Dodo26 (33) - ITALY - JAN 18, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottiglia da 33cl...birra di un mareone scuro, non troppo torbida, schiuma di color nocciola, molto persistente e vaporosa. All olfatto si coglie subito la fragranza di erbe fresche, al palato fesca ma decisa grazie al grado alcolemico elevato. Alla fine bella amara.
Hopverdju (671) - BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Donkerbruin bier met licht beige schuimkraag. Geur: donker fruit, peperkoek, kruiden, anijs. Smaak: zoetig, donker gedroogd fruit, karamel. Afdronk: zoetig, warm alcoholisch. De eerste brouwsels hadden precies meer karakter!
oli55 (2) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh herbs, bread, orange rind, soap, pepper, clove, caramel, little medicinal
Brownish with a slightly amber shade, pretty translucent, not so dense, beige mousse, good amount of lacing
Raisins, caramel, bread, orange rind, fresh herbs, little coffee on the backend, mildly medicinal bitterness on the finish
No big density here, not so heavy, not too sticky, rather fluid, typically heavier
This beer hits the bullseye for me. I’m a rather rational person. This is a rational beer. A love story is beginning. It’s all about rational dosing of aromas and flavours. I very much enjoy the balance of the various aforementioned aromas. I appreciate the light coffee finish in a Belgian brew, which is not so frequent, IMO. Chouffe personality (yeast) thrives in the aroma and taste but still lets this one express its own beautiful aromas and flavours. Yet this scores additional points on the dosing. I’m liking this effort.
Nicely spiced steak, would try to season it with something containing a good shot of thyme, rosemary or sage
vincentvega72 (383) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Donkerrood bier met witte schuimkraag die snel wegebt. Aroma van speculaas, peperkoek, kruidnagel, beetje anijs. Redelijk kruidige smaak, beetje moutig. Warme afdronk. Lekker winterbier.
ajnepple (5084) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml single bottle from John’s Grocery. Amber reddish and clear appearance with plenty of sediment and a nice head. The nose is spicy, malty, yeasty, fruity and a touch hoppy. Similar flavor, with a medium to full body. An OK sipper overall.
mariuspoenari (1535) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky, dark brown pour with a short-lasting tan head. Smells of dried fruit, spices and caramel. The taste is sweet and rich with notes of dark and dried fruit and sugar. It feels like it could benefit from a fuller body.
sinte (500) - Udine, ITALY - JAN 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body with ruby nuances; large, frothy, tan head, mostly lasting with nice lacing.
Moderate malty (caramel, roasted) aroma with notes of nuts, hazelnuts and spices.
Moderate-to-heavy sweet, moderate bitter and light acidic flavour; dry finish.
Medium body with watery-to-oily texture; average carbonation; light astrincency as well as light alcoholic warming in the finish.
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - JAN 6, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle received as a Christmas gift from my in-laws. The pour is hazed brown slight copper ruby with a smallish light tan head. Nice lace on the glass. The aroma is nutmeg, general potpourri Christmas spice and clove yeast. The taste is big on the spice, bit of oxidized malt and bright alcohol. The palate is medium bodied, soft slick carbonation and a boozy alcohol dry spiced finish.
flying_pig (1424) - SCOTLAND - JAN 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.60):
Another great Chouffe beer & an excellent Xmas one with plenty complex flavours, a warming, boozy palate & a nice kick at the end. Not quite as pronounced on the nose as I’d been expecting but the taste more than made up for this with great ric h malts, sweetness & dark fruits.
MayumiH (938) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home on Christmas Day. Firm yeasty body. Malt sweetness with festive spices. Strong, rich and very tasty. Top notch.