La Choulette Ambrée - Brasserie La Choulette
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2.95/5 rDev -25.9%
Poured from a 750mL bomber into a Snifter
Beer is bearing a Best Before End on the bottle, which I find odd for a Biere de Garde.
A: Mahogany with rich creamy head, dissipating quickly.
S: Caramel sweetness with hints of fruit and tobacco.
T: Sweet in the extreme, sweeter as it opens up. Light and too thin in its flavor. Aftertaste is hollowy sweet, like diet soda.
F: Thin, almost limp. Maybe this bottle is off?
D: On re-consideration, probably not as bad as I initially reacted, but still couldn't drink the whole glass. This beer was served at the recommended temperature, but I found it only to be drinkable at temperatures signifigantly below and above the recommended serving, and then, not in large quantities.
I have a suspicion my bottle was off. Look forward to retrying at a future date if I come across this again.
10-19-2010 14:59:58 | More by codewarrior
3.03/5 rDev -23.9%
Pours a dark amber color with lighter red hues when held to a light source and a thin foamy yellowish head that quickly fades leaving no lacing.
Very subtle light fruit aroma with hints of earthy hops, spice and faint hops. Very bland and uninteresting.
Fuller bodied with much more of a malt presence than expected. Slightly spicy with citrus and dark fruits. Medium carbonation which helps the mouthfeel. Alcohol not well masked. Average at best.
04-30-2010 00:39:07 | More by corby112
3.13/5 rDev -21.4%
750ml green bottle. label has notches for dates, but none are marked off. instead, there is a printing of "18.06.08". it SEEMS this is a "best by" date, since that's what it is on the sans culottes bottle...
poured into tulip.
clear gemstone amber with copper tint. nice head gradually fades to wispy layer. great lacing.
aromas of fruity apple and caramel, almost candy-like. malt is indeed quite caramelized. whiff of grass and earthiness and trace of farmhouse character, plus phenols and maybe spice.
flavor is very malty sweet, mixing with apple-like esters and sharp phenols, with the sweetness approaching a cloying quality. gentle grassy hop gives a mild bitterness, but the spicy phenols come back and blend with that cloying sweetness, lingering into the finish as well.
not too thin, decently smooth, but slightly watery. lively carbonation, but not enough to completely wash away that sweet, phenolic, cloying character.
02-05-2009 05:58:44 | More by tai4ji2x
United Kingdom (England)
3.35/5 rDev -15.8%
Appearance: Deep burgundy colour, with a rapidly fading tan head, and heavy fine carbonation. 3.5
Aroma: The initial aromas are a strange hybrid between winey grapes, and ripe wheat. There are hints of sourdough in there, with a mild citric lemon. Lots of spices, and clear notes of aniseed. 3
Taste: Lots of savoury wheats, grains, with a strange taste of plain salted crisps, very weird. There is a noticeable alcoholic taste that pushes through after this, with a bready sweetness, pepperiness, and some vanilla. The aftertaste is bittersweet, and slightly clingy. 3.5
Mouthfeel: Heavy and oily in the palete. The carbonation is quite lively, maybe too much. 3
Drinkability: Some very strange flavours in this one, quite unique. Probably couldn't manage more than one. Well worth a try. 3.5
10-08-2009 14:33:43 | More by PartyBear
3.48/5 rDev -12.6%
Not a bad beer, in that it pours a orangish amber, fairly clear (I didn't get any yeasty bits floating about as mentioned in other reviews) and only moderately carbonated. The beer has a smallish head that does retain and does lace to a degree. The smell is quite musty, full of caramel malts, perhaps some cherry, yeasty alcohol aromas, some tartness in the smell too. The smell is not overly enticing, but keep going because the taste is better. What you'll find is a very caramelized malty, tart, sourish, cherryish ale that is quite sippable and refreshing. The caramel comes out the gate quite strong but near the finish, some of the other complex flavors emerge, some tart apples, some cherry notes, a yeasty tang, some sweet malts, some sourish hops. The beer is not overly carbonated, quite light bodied for its 8% ABV, and quite soft on the tongue. There is nothing here that will offend. Right out of the bottle, the caramel was a bit much and I thought it was too much like a strong Marzen, but then the beer's other qualities emerged. Not a bad beer, worth scouting out, very good sipping beer on a cold winters evening. L'Chaim.
12-26-2007 22:14:41 | More by albern
3.53/5 rDev -11.3%
picked this up to try out of curiosity. it pours a nice amber orange color with a nice offwhite head. this one didn't work for me as well as some other biere de gardes I've had as this was more of a marmalade and caramel effect than what I expected. Bottle notes its from 4-25-07.
08-12-2008 02:30:47 | More by barleywinebrewer
3.55/5 rDev -10.8%
Pours darkish copper, not much light coming through. Short head, dissipated, leaves a very thing ring and slight swirl of lace. Not that carbonated. Slightly sweet and nutty nose, a bit of malts as well. Taste is also sweet up front, a little caramel-y and nutty, some dates or some other dried fruitiness. Its strength is noticeable enough to make it enjoyable. It's a bit thin going down, lighter as it should be.
12-23-2008 03:12:02 | More by aquatonex
3.63/5 rDev -8.8%
The label says Biere de Garde, but it's here as a Saison. Whatever. Poured out to a pumpkin orange color with a well formed 1/2 inch head and good lacing around the interior of the glass. Aromas of caramel, sweet spice, pumpkins and some earthy notes. Taste was medium bodied and slightly complex; flavors of fruits, spices, sugar, and ginger were present, as was some hints of herbs. Not bad. Mouthfeel was fair, not too weak yet filling enough to make the beer quaffable. Fair drinkability, this brew wasn't bad overall. I'll likely try some of the brewers other offerings.
11-13-2005 02:09:23 | More by Frozensoul327
3.63/5 rDev -8.8%
Sampled from both can and bottle. Among any of the better amber ales or biere de gardes, seems the most popular of this brewery. Pours with fairly weak retention, a crystal amber in colour. Strong aroma, good mouthfeel and agreeable flavour. Light roast caramel malt, some chewy presence, though mouthfeel a little light, tad watery. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms. Overall good malt, nice subtle blending, among the best of French beers I've had.
11-17-2006 17:31:29 | More by biegaman
3.63/5 rDev -8.8%
I really enjoyed this beer. It is decisively sour, with a kriek-like quality I found very endearing. While I would not call this a sessionable beer, I would highly recommend it.
It poured a hazy amber with 5mm of head. It exhibited a cherry fruity-sourness in its bouquet. It didn't have a dry-sourness (like a Berliner Weisse would), rather it had this sweet-sour dichotomy going on that certain fruits provide that makes you pucker. Tart would be the best word I suppose. Not very drinkable/sessionable, but I still enjoyed it.
06-06-2007 17:44:48 | More by BeerBelcher
3.65/5 rDev -8.3%
This beers highest marks come in the nice pour a big pillowey head that settles nicely and sticky a nice medium amber color to enjoy.Aroma is like powdered sugar almost with some slight spicey notes and pizza dough aromas.Taste is definently malty with a little irony taste I didnt think it was overly sweet.Supposed to be good with food will have my other with dinner.
09-18-2003 20:13:31 | More by oberon
3.65/5 rDev -8.3%
Poured to a flat reddish-orange with very little head and virtually no lacing or effervescence. Appearance was more of a cherry-apple cider than a beer, and the aroma was a pleasant mix of spices and fruit (mostly apples and grapes).
This beer was interesting in that the mouthfeel, flavor and finish were all what I would imagine the result to be if you mixed a Lambic and a Flemish Sour together. At various sips and times, I detected fruity, sweet, sour, spicy and a hint of the 8% alcohol. Different, but not bad at all.
07-08-2007 13:50:09 | More by kimcgolf
British Columbia (Canada)
3.65/5 rDev -8.3%
Appearance: Nice amber, clear with a half finger head on the pour. No lacing as I drink.
Smell: Musty, with a hint of cherries. Yeasty like sourdough bread
Taste: Sour and tart with a slight hint if cherries.
Mouthfeel: Pretty bubbly, but the flavours linger over all parts of the tongue for a long time.
Drinkability: A little too much alcohol to be really drinkable. 8% is strong in anyone's book and unfortunately, precludes this from drinking smooth past one bottle.
Overall: My first bière de garde. I like it, but I wish it didn't have so much ABV.
03-02-2008 01:05:07 | More by Hornet2003
3.68/5 rDev -7.5%
Satisfying smooth but unexceptional biere de garde, well carbonated even harsh. Attractive light brown rum color. Moderately fruity yeast, grape like, lemon, sugar, nuts, pepper . Musty initial aroma, mild barnyard. Medium mouthfeel, probably good with fish.
08-24-2005 03:11:45 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev -7.5%
Poured a nice amber color- good head.
Smells of caramel, sweet, floral. Tastes slightly sweet, mild hop or floral characteritics. Good body, an easy drinker.
This was one of the sweeter Biere de Garde's I've had. Not much in the way of earthy flavors, unfortunately, it seems less of a 'rustic' beer than other BdG's (i.e Jenlain.) A good beer overall.
08-13-2006 22:20:52 | More by fartingdog
3.78/5 rDev -5%
Light orangish amber color, nice thick head, lots of lace.
Very floral aroma with slight strawberry and pear complexity Very woody/musky. A lot going on in the aroma for this style. Good caramel malt aroma
Flavor has nice malt at start, very sweet, but finishes very dry with a like acidicness that keeps it from being cloying. More body then other bier de gardes samples, also more alcohol in the finish. A nice spicy hop finish. Malt is still very simple, but great complexity with nice muskyness working well with floral and estery character. Well balanced. This was the best of 5 bier de gardes sampled in one night. Still though, I dont really care for the style.
11-09-2002 23:48:32 | More by nathi
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
750 ml, poured into a nonik glass. At first, no head was developing, so I gave it a fairly vigorous pour and a small amount of foam appeared, but dissipated quickly. Otherwise, a pleasant-looking dark gold, quite clear. Light fruitiness in the nose (apple, grape), with some cork mustiness. Lots of fruitiness (plums, grape) in the taste as well a distinct nutty malt flavor that is quite pleasant--perhaps even a little roasted-potato-like. Hops are restrained. A bit watery, though reasonably full-bodied.
An OK beer is the best I can say. Not any obvious faults except the low carbonation, but not that drinkable.
03-22-2006 02:29:44 | More by allengarvin
La Choulette Ambrée from Brasserie La Choulette
89 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.