Jean Chris Numero 2 - Cognac Cask Edition
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Brewed by Brasserie Sainte Hélène
Style: Foreign Stout
Florenville, Belgium


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A Cognac barrel aged version of Jean Chris Numero 2 which was brewed at Sainte Hélène by Christoph Gillard, the owner of Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon and Jean Francois Vaux of Jean Le Chocolatier. Limited to approx. 700 bottles of 37.5 ml each.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 27, 2012
Bottle at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Pours a dark brown colour with a thick tan head. A fantastic aroma of dark chocolate and bitter cocoa with grassy hops also. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and bitterness. The cognac and oak notes linger very nicely with a great creamy mouth-feel. This is brilliant!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12080) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle, bought @ Moeder Lambic, St. Gilles.
Pours completely black with a nice, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has definite cognac notes, chocolate, mild roasted malts, nuts and mild oak. Medium carbonation, nice dry and creamy if somewhat light mouthfeel. Flavour has chocolate, cocoa, oaky dryness, nuts and lots of coffee. Soft, velvety and delicious with a long, dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 5, 2010
Dense black body, deep tan head, fluffy bubbles. The nose was slightly less chocolate character when compared to the regular Jean Chris Numero 2 which I sampled side by side. Floral character to the beer as well. Taste is stronger up front than the base beer. Slight alcohol character provided by the cognac barrel but not overpowering or over present as there was only 2 months of aging in the barrel. Just enough time to provide some additional character to the beer but not so much that the wood takes over the taste of the beer. Well done. I am looking forward to trying this again in a few months when the beer has matured further.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koelschtrinker (17308) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 20, 2011
Gelungen würziger Antrunk, der durch die Herbe frisch und das rauchig-trockene Malz würzig ist. Der blumige Hopfen passt wunderbar zu den dezenten Cognacnoten. Im weiteren Verlauf bleibt die Harmonie vorhanden, das Malz kann die Trockenheit etwas abschütteln und überzeugt nun mit schokoladigen Noten, auf die der Hopfen zusätzlich einwirkt. Das Bier in sich ist stimmig und absolut empfehelnswert! /12/12/12//13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2013

Bottle 750ml.

[ Bottle # 8/300 ]. Clear dark black colour with a large, frothy to creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, light to moderate chocolate, smoke, oak - peat. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, wood - oak, chocolate, dark roasted, sweet cognac. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. IMO. very good balanced and very good .. well done Christoph & Jean. [20120915]

Bottle 750ml. @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Place Fontainas 8, Brussels, Belgium 1000.

Clear dark black colour with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good to excellent lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, moderate hoppy, light wood. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, wood, salty licorice, sweet cognac. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Again, very good and balanced .. [20121005]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Suggestion by the bartender at Delirium Cafe in Brussels on 12-09-10. Bottle 225 of 700. Pours deep black in color with a rich, sweet and dry finish. Solid barrel aged Belgian stout, but not too outstanding from American barrel aged stouts. Notes of chocolate, slight woody notes with definite cognac/boozy notes. Very well balanced, not too dry or boozy. Great limited release stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (14108) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2011
Sampled at OBER Kerstbierfestival Essen 2011. Pitch black, opaque color, small beige to light brown head. Smell earth, roasty, dark chocolate. Very well balanced. Taste roasty, dark chocolate, lightly coffee and caramel. Again very well balanced! Suitable carbonation, medium to full body. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (8104) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2011
Sampled 75 cl. bottle @ Kerstbierfestival 2011: beautifully wrapped bottle, this looks quite impressive – apparently limited to 300 bottles – bottled in April 2011: A: black with a mocha head – S: coffee, dark malts, bitter chocolate & cognac – T: cognac, syrup, dark malts, cold coffee, winter spices, touch sweet pureed dark fruits, booze aftertaste – frankly this is a tuned down version of the regular one & not a boost – B: closing on thick, full definitely, low carb – nice but the regular version is much nicer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (6347) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2012
37.5 cl Bottle # 031: bought at the Alvinne-Pre Zythos Fest a couple of years back (4 Euros) and I’ve been saving it for the last day of earth (tomorrow at 12.12 I am told). Hope the beer hits the spot. Poured slowly into a Westmalle chalice @ home on 20 Dec 2012. Looks impressive in the glass: creamy feel to the tanned head and a body that has a brown base with a dull red hue to it. The nose is chocolate with attitude: as is the taste, the barrel obviously gave the beer a slightly wine/port/cognac flavour but never having had an un-barrel aged ’Numero 2’ I can’t say how much it has influenced the taste. I hope this isn’t my last beer on earth: but if it is or was then at least I can tell everyone in the afterworld I’ve had a fine beer just before the earth fell apart!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rvdoorn (13) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
Thanks to my French friends for this one! Brought Look: the beer pours a dark brown color with a small head. Smell: Full of roasted malts, dark chocolate, typical Belgium yeast and some wooden oak tones. Taste: Dark and bitter chocolate malts, with oak in the bitter aftertaste. Only very slight cognac flavor are present when the beer warms up Mouthfeel: medium-thin body with medium carbonation Overall: A nice beer. Deep in my heart, I expected more though. A bit too single dimensional IMO, but still enjoyable. I would never turn one down

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