La Choulette Ambrée
Brasserie La Choulette

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From:
Brasserie La Choulette
 
France
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #20
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #13,047
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 9.34%
Ratings:
103
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 24, 2021
Added:
Aug 03, 2002
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  7
SCORE
89
Very Good
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4.06 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 24, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Maxpower086 from Canada (QC)

nice deep maple syrup brown with some reddish hues. smell is cherry, caramel and berries. taste is very sweet, malty, caramel, sherry/bourbon and subtle smokey oak. pretty good overall

Feb 01, 2020
 
3.77 by Eltrandos from France on Jun 11, 2019
 
3.9 by DarrellK from Florida on Apr 16, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KooVee from Finland

75cl bottle, combination of reviews when fresh and when 2.5yo.

Clearish dark amber, (for the style) moderately busy foam that subsides but leaves a thin finely constructed layer.

Nose is fruity and sweet when fresh, after ageing less remains but it is much more balanced and interesting: subdued bread, layered with caramel/toffee and a prominent presence of raisin once the beer warms up.

Taste is overly sweet when fresh, with some woody notes. No hop presence at any point of the evolution. The excessive malty sweetness turns wirh time into toffee and raisins with an understated aftertaste of good brandy. The sticky mouthfeel stays just the right side of diluted after 2.5 years. Still a bit of wood there. Pleasant, more than simple, sweetness in the aftertaste that might turn into honey.

Overall, I rate this based on the best (2.5yo) phase for the beer I have witnessed. Ageing and drinking at 13-15C improves this beer significantly. I would guess rhe ingredients and the process are spot on for ageing. What would lift this on a par with, say Belgian brunes, would be some hops or spices to carry the interest once the body fades. And a more interesting yeast. That is maybe the biggest obstacle here -- the yeast is distinctly workman-like.

Feb 17, 2019
 
3.67 by desint from Belgium on Nov 23, 2018
 
3 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Jan 01, 2018
 
4.13 by HopBelT from Belgium on Aug 15, 2017
 
3.9 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Jul 25, 2017
 
3.81 by shelby415 from Oregon on Dec 03, 2016
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3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by drmeto from Germany

L:
-pours a clear amber with a medium to big,foamy,offwhite head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,plums,banana,brown sugar,spicy
T:
-caramel,toffee,astringent,orange,spicy,plums
-no hop bitterniss
-very sweet
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Decent, but a bit too sweet for me

Jul 28, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Extraordinarily hit the spot before and during a French meal. I will have to find this again and give it a review.
Reviewed in Prosts' CAMRA classic

Jun 06, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours a hazy amber color with a off white almost tannish head.

Smell: It has a rich, malty, aroma that features bread, dark fruits, toffee, and alcohol.

Taste:It has a malty rich taste of bread, toffee, a bit of roast, spices, and alcohol.

Feel: It has a heavy feel to it with a slightly sweet, the bitter aftertaste with alcohol warming.

Overall: It is a very malt rich beer. The malts dominate the aroma and flavor with a sweet, then bitter aftertaste.

Apr 09, 2016
 
4.27 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Nov 22, 2015
 
3.44 by Rivoire from France on Oct 25, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Arthuros from France

Tasted at La Capsule in Lille.
Very sweet amber, with an almost metallic taste. Also quite sweet, and not very hoppy.
Almost cider-like by some respects.
Good as a dessert beer, don't drink with anything too strong though.

Sep 14, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

Second beer of the day at Het Kasteelhof in Cassel, Northern France. Pours a amber colour with a slight tanned head. Aromas of caramel & flowers. Tastes of spicy caramel with hints of burnt sugar as well as apple fruitiness. The high alcohol content is slightly warming but not at all easy to drink.

Sep 06, 2015
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3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by mactrail from Washington

Handsome dark amber with an enthusiastic foam in the Ciney snifter. Woodsy and fruity aroma. Flavors of raisins and sugar cookies. A tart note along with the grainy taste. Strange and interesting though not my favorite in this style. It seems to be right in the Bière de Garde style, with the sweet mustiness.

Looking at the reviews, I wonder if people are drinking the same beer. Interesting how much variation this one has. Maybe it's more alive in the bottle, for better or worse. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

Jun 25, 2015
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4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pat61 from Minnesota

La Choulette Ambrée offers a rich bread, dried cherries, brandy, malt, woody aroma with no hops. It pours amber to brown with a slight haze and a persistent 2” white, persistent foam cap. The palate starts very smooth with rich malt sweetened lightly with caramel, hints of coffee or chocolate, traces of cardamom and includes a suspicion of bourbon in the aftertaste with traces of dried fruit – especially figs - in the middle. It has medium carbonation, medium low body, and a slight alcohol warming that is deceptive considering the beer’s strength.

Feb 01, 2015
 
4 by Stillmakingnoise from Colorado on Oct 30, 2014
 
4 by mikeincharleston from North Carolina on Jul 01, 2014
 
4.75 by sammyg832 from Arizona on Jun 30, 2014
 
4.5 by afsdan from Colorado on May 22, 2014
 
4 by uturn from Florida on Apr 17, 2014
 
4 by bexley10 from North Carolina on Mar 22, 2014
 
3.75 by mizx from England on Dec 28, 2013
 
3.75 by videofrog from Texas on Dec 12, 2013
 
4 by BillRoth from Maryland on Dec 05, 2013
 
4.25 by sixtyteeth from Florida on Nov 22, 2013
 
4 by azorie from Florida on Oct 26, 2013
 
3.5 by Sspeer1 from Massachusetts on Oct 20, 2013
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3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by spoony from Colorado

From a 750 ml bottle (best by November 26, 2015) into a tulip.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces nearly three fingers of khaki head. The retention is so-so, maybe a minute, but there is a decent bit of lacing on the glass. The brew is an attractive, dark, honey-amber color with red highlights.

S-The smell is pretty tame, with musty apple cider, pear, and maybe a hint of other light-flesh fruits. There is also a bit of caramel and toasted bread. A little boring...I cannot classify this as inviting or intriguing.

T-Forutnately, the taste surpasses the smell. There is still a bit of light fruit and cider flavor (probably from the alcohol), but the malt profile of toasted bread, sweet caramel, and toffee is way more substantial on the tongue than on the nose. The brew is pretty sweet with very minimal hops and suggestions of Belgian yeast every now and again.

M-The feel is medium to light body with an assertive, slightly rough carbonation that gives a crisp feel.

O-This is a good, but not memorable beer. The flavor profile is pretty solid for the style with nice toasted malts, and the alcohol is very well-integrated into the beer. It is also pretty good-looking and true to style in that regard. The smell and feel are a bit lacking, and I could have used a bit more hops or sharpness to balance the sweet malt profile, but these are not major criticisms.

Sep 26, 2013
 
3.75 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has large chunks of yeast visible near the bottom of the glass (simply from the initial pour). It has a two finger high dense beige head that gradually died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and earthy yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the malts contribute some sweetness that ever so slightly overshadows the earthiness from the yeast. Slight hints of dark fruits are also apparent and no bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a lot maltier and heaver in body compared to other beers in the style (sort of like a comparison between a bock and a doppelbock), but it's light enough to be rather drinkable, especially since any traces of alcohol are very well hidden.

Feb 26, 2013
 
3.5 by marcobrau from Illinois on Jan 19, 2013
 
3.5 by sneaks2210 from New York on Nov 17, 2012
 
4.25 by samEBC from Belgium on Jul 29, 2012
 
4 by Archemedies from Massachusetts on Jun 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a reddish brown with large voluminous head that gives off massive lace patches. The malts are strong in the aroma, as I pick up good amounts of caramel and dry bread (touch of roast) as well as some leafy hop zest. Medium-bodied and filling thanks to yeast, smooth, sweet thanks to caramel and some sweet fruit notes, touch of sugar, and there's a crisp balance thanks to moderate citric hop base and good carbonation. Finishes easy with a nice crisp bite to it and a tad sweet and I swear there's a minor wine-like fruitiness on the end.

Mar 14, 2012
 
4.5 by ucis from Minnesota on Feb 27, 2012
La Choulette Ambrée from Brasserie La Choulette
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 103 ratings