dwyerpg (5328) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much in te aroma, just a little spicy. This is a nice Belgian strong. The alcohol is noticeable but not bad. I can’t say that I notice the orange peel or the thyme. Mostly just a solid dark Belgian strong.
Finn (6091) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0,75l. Dark amber brown colored. A shortlived creamy head. Sweet fruity aroma. Complex flavor of fruit, caramel and malt. Carbonated. Sourish bitter aftertaste. A lasting dry finish. Alcohol hidden, but shines through by it’s warming effect.
BelgianBeerGal (3671) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle from 2006. Pours out like a Coke: see-through brown and fizzy carbonation with a quick reducing head. Not a real big aroma but a little fruit and sugar. Surprisingily light flavour and "thinish" mouthfeel. Sweet flavour with candied fruit and a nice spicy finish. Good but nothing amazing.
TaktikMTL (6919) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille verte de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de prune avec une pointe de clou de Girofle. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col beige crémeux avec une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de petits fruits foncés avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #1876)
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Last bottle with my Buster boy. You’ll always be my ’good boy,’ lil’ Buster!
2006 Vintage. Pours deep brown but body is too thin to be taken seriously at this point, and the quickly fading head doesn’t help to build any anticipation to explore this beer any further. NFL "season recaps" flash across the screen, my dog lies still next to me. I pet Buster and then take a sip: my tongue is tickled by a syrupy candied sugar mix, maple extract, and blended raisin. Tingly and full mouthfeel. A great brew to cap off a great dog. Maybe "Nice Chouffe" is Belgian for "good dog?" In my mind, it means that. Daddy loves you, Buster. Always.
Borresteijn (6086) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap, had this several times in winter @ Café Gollem. This is the stuff that makes you go through the storms of winter to a bar. Nice dark reddish/brown appearance, off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, some alcohol, some yeast. Flavour is just perfect, really smooth flavours of dark fruits, molasses, some spices, brown sugar. Soft alcohol finish. In general the alcohol is very well hidden. Soft palate, making this highly drinkable. Very, very N’Ice.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours a clear, medium reddish-brown color; decent light tan head with good retention and solid, mixed-bubbled lacing. Soft raisin and cola notes dominate the aroma, followed up by a solid yeastiness, dates, and light spicing; the alcohol is very well-hidden in the nose; loads of dried dark fruits and restrained sweetness. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: good levels of carbonation; following the aroma, lots of dried dark fruits (raisins, dates), yeast, cloves, and white-pepper spiciness; a very restrained, intricate Belgian strong, although I wasn’t completely taken in by the depths of the malt character; very upfront in its dark fruit character, some spice, but lacking an appropriate level of density at the core; very good, but not nearly as good as many of my favorite Belgian strong ales; still, careful in its presentation considering its youth; just a touch rough around the edges. Long finish: dried dark fruits, solid yeast and dough coming through; soft ending; very well-hidden alcohol throughout.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep dark reddish garnet colour, creamy white head. The aroma is awesome. Loaded with rich toasted plums, toffee and rich sweet stone fruit. Very spicy and sweet with lots of clove, orange, dark burnt sugar, brown sugar and even a bit of vanilla and chocolate. So complex and so inviting. The palate is very soft and wheaty wit a silken quality that just lets the brew coat the tongue in silken deliciousness. Sweet dates, toasted sugar and lots of mintiness on the back. This stuff is really tasty. Warming lets the caramelly and plummy malts really come into harmony with the spicy yeast. Lightly peppery on the back. Man, I love this brewery.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex Winter brew, hazy, rocky head, very good
Plovmand (7667) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a big beige head. Dark fruits, spices, candy and malts in the aroma. Flavour is pretty complex with many spicy notes. Creamy mouthfeel. A really good beer indeed.