Les Bière Des Sans Culottes | Brasserie La Choulette

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Les Bière Des Sans CulottesLes Bière Des Sans Culottes

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Brasserie La Choulette

Style: 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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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 138
Photo of geexploitation
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a perfect medium amber, with bright yellow highlights and a bleached-white foamy head. Aromas of yeasty herbs and earth, a bit of anise and some citrusy fruits. The most dominant aspect is that earthiness. On the palate, candied ginger and hops first off, then some sweetness at the mid-palate that vanishes in a flash toward a medium-length, slightly hoppy dry finish. Everything here is fabulously balanced -- there's citrus and herbs and malts and earth, but nothing overpowers anything else. The mouthfeel is fairly big, owing to some robust carbonation -- it's more gourmet and delectable than it would be thirst-quenching. Overall, this is awesome -- everything a high-alcohol biere de garde should be, and the best biere de garde I've had. I'm very impressed.

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Photo of inebrius
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I adore beers that look like fat brass coins under mountains of stark white pillows. What the funk, aromas of softening apples, jessamine and bong hits in Winter poplar stands connecting your senses to raw materials like no stinky double IPA will ever be able to. Alternatively sweet and dry and earthy with a subtle lingering baked leaf finish inducing your lips and tongue to sup once more again please. I can only imagine how tasty this brew might be paired with some sliced pear and a salty triple cream.

Note of caution: the cork will have some velocity so be sure to point toward light beer drinkers and/or social conservatives when opening.

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Photo of granger10
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brilliant golden color with a touch of amber. Large bright white head doesn't get out of control but stays for some time. Leaves quality sheets of lacing down the glass. Aroma is strong on honey and clove. Very earthy with a touch of biscuit. A touch acidic. Flavor is better than aroma would lead on. Lighter in body but so smooth and intricate. Almost a creamy, buttery mouthfeel. A touch of toast. Lots of flavorful honey characteristics and a touch sweet. Earthy but not too raw. A bit nutty. More of a subtle earthy, yeasty phenolic flavor. Fruity flavors are there but I can't put my finger on which fruit. More citric and some hoppiness in the finish. Drying. Light acidity finishes it off with only a touch of honey. This was good at first but really grew on me. I think I could drink this all day.

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Photo of cokes
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
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 Frozensoul327
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first Biere de Garde. Poured out to a hazy golden color with a nice foamy head and minor lacing in the glass. High carbonation. Smell was very pleasing and similar to a belgian ale such as Duvel; aromas of malt, earth, yeast and mild spice filled the nose well. An excellant start. Taste was very palatable and complex, yet not overbearing. Flavors of malt, grain, mild hops, yeast, and a dry sweetness blend wonderfully. Mouthfeel is fantastic; carbonation excites the tastebuds and the flavor gives them something to be happy about. High level of drinkability, I'm sure I will be seeing more of this in the cellar, as well as more of this style. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As another reviewer noted, a "French Masterpiece" The beer pours a brilliant Golden with awesome purity and clarity of color. I can't help get the image of a beautiful "French Blonde" out of my head as I ruminate over this fine specimen-lovely creamy white head and sticky lace that clings to the side of the glass and does not move. Aromatically, this beer screams out of the gate. I could smell the warming, malty richness even as it was being poured. The beer exhibits as well an earthiness that some may call barnyardy, yet the French may call, terroir. Though the aromas may be that which I have smelled inside a French Barn-some weathered wood aromas come to mind-I personally don't find the smell of a French Barn to be negative. In fact, it is this very rusticity that I love about, not only French beer, but the wines as well. To each his own. The mouthfell on this beer is that of butter. Creamy and rich this beer melts on the palate. The carbonation is very fine and acts as yet another catalyst in the creation of this voluptuous French blonde. Once past the awe of this beers silken texture, the flavors kick in. Rich maltiness adds a robust quality to the beer and a pretty sweetness. A very slight, yet ever present bitterness keeps things in check balance wise. Still more butter on the palate in the way of perhaps butterscotch? Warming alcohol comes off more soothing than hot and is integral to the beers character. A beer you'll love to curl up with and enjoy very, very, very slowly-this is one tasty French Blonde! SANTE!

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful color. Really nice light orange. Very vigorous carbonation. Nice persistent ivory white head.

I'm getting straight up Saaz in the nose. I'm not sure if that's right, but it smells like it to me. Also get some nice light honey notes.

Wow. Very light flavor, but just exquisitely done. I get some light honey notes, a very nice light candy malt flavor. Maybe crystal malt, maybe candy sugar?? Very light. Definately get some hops in the finish as well. Almost like a mellow, smooth smooth pils.

Mouthfeel is very well done. Right on. Nice and smooth but not overly thick. Very well done.

Extremely drinkable...wish I had another.

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Photo of rastaman
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
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 gfreed
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer of the without pants! Nice lemony color, very much like a good saison, with a fluffy, puffy head. A subdued amount of clover and other flowery fragrances hovers over the glass; there's a bit of clove and some... pepper? Whatever it is, it's absolutely inviting. An equally flowery yet subdued flavor, somewhat malty but not overly so, with a rounded swipe of pilsneresque hops at the very end. There's a bit of breadiness and grass in the glass as well. For a 7% beer this does not overpower or cause undue wobble, nor does it warm as it slithers its way down the gut. It's refreshing and delightful and I want another.

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Photo of foamer
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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 putnam
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brass-colored and radiantly clear liquid. Bubbly, crisp batter on top.
Rather subtle aromatics, like a straightforward lager or koelsch, only with ornamental floral and clay notes. A broad texture chews into bits of cereal, honey, carob and pear flavors. Very clean. A nice tension exists between stony mineral and nectar-like fluids -- like its literally melting in the mouth. As it warms I discern finishing flavors of salted rye breads, butter, bitter alcohol and cool, leafy branches.
Nice with a plate of mussels -- or greens.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of Sixpoint
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. Grabbed this one "to go" from Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg.

My sample poured with a great head, about 2 inches above my pint glass.

Bouquet was awesome; spicy and a bit tart. Upon closer inspection, I get hints of unique esters like apricot and currants, although I detect Saaz hops as well.

The taste was awesome. Very well balanced with a nice, soft malt profile.

Overall, a very drinkable brew, and it hit the spot on a hot summer day in BKLYN.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that this bottle made it into the U.S. with this label intact, topless lass and all, ...maybe it's less lascivious, maybe the nipples aren't so distinct...
Appearance: slightly hazy, fully peachy, tangeriney color, with a fine layer of fizzy white foam, that alas, dissipates too soon.
Aroma: soft, yet fruity, orange is brightest here, citrus is strong, and there's a particularly spicy factor at work as well, lush and invigorating.
Taste: mmm, fruity, yet mild, mellow, medium body, small finish, but flavor is just right. Not sure where the difference and deviation is between this and the regular Choulettes...did they drop their trousers while brewing?
No, it is significantly different, all my jokes aside, it is smoother, fruitier, without the lemony/orange citric taste, very mellow, easy-drinking, a perfect choice for dinner, picnics, celebrations, patting yourself on the back, whatever it takes. Very well-rounded, the malt meets the hops almost perfectly, and the flavor remains king. Mmm, tasty, and this is so amiable and perfectly integrated, that, were it more affordable and readily reachable, I'd take it on more often as an everyday brew. Just loosen the belt, lose the fancypants and go "sans culottes", I says...

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear light golden with a frothy white head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was crisp and malty with an earthy hop presence and slight belgian yeast spice character present. The aroma was not quite that of farmhouse, but it did contain some slight characteristics similar to that. As the head fell and the beer warmed more malt presence was observed, mainly caramel.

The flavor was crisp and well done. The flavor had a mineral component that was slightly metallic, but was not overbearing. The hop bittering was substantial enough to balance the maltiness from the caramel malts and the hop flavor had an earthiness that lingered. The very slight farmhouse character of the aroma was not present in the flavor, but some slight peppery yeast spice was noticeable.

The finish was dry with a lasting earthiness and a pepper spice flavor that increases as the beer dries on the palate and continues long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done.

750 ml corked and bailed green bottle. Best before date A 06. This beer drinks very easy and the peppery spice lasting and drying was very well done.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz tall green, corked bottle. Best Before date notched on the side. Nice artwork paying tribute to the "trouserless" laborers who did the handiwork of the French Revolution. BTW - The fighters appear to be wearing trousers, but the woman leading the charge has raised her flag while lowering the top of her blouse.
It pours a cloudy honey gold color with a small, but lasting white head and some sticky and trailing lace.
The aroma is a pleasant mix of dried malt, hay, lemony citrus and faint whiff of alcohol.
The malt has a nice herbal quality to it. A light sweetness and buttery biscuit taste provide a uniquely satisfying maltiness.
A lime-like bitterness is upfront. Hints of coriander, cloves and faint taste of pears adds to the brew's fine subtle character. The 7%abv is well disguised.
This is one those rare beer purchases that turn out to be an amazing find. I wish I had bought more.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork flew off with a slight nudge ( it rode in my car for 45 minutes tonight though.) Pours with vigorous foam. Duvel tulips are wonderful for creating that seemingly everlasting plume of carbonation, as is the case here. Smells buttery and spicey, some coriander is there I think.

Taste is really nice. No diacetyl at all. Grassy and floral hops at first, hops slightly bitter on the finish. Lemon bread comes to mind. Mouthfeel is lively and creamy. These 750ml are going quickly.

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Photo of marc77
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden blonde in hue, topped by a fluffy, thick rocky head. Brilliant clarity. Rough, frothy lace remains. Combination of a sweetly floral and chlorophyll - laden, fresh cut grass like hop nose is dominant in aroma. Undertones of yeast must and black licorice along with trace clove add, herbal rustic depth. Becomes progressively more peppery and phenolic as the volatile hop oils evaporate, but retains a purposeful, understated elegance. Softly spoken, yet enticing aromawise. Mellow, lightly perfumed, Blossom - esque honey sweetness upfront in flavor is quickly complemented by mild yeast and base pilsner malt derived breadiness. Subtle phenols emerge mid palate accompanied by light, pearish esters, only to be superceded by a firm, but judicious light caramel malt presence that serves to both extend malt sweetness and counteract the high apparant attenuation by contributing dextrins. Agreeably smooth, innocuous and soft in mouthfeel. Non descript, but well calculated hop bitterness offsets residual sweetness well and provides a cleansing dryness. Finishes mostly clean, with notes of sweet cracker and hints of lightly citric lemongrass. San Culottes is a dangerously delightful and soft brew. It's as light on the palate as a fine Helles but adds the subtle spice and fruit of a Belgian pale. A nearly quintessential Biere de Garde, that's only a hair shy in malt character. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Cascadia
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard a lot about this beer, so I was excited to final try it out. Good color, not a lot of head. Smells great, lots of fruity esters and good hops coming through. Maybe a little too much hops in the nose? Eh, not sure, gotta taste it. Wow, this beer tastes great. Very complex, starts with a nice hop bitterness, mellows to a little floral-malty goodness, ends with a little ester in the nose. Yummy. The alchol is barely there in the taste. Very easy to drink. Really good representation of a Biere de Garde, I will get this one again.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy golden color with contrasting white head that is quite luxurious, creamy, and retains well.

Nose is faint, with apple & soft cheeses. Not sure if this is a slightly bad beer or not (the cheese).

Palate is extremely creamy body, soft ripe fruit & cheese, tart apples, light hops, and again just very creamy & smooth.

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering poured with a pure white fluffy head and a body that was very clear and golden with a tint of yellow-ness to it. Refreshing malty sweetness, floral bouquet, and a touch of oak in the nose serve justice. The mouthfeel is fantastic; wonderfully smooth and brisk, leading to an entirely quenching brew. A lightly malted front is met with soft floral hop notes that is undeniably satisfying. The whole beer in itself almost takes on a creamy and feathery feeling as it does the walz on your palate. The finish is impeccably balanced and ultimately ends up leaving behind the sweet maltiness that was imparted in the mouthfeel. Good care and quality.

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Photo of Nickls
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Poured with a frothy white head, noticeable rising carbonation. Hazy, dandelion color.

S - Sweet fruit in the aroma, nearing apple and pear with a touch of yeasty sourness

T - Light, sweet fruitiness (pear?) with an almost grassy/strawy earthiness at the end.

M - Lighter MF, but by no means thin. Rolls well over the palate, and the carbonation is not a effervescent as suggested in the appearance.

D - Hugely drinkable brew. Very refreshing, and interesting enough to demand another sip. Definitely easy to quaff.

Overall, this is a great example of the style in every department. I found it to be very enjoyable, but subtle in the complexities. Good stuff, and definitely recommend for fans of the style.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a blonde color with a great head and some lace. The aroma is a touch funky but that fades in seconds. There is some honey and mild breadiness with a graininess and some subtle floral notes. As it warms alfalfa is a pretty strong character of the aroma as well. The flavor is dry and spicy with some earthiness and grassiness with bits of fruitiness and mild hoppiness sneak in. It's got that baguette and honey sweet maltiness that I love in Biere de Garde but that character seems fairly intensified in this one.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
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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