Les Bière Des Sans Culottes | Brasserie La Choulette

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Les Bière Des Sans CulottesLes Bière Des Sans Culottes
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

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Ratings:
139
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled may 24/08 as part of biegaman's annual summer saison tasting, with a mix of BA/RB represented. biegaman shared this one, so thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. best before 11.01.09.

pours nearly clear golden yellow with a small white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. big caramel and fruity nose. orange, date, fig. light sweetness. hint of alcohol. light spice hiding in the background. whole wheat bread. crackers.

taste is good. light sweetness. caramel. lots of fruit again - strange having this much dark fruit in such a light beer, but i like it. orange peel. whole wheat bread. light alcohol. light spice again.

mouthfeel is good. well integrated medium carbonation level. super smooth. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. good balance. great fruit. i really liked this one.

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

A - Two fingers of creamy, off white head settles slowly and leaves minor lace. The body is clear and dark gold in color.

S - Spicy and peppery with clean malt and notes of pepper, vanilla, mango and pineapple.

T - Rich malty flavor up front, followed by the same yeast character as in the nose. Lots of pepper and vanilla in the middle complimented by pineapple. The hops come out for the finish with the spicy, herbal, flavors of european hops and moderate bitterness.

M - Thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D - An easily drinkable and quite complex example of the style. The aroma characteristics are especially nice.

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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 RenoZymurgist
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden color with a quickly faiding head.
The aroma is full of more fruit than i am used to in a biere de garde. The aroma is very unique for an ale from this region is reminds me of cassis only just a sublte hint amongs a dry very tasty bready malt aroma. I havent taken a drink yet but i can't wait so here goes.
Not as carbonated as most belgian beers this ale is not as bitey and presents a more malt forward example of the style. Still the Flavor begins with a quick rush of bubbles and a touch of hop bitterness only to be swept away with the fruity flavor and toasty dry malt flavor that lingers almost too long for my taste.
Mouthfeel is appropriate for style and is refreshing.
Overall the lack of the high belgian style carbonation makes this beer a little flabby. Maybe ill buy another bottle in a year or so to see if their techniques have improved but otherwise an enjoyable brew.

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

This is a beer that insinuates itself on your tastes. It certainly has plenty of pop from the cork and it pours a pale yellow with a nice white head, some retention, a loads of white lacing. It almost looks like sugar particles clinging to the sides fo the glass. The smell is green apple, citrus, maybe some honey aromas, and other faint smells of floral leaves. The smell is second to the taste, which is quite good. There is quite a complexity to this beer. There are perfumed scents, tart apples, citrus, floral spices such as lavender, and grassy notes as well. This is a very refreshing, pleasing, relatively light beer, well worth seeking out. There is a moderate degree of carbonation, the finish is somewhat tart, and the mouthfeel is light and refreshing. The aftertaste is quite mild for a beer with a 7% ABV. The warming alcohol throatiness does pop through as the beer warms and settles, but the ABV is well hidden behind a melange of complexity. L'Chaim.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer without pants. Perfect score on quality naming. I'm not so expert on Biere de Garde style, so this review should get a generous dose of salt. The appearance was very good, crystal clear golden color, lots of wet looking foam with lacing tendrils on the glass. The aroma was mild, mostly malts. The flavor was sweet and a little "worty", a very nice reminder of the tastes I "smell" in working microbreweries. Very very tasty, the essence of pale malt. I liked it.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color. One inch white head with large bubbles. Decent amounts of lace develop.

Smell: grass, apples, and a soft spiciness comes through to the nose.

Taste: green apples, grass, grapes, hints of spiciness and a touch of earthiness are wrapped in a hearty Saaz-styled hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: very crisp throughout. Relatively clean aftertaste for the flavorful profile. Medium bodied beers.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer that goes well with simple pork chop or tenderloin meal. Mildly refreshing.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked best before 12/1/07

A - Pours a golden with a thin fluffy white head.

S - Fruity and floral aromas with a touch of green apple. Earthy damp soil and decaying vegetation are faint in the background. Some grassy notes.

T - Cooked corn (but not really DMS like compared to other beers I have tasted it in) is the predominant flavor. It creates an earthy slightly sweet taste that lingers into a dry finish. At the sweet part some honey dances on the tongue but then gives way back to the drying corn finish.

M - On the lighter side of medium with a dry finish.

D - Not complex but unique. I found it hard to drink straight out of the fridge but much better as I approached the bottom of the bottle and it had warmed significantly.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle with a "best by" date of Dec. 1, 2007 poured into a tulip glass.

A- A 1/2 inch pillowy with head sits atop a hazy deep golden brew and steadily turns to a nice lace. Small but very steady bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass. It left a tight sticking that slowly falls down the side of the glass.

S- A nice combination of fruity and floral aromas with a slight alcohol presence. There seems to be a wheat character to the aroma. I'm thinking the yeast is giving off a pleasant spicy scent too.

T- More complexity in the flavor. Certainly a spice combined with some bready and fruity tones. There is a light hop presence.

M- Light bubbles of carbonation combined with a full texture in the mouth.

D- While it packs a decent ABV, this beer is an extremely easy drinker.

Overall- A nice, multi-purpose beer. I'm enjoying this one on an unusually warm fall afternoon, but I could see this one as being a regular in my rotation if it had greater availability. I haven't been able to find it in Michigan.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml cagetop bottle (best by date of 6-17-08) in a tulip glass

BAside: anyone else find it amusing that a beer named after pantless French freedom fighters has a label with a topless woman on it?

Opened with a noticeable "Pop", poured very softly & slowly with a faint crackle. Initially the nose is soft, muted, damp wood, moist soil, the aroma of walking thru a humid secluded woods in the cool of the morning, long left to nature's whimsy and full of green life & brown decay. With some time to bloom it grows brighter, faint echo of caramel & some old spices, with a perry-like sweetness, but yet still very clean. With subsequent pours mineral & rock qualities release, slightly musty, traces of old bread and very mild cheese.

A pencil's worth of tight, minute, pearl white foam faded quickly to a floating island with an edge ring that laced slightly. A repour intent on agitating it succeeds as I'm rewarded with a solid 2 finger's of more voluminous bubbles, sticky, sculpted, much more pleasing to the eye. An "old gold" describes the body, brassy & warm, reminiscent of aging pine, crystal clear with a nice parade of bubbles rising furiously thru it.

Its worth noting that this was initially poured at the BA suggested temps, but its definitely getter better in the aroma & initial taste as it warms. I would suggest drinking this at cellar temps to start.

Soft, semi-sweet, yet on the arid side of semi-dry, traces of summer corn, soft spice and room temperature pears. Malts are very soft and echo of the tender innards of artisan bread loaves, but not the crusts. A faint, piney quality is present as is some grassiness and adds some counterweight & a slightly bitter aspect, which is welcome. I definitely would drink this lightly chilled....ironically just as the bottle label says. Lesson learned. Luckily its a large bottle.

The crunch on the tongue is very muted, subdued. A "twang" of some sort is present, slightly bitter, even a peep tart, but I can't put my tongue on a comparative taste. Overall the mouthfeel & effect is very nicely balanced and clean.

It begins to grow softer, drier, more bittersweet on the palate (which is now just screaming for some cheese, bread, light fruit, a simple cured meat to go with this) and finishes very clean, slightly filmy, a tad thick with a bittersweet coated feeling.

This is an odd call. Its no taste roller coaster, but its not supposed to be. It is very clean, has some subtle sophistication, most refreshing, and would be a perfect aperitif beer, especially with the items I mentioned previously, Would also be dead on with most oily fish, a fruited/zesty salad, a simple sandwich made of few yet impeccable ingredients. A very versatile beer. I'm relatively new to this genre and these & Saisons are growing on me in their simplistic complexity. Its certainly worthy trying and would be highly recommended to pair with simple fare or to just enjoy quietly and enjoy a nice, easy to drink beer that has a few secrets. Give it a shot.

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Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 17.06.08:

Pours golden with a foamy white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of a floral bouquet with grassy/grainy undertones and lightly toasted bread. Champagne-like fruitiness mixed in.

The taste is lighter than the taste, though still well-done. Yeasty and oily with some caramelish sweetness. Late-setting hops give it some bitterness in the dry finish.

Nor complex for style, but tasty in its simplicity and light body. Well-hidden alcohol and lack of spicy complexities make this very easy to drink.

For a fuller example, try this brewery's Ambree. After having different offerings of this brewery, I do realize that La Choulette has a wonderful yeast strain, giving their beers a uniquely wonderful taste. This could use more flavor and body, but the aroma and drinkability make this a shining star of a mild/light example of the style.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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 -0.2%
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 -33.9%
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 +8.2%
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 +22.7%
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 +2.2%
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

Drinkability
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 +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 paterlodie
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +18%
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 +6%
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 -0.7%
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 +3%
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 -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 RedHaze
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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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Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
4.01 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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