DuffMan (8198) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another excellent beer from Brasserie d’Achouffe! Deep red-brown, slightly hazy, massive tan crown leaving generous lace. Aromas of soft toffee, yeast, and leather. The palate leans toward sweetness without being cloying (in contrast to the Heineken Tarwebok I had earlier), and there is a fruity yeastiness behind the caramel malt and subtle sweet spices that make up the foundation of this beer. The alcohol is subtle and well-integrated. I’m not sure of this is because it isn’t true to the style, but I found this much more enjoyable than some of the other scotch ales I’ve had. Still, I liked the "La Chouffe" ale better.
Tmoney99 (12230) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a huge light brown head that lasted. Good spice malt aroma with a small alcohol tone. Medium body with a sticky texture. Good toasted malt flavor with a moderate spicy finish. Very good brown ale.
marcus (7819) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This reddish brown ale poured with a lacy tan head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor is spicy toasted malt with a slightly smoky finish and a heavily carbonated mouthfeel. The taste mellows as the beer warms, resulting in a very satisfying drink.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dried blood brownish red with a medium soft-looking foamy cap that sits briefly leaving behind a big collar and thin skim. Lacing is minimal in big blobby things.
Aroma is dry and delicately soft with a semi-yielding date, prune, dark purple grapey fruitish backlay.
Taste is short, rounded in a softly darkened fruityness of red apple, purple grape, and lesser tarting fruity sugars. A bit sharp on the buds with a big carbonation hump in the middle. Finish is light and airy with a yeasty woodish dryness with a bit of fruit pits and skins trying to grab a bit of interest.
Feel is OK, the short-lived flavors don’t help anything as it has a seemingly light/medium body with that hump of carbonation in the middle totally taking away what could be a fairly smooth ride.
Drinkability is a little less then the norm for a Belgian Dark ale. Quite plain, but seems like the effort is there and comes across well made, just not much going on with this one.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
01.06.06 750ml bottle. Darker copper-red pour, mostly clear, with a medium beige head, fairly lasting and lightly lacing. Aroma is pithy and grassy, more hoppy than I expected, also some barnyard funk, leather, and toffee. The flavor follows suit and the grass and earth notes emerge all around. Leather and wool flavors, dates, some cinnamon all vie for the finish. No note of alcohol, never gets sweet, I had no idea McChouffe would be like this.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky reddish brown beer with a dense tan head. Malty dark fruit sweet aroma with chocolate notes and a faint alcohol precense. Light roasted malty flavor with some dark fruit sweetness a dry and faintly spicy finish.
saxo (15094) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice Belgian Scotch ale. Dark colour, with a large fluffy off white head atop. The nose was full of dark stone fruit, spice, and intrigue, the palette was lively and brought out the spicy side of things a bit more. A bit of caramel also going on I think.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ever spend forty five minutes searching for tasting notes on a beer you’d once cheerfully labored over-- but never got around to posting on ratebeer? i just did, and never succeeded in finding those notes. it’s easy to romanticize what great truths i might have recorded in those lost impressions. i might have had all of the perfect deScriptions set out in elegant prose-- deScriptors so "dead on" that the brewer would have wanted to emboss them on his label. perhaps the achouffe people would have paid my way to belgium and named a giant fermenting vessel after me in a grand, fireworks lit, celebratory festival of honor. well, all that is as doubtful as george bush winning a sierra club endorsement-- but at the very least i would have had a head start on describing this baby. now the beer is almost gone, and all i’ve recorded is that "it’s brown, it’s good, and it kicks ass". i’ll have to work fast. first observation: what is that cartoon goblin on the label doing? why do these little freaks always look like their wringing something unsavory out of their beards? the beer itself appears like a cheddar orange substance that’s been baked to a deep pumpkin pie brown. pouring, it has a playground kind of vigor and excitability: the carbonation is sparkly in the glass-- and later, on the tongue as well-- but is too wily and disorganized to maintain much real head. nose has a bit of mandarin orange, coffee, peat --and good ol’ fashioned alcohol in a quantity sufficient to cause one to decide not to go out and participate in motor sports, do competitive shooting, or perform on the balance beam after the beer is finished. snappy carb, a touch of sour cherry and baker’s yeast among the more obvious nutty, pastry-like sweet malts and that zest of citrus bitterness. the later is beyond what we’d probably look for in a scotch ale, but it engenders a nice lingering element if one is not too picky about ’styles’. very tasty medium-bodied belgian strong/scotch crossover. now that i’ve finished-- i was going to go out and operate some heavy construction machinery, but again, the warming ABV in the mc chouffe has had a soothing and tranquilizing effect-- and i know they won’t be "embossing" my impressions. maybe i’ll just stay in and listen to old records. pass me that old coleman hawkins record, pretty please.
auerbrau (3191) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 Distant cirrus clouds scrape the landscape of this ruby amber pour, topped copiously with an airy soap of banana. Aroma is distinctly belgian with wild fruit and a faint gentle run of diacetyl and fusels. Fresh grain heads and moist nut bread. Flavor is subtle and gentle, with complex muddled fruit running down a stream of light cream and cranberries. Some vague vinous qualities and estery runs of banana and figs, that follow a general thin bodiedness. A hint of alcohol thickens and warms. Malt doesn’t bludgeon you into submission, almost sessionable. A hint of gray salt and some waterness slides the palate downward. Interesting belgian take, but lacks some body and fullness.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown with a thick white head that lasts and lasts. A very nice sweet beer with brown sugar and caramel along with some alcohol burn and enough hops to give it some bite. I was very happy to get the opportunity to try this one.