Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 [re-rate] had another bottle of this recently and it was WAY overcarbonated. I don’t know if it was just a dodgy bottle or too young so i won’t change my original score. Anyway, the general opinion on this beer seems to be that it’s best after a couple of years so i might try laying some down.
[original rating: 11/17/2002] (Best before date unknown, research done by myself and Venom suggests that this bottle might be several years old): Deep, dark mahogany and ruby appearance, not cloudy at all with an attractive offwhite head. Quite malty aroma with alcohol also present and a small amount of ’green’ hops (note: I later found myself sniffing the empty bottle - probably a good sign). Unlike others, I didn’t think it was overcarbonated or ’thin’, however, it seemed to be relying a little too much on alcohol on the back of the tounge for bitterness. Really top flavour: I picked up nice maltyness combined with small amount of coffee, roastiness and fruit. Overall, maybe not as overly complex in the fruit and spice department and many other Belgians, but I found this to be a very enjoyable beer and I am glad it came in a 750ml!
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good, but not as good as the Chouffe Nice. A little thinner and less malty than I had hoped for after the Nice, and after reading the reviews. Looks great, nice head and lacing.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on draft. I really had no idea what I was drinking (the beer McDonald’s serves in Belgium?), but found this to be one of the most enjoyable beers in an already great beer weekend. Such beautiful brown malt and perfume aroma. Tremendous stuff.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Part brown ale, part barley wine, very well made, smooth , crisp, a real joy.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great winter warmer. Mysterious flavours.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice deep red, generous head. Sweet aroma, apple + spice. Nice enough mouthfeel but not really full bodied, tastes of chocolate and spices on the tongue, though not really complex.
friejose (24) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2002
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Loved it in the glass and on the nose, unfortunately, it lost something once it made it to my mouth. Somewhat insipid mouthfeel, and pleasant enough taste, but a quick finish.
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
beautiful full foamy head, luscious thick dark chocolate color, but the flavor was somewhat to vinous for me as was the aroma. very warming in the ole tummy, but one more glass of this and i’d have a sore head for sure. shoots home to me yet again that i am not a huge fan of most high alchohol brews. i seem to recall liking the la chouffe more...i’ll have to check to see if i rated that one and see what score i gave it.
jerohen (1931) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 Excellent appearance, nice malty aroma and flavour but perhaps a bit overcarbonated when drinking it.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like it’s brother LaChouffe, a great intro to Belgian dark ales. Lots of flavor, malts and spice. Does age well so you don’t have to drink the whole case in one day!