notalush (4449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a solid offering - dark red/crimson with pillowy head - very inviting aroma of dark berries, yeast, some roastiness - spicy flavors (you can taste the thyme and orange peel), dark fruits - malty sweetness gets cut at the the end by an abrupt hop bite - high carbonation really tickles the palate - my favorite Chouffe ale so far.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged [2003 vintage, fresh]: pours a deep, thick, murky cedar brown/red. . .Thick, light brown head that settles into snowy patches and floats a spicy berry aroma to my nose. Oaky flavours with dry leaves, coriander, strong Chouffe yeast, and some damp clay. There are some complex Belgian malt flavours up front, but the dry finish didn't sit too well with me. Still a very solid seasonal that I will enjoy again I am sure.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 Draught at Monk’s in Philly. Reddish acorn-brown, velvety beige head, and heavy lacing. Very leathery aroma and flavor. Dominating malts really fill out the body here however this beer has a lingering sour middle and finish and some respectable bitterness in the finish. Nice sour/bitter balance underneath but a bit too syrupy and malty sweet on top. Advertised as a Belgian barley wine on the tap handle.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Big bottle kicks my ass. Bouquet knocks you over: flowers and malt, can't identify the spice (coriander?). Thick head and good lace. Big dark alcoholicy beer. This beer bites you back. Great acid, great carbonation, great spice - (or is it hop or yeast?) Next time i'll do a side by side with Trois Pistoles and Terrible.
haukur (1124) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - DEC 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big brown head and a black body, looks really well. The aroma is of something roasted, hoppy and earthy. The abv is very well hidden. I was also surprised by the amount of carbonation in this. Very nice winter warmer, and I needed it.. it´s -8° celcius over here!!!
kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft version: Deep mohogany w/ a tan, whispy, long lasting head. Initially malty and intense plums with a bit of an earthy hop aroma at the end of the sniff. Alcohol as it warms, as well as clove spice, banana, and even a little bubble gum. Matly and well balanced, caramel, plums, and cloves with a hop flavor in the finish and aftertaste. Light alcohol, but adds depth to complexity as well as raisiny vinous flavors as it warms. Medium full body, high level of carbonation, but not as carbonated as a dubbel or tripel. Lightly astringent I think from the hops though. Very well hidden alcohol, great balance of flavors and aromas, but light astringency should dissipate over time, it should age nicely.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color of this is about the same as a standard brown bottle. Head was a nice dense cream color. Very complex aroma, smells of yeast and non-citrus fruits, and some other spices. Flavor sweeter, medium bite that if felt right on the tip of the tongue.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 - HEAD. An unbelievable head. Great plum colored beer with fruit aroma. A really well balanced beer that brings out so many different flavors. Body warming and enjoyable.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a prety good seasonal. It poured a reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The taste was a mixture of malt and spices, with alot of effervescence. Not bad, and something to try.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark color, with just a touch of head. Aroma is faint, slightly malty and hoppy, but there's not a lot there. Flavor is malty up front, with decent hoppy bitterness in the finish.