Les Bière Des Sans Culottes | Brasserie La Choulette

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Les Bière Des Sans CulottesLes Bière Des Sans Culottes
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie La Choulette
France
lachoulette.com

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,579
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
145
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, 24C. Biere de Garde. I think the bottle code says June 14, 2017, but not sure, but that could just be a code and I'm getting more than it should have.

Fills a decent head but low retention as it fades quickly, super hazy sediment laden yeast sediment due to the age likely, blond deeper gold color

Nose brings a ton of Belgian golden sweet malts, toasty and a little bready with a candi sugar and almost syrupy sweetness, rich complex almost layered malt aromas, a bit of yeast additions with mild spice phenols, citrus esters, and a touch of warming spicy alcohol. Although the style says generally clean fermentation, these seem to shy into the saison area with malt more in the biere de garde, and are very welcome aromatics. As it warms a slight aged oxidation, papery note, expected with the age

Taste high malt flavor again, very toasty rich, little bready, big Belgian blonde like honey malts, but very complex and rich, layered almost decoction like malt complexity, as well as a sweet candi sugar like flavor, then a wave of nice warming alcohol, inviting peppery phenols with the spicy alcohol, a touch of fruity citrus esters, a mild hop bitterness balancing the malts and yeast additions, also bringing maybe a slight spiciness as well. A drier finish, a touch sticky, bit more perfumey alcohol and spicy phenols lingering with the mild honey malt characters

Mouth is medium to a bit lighter bodied, a little smooth creamy texture and lager softness, very high carbonation which gets a little prickly and increases the spiciness of the warming alcohol

Overall a very nice enjoyable beer. Delicious malt characters, complex, nice yeast additions a bit more on the saison side but still enjoyable, a nice warming alcohol hits the spot but might get a little hot for the style, and carbonation might also be a tad high (probably both from extra bottle conditioning over time). Still quite nice.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mig100
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajm5108
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent gold, lots of champagne carbonation, medium soapy head, small yeast globules. Aroma is earthy, slightly sweet & delightful - apple must, bees wax, honeycomb, white grape tannin, straw and light horse saddle. Taste leans more towards that sweeter side but presents enough contrast to maintain balance. Notes of white grape must, mineral water, honey, dry yeast, loam, cider, oak, light grassy hops on the end. Finish is very dry, like mineral water. Lots of depth, good contrast but it marries well. Didn’t love the finish but still a very goos beer.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 145 ratings