Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
They call this a Strong, but I am more reminded of a saison but banana-triple notes. There is some leather here, some chocolate, some apple and pear and corriander and maybe some white pepper. Sweet, spicy, very carbonated, chewy with yeast towards the end. A good beer.
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 THis Belgians do not joke with their beers, it was a punch for me, very good and a little sweet. A good one, let say.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours medium/ dark golden with decent white head, made of tiny bubbles. Aroma very yeasty and fruity perfume like. Lots of pear and apple in the flavor, with a slight sourness to it. Some pepper is present also.
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In my opinion, a typical BSA. That said, it is worthwhile to add to your repoire of BSAs. The flavor is heavy with yeast and very dry. I enjoy a good BSA, but there are better.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy yellow color with a medium white head.. Aroma is heavy on the belgian yeast with some malt... Flavor is heavy on the yeast with some malt.. Dry finish with a slight alcohol flavor..
GarrettB (1235) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 La Chouffe is the most disciplined beer I have had. Not disciplined in the sense of removing immaturity, but rigid and defined like a Prussian officer. It is like that man or woman obsessed with scheduling; more capable of attending the meeting than contributing to it. The post-pour glow is an unassuming gradient of golds and yellows, not atypical for my trappist glass, and the foam hovers on top as a light, off white cover. The smell is yeasty, with a little lemon and some undistinguishable “lightness” that makes me imagine the dew from a soft yellow flower petal. The taste comes in three distinct stages, marked by abrupt transitions like a space shuttle shedding booster rockets and fuel tanks to push itself into orbit. Stage one is a brilliant flash of sweetness, like the extract of flower nectar. It is a dessert before the meal. Stage two is punishment; a long, bitter metallic clang like biting a rusty rail road spike. Next, the beer is overcome by guilt and tries to amend relations with a long, relaxing yeasty aftertaste. Another sip begins the process anew. It is, indeed an engaging beer. No mindless session sipping here.
legion242 (2336) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am not sure that I really get this one. Tastes a bit like a spicy Duvel, otherwise, not much to seperate itself from the everday BSA.
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 Pours a lazy gold, like early sunrays on an autumnal Sunday morning. Strings of bubbles kiss the glass and rise to a dense foamy white cap leaving thick lumps of lace as the head slowly sinks. The nose seems masked at first but short bursts of fruits and spice appear. Banana, apple, caramel and yeast are present. The flavors divide into three distinct phases. As you take your first sip, a sweet nectar erupts on the tip of your tongue. Honeysuckle, banana and other sweet fruits make a very brief appearance before the brew takes on a different aspect. Over-roasted coffee beans with a metallic edge dominate the main section with a sharp bitterness that gradually matures to a satisfying bread-like finish. The evolution in this beer was a good complement to the goat cheese I had beforehand. Refreshing and easy to drink.
harrisoni (15314) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle. Hazygold beer with thick white bubbly head. Slightly soapy nose with citric aromas and plenty of yeast. Quite spicey which is pretty good feature of this beer. Very hoppy spicey finish. Bit too fizzy
Lubiere (11232) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazy golden ale with a thin white head. Aroma like a field of flowers in the valley of the fairies where honey and coriander predominates (was probably trying to sound like MT here). Sweet malts and sharp hops with coriander notes, tingly mouthfeel, and rich bodied. A classic (Spring 2005)