urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 batch. The aroma of this beer would be difficult to beat. It is easily of the order of the Trappist ales. Just like the regular La Chouffe, the flavors are tightly wound and completely wonderful. The palate is rich and creamy and sets up the light fruit and chocolate flavors well. I plan to buy out the entire supply at my local store.
slushy (28) - Niagara Falls, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brick red color with a nice frothy head, lacing down the glass. Musty attic, horse blanket, and cherries in the nose. Caramel with a cherry blast in the mouth, not too sweet though. I enjoyed this one a lot. Bring on the 2002 edition next!
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 bottling. Rich, malty, sweet, spicy and complex aroma, with a hint of the thyme, vanilla, candi sugar, orange peel, coriander, raisin, faint hops, a generous, doughy, yeasty fruitiness, flowers and faint alcohol. Lots of elements on display. Medium garnet in color, with an uneven, creamy and lasting off-white-pinkish head and copious lacing. Flavor is surprisingly mellow, lots of malt sweetness up front, fading into a blend of spicy hop, yeast esters including some bubblegum, and a bit of peppery alcohol towards the lengthy finish. Hefty body, with a creamy, effervescent mouthfeel. Blended so that no one aspect stands out too far, which is nice. Would definitely be a fine candidate for a few years worth of aging. O.G. 1099, 25 IBUs.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mostly clear, reddish brown with medium density, white, clinging head. Sweet perfume aroma, hint of citrus which hit me quite impressively with the first taste. Then it mellowed a bit into a more robust and complex assemblege of fruit and spice. The alcohol propels the aroma here, and it becomes quite obvious later on in the flavor as it lingers beneath the malty overtones. Quite good, but I'm not inclined to give it high praise. (on tap, Monk's, Philadelphia)
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JUL 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4 years old
Beautiful ruby-amber color, nice perlage and persistent layer of foam. Nice malt aroma, with a touch of alcohol. Good body, hiding quite well the alcohol content; smooth, spicy. Ends with also some caramel.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice, but diminishing beige head. Red-brown colour. Aroma and taste has malt, syrup-like sweetness, fruit, yeast and spice.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This strong ale pours a clear, deep, reddish brown color with a big, long lasting, off-white head. The aroma is very spicy and yeasty, with hints of herbs, yeast, malts, and oranges. It has a medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is tremendous, with lots of spices and yeast. Oranges, plums, and raisons all burst forth in the flavor. The finish is spicy and full of dark fruits as well. The head is lasting the entire glass and leaving nice lace. Wow! What a beer! I think this is my favorite Chouffe beer so far. Wonderfully complex, spicy, and just damn tasty.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1999 consumed in 2003. Brown and cloudy with a real fizzy carbonated head. The yeast from the bottom of the bottle fizzed alone at the sides of each glassful. Dark fruits in this one as opposed to the lighter fruit in the Soliel. Nearly identical finish. maybe more spicy and complex. Surely hides the 10+% very well.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 vintage. Brownish in color with medium head.Fruity taste with a variety of flavors(raisins,grapes,plums)hitting the palate. Finishes a bit spicy. A solid belgian ale that is fairly complex.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Limited edition 1999. Thin head with decent lacing. Excellent complex aroma. I can pull grapes, raisins and brown suger out of there. Deep mahogany/brown in color. Flavor is a little bit more mellow that I expected from the great aroma. Not very thick/heavy in density. Slightly sweet flavor with brown sugar, malts, prunes, etc. Finish is smooth with a plesant alcohol warming and is very slightly sour. A good quality "belgian ale" althought the label states that it is a barleywine. Either way it is still a quality brew.