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: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 137
Photo of shadow1961
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sans Culottes pours a fluffy head over a slightly cloudy golden brew.
Carbonation is moderate but steady, and the nose is light barley malt,
fruit, and ale yeast. The flavor is slightly sweet malt up front, balanced
with an herbal hop finish. The mouthfeel is round yet crisp, with a bit of
astringency due to the 7% alcohol by volume. This almost seems like a
great big pils. Tasty.

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Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden with a big white head that sticks around clumpy and nice with good lace all over. aroma is well balanced grassy hops, flowery malt and a little fruity sweetness. taste is mild and a bit sour. great, smooth, slightly dry mouthfeel with a good drinkability. goes down easily. great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, sediment-enriched blonde body with a thin white head.

Smell: That's one screwy scent. Crackers and diced, cooked potatoes. Oh, and it certainly smells cidery, with strong notes of musty apples.

Taste: A tart, pressed flower flavor with just a bit of sugary sweetness that carries through to the lingering, tart finish. No real hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Man, this really makes me miss the Lost Abbey Avant Garde. I should see if I still a bottle or two around.

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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 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 meadhead
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure Mild Nut Malt
hint of slightly bitter hop
pepper and grass spice-
Refreshing and easy on the palatte.

Pours a semi-hazy yellow orange
with a fast vanishing head

Smells primarily of the Nut malt with a very mild aroma

Taste is good with a very subtle complexity
swirling around
a nut malt dominating
a mild spice bitter finish with a
wee bit of sweetness

Mouthfeel is good
nice refreshing carbonation
and refined pleasent feel

is good as well
you could sip or swig these bottles in no time-
with some fresh country air.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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 paterlodie
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 27-02-08. White head and a golden beer with orange shine and lots of haze and also bigger particles floating in the brew. Nose is very grainy, light sour and spicy. Taste is more sour, quiet bitter( not just hops), herbal, grainy, dry taste and malts taste bit like dry grass. Good beer but needs a couple of sips to get used to the grainy sour taste and next to that bitterness hangs bit. Well carbonated and certainly not your regular brew. Enjoyable

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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 clvand0
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light amber color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very soft and fruity with hints of spice and funk. Very much like a saison. I like. The flavor is very smooth and enjoyable. Some graininess with very subtle hints of sour and funkiness that blend very well with the stronger flavors of fruit and spice. Extremely well balanced and it doesn't show a hint of the 7% abv. The mouthfeel is very light and the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of clickpush
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 750ml to tulip. One and a half finger white head over a soft, honey colored beer with just the tiniest bit of cloudiness. Very few bubbles inside the body of the beer. Head is fluffy but goes away in a relatively short amount of time, leaving a touch of residue along the edges of the glass and a flat layer of lace over the surface of the beer.

Nose: Smells effervescent and dusty, mixing honey notes and a light hop presence. Not particularly interesting, but in no way offensive.

Mouth: Very sparkly entrance that, by the time it reaches the back, has mellowed to a very easy-to-swallow texture. Sweet flavors up front and a dryer swallow, then a lasting plastic flavor, slightly tangy. A taste of dill pickles in the middle of the mouth, but not sour, maybe just dill. Some honey notes and taffy flavors. This is extremely enjoyable and drinkable, though not particularly complicated.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully rich sunset gold with a fine yeasty haze. The head is as stunning as the heads on the finest Belgian ales; no surprise since quality brewing doesn't stop at the Franco-Belgian border. It's French vanilla is color, creamily airy and as sticky as all get out with multiple lace bridges connecting cap and glass. I love the look of world-class saisons and bieres de garde and this one can easily be counted among the best.

The nose is low on power; although, to be fair, there's quite a bit of head between me and the beer. Adding more liquid to the glass brings it closer, but also results in more foam. The nose is golden fruity with a mild white peppery spiciness. It smells neither malt-dominant, nor hop-dominant. Yeast-dominant perhaps?

This is definitely good beer, if a little too light (in both flavor and body) to be considered great. I'll reserve final judgement until I've entered the bottom portion of the bottle where most of the yeasties have congregated. The initial burst of flavor is wonderful, I just wish that it lingered a bit longer on the taste buds rather than rushing off to deliver the increasingly soporific effects of a 7% ABV.

The Beer Without Pants is fruitier and sweeter than I remember most biere de gardes being, although it isn't all that sweet in the general sense. The flavor profile consists of ripe buttery pears in a light sugar syrup, sprinkled with toasted sourdough bread crumbs, coriander and clove. As I said, this is delicious beer whose only real fault is a lack of commitment on the palate.

Subsequent pours don't murk up the appearance and don't intensify the flavor much at all. If you like beer of this style to be light, summery and insanely drinkable, then you'll love it. I'm tempted to grant a perfect score for drinkability, but drinkability is too enmeshed in my love of a beer's flavor for me to go that route here.

The body does firm up a bit with warming, but is still closer to light than to medium. To its credit, the beer easily avoids a watery mouthfeel while walking the 'light tightrope' with consummate skill. It's too bad that the bubbles had other things to do; the mouthfeel is in need of a little zestiness at this point in the proceedings.

In the final analysis, Les Biere Des Sans Culottes is a well-crafted biere de garde that would benefit, in my considered opinion, by being ever so slightly bigger in all respects. What's there is fabulous, I just want more of it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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 RedHaze
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 01.12.06

Pours a clear straw color with a one inch head that settles pretty slowly to a thin cap and ring, and leaves behind some pretty nice lacing.

Smell; very earthy, with a somewhat horse blanket smell. Fruity with hints of apples with some bits of coriander.

Taste; the horse blanket is more pronounced in the flavor. There's a nice grassy and fruitiness, with some apples and coriander and a little bit of lemon. Mouthfeel is light and pretty creamy, and goes down really nicely. Went very well with my spicy Thai chicken.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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%
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 +7.5%
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 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 cypressbob
2.29/5  rDev -43%
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%
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 -15.4%
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 -11.4%
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 -1.7%
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 +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 rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
4.02 out of 5 based on 137 ratings.
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