TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is pleasant - yeast, fruity, slightly spicy. Pours a hazy gold, nice white head with solid lacing. I found this Belgian uncomplicated yet satisfying. Smooth as silk, a dry finish, alcohol is barely noticable. Sweetish flavours. Balanced and refined delivery.
nquantz (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite Belgian beers, even though I don’t believe it is representative of the strong ale style. That said, pours a hazy golden color with a large white head that dissipates slowly. Moderate carbonation and moderate suspended solids throughout. Tastes lightly hoppy (considering the high abv), spicy (coriander), with citric hops and yeasty fruitiness. Complex and very good!
IndianaRed (2738) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Ppours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a very large foamy white head. Heavy even blanket -like lacing Aroma of apples raisons and the musty belgian tang. Flavors are dusty, barnyard yeasty and some spicy clove like hints. Dry, fairly light body and lively maybe downright fizzy carbonation. I did not find this very interesting, plain subtle and not very interesting.
piscator34 (2046) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is sort of a cloudy golden orange in colour. Horse blanket aromas dominate, with notes of citrus, mild malt, and yeast. The flavors are surprisingly mild, but in a good way. There is an interesting spice/citrus interplay and the body is fuller than expected. I would have liked a bit more of a hop presence, but this stuff is still wicked good!
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gold pour, with huge white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, candi sugar, barnyard. Tastes hoppy, with candi sugar, barnyardy esters, and finishing sweet citrusy elements. Nice balance and complexity.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
02.01.05 750ml bottle. Pure golden pour with massive, rocky, brainy, dense head. A glance through the glass reveals a swarm of sea monkeys dancing on a rising rain of effervescence. Aromas waft of coriander, honeysuckle, unripe pear ganished with fresh goat cheese. Grassy and somewhat sharp, there is little sweetness cloying or clawing at my palate; rather I find great balance of smooth, light malts and spicey, fresh hops. So easy to drink, so tasty: oh, why have I passed on the Chouffe so many times?!
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Another deceptively easy quaffer from the Belgian liver-assasins. For a strong ale, this is smooth as silk and dangerously easy to drink. It pours a maple sugar colour with a big creamy head. The nose has dusty hops, spice and peaches and a yeasty, almost homebrew-like character. Surprisingly light in the body and quenching. Subtle spicy notes, perhaps some pears and a powerful finish that underlines the 8% abv. LIke the McChouffe, it’s light enough to drink all year round - if your liver can handle it. (Bottle)
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep hazy golden colour with minimal white head. Aroma is all sorts of spices, some pepper maybe clove. The taste as first is very dry and spicy, but then mellows out with some fruit adding to the complexity. I tasetd banana and citrus. Complex beer that evolves as it warms, enjoyed drinking it even though I lost at poker.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to my roommate Skidz (a BAer) for a few ounces from his big bottle. Big, creamy, long lasting head, leaving tons of lace; slightly hazy golden body. Complex aroma -- peppery, spicy, with flowery hops. Taste is the same. Very fruity and zippy in general. Mouthfeel is smooth and light, yet a powerful fruity and bitter impression is left behind. Pretty good overall, with a lot going on.
fraans (31) - ostend, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice Belgian beer brewed in the Ardennes.
Isn’t the best beer around, and i wouldn’t reccommend it for drinking it all the night.
The good point is that it comes in BIG bottles!!!