thedm (5004) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This 1996 green bottled brew marked #1230 from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of medium sized clear colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a hazy with fine particulate no visible carbonation dark brown colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was vinous brown malt and dark malt. The flat mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of vinous and brown malt. A bit past its primne I suspect.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This big-shouldered brew was very pleasantly shared with my son-in-law as we sampled Costa Rican ceviches. (Probably not the greatest pairing, but still fun!) Big alcohol, deeply roasted malts, dried fruits, citrusy hints, coriander, yeasty spiciness, brown sugar, and plums. Really well made and exuding quality. This is a very fine winter warmer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 750 bottle from 2005, and more delicious than ever. I’m a big fan of Brasserie Chouffe beers, but the winter seasonal may be the best. Brownish red with major froth, this one is very complex with candied malts leading the way for a rich bouquet of spice, yeast, and mild fruits. A superb beer that I always enjoy.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the 750 mL bottle from Beertopia. Pours a dark brown color with strong red highlights and a thick durable beige head of tiny bubbles. Mildly carbonated body and beautiful lacing remain. Aroma is earthy and orange coriander. Flavor is peppery on the tip of the tongue and the mouth is overcome by a giant wave of raising/plum excitement. Mild, but lingering hop spiciness remains long after the swallow. Plenty of orange flavors reside as well.
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy golden/beige color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of spices with some sweet malt and typical Belgian yeast. Taste is quite sweet with some dominating spices and a yeasty spicy finish. I didn’t think the Chouffe yeast came out as much as it did in their other beers. Body was above average with great carbonation and no alcohol was discernable.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle courtesy of Tim (IPFreely): Muddy brown with a medium sized off-white head. Rich fruity aroma full of brown sugar and toffee. A full bodied ale with big sweet malts. Hints of cinnamon and orange peels are present in the finish.
patrick767 (3714) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, 1996 vintage - I didn’t know what to expect from a bottle this old, but why not? Pours murky dark brown with almost no head at all. The aroma has caramel, dark fruits, and yeast. The sweet malts, fruit tones, and light spiciness blended in the flavor, but was rather mild and and definitely watery. As I feared, this bottle was well past its prime. While the taste was suggestive of a better beer, the age was just too much for it. I’m rating somewhat generously to try to allow for it, but still should try a newer bottle and rerate.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Tim for sharing. Deep ruby, off-white head. Nose is cocoa, caramel malt, fruits. Flavor is cocoa, caramel, yeast, cherry/strawberry.
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 Bottle 750 ml. La Chouffe Glass. Dark brown and almost black; but mahogeny when held to light. Carbonation came to the top of the bottle upon opening, but the body was surprisingly flat for a d’Achouffe beer. A little syrupy and sweet. Aroma of fruit and malt. Taste of malt, bitterness, and spice/pepperiness; without the expected complexity. Strong alcohol finish. I guess I should have let this age or perhaps my bottle was not representative of the beer. I will have to re-rate.
I let the beer sit for awhile and it really improved at room temperature. Much more expressive and bubbly.
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 Finalizing the annual series of brumal Belgians, N’Ice Chouffe was without a doubt the most gustatorily enjoyable and visually magnetic. Dark chestnut in color, its top was fluffed as a pillow, beige, and left behind thick foamy rings as it receded. The aroma was decidedly apt for the season, full of rich malts and spices, its structured complexity building upon a base of creamy milk chocolate and café au lait. Subtle notes of nutmeg, licorice, pepper and vanilla are revealed sequentially. As custard begins to take shape on the nose a combination of plum, fig and asparagus provides elegant and uncommon balance, a mature, exquisite profile. Chestnut reappears upon the taste buds this time, beside hazelnuts, artichoke, grapes and raisins. The palate, once more, inspires maturity with highlights of coffee, pepper, anise, cream and dried pear, a surprising stature I didn’t expect. The mouthfeel is smooth and opulent, with hints of malty bitterness and a long coffee finish. Those Belgian gnomes never cease to amaze me.