Les Bière Des Sans Culottes | Brasserie La Choulette

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Les Bière Des Sans CulottesLes Bière Des Sans Culottes

Brewed by:
Brasserie La Choulette

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 105
Reviews by mzwolinski:
Photo of mzwolinski
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The few French artisinal beers I have had (Belzebuth, Biere du Desert), have not impressed me favorably toward the breed. As a result, this one sat in my closet for quite some time before being opened.

The beer poured clear gold in color, topped by a thinnish but naggingly persistent whitish head. The musky aroma masks a mild spiciness, combined with just the mildest hint of light fruitiness.

Strong barnyard character to the flavor. This develops a grapey, wine-like character toward the finish, and ends with a light suggestion of piney hops. Subtle and understated but complex.

Fairly dry in the finish, and overall light and effervescent in the mouth. A very pleasant surprise!

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More User Reviews:
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 oberon
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy a Biere de Garde with a meal or by itself,a vastly underrated style in my humble opinion.This poured into an oversized wine glass a rich full golden with just a hint of orange hue,a clingy near creamy-like white head atop.Aromas of wet grain and some mineral,and slightly sweet dough.Flavors have a big pilsner malt bready quality that alot of the style do,some semi sweet toffee and light white pepper spice round out the finish.I like it,a beer to savor and enjoy,very nice.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Light orange in color with a yellowish tinge and a frothing head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The nose here is very light, even though the ale has warmed. It’s also classic BDG, though. The yeast is clear and nicely spiced. The white pepper especially makes a nice compliment, and the coriander is very clean.

Taste – The delicate flavors here work incredibly well together. This is a terrific example of how to balance rather complicated flavors. The yeast is sharp yet not overpowering. The light summer fruits are not overly sweet or “oranged”, as is often the case with inferior attempts at the style. Lastly, the spices are used to finely tune the other wonderful flavors.

Mouthfeel – Again, very delicate in the mouth. The carbonation is rich and active and the incredible balance helps this one go down quite well. This one is on the fuller side of medium-bodied and very fluffy.

Drinkability – This was a great surprise. I actually picked this up at a Topps grocery store of all places. What a find. I’ll pick up another bottle and keep it for a special occasion.

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Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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 ADR
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upcharging and pretty clear deep yellow color, hazy and sparkly head. Sharp and winey aroma, with a sense of yeasty and woodsy mustiness. Flavor is full but not piquant, more like elements of malty sweetness and oak barrel flavor with some unfermented grape. Reasonably full-bodied, nice in the swallow with aftertaste of muskiness. Enough hops to make it balanced for style (I guess, this style is pretty new to me). Pretty enjoyable...

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

Pours a chunky yet airy white head over an orange-tinted golden body. Head recedes leaving chunky lace. Smells of tangy malt with hints of citrus and pilsner malt. Tastes crisp and fairly clean. A mild malt sweetness and just a touch of lemon citrus. A rather substantial earthy character. Hints of hops in the background. Crisp mouthfeel from a substantial carbonation. Medium bodied. Clean finish with a slight dryness.

A fairly mild, well-balanced and easy drinking Biere de Garde. Refreshing. It would make a good intro to the style, and artisan brews in general, for a non-craft drinker, but there just isn’t enough muscle or complexity for my tastes. I prefer La Choulette’s Ambree over this, but that applies in most situations. This is still an excellent beer-- well balanced and makes a great accompaniment to a meal.

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Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of rastaman
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer totally and utterly agreed with with me. Very nice floral subtly oaky aroma, very nice tastewise. Very subtle and elegant, with a tremendously satisfying bitter finish, very savoury, a very juicy little brew (grape-like as VENOM says), totally awesome. We get the Choulette Ambree down under, but not this, i'm sure the importers could get this if they wanted to. I'll just have to wait till i get to europe to try it again until they do.

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Photo of foamer
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a frothy white head which leaves nice lacing down the glass. Lots and lots of sediment floating around. I'm never seen quite so much before. I'm new to the style so please forgive me in my review. Sweet in the nose, with some spicy hops. Very complex; I can't begin to do all the flavours justice. All I know is I could smell this beer all evening and be happy. Spices (I get some coriander) with malts in the taste and a gentle hint of lemony gueuze-like sourness. Lovely and complex. Still can't get over the nose. Mouthfeel is nice. Wow, this is a nice beer. If the rest of the exampls of of biere de gardes are like this, I might have found my new favourite style.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a light golden yellow clear body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles and big white head of large airy bubbles. It has a nice soapy lacing with each sip.

S- Very light smell of soft malt and some fresh raw grain with a faint earthiness.

T-The taste is very smooth and has a slight sweetness but very light. Some raw grains with a hint of pale malt and light toasted malt. Slight carbonic acid taste in the dry finish. A very light hop bitterness in the finish aswell.

M- Medium-light body with some fizz to it.

D-This beer is very light and crisp and has a nice sweetness to it that is very faint. The malt and hops have good depth for as light as they are. Very pleasant to drink and the subtle taste makes me want to take another sip.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Moinette goblet (why not?). Got a nice bumpy head, snowy white and superbly retained. Gorgeous bubble activity inside an orange/gold body. Leaves a good web of lace. A nearly perfect looking beer.

Earthy aroma, grassy, wet hay, even mild barnyard funk.

Flavors are grassy, with funky yeast present. Also getting some boiled apple and mild nutmeg. Malt and alcohol flavors squeeze through too. Sweet on the tongue, an almost neutral aftertaste. Quite dry. Very light in the mouth. All-in-all pretty complex and absolutely delicious.

Super-easy to drink with its lighter body and 7% ABV. Probably best for summer but there's enough weight to this one, in terms of flavors and mouthfeel, to satisfy even in the coldest winter.

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Photo of cokes
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Misty, particle-strewn apricot with a plentiful white bonnet.
Fragrant of honeyed nuts, lilacs, stables, hay, white grapes and mildew.
So unique. Dehydrated orange peels, touched with honey, rolled in crushed cashews and chalkdust, laid upon sugared bread dough. Aided by sweet red apple cider and soft white wine vinousness. Earthy yeast qualities appear. Dangling cobwebs in forgotten dark corners. Horse elements too. Saddles mostly. Full of plant-life as well. Full botanical gardens. Multicolored blossoms. Petal softness. Herbal uprisings near the finale. Vanilla-hued rosemary, basil and ginger.
Medium bodied. Crisp and firm, yet soft-feeling and cream-filled.
This is absolutely delightful and one-of-a-kind.

A pants-less thanks to Bighuge for this jewel of a biere-de-garde.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn good biere de garde, had at Beer Bistro. Spicey yeasty and smooth drinking. Nice permanent foaminess built in. Nice cidery colour. Some complexity to the taste, great alone, and according to my drinking buddy, with his meal. From France you say?

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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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the beer without pants, but the broad on the label is without a bra. Hey girl...one of yo titties be out! Anyhow, the very artistic, and very French painting on the bottle is beautiful and adds a touch of class to a very pretty bottle.

A - As soon as I opened the corked and caged 750 ml bottle, a ridiculous amount of foam started to slowly erupt from the mouth. I waited for a few moments after wiping the foam away to see if it would stop, but it just kept coming even after I poured about 10 oz into my snifter. The brew in said snifter is a wonderfully cloudy brilliant marigold color with a mind-bogglingly huge and fluffy white head that leaves huge clumps of sea-foam stuck to the glass. Retention is excellent, and the sheer beauty of this beer has me reeling.

S - Fresh and cold apple cider, white vinegar, and a hint of tart cranberries. Green grape skins. Very delicate and a bit under-powered.

T - Sour green grapes and grape leaves like you'll find on greek food. In fact, this has a bit of a feta cheese acrid flavor too. I'm tasting a whole lot of very strange things here: hearts of palm, green olives, feta cheese, sour kraut, yellow peppers, lemon, herbs, and chicken broth. Very odd stuff this is.

M - Medium-light bodied with some prickly carbonation and a sour acidic finish that fades into a bit of dryness.

D - This is one of those weird and complex beers that shock and offend you at first, but then it starts to grow on you. My first Flanders red, roggenbier, and rauchbier struck me the same way. Overall, I wouldn't really want to drink this all night....especially at the price I paid for this one. But, its totally worth a try since it is so different and complex. This beer is like modern art...I respect it for the talent that went into it, but I don't really understand it.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle with a "best before" date of 01.12.07 poured into a tulip glass. Pours a small yellowish orange color with a small white head. The aroma is predominately malty and yeasty with some fruit and peppery spice. The taste starts out pretty mild with some malt and yeast flavors but livens up towards the sour/tart finish which shows some of the spices. At times I am reminded of an Oktoberfest beer when drinking this. Overall, this is a really tasty brew that I wouldn't mind having again at all.

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Photo of cliff1066
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of marcobrau
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of philipquarles
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle with a BBD of 10/30/09. Pours a cloudy orange gold with a medium, but substantial, off white head. Very nice staying power and lacing. Smells of sweet straw, oranges and light fruit, and some honey. Quite floral. Very sweet flavors of grain and apple. Again floral, almost perfume-like. Lightly spicy, and with some bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Spot on for a bière de garde.

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Photo of KDawg
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy light yellow color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of light funky notes with solid medium sweet malt backbone. Taste is also sweeter then I would have expected with good notes of light barnyard yeast. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed thought maybe a tad too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of goldbot
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Best before 01.06.14.

Hazy yellowish copper in color. Thick, white, foamy head with lively carbonation. Aroma is spicy and fruity; plenty of yeast character here but with sweet estery character. The flavor doesn't pop quite so much, but it is nice and malty with again a nice hint of fruitiness. Pretty good mouthfeel, low to medium body but quite dry tasting. Pretty smooth drinking overall.

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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 143 ratings