La Choulette Ambrée - Brasserie La Choulette
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4.22/5 rDev +6%
A 750mL green glass bottle, corked and caged, dated 19-06-09.
Opened in celebration of finishing the semester - yea!
Served cool and poured into my St. Bernardus Watou glass, the Ambrée has a hazy copper color with an inch of head and good retention.
Aroma is complex - spicy, funky, and a little winey. The latter is not what I'd describe as oxidation but more like dark fruits and red grapes.
Flavor is quite nice - a little like a doppelbock that's lighter in color and body. There is the similar caramel-sweet base with nice spice notes and a bit of toasty grains. The flavors have good depth and complexity but it's not overwhelming. Light fruit flavors like apple, cherry, and grape, help to balance out the spice.
Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with just the right amount of carbonation. Alcohol is present but fairly well-hidden given this beer's strength.
Overall really nice, not what I was expecting (Biere de Garde was more of a Saison in my head) but still very enjoyable.
05-11-2010 23:21:50 | More by GilGarp
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
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
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours a cloudy, amber/brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, brown sugar, citrus, and slight pale hop. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale hops, alcohol, tart malt, sweet malt, slight citrus, and brown sugar. Overall, a darker and more malty biere de garde than I'm used to having, but still rather good.
09-02-2009 02:04:01 | More by Tone
4/5 rDev +0.5%
750ml bottle courtesy of RomanW70 (thanks Dan) served in my ST tulip. 25.04.07 indicated on the label. Poured a hazy, plum color with a three inch off-white head that sizzled and popped as it receded into a frothy quarter inch cap; sheets of watery lacing, but no legs. Nose was dark fruit, vinous and somewhat acidic with a hint of chocolate towards the back. Taste follows nose, with a bit of sourness/astringency at the finish. Mouthfeel is light and sparklingly effervescent with a little bit of prickliness across the tongue. I've had the opportunity to try a few Bière de Gardes, and I tend to not really enjoy the style. That being said, this brew seems a little closer to a belgian strong dark in style, and I was pleasantly surprised. As such, my rating reflects the beer itself and not its attributes relative to the style.
05-27-2009 00:40:18 | More by Jwale73
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
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours a great coppery-amber with an off-white head that appears more fluffy than creamy.
A nutty aroma dominates the nose, with caramel, bready maltiness playing back-up.
The sweet caramel and hazelnut aromas follow through on the palate, slowly giving way to a mild caramelized malt and hop bitterness. Wisps of apple brandy and walnuts also appear, conjuring up pairings with camembert or delice de bourgogne.
A great artisanal French biere de garde.
02-02-2009 20:31:30 | More by oldhippie247
4/5 rDev +0.5%
I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is rum brown with a fluffy white head. The head recedes quickly, leaving some lacing on the sides. The aroma is earthy and sweet. It is sweet on the tongue, with taste of caramel and alcohol. The beer is medium bodied with above average carbonation. The beer is smooth and easily drinkable. This is my first Biere de Garde so I do not have any thing to compare it to, but I do like this beer.
01-02-2009 20:09:13 | More by bonkers
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
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
Purchased at Arrowine, Arlington, VA; had never seen it before.
A - Burnt copper/amber/dark iced tea color with a khaki-colored head that settles to a shoulder with modest lacing.
S - Malt, dates, cinnamon.
T/M - Complex malt, dates, peat, cinnamon, tea and caramel. Beautifully silky and creamy without being too dense.
D - A food friendly ale worth grabbing if you see it. Very nice stuff.
09-27-2008 19:41:31 | More by pinotboy007
4.35/5 rDev +9.3%
Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.
Poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a very nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy/fizzy off-white head, which leaves a nice big island in the middle of the glass and some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, with some spice and yeast. The taste sweet, malty, yeasty, and a nice touch of spice. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a nice one, thanks Joe.
09-25-2008 23:47:17 | More by Wasatch
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
4.18/5 rDev +5%
A: Clear copper/amber with a two finger head the settles quickly but leaves nice lacing.
S: Malt, flowers, earth, and some metallic notes.
T: A lot of malt character and flavor sans the sweetness, bready, floral, and slightly roasty.
M: Very crisp and dry.
D: This will make a good pair with some goat cheese and honey. Goes down with ease despite the 8% ABV.
07-19-2008 00:41:45 | More by Biscuit033
United Kingdom (England)
3.9/5 rDev -2%
75cl Green cork and caged bottle, poured into two Corsendonk stemmed tulip shaped glasses.
The pour was in one almost smooth action, but the second glass ended up with a few pieces of sediment. Otherwise the beer was a lovely amber, a little lighter than a typical Belgian Amber beer but with the same good biege foaming head. The beer was opened 4 months after the Best Before Date.
The aroma was like a fairly sweet malty biscuit straight out of the oven.
Good flavours throughout, this is a well balanced beer and I really enjoyed it. The 8% doesn't knock your socks off, but you know it's there.
The French beer scene is a lot better than most poeple realise, this is a good example of what they are missing.
05-10-2008 18:23:46 | More by BlackHaddock
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours a deep amber color, bordering on brown, with some bright highlights. The smallish head leaves a bit of lace on the glass. The aroma is low on esters and skews toward the malt side, with plenty of bready, almost German malts and a dusty tobacco note. On the palate, big carbonation and smooth, sweet maltiness alongside some dextrins. There's a bit of orangey fruitiness evident on the edges. Good acidity toward the end. The finish is long and a tad sweet, while the mouthfeel is full and malty overall, with a bit of hop acids at the end and plenty of soft carbonation throughout. Overall, this is a tasty biere de garde, skewed toward the malty side, without much of the herbal/earthy notes often found in beers of the style. Still, it's a rich-yet-light, interesting beer that would probably be great with food and cheese, so still a definite thumbs up.
03-15-2008 04:32:26 | More by geexploitation
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
3.48/5 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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
A: Pours a dark red with fizzy head that reduces quickly to a bubbly film that leaves very little lace. Clear with tons of carbonation bubbles
S: smells of ripe cherries and sugar plumbs dominate. Very sweet, sugary scent
T: very sweet with an incredibly caramely finish and sour alcohol bite
M: creamy, chewy texture with tingly carbonation and a strong but smooth finish
D: This one is a bit too sweet for my liking, but I think it does a pretty good job of fitting in with the style. Despite its high ABV, it was highly drinkable. I certainly recommend it as it is an interesting taste experience from France.
11-07-2007 07:26:05 | More by Graham5161986
4/5 rDev +0.5%
Beer bottle (33cl., 75cl.), tasted in 2003.
Appearance : An amber color, fine and tight foam.
Smell : caramelized sweetness but not excessive
Taste and mouthfeel : spice aniseed flavours, caramel, delicatly hoped.
Drinkability : good beer in the style "bière de garde", less sweet than the Jenlain, more bitter.
Review translated from french 7-9-2008.
10-19-2007 20:21:35 | More by thierrynantes
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours a cloudy brown/amber with a 1/2 finger white head that mostly dies. Smells of apple cider and some caramel.
Taste is quite interesting. Caramel malt. Apples. Anise. Some tartness. Interesting, and nice balance. Quite an interesting amber - never had anything quite like it. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is good on this. Somewhat rich with a nice bite at the end. Drinkability is very good.
Recommended. A unique, tasty brew. Just how I like them.
09-14-2007 07:50:33 | More by rallison
3.9/5 rDev -2%
Poured from a corked wine-style bottle.
Poured a reddish-orange with a big ecru-colored head. Somewhat cloudy with flecks of yeast floating throughout.
Smelled primarily fruity with apples and cherries. Taste was tart and dry -- tangy, sour fruits with a somewhat bitter finish. Carbonated, crisp somewhat thin mouthfeel. Enjoyable as something to sip with a light meal on a warm evening. A little fruity and sour for my general tastes, but a decent choice overall. Definitely interesting and complex.
07-17-2007 20:05:08 | More by eberkman
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
4/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured into tulip glass:
Pours deep ruby mahogany with a thin tan head that descends to a thin, patchy covering.
The smell is of sweet caramel candy. Musty with grassy/grainy notes. Subtle fruity spiciness lies underneath.
The taste is sweet - candyish - caramel/toffee. Husky grain in the back. Spicy, berry-like fruitiness emerges in the soft, sweet finish.
Medium-bodied and smooth, this is a nice sweet treat. Despite the alcohol level (which is hardly noticeable) this makes a nice summer night sipping brew choice. Also would pair well with lamb. A classic for the style!
06-22-2007 03:39:59 | More by jwc215
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
3.9/5 rDev -2%
Sampled in Paris, bottle was all in French, not sure of dating.
Only downside was the weak head and lacing. Brown, slightly clear.
Bready, clove nose
Full of bready flavors, mingled with clove and brown sugar. Peppery finish with hidden ETOH. Smooth and drinkable.
05-29-2007 18:42:44 | More by Umbra
La Choulette Ambrée from Brasserie La Choulette
89 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.