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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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of uturn
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
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 +3.7%
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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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 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 radshoesbro
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't a very good biere de garde, but it is a good beer. If this were labeled as a pilsner I would've rated it higher.

Pours a golden strawish yellow with foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving spots on my glass and massive lacing on my wife's.

Smells of grassy pilsner malts with a slight hint of cider.

this beer changes significantly from my glass to my wife's. In mine it's pretty ordinary, grassy malts with a slight slight zing. In Allyson's it tastes like it's got a mild amount of fruit tartness. Weird.

Mouthfeel is a lot fuller than I figured it would be. Light bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkable to a point, but the slightly high ABV and big bottle will catch up fast if you're drinking alone.

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

A: Straw, sunset hues with decent head and lacing.

S: Nice floral notes, smells similar to a saison, slight farm aroma.

T: Interesting beer. After some contemplation, I definitely get a flavor similar to tea or tea bags. Floral notes come out nicely. This beer is decent, but lacks any memorable or distinguishing characteristics other than perhaps tea bags) that would cause me to want it again.

M: Smooth and easy to drink, moderately thin bodied.

D: Easy to drink, though after finishing my glass, I was ready for something a bit more interesting.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice label (a painting) reminiscent of the old French Franc currency. Nice white head over a golden-yellow ale with some carbo bubbles streaming North; no lace.

S - Fruit (Apple? Pear?) and malt.

T - Fruit forward and malty w/only the slightest trace of hops and well-concealed alcohol. There's also a bit of farm straw thrown in there on the nice aftertaste. Very nice.

M - Silky, slick ale with carbonation that's lip-smacking and refreshing.

D - Two thumbs up! More than drinkable any time of year and food friendly, I'm sure.

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Per Michael Jackson on the label, this is world class beer, and 7%. Let's check 'er out.

Cork/caged 750ml pops! loudly upon opening. Clear, straw yellow brew pours well carbonated in my Heritage Festival sample glass. Nice white head pops up, but doesn't lay any lace.

Light aroma of fruit and malt. Sharp grainy grass and pepper cuts in during the finish. Tasty, and very enjoyable this ending summer day. Good beer for $8 a bottle.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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 oberon
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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 BarleyMine
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a snifter and it poured a hazy golden color with a nice 1/2" white head receding to a 1/4" white line with slow, sticky lacing and sediment floating about.

Smells of yeast with fruity tones.

The taste is great. The initial flavor is yeasty/cellar-like flavors with nice fruity, malty, sweet and slight grain flavors in the finish.

The body is medium bordering on full with relaxed carbonation, a thick (not as thick as Belzebuth) mouth feel and a great satisfying finish.

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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 chinabeergeek
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml green bottle. "best by" of 30.10.09 printed on label. poured into tulip.

golden honey color with amber tone. clear on first pours, but some tiny yeast particles later. nice head that fades slowly to wispy layer. nice lacing.

pears and esters with gentle phenols and faint farmhouse odors. damp, sweet hay.

flavor has more pear fruitiness, esters and gentler phenols, providing a sweetness along with that from the malt and caramel. some diacetyl. gentle to moderate bitterness has grassy quality.

smooth, but ever so slightly watery. faint resins in finish. lively carbonation.

still some sweet cloying characters and phenols that cut down on drinkability for me.

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Photo of ccrida
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (best before 17.06.08) that I've cellared for a little over a year, poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet at 55F , is a clear brassy gold, with a very creamy white head that leaves decent lace. In spite of lots of easily roused white flecks in suspension in the bottle, each of my gentle pours clear, barely chill-hazed. I've cellared this bottle for a little over a year

Smell is sweet cereal grains, floral, lots of vanilla, some melon, toffee and coconut, very nice

Taste is pretty strong at first, with a sharp metallic bite that it took a few sips to adjust to. I compared the first 6 oz to the last 6 of a Southampton French Christmas, and it was so overwhelming I didn't think I'd finish the bottle. I definitely didn't seem to go good with the leftover thanksgiving dinner either, although that could have still been the palate shock from the strong contrast as well. However, as I adjusted, which took that whole first small pour, it opened up more favorably, sweeter, with honey, toffee, table sugar, vanilla, melons. Pretty damn good, but not the world classic I expected, it needed more malt, way less tang. It may be well past it primed, depending on how forward dated it is "Best Before," but it's been in good conditions since I've had it. I still have one more, and may let it run for a long while just to see what it's like in say, 5 years. Probably bad, we'll see. Also, while a very authentic example of the blonde French farmhouse style, I definitely prefer a maltier, darker BdG. Not a huge difference from their La Choulette Blonde IIRC.

Mouthfeel is light, dry and sticky, but very fluffy carbonation, very lush. However, it seems a bit textured, perhaps it's just my imagination, but I swear I can feel those flecks I see in the bottle!

Drinkability is pretty good, nice taste and goes down easily, and not a bad price either IIRC. Still, it's on the thicker, more full-flavored side, and started out rather rough, but was so pleasant by the end, I can't think of another beer that turned around so dramatically as I acclimated. Nevertheless, I should try one fresh, these pale BdGs can be good with food if they're not too sweet and sharp.

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Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear, apple juice yellow. It poured with a big, sticky white head that quickly faded to a thin layer.

s: Strange, enticing, and difficult to decipher nose on this one. Sweet malty aromas of floral, peaty vanilla and a little butterscotch. There is also some mild spiciness here (cinnamon? coriander?) and just a little funky, rye yeastiness. As it warms a little heat emerges.

t: Malty toffee up front gives way to yeasty corriander flavors. There is also a bit of a metallic after taste. Subtle and strange, I've never had anything like this.

m: This has a light, crisp body and gentle, creamy carbonation.

d: Interesting, I need to explore this style further. This is my second example of the style and it was very different from the first.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright, pilsner like light amber with some sunshine touches. Nice had at first, the recedes to champagne film and ok lacing. The aroma is lots of green apple peels. Very herbal scents. Some honey becomes prevalent as the beer warms though. The taste is a little cidery. Lots of apples and herbs. Dry, pie baking herbs. At least, thats the first thing that comes to mind. This beers starts to get a bit metallic as it warms though. I liked the apple flavors, but the warmer it gets, the more the apples fade. The palate is Fantly fruity with some dried fruit and a metallic finish.

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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 Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened at biegamans Summer Saison tasting, thanks Jan!

Pours a clear straw yellow, light bit of haze, thin white head forms, drops to a thin ring, not much lacing. Smell is nice, sweet and sugary, dry toast middle, strawberries, quite grainy, bran cereal, oats, different take but neat. Taste is similar, bran, vanilla/brown sugar, toast, quite malty, some spice, honey, nice finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, goes down smooth, the graininess is pretty neat because its so complex. Thanks Jan!

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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 140 ratings