one I likely will not revisit.

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.

Photo of MJR
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle.

Leaving the large amount of chunky yeast at the bottom of the bottle, this one pours a mostly clear orangish-gold with a thin and tightly-knit white head. The aroma is malty sweet, with a hefty dose of fruit, most notably peaches. There's a bit of spiciness, along with a slight medicinal phenolic note. Some barnyard yeast as well. The flavor starts out quite sweet, before a peppery spiciness takes hold and attempts, but fails, to keep the honey-like sweetness in check. Like in the aroma, there's some barnyard yeast and musty farmhouse character, but it really gets mauled by the near-cloying sweetness. More medicinal phenolics. Fairly thin on the palate, with a slighty dry finish that has a touch of alcohol both in mouthfeel and flavor. I also detect a hint of a white grape peel flavor and astringency in the aftertaste. Despite the four or five main flavor components, this brew comes as across as thin, lacking in complexity, and overly sweet. Quite the lackluster example of the Bière de Garde style.

La Choulette Blonde from Brasserie La Choulette
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.