Les Bière Des Sans Culottes | Brasserie La Choulette

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
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36
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8
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 104
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 orfeu
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with a bright white frothy head. Nose is appley and farmy funk; mown grass and sweet hay. The taste is quite reminiscent (to me, at least) of a saison -- some sort of dank funkiness going on, but not quite "horse-blanket." There is also a delicious pear/apple wine flavor with a rounded hop balance. Light and dry mouthfeel makes this extremely thirst-quenching. Quite drinkable! I certainly see how this would kill at a holiday feast.

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Sephiroth
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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 cypressbob
2.29/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle, corked

Pours with a hazy yellowy body, fluffy egg white head, some retention but nothing outstanding

Smell, really wasnt sure what was going on here, cauliflower and brocolli being boiled, a fair whack of DMS. Little bit of malt, little else

Taste, quite dry and limited, some off flavours once again, DMS fairly prominent.

Maybe it was a bad bottle, but this was pretty rough all round with lots of off flavours

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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 taez555
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured an opaque yellowish/golden body with a small white head.

Nose was a mix of big ripe fruits and dulled mild spice.

Taste was very dry and crisp. Clean malt, some yeast, and mild fruit tones. Hints of some floral notes as well as touches of spice. Basically crisp and dulled though. Sort of like a golden ale or saison but a bit crisper with some very subtle touches of flowers and spice.

Decent beer, wasn’t crazy about it.

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Photo of ILhophead
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking a 750mL bottle, one year past it's best before date, from a Duvel tulip glass. My first french blond ale so I'm not familiar with all of the characteristics of the style. Poured with a nice 1" or so head with large loose bubbles. Crystal clear, light golden color. Can't come up with any good descriptors for the smell other than it smells like it tastes. Light caramel sweetness and a grassy, fruity, floral bouquet. Nice, light mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a light golden yellow colour... Head was white - pours quite large with small beading. Nice thin layer stays quite a long time...

Aroma - Quite sweet, lemony, hint of biscuits, grassiness, strawberry notes, light alcohol notes.

Taste – Floral notes, grassy, peppery, slight dustiness, woody, nice bitterness, light hints of aniseed. Some hints of hay and tobacco ?

Feel - Slightly oily with some sharpness after...

Overall - An excellent beer, very drinkable. Recommended !!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
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 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 Brian700
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color with a nice billowy white head that stuck around for a while. There was good lacing going on with this one.

The aroma was earthy and sweet. It was slightly spicey with some apple notes.

At first sip I thought I could definately taste apple. There was a mild spiciness to it and it has some real earthy flavors to it that also came through in the nose.

This is a medium bodied beer with medium/moderate carbonation.

I think this is a great beer and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork popped out of 750ml very gently and remained in my fingers. Pours a little darker gold in color than other biere de garde's that I've had. Very high carbonation with whole hand's worth of head that dissipates into a pillowy 2 finger head that remains minutes after the initial pour. Aroma is sour. Some aroma of grass and earthy smells. First sip reveals a very grassy flavor with a slight tang to it. It seems like it would pair very well with goat cheese. Very smooth mouthfeel and goes down very easily for a 7.0% ABV.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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 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 tomthumbsblues
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light golden color and formed a thin foam ring about the glass. It looked like sparkling apple cider, but had a slight haze to it too. The smell was of wheat, malt and light fruit. The taste is wonderful and reminded me of candy. It was cidery and elicited an apricot flavor as well. The mouthfeel was light, but not watery, very balanced. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would definitely buy another bottle!

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy copper with a huge frothy ivory head. Heavy lacing. Smells yeasty and spicy. Clove, coriander and pepper. Sour fruity malt.

Taste is fruity and lightly sour. A nice spicy finish, peppery. Sweet with hints of alcohol showing through but drys out in the finish a bit. Very creamy mouth which is unexpected. The creaminess adds to the drinkability, really smooth. Overall not as complex and mind-blowing as I expected from the aroma but a really good choice anyway. I'll have another...

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Photo of marburg
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first note I wrote down when I drank this 3 days ago was,
"Biere de Garde my ass." If this were a lager, it would be a king for its flowery approach. But as is, it's a mediocre example.

Crystal clear with a frothy head of soap suds and entrancing carbonation, it's a hell of a looker. Pilsner-like malt and crumbling biscuits are the dominant, lager-like aroma. A faint must and some hints of lemon give this some hope.

Flower petal intrigue and mild bitterness are highlights of the flavor. A smooth, thick, bready texture and one-dimensional honey/malt flavor makes this good but not at all excellent. I wonder if it's trying too hard to seem natural. The bits of lemon and the texture make me think that if I were drinking lager or even some white wine that I'd be much happier.

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Photo of putnam
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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 inebrius
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
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 cerevisiaephilus
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
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 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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Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An appropriate beer to be consumed on this fine Labor Day. Nice depiction of a scene from the French revolution, which was due to an uprising of the laboring class, on the label. 75 cl cork and caged bottle pours a golden pils color with some bronze hightlights and a big off-white head that doesn't necessarily last, but leaves good lacing. Some honey-like and hay-like pilsener malt tones, light yeast fruitiness, and subdued low-alpha hop notes. Tastes light and crisp, soft water notes like water drawn from a well, pear-like fruitiness from the yeast, and sweet in its malt, but maintaining a simple overall feel with a small undercurrent of subtle spicings, which gives it a complexity and depth. Quite enjoyable in the fact that it's very drinkable and pretty simple, overall. Feels like it's less than 7%. I've had this before and I'd purchase it again. This beer's proof that the French are no slouchers when it comes to brewing some artisanal beers.

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Photo of Afterburner
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Perfect golden color with an enormous rocky head (probably due to the serving temperature, which is around 55-60F). Decent head retention, no lacework.

Smell: Crisp, spicy aroma, like a pilsner, but with a firm undercurrent of honey.

Taste: Not at all what I expected. I was expecting a sweet, malty variant of a Flemish Brown Ale. This is a remarkably well-rounded beer, with a soft maltiness. The honey appears in the finish, along with a hint of flowery hops.

Mouthfeel: I was expecting a thicker beer. This beer is thinnish and watery. It is, however, a good example of restrained large-bead carbonation.

Drinkability: A very nice beer, easy drinking, flavorful, but, perhaps, a bit lethargic. I would very much drink one of these again, but I'd seek out something more interesting after the 2nd one in a row.

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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
4.01 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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