Sunday, May 20, 2018

Brasserie La Choulette Les Sans Culottes


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Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 24C Bière de Garde

AROMA: Farmhouse terroir character of hay, horse blanket and a general countryside bouquet. Slightly bready-malty, yet still seems highly-attenuated. There is a light spicy/peppery phenolic character, though the hops may have something to do with this. Strong, skunky, light-strike odor from the green bottle. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear shade of golden/pale copper (4-7 SRM). Large yeast particulates float in suspension. Moderate white fluffy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Remarkably malty-tasting compared to the nose. Sweet to be sure with bready component reminiscent of a Helles Bock. There is a recognizable farmhouse terroir character and perhaps the faintest trace of wild yeast. Though malty and sweet up front, the back end is rather dry (but lacking overt tartness). The yeast and the hops account for a spicy/peppery phenolic character, though it is tame. Bitterness is low as well, though attenuation seems to be high anyway. Aftertaste is lightly malty, though it eventually fades away cleanly. Alcohol is practically invisible here. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; high carbonation. Champagne-like effervescence at first, though it eventually becomes rather smooth and crisp. Drinkability is quite high, though this brew does seem a bit lighter than 7% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Probably world class when fresh, but it proves the style name is accurate because it ages well. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

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