La Choulette Blonde | 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): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 08-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
Wants:
3
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3
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber with sparse particulates from an easy pour and a fine one finger white head the great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with a hint of caramel, overripe peaches, apple and mild orange citrus. Flavor is mildly sweet grainy malt, light stone fruit, slight caramel or toffee, sweet orange. Finishes with both mildly sweet and dry elements. Lingering light fruit and grain in the finish. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess. Nicely balanced light biere de garde with a classic profile. Flavors are light, but with sufficient variety to encourage another sip. Although this is not really too flavor forward, it is the perfect light and interesting farmhouse style ale for one of the last hot days of the year in the northwest. I enjoyed this and would like to try other styles from this brewery, which is new to me.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold color, clear. Head white, fluffy, fine bubble, high, extremely durable, leaves fantastic decorations.
Aroma: dry, fruity, are white grapes, it is a malt and delicate "raspberry" sweetness and notes basement.
Taste: delicately spicy, pepper, seasoned with a clear maltiness are white fruit, slightly sour and sweet, a lot of wet basement filled with wet, sprouting grain.
Gentian delicate peppermint. High saturation, appropriate.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of Rdbacteriumsosour
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of ant1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, corked and caged, best by 07/11/14. Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear light amber, 1/2" white head upon pouring that died back to a thin skin of foam across the top. Some occasional strands and islands of lacing that slowly slid back down the glass. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the beer when held up to the light.

Smell: Floral, sweet orange candy-like aroma.

Taste: Sweet start with fruity esters. Fruity esters throughout and some hints of noble hops at the finish along with some orange candy-like flavors. A crisp, light, and refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation, only a little bit sticky, but not too long on the teeth. Carbonation helps take the stickiness away, but not in strong scouring way.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice beer on a hot day. Went great with Indian food (Aloo Choley). Very drinkable. I could easily have helped the Mrs. polish off another bottle and now wish I had another bottle. Everything combined makes this a great beer, but I think it helps to have a bit of a sweet tooth with this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is a hazy dark shade of golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some fine particles floating in suspension. It poured with a thin white head consisting of large bubbles covering the surface that gradually died down, leaving a thin film on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of yeast in the nose, which smell like the taste of the clumps of yeast you get at the bottom of a bottle.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of yeast and also has some notes of fruits—apples seem to stand out in particular—the fruit diminishes a bit as the beer warms up but never completely fade away. There are some faint hints of toasted malts and sweetness; no bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, especially given its lighter body. It isn't quite interesting enough to drink on its own but I would definitely consider pairing this with food.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of dirtyskunk
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light clear gold. One finger of steady head, settles to a thin cap, decent lacing leaving some nice rings on the glass.

Pretty good nose with an earthy yeast smell, some wood and spice and just a little fruity apple suggestion in the back.

A light dry grainy background with some herbal hops. Belgian tasting spice and medicinal bitterness in the back. As it warms up there is some booze evident, as well as a little bit of honey sweetness. Disappointingly, there's not much of the complexity that the nose promised.

Mouthfeel is thin and weak too. A little bit slick, carbonation barely holding things together.

Looked good in the bottle, looked good in the glass, smelled promising.. Good up until I actually sipped it. What a let down. This one is a miss. Average at best.

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared 750ml bottle

A- Clear and perfectly trasparent gold colour. Generous white frothy head with decent retention and good amounts of lacing on the glass

S- Weak to be honest, but i still like it as it feels quite fresh. Some undefined kind of sweetness (with some honey to it) that reminds me of cider. Somehow this is also similar to the smell of salad oil

T- Almost nothing to do with the aroma (luckily). Sweet grainy malts with a very faint hint of roastiness. Fresh on the tongue with maybe some floral notes from the hops. The best part is on the palate though, where an oily feel spreads out and brings some very good fruity notes of apple and citrus. Some honey in the aftertaste (and eventually something to do with the aroma)

M- Medium body. Oily on the palate as mentioned, but still fresh on the tongue, despite quite low carbonation. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Overall a very delicate mouthfeel

O- I liked this a lot. It is highly drinkable and quite refreshing. What i liked most is that it feels incredibly delicate on your mouth

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Photo of Gorgoroth
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes taken on 11/28/10

Presentation: Standard, green 750ml bottle, corked and caged. Lovely label with classical/minimalist European artwork and lettering in black, green, parchment and gold foil. Date stamp on bottom of front label says 25.04.07, I assume this is a bottling date and not a "best before" date.

Appearance: Pours into my Gulden Draak tulip a hazy amber brown, like rich natural honey. Lively carbonation instigates a frothy, eggshell-white head of about one fingerwidth, which gradually dissipates to a thin halo. Carbonation appears to stop after a few minutes, displaying a lot of hanging sediment.

Smell: The smell is of honey, sweet malt, fresh spring fruits and bright citrus. Pretty typical and straightforward for this style of beer.

Taste: Upfront there is grapefruit with floral hop undertones and a bready malt/yeast backbone on the palate. There is lingering citrus bitterness with notes of farmy, earthy funk in the throat; overarching earthy spice notes à la cumin, and cooked vegetables with subtle hints of cloying sweetness reminiscent of Belgian yeast and candi sugar.

Mouthfeel: Mild, a medium body on the palate with subtle or barely detectable carbonation. The finish is very dry and herbally bitter with contrasting notes of cloying sweetness and minimal alcoholic warmth.

Drinkability & Final Thoughts: A very drinkable beer which showcases well, if not extraordinarily, the basic elements of French-style bière de garde. There is enough complexity to the flavor and mouthfeel to warrant a thoughtul sipping, but it is also fresh and simple enough to drink more quickly along with or after a meal. At just over $5 for the 750 I'd have no reservations buying one again. I'd like to come across a fresher bottle and also perhaps store a couple for another year or two to see how they develop.

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Photo of brc
2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

75cl best Oct 2010.

This cork came off with a magnificent pop and promptly filled the room with a yeasty pizza dough aroma. I checked - there is no unusual sediment in the bottle.

Golden liquid, medium clarity. It pours a generous white head in my tulip, small bubbles, leaves good lacing.

Aroma of spicy hops when you stick your nose in it, until the pizza aroma hits you. Pizza, or maybe boiled corn cobs. Whew! Keep your nose away from this one.

Though I hoped the pizza/corn business would be only in the aroma, it's definitely in the taste too. Hard to concentrate on the other flavors, but there is also some biscuty maltiness.

Pleasantly effervescent mouthfeel.

Alcohol is hidden, but this reminds me too much of corn pizza. Meh.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green 75cl cork and caged bottle, drank two months after its BBD.

Poured into four tulip shaped glasses, the first three showed a clear golden Blonde beer with very little head. The last pour produced a cloudier body with a stronger smell and taste (as you would expect). I prefered the last pour!

Wheat and dog biscuits came to mind in the aroma, then a more general farmyard grain smell took over.

French beers are getting better (the ones I try anyway), this one doesn't set the world alight, but it does have something about it.

I liked the sweet aftertaste and its sour start, it just failed in the body fullness for me, but overall, OK.

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Photo of morimech
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a very small head that quickly disappears to just wisps of suds on top. Some particulate matter is suspended in the ale.

Has an earthy aroma. Some fruitiness lingers in the background.

Taste is similar. Earthy with cider like qualities. Not at all sour or funky. The flavor just does not sit very well with me. A lingering sweetness dominates the finish.

Light body with low carbonation. Since it is so light, the lack of carbonation is not really an issue.

A different take of a Biere de Garde and one I likely will not revisit.

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Photo of ccrida
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dusty old 750ml bottle that I picked up at the beginning of the summer, best buy date is not notched, but the years only go up to 2005, so I'd reckon it's at least 4+ years old. Only the slightest pop to the cork, but it pours a decent sized eggshell head with long last leaving Brussels lace, over a hazy burnt gold brew.

Smell is very sweet and thick, candied orange, caramel and hazelnuts, almost in amaretto territory, even though I served it at fridge temp. As it warms, it actually softens some, with the citrus gaining prominence.

Taste is sweet and similarly flavored, although it's not as thick and cloying as the nose, with noticeable, but very clean wisp of alcohol on the finish. In addition to the hazelnut, there is orange, vanilla and caramelized sugar, a bit like creme brulee! In remarkably good shape for it's age, but I don't care for the sweet nuttiness, which makes it almost liqueur like, although the finish is rather clean.

Mouthfeel has a prickly dryness, but is very creamy, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is pretty good, it's pretty light and smooth, altough the flavor of the esters isn't my favorite, I'm just not a huge fan of those orange dominant french yeasts, a la Jenlain or Thiriez. Still, it has garded remarkably well, and softened some of it warmed an my pallate adjusted, making it a pretty nice little desert beer, without the usual strong sweetness. By the end, I really warmed up to it. Also, like Jenlain, La Choulette bieres are a bargain price compared to many of their counterparts.

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Photo of joe1510
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml
$5.99
Sam's Marcey

Best By Date: 7/6/08

La Choulette Blonde pours an apple juice golden that would be clear except for all the floating particulate. A minimal head of clean white foam grew to two fingers on the pour and quickly dissipated to a skim coat. As the head fell it left a patch here and there of lace. The looks are a little of a disappointment for the style.

This blonde ale is very reminiscent of an apple cider. As a matter of fact there isn't much in here that reminds me of beer. Fermented apples are first and foremost in the aroma. They last throughout. A touch of earthiness comes along in the background but the apples lead the way. There is a touch of spicing that reminds me of cinnamon and sugar. A slight pale malt sweetness is there but it sits way in the background.

The flavor follows the aroma closely. It's all Fermented green apples with a touch of earthiness coming through mid palate. The earthiness adds a little depth to put it nicely. There isn't much of a malt presence but what is there is sweet and pale. The spicing on the tongue is a little more nondescript. This is a very strange beer. I don't know what to think about it. I will pass on this from now on.

The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum with mellow carbonation. Even though the carbonation is on the light side the body keeps things moving. There is some residual sweetness left after the swallow.

This beer goes down easy enough, as easy as a cider would. This beer is light and refreshing. I still just don't know what to think about it.

La Choulette Blonde is a very strange biere de garde. I've never had a beer with so many cider qualities. As a matter of fact if I was blindfolded I would think this was a cider. It's decent enough to drink but just doesn't follow along the lines of what I want in this fairly open style of beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a tulip glass. Freshness date stamped 07.06.08 above an unnotched label. (If this is European dated, it's just past, if it is American, it's close, but within)...

Pours hazed golden with a large white creamy head that settles to a lasting thin cover, leaving lacing on the glass.

THe smell is musty, lightly spiced bread with sourish, tart citrus, esp. lemon. It has a grainy, slightly floral backing.

The taste is musty and bready. Spicing is subtle. Sweet caramelish graininess balanced by a citric sourness. It has an herbal, slightly metallic tinge. Pretty complex in a subtle way. Finishes bone dry and bitterish.

Light-to-medium-bodied with adequate carbonation. Alcohol is somewhat well-hidden, though becomes a bit more apparent as it progresses.

An interesting brew in its own way. Something sharp about it makes it a slow sipper.

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La Choulette Blonde from Brasserie La Choulette
3.68 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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