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
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of baiser
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep yellow colour, with a white fizzy head. Small amount of lacing, and moderate carbonation. Some fruitiness, a bit smokey and strong on the malt flavour. Sweet, balanced by a dry bitterness after sip. Warming alcohol. Taste grew on me as I finished the beer. Had some flavours that didn't quite mesh.

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Photo of MJR
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle.

Leaving the large amount of chunky yeast at the bottom of the bottle, this one pours a mostly clear orangish-gold with a thin and tightly-knit white head. The aroma is malty sweet, with a hefty dose of fruit, most notably peaches. There's a bit of spiciness, along with a slight medicinal phenolic note. Some barnyard yeast as well. The flavor starts out quite sweet, before a peppery spiciness takes hold and attempts, but fails, to keep the honey-like sweetness in check. Like in the aroma, there's some barnyard yeast and musty farmhouse character, but it really gets mauled by the near-cloying sweetness. More medicinal phenolics. Fairly thin on the palate, with a slighty dry finish that has a touch of alcohol both in mouthfeel and flavor. I also detect a hint of a white grape peel flavor and astringency in the aftertaste. Despite the four or five main flavor components, this brew comes as across as thin, lacking in complexity, and overly sweet. Quite the lackluster example of the Bière de Garde style.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a partly cloudy, golden orange...medium white head. The nose was ripe with honey, caramel and fresh apricot sweetness. Taste was sweeter than anticiapted and gets sweeter as the sip progresses. Sticky finish. Medium bodied. Mostly lively mouthfeel that leans towards a creamy finish. Long lingering sweetness. I enjoyed it however, the hot weather combined with the sticky sweetness just made me crave a light wheat beer. Decent nonetheless.

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Photo of mizx
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Fugazme
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml

A very nice looking beer, I must say. Orange/deep gold in color with a bright, 1/2" head. Clarity is good. Head stays for a bit... some decent retention. Lacing is nice.

Aroma is inviting, but not nearly as much as I would hope. Some touches of orange and peach. A slight amount of peppery spice. Sweet malt aromas and a little sulphur. Overall a good aroma.

First impression was of a lager... then quickly it moves into a smooth and creamy apple juice-like flavor on the swallow. Decently complex... not overly so. A nice sweetness on the backend makes this quite enjoyable. I wouldn't rank it a top Saison, not really even close... but easily a very drinkable beer.

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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 ant1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of horndecker
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

It's the color of honey, golden orange, with a vigorous, off-white head. Dense carbonation leaves very sticky suds and lace. A bit cloudy.

The aromas are of butterscotch, citrus and toffee. Peppery with a slight but apparent alcohol. Strawberries and flowery hops follow, as does a funky yeast note as it warms.

The flavor is buttery, tangerines, a bit of numbing alcohol, lots of fruit, a tangy center, drying finish. The aftertaste is flowery yet mildly bitter, something like Earl Grey tea.

Nice mouthfilling fizz, plenty of carbonation, sturdy with a nice body.

Here (on this site) it's designated a saison, though the label says "biere de garde artisanale". Call it what you want. Seems too syrupy and flowery to call it a saison. Whatever it is, it's pretty tasty, although the too apparent alcohol diminishes my enjoyment.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork pops out gently after chilling bottle for several weeks. Pours clear golden. Head develops that overflows the glass. Aroma is sour with some grassy and musty earthy odors. First sip reveals some straw flavor with a little sourness. A small hint of bitterness but very subtle. Mouthfeel is thin. A bit heavier taste than other biere de gardes I tried. Musty flavors with some earthiness. A lot of flavors going on here. They don't all blend together especially well. Refreshing on the palate and fairly drinkable.

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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 Corkpuller
5/5  rDev +35.9%

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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Photo of biergeniesser
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 750 ml bottle of La Choulette Blond described itself as an artisanal Biere de Garde on its label; however, having tasted a few examples of both Bieres de Garde and Saisons, it is apparent that at a certain range in the fringe of both styles similarities abound.

This beer poured a rich blond to golden and started bright, becoming cloudy as the sediment in the bottom of the bottle was stirred up. It formed a creamy white head which dissipated quickly, but laced well; large fish eye bubbles evolved quickly from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma of this beer was predominantly estery with hints of lactic sourness. Hop aroma was virtually non-existent; that is to say that it may have been present to some degree, but was certainly overpowered by the other aroma components.

Low level hop bitterness and a slight spicy hop note were in the background flavors of La Choulette Blond, while citrusy/acidic and phenolic flavors dominated. Slight lactic and "wild yeast" characters were also detectable. A moderate degree of carbon dioxide “bite” was also notable in the flavor of this beer.

The body of this beer was quite light. It finished dry with a relatively high degree of carbonation.

All in all, La Choulette blond is an interesting and enjoyable beer which has a lot going on. In its 750ml bottle format I would recommend it to share with a few friends, as its acidity and relatively high alcohol content limits its solo-drinkability factor.

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Photo of Rdbacteriumsosour
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of grassrootsVT
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Spirit Haus in Amherst. First impact: very inexpensive - a little over 5$ for a 25oz bottle.

App: A nice dissipating head - unfiltered - dark golden - with lots of floaties - definitely bottle conditioned.
Aroma: the pleasant aroma seemed to disappear with the head - leaving a strong smell that was reminiscent, to me atleast, of a lager - perhaps a hellerbock - while my fellow taster thought it smelled and tasted a bit like a belgian dubbel [yeast character].
Taste: A single taste - malty sweet through and through - no hope presence... lager like.
Mouthfeel: nice, not dry, clean...bubbley...
Drinkability - the price is right on this one - it's light...but i think that i would tire of its relatively uneventful taste after another glass...

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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 pattyhopp
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first bier de garde was jolly pumpkin's golden ale...it was full of sour wonderfulness and i wanted more...i tried la choulette and i didnt get that same sourness..dont get me wrong this is a good beer indeed...it had a bit of funk to it...was it too old? can someone reccomend something delicicous with some good sourness?

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