mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, I am very impressed with this Belgian attempt at a hoppy beer. I love the chouffe brewery in general and really liked this one. It pours a hazy golden color with a light white head. Not overly hoppy but definitely noticeable with some nice citrus fruit in the smell and taste. This beer is blended nicely and I like the fact that they didnt try to go overboard on the hops, but kept it simple.
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Note: I am not usually an IPA hophead, but this Belgian take on an American classic is an interesting turn. High on the spicy hop bitterness without the excessive grassy or vegetative "fresh" hop flavor from dry hopping and late additions. Gives a strong citrus and gingery bitterness that finishes clean and helps cleanse the palate from strong and spicy food. Strong like an IIPA but light and bubbly like a Tripel.
bebop329 (27) - USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting combination of two styles. A spicy grapefruit with a floral after taste. Frothy head and golden color. First time having a Chouffe and was not at all dissapointed.
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 shared with Brie out of crystal wine glasses... Very nice hop flavors on this light triple mouth feel. This is a unique beer that is very enjoyable with the IPA alcohol and hops and the spice of the Belgian yeast... scrumtrulescent.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a massive three run by finger head, even though I poured gently. As the head slowly fades, it leaves a thick layer of foam behind.
Smell; floral and grassy hops are the dominant aromas. After a bit some nice citric aromas come out as well as yeast and peppery spices.
Taste; lots of fruity flavors with oranges, lemons, mangoes and some hints of pineapple. There’s some sweet malts in the middle, that quickly gets overrun by hops. The hops come across as herbal, grassy and slightly floral. The finish is spicy, and a little bit drying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with and initial sharpness from the carbonation, and then becomes smooth. Drinkability is really damn good, especially since I couldn’t really detect any alcohol through the entire beer.
Not quite what i would expect from and IPA or from a Tripel, but this is one damn good beer no matter what style you condemn it to. I will definitely be picking more of this one up, since it’s now available in Omaha thanks to Beertopia.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle at Winking Lizard in Columbus - Pours golden slight haze with a short white head. Aromas of lgiht citrus and a little pine. Flavor of yeast, candi sugar, pine, and citrus. Palate is smooth and pretty easy drinking with a fair amount of carbonation.. Not bad..
kopher (592) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear gold with tons of white fizz. Aroma is very hoppy, some citrus and a bit of fruit. Taste is a bit more belgian-y, some more sweetness to balance out IPA and subtle mix of flavors. Also thicker and silkier than an IPA but quite dry. Lasting bitter finish.
jacknj (2) - Clifton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Monstrous head, huge frothy white head that leaves lace curtains on the side of the glass. heavy carbonation, my favorite thing about this beer is the lovely lingering bitter aftertaste.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In the 750 mL bottle from Beertopia. Simply outstanding. Pours a rich golden yellow color with a marshmellow cream head. If Dairy Queen sold beer Blizzards, they would look like this. Has a simply beautiful smelling pine and grapefruit citrus aroma. Can this really be made by Belgians? If so, where have they been hiding their hop prowess all this time? The flavor is nectar of the gods. A wonderfully thick and rich body. Has a perfect palate of silky smoothness. The awesome big hop bitterness is in harmony with a big malt candy sweetness infused with honey flavors. A near-perfect balance of flavors. I will be buying this fantastic beer again.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Hazy, yellow-lemon color with heavy foam that evaporates slowly. Lemon, banana, yeasty in scent and taste. Hoppy but not overwhelming. Extraordinarily dry finish - the taste and flavor virtually evaporate off the tongue, leaving me wanting more. High alcohol content evident from the start.