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La Choulette Ambrée | Brasserie La Choulette

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BA SCORE
3.97/5
Very Good
96 Ratings
La Choulette AmbréeLa Choulette Ambrée
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie La Choulette
France
lachoulette.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 08-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,158
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
96
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sammyg832
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bexley10
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mizx
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of videofrog
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sixtyteeth
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Sspeer1
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of spoony
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

La Choulette Ambrée from Brasserie La Choulette
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 96 ratings
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