Les Bière Des Sans Culottes | Brasserie La Choulette

BA SCORE
88
very good
139 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Les Bière Des Sans CulottesLes Bière Des Sans Culottes
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie La Choulette
France
lachoulette.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of Sweffin
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Yoann
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - Transparent golden with thin particles floating
S - Nutty malts, herbal hops, still some alcohol
T - Good balance
M - Not very carbonated but correct
O - Don't be fooled by the look of the bottle, it's actually good!

 252 characters

Photo of TheHopsman
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nwhittin
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevinpd58
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Toynk
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Before the wine-drinkers got started on their bottles, I put Sans Culottes in their hands. Their response repeated a previous test that went something like: "Ou la-la, this goes well with appetizers." So, if you want to convert others to craft brews, keep this biere de Garde in stock.

This beer faintly has the characteristics of wine and seems to complement most foods originating from the kitchens near where good wine is made. Pretty, the fruity nose has many layers of taste and just enough carbonation to cut through the food's oils.

MJ's "Guide" gives it 3.5 stars of 4 and said it has "a yeasty note like that of Champagne."
Sans Cullotes is reviewed also in the "1001" and deserves to be on that list.

 714 characters

Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New and unusual in a sense that finding anything imported from Europe and not %500 percent ABV with fifty-odd ingredients and a pricetag to match is always interesting due to that nature alone. But is it good?

Pours reddish-orange and topped off with a fluttering, dirty white froth.

Has an aroma of profound yeast, apricot and gum.

Tastes of apricot, faint orange and spice with gum and taffy at the end. A bit of cardboard is noticed in the aftertaste, but it's not quite off-putting.

Medium in body and almost chewy.

A unique brew by any standards but not the gem I've been looking for.

 600 characters

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deg
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prost76
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

supposedly their most special brew, but i will tell you that my bottle from 2009 (found on shelf in south denver) has seen its better days im sure. there is some oxidation and also some coagulation of the yeast which results in a fish food murky pour with an almost gray shade to it, dense and uninviting. still, the french stuff turns me on, and this one does too, with a really far out yeasty aroma, almost like a saison of champagne, farmy for sure, straw and hay and grass and meadow, late summer, dried by the sun but still earthy and natural. hops have faded a lot, but still kick in some bitterness to balance the sweeter, thicker malt base, which is probably a shadow of its former self. the flavors are all a bit stale, oxidized, this was probably pretty awesome fresh or even after a few years, but six is too many. carbonation held up though, and i like the beer on the whole. i like this brewery a lot too, it really has my interest, although i have to say i had much higher hopes for this. not everything is better aged, memo to new wave beer geeks

 1,061 characters

Photo of AlexFields
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sans Culottes pours crystal clear straw color under a bone white finely bubbled persistent foam cap. Crisp, estery, perfumey, floral aromas greet the nose, with some light malts hanging in behind them. The palate is yeast driven with traces of ripe and over ripe fruit flavors but it has a firm backbone of light malts for balance with a bitter hop accent on the finish. The texture is very finely bubbled producing a crisp creaminess that drinks very smooth.

 460 characters

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of cornmuse
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is of a recently purchased 750, no legible bottling date visible, poured into a traditionally fluted IPA glass. The beer pours a bright and cheery yellow with a modest white foam head. There is some lacing that stays with the glass. There is some sediment so be careful not to pour aggressively and to let the bottle rest if you've moved it a lot.

The nose is delicate and modestly complex as is fitting a blonde ale. At first inhalation there is slight pear, lemon and banana. This gives to way to fresh wood and hay. At no point is the aroma anything more than a suggestion - just a slight wisp of recognition and its gone.

Upon tasting the sense of balance and delicacy is maintained. The beer flows over the tongue from middle to back, leaving a sensory trail of bread, dry grain and slight hops. There is a bit of salt to the sides of the tongue and medium carbonation that cleanses and refreshes. This biere de garde drinks like the finest of saisons but with just a little extra warmth from the 7% ABV calling attention to its stylistic difference.

I really, really like this. As a beire de garde this should keep well. I only purchased the one bottle, now I am hoping I can lay in a few more. I could drink this anytime

 1,242 characters

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thinking of brewing my own version of this style soon, so figured I should pick up a sampling to get an idea of what I'm aiming for.

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Brasseurs Biere de Garde tulip/flute.

Nearly clear straw liquid topped by a weak heavily active snow white head. Soapy thin lacing, superior retention.

Sweet delicate aroma with hints of hay, wildflowers, cork, and Asian pear. Light cereal notes from the malt. Hops are hard to discern.

Malty palate entry with a mild but lasting bitterness to offset the caramel notes. Possibly a hint of diacetyl, but I think this is the yeast character peaking through. A nice balance between the fruity esters of an ale and the glassy smoothness of a lager. Finishes moderately dry despite a long initial wave of candy-apple sweetness.

Very light and soft mouthfeel...carbonation seems sufficient but is somehow ephemeral.

While I wish I'd picked up one of this artisanal brewery's amber ales instead, the blonde still has a low and subtle wildness/funk that keeps you from mistaking the beer for a middling pilsner.

 1,097 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
4.01 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.