Les Bière Des Sans Culottes
Brasserie La Choulette

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Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #12
Ranked #7,254
4.04 | pDev: 10.4%
Brasserie La Choulette
Very Good
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft 10/19/19 @ the Beer Temple.

Banana, caramel & faint clove flavors here; rich but very drinkable, and way bolder flavors than I was expecting. I'd have another!!

Oct 21, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice slightly hazy with tons of turbidity.

S - Big aromas of grassy floral hops, soft corn, light and pleasant, dry nose.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of esters, flashes of grassy hops and light bitterness. Finish is estery.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, clean.

O - Overall this was a solid enough de garde. Excellent ester characteristics.

Serving Type: bottle

Jul 27, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Feb 15, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

May 06, 2018
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Yoann from France

3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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!

Apr 16, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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 responses 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 bordering the climates where good wine is made. Pretty with abundant foam and lace, the fruity nose has many layers of taste and just enough carbonation to cut through appetizers' oils... or most foods.

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. The reviewer tells the story of how the owner of 25 years then (published in 2013) had lots of previous experience in French farmhouse ales. IMHO, it shows.

11/11/19 Had again twice, once on tap and once bottled. The tap may have tasted better, but this ale needs food to really show its stuff. And the bottle was good on the second day, as well. I'm still looking to repeat their Amber and Blonde and Framboise should I ever be able to find them. In case I don't, I did go on La Choulette's website and they had lots of pretty pictures (very French), but I couldn't find the English translation button (also very French.)

Apr 26, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Apr 05, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
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

May 21, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Feb 01, 2015
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cornmuse from Florida

4/5  rDev -1%
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

Aug 01, 2014
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augustgarage from California

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Nov 19, 2013
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TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, pale gold in color, with a 3-finger head of rocky, white foam; retention was excellent, as was lacing. Would have been a perfect 5, but for the floaties in my second glass (as the sediment from the bottom of the bottle got stirred up).

S: Pleasant, but not potent. Grain, fresh-cut grass, and a fruity aroma similar to a muscato wine.

T: Not much sweetness from the malt; instead, more grain flavor up front. There was a little bit of tart fruit (grapes, maybe some pear notes) in the middle. The finish was mildly bitter hops at first, reminding me of the noble hops found in pilsners; the bitterness became a little more intense (although not unpleasant) the more I drank, and it lingered a long time on the palate.

M: Crisp and dry, very well carbonated.

O: Not a clear winner because its taste, which was just OK, trumped its beautiful appearance.
It is definitely a good thirst quencher on a warm summer evening, but there are other refreshing beers available for a few dollars less.

Jun 16, 2013
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thierrynantes from France

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from V&B, tasted in 2013.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : grassy hops with herbal spices aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty and fruity flavors, and spicy notes.
Drinkability : a good beer in the French style "Bière de garde".

May 12, 2013
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popery from California

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright golden amber color. Pretty clear, but I can see a lot of floaties in the bottle. Big off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is full of sweet pale grain flavor. Lots of fruit. Pears, apples, grapes, apricots, dates. Mild herbal, grassy hops. A faint medicinal note. Just tons of pilsner malt favor. Taste is similar. It starts sweet with that fresh, pale malt flavor but finishes dry with some funk and mild hop bitterness. More light fruitiness, big pear note particularly. Some musty apple/grape skin flavor and feel. Feel is light but full. There's some prickly carbonation but it's generally quite smooth due to the full body. Very easy to drink. Goes well with some soft goat cheese. Fun to find a nice example of the style.

May 05, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear light golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of fruity yeast in the nose along with some hints of farmhouse yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some fruity flavors of apples but is a little more balanced with notes of farmhouse yeast and hints of grainy malts and earthiness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a bode rate amount of carbonation. No dryness is noticeable.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, partly because it isn't as malty or earthy compared to other beers in the style. It would pair very well with French cuisine.

Feb 24, 2013
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

2.44/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Huhzubendah. Served in a taster glass. Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. The nose starts out with some grain and a bit of yeast, but is then somewhat overtaken by skunked hops. Very unfortunate. Flavor is similarly skunked, but to an even greater level. Light-medium body and high carbonation. Ugh, another victim of the green bottle.

Dec 15, 2012
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TheRealBigC from Nevada

3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear golden color. Smell was slightly floral, sweet, kind of like champagne. Taste was close to a saison, but not as grainy. Had a little bit of a fruity backend and a mildly sweet beginning. Bubbly feel was nice. Overall a good, pretty affordable Biere de Garde, but I wouldn't say it's definitive for the style.

Aug 13, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rustic grain flavor, well melded maturity, and deep levels of refreshment all pay tribute to the French Biere de Garde style with Belgian influence and French prestige.

Pouring a bright honey-gold color, the beer carries a mild haze that seems to have been largely cleared by age. Champagne-like carbonation pays tribute to Belgian beers as it builds a fluid stark white head with great retention that's constantly fueled by the carbonation underneath and lacing with a mix of intricate patterns and isolated pockets of foam.

Firm pilsner aromas hold a rich bread, yeast, and sweet scent that hedges on butter and corn. Elegant malt aromatics borrow fruit notes from the yeast and form the scent of grilled apples, peaches, and figs. Very light in floral hop presence, a faint herbal tea-like note can be detected under the corn and grain.

Grainy-sweet to taste, and with the light starchy flavor of fresh kilned barley, the beer's rustic malt flavors reveal light corn, caramel, and honey flavors to match that of bread dough and flaky buttery crust. The full flavors of malt support the esters of apple, peach, apricot, and figs that all seem in the over ripened variety. Balanced by mild acidity and light pepper and smoke from the phenolic yeast compounds, somehow the ale escapes any meaningful hop flavor or bitterness. Instead a light taste of raw tobacco and tea leaves support the sweetness and buttery roundness. Slight fruit acidity and an overall flinty minerally taste cleans up the beer heading into finish.

Full bodied for pilsner-rich ales, the starchy body is aided by the fullness of buttery compounds that coat the mouth and give fatty impressions. Those fuller textures linger deep into the finish and gives the beer a satisfying and extended closure of straw-like medium dryness and mineral snap.

While it's easy to read too much of the saison style into this beer, its fuller impressions and malt-forward demeanor gives this beer a juicy malt profile and refined mellow taste. This beer is a very rewarding and round version of the style.

Jul 31, 2012
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Halcyondays from California

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL green bottle, why green, stop it, thankfully this bottle shows no signs of skunk, this is a classic beer, I know of it thanks to the legendary Michael Jackson, and I've wanted to try it for years,

A: Pours a rather clear goldenrod to yellow orange. Light soapy white head, with good retention, mild lace.

S: Very interesting nose. I get a lot of walnut and peanut oil initially, but this blows off and by the end of the bottle it's more classic biere de garde in the Jenlain style. Lots of grassiness and sourdough bread.

T: Nice nuttiness initially, with some pils style malt and earthy hops. Very much to style, some herbal ale characteristics come in on the back end.

M: Light to medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, real nice piney grassy aftertaste.

O: Nice to see a 750 under $10, and this biere de garde is quite good. Complex, not as good as Jenlain Ambree, but few are. Good stuff, it really is a nice beer.

Jun 03, 2012
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KDawg from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a nice gold color with a very foamy head.

excellent and balanced aromas of grains, bits of funk, straw and citrus notes as well

Very good flavors of citrus, grains, and a nice touch of funky dryness on the back end. Nice smooth feel, but lacking a bit in the middle

This is just lacking a slight bit to make it really good. Still a very enjoyable biere de garde with some nice dryness on the end

Mar 11, 2012
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another discounted beer.

A-Pours a hazed honey color. Head grows and dies. Head does leave consistent lacing.

S-Nose is quite sweet. Sugars and some floral notes. A bit bready too. A bit a barnyard aroma too. Yeast and pale juicy fruits.

T-Sugary sweet and flowery. Tastes a bit like overly sugared sweet-tea. Pretty mild. Has some earthy tones that are accompanied by the yeast.

M-Very soft and smooth feel. Carbonation is mellow. Slick. Medium bodied. Easy sipping.

O/D-A pleasant, albeit unmemorable beer from a foreign land. For $3 at a discount, I am happy to have tried it. Nothing crazy but tastes alright.

Nov 11, 2011
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw-yellow to the light, perfectly clear and bubbled Champagne-style, this is a handsome and delectable looking ale. Be careful smelling it - I had hardly dipped into the glass but with this tall and fluffy a head it's incredibly easy to get your nose wet. And as the glass (which becomes mummified) will attest, a foam mustache is also unavoidable. (It might be a perfect score if not for the insistence of yeast sediment.)

Saisons have been known to have some pretty funky characteristics and, indeed, this one, although considerably light-struck thanks to the green bottle, smells remarkably (oddly) like Dijon mustard. How very French. While token notes of wheat malt and barnyard must are appreciated, there's a distinctive Dijon-like spice that almost makes me want to sneeze.

Skunkiness is noted in the aroma, but the taste confirms that this beer is still in fine form (and nothing like the bland European lagers we usually find skunked in green glass bottles). More refreshing than complex, it tastes of hay, liquid grain, golden apple and is peppered with a little bit of zesty spice. Continental malt is appreciated on the finish, but it comes to taste like corn starch with hints of Vegemite. It's more likeable when cold.

Living so close to one another, it's obvious the French and Belgians exchanged a few secrets. This French ale captures the musty, farmhouse character of Belgian classics while combining it with classic Champagne-esque bubbling and the fresh acidity, muscular body and dry finish of a Chablis. Indeed, this is a seamless substitute for a mild white wine.

But alas the musty and corn-y elements make the beer significantly less appealing by the second half of the bottle. The skunkiness (why use green glass?) grows more apparent and the graininess becomes oily and overly sweet. The yeasty invaders make themselves known, contributing off-notes that are a little sour and not so tasty. The marks must be lowered.

Whether labeled a saison or a bière de garde, the fact remains that this is, as the late Michael Jackson wrote, where France meets Belgium. While it needs some improvements (no green glass please!), there's no sense offering this beer in anything less than the 750ml bottle; it is the ideal thing to share amongst friends or guests, especially where things like cheese or crackers are served, and is a delightful accompaniment to a relaxing weekend afternoon.

Aug 14, 2011
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 750ml bottle with BB date of 050912

A- pours a almost clear golden yellow color with a fluffy white head and tons of lacing on side of glass

S- funky,floral , earthy notes of a saison with some grasst musty smells

T- to me very much like a saison ,floral funk up first , with a touch of citrus hops,grassy hay and wheat with a touch of malts balance out the flavor

M- well carbonated thru-out,smooth creamy with some leftover spice

O- to me drinks like a tasty saison,very easy to drink the whole bottle on a warm summer day like today

Aug 13, 2011
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uturn from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an Oerbier long stemmed glass.

Best before end: 30. 10. 09
Enjoyed on: 22. 05. 11

A: The beer poured a hazy light straw color with a fluffy 1+ finger white head and left a very nice sticky lacing on my glass.

N: The nose as mild with notes of sweat bread, mild pepper, dried grass and floral.

T: The taste was light and sweet upfront with caramel, toasted bread and some citrus fruits and ended more on the dry side.

M: The mouthfeel was a mild to medium body and creamy smooth.

D&O: The drinkability was very good with a good balance. A nice easy drinking and refreshing brew.

Jun 27, 2011
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BeardedBoffin from New Mexico

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden color with a big white rocky cap of foam. A nice mixture in the aroma of orchard fruit, earth and yeast--almost a little nutty. Light on the palate. Pale malt, fresh crisp fruit on the palate. It finishes with some earth tones. A solid fresh beer.

May 14, 2011
Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 149 ratings