fraternie (804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 Brown body, heavy head. Chocolatey, sweet, Very fruity aroma. Incredibly rich chocolatey initial malt flavor followed by notes of grape/ dark fruit. Long, rich, ugary sweet finish. Rich as hell. Very warming and very smooth for the abv. Good for the winter!
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this. Big malty flavor with hints of vanilla and caramel. Very smooth long finish. Probably my favorite winter beer.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very slight aroma, with little head retention. A pretty average Belgian.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent brown ale. Good head with very faint aroma. Flavor is lightly malty but not to the intensity I would expect for a Belgian Winter Ale.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled in 1999. Cloudy brown beer w. insignificant head. Very perfumy, dry, fruity aroma w. a soapy (not bad) quality. Complex flavors, herbal - violets, rose, anise, distinct alcohol taste, particularly at fridge temps. Fruity, nice mouthfeel - Brasserie d’Achouffe is underrated - this is an excellent brewery. Finish tends toward sweet, syrupy, but a citrus note prevents it from being cloying. Had this chilled w. outside temps 85F, and it was refreshing and bracing - not just a winter beer, despite the label.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2004 Rerate: 2001. Deep ruby red/copper. Nice off white head and lace that dies to a thin coating. Nose of flowers,yeast,malt,dark fruits and wine...almost like chimay blue. Medium body,very soft mouthfeel,tons of yeastiness,floral notes,lighty spiced sweetened caramel/malt(comes out more as it warms) backbone with a decent hop kick. A bit of a citric/acidic note at the end along with an alcohol kick. Pretty elegant for such a strong brew and far different then the 96. Nicely warming and this vintage would be killer in about 1 1/2 to 2 years to let the flavors meld a bit but no more IMHO.
ORIGINAL 1996 Deep,slight hazy copper. No head or carbonation at all. Aromas of malt,dark fruits and winey alcohol prevail. Medium bodied with a load of malts and a tasty caramel sweetness and cookie doughness. Hints of fruit and a nice warming alcohol presence. No clue given that this is 10%. I was actually expecting a better beer, its too mellow and lacks complexity, all flavors i mentioned are fairly subdued or just really melded together. Its either very mellow b/c of age, a compromised sample, or just is what it is. I will have to try the current bottling. It almost reminds, in a strange way of a thomas hardy or jw lees with a lot less muscle. But not bad by any means.
Kodos (200) - USA - MAR 29, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice thick head on pouring. Banana/cherry? and malt aromas. Spicy and caramel sweet, turning slightly bittersweet with alcohol burn at the end. Nice Barleywine. Enjoy!
Roughskirt99 (3) - utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
jerohen (1959) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 Re-rate: Bottled. Deep brown coloured. Malty and spicy aroma with fruity notes, pretty good. Malty flavour, quite a mouth full, alcoholic, but really nice. Long lasting finish. Very nice brew. I wonder if the recipe changed or if i did, but i like it a lot more than before.
caesar (4623) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 This winterbrew by Chouffe did not fill me with enjoyment. The traditional chouffe taste was not well balanced and the alcohol content is just too present. A bit of a disappointment after all those great chouffe brews :-(