rudolf (2343) - 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.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured from a 750ml bomber into a snifter, Ltd. Ed. 2005 vintage
A: pours a beautiful, murky brown with a lovely light brown head, lasts a good little bit and laces mildly. This looks like I want to pour it over some vanilla ice cream.
S: Yum, a solid mixture of a flowery and roasted molasses smell wafts out of the glass. Additional inhales detect some nice citrus flavorings hidden in there.
T: My lord, I’m not sure if I’ve experienced such complex flavorings right out of the gate before. Describing this as simply malted sweetness would be not doing the brewer justice. It’s more of a wide array of darker fruits like raisins, the slight tartness of green apples and a delicious lingering butterscotch finish.
M: definitely featuring some fizzy carbonation and a velvety smoothness that gives way to a slight alcohol feel on the swallow.
D: for a 10% ABV strong ale, this is remarkably drinkable, I took my sweet time with it and enjoyed over the course of 60-90 minutes. I’d definitely buy this beer again.
ekstedt (5978) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 Draught at Bishops Arms, Avenyn, Göteborg, Sweden. Pours dark brown with a thick off-white head. Very sweet and complex malty aroma, with dried fruits, chocolate, and some spiciness, alcohol is clearly present but not assertive. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, a bit to sweet although there is a typical belgian dry edge.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep amber color. Murky. Light tan bubbly head. Nice spice, malt, earth and sweetness in the aroma. Taste is of orange, spice, hard candy, malts and light hops. Creamy and sweet, but light and carbonated. Finish is dry off the bat, but the lingering on the palate is creamy and sweet on the tongue. That earthy aroma I was talking about earlier must be the thyme. Glad it didn’t overtake the beer. Very unique, but could only drink it every so often.
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cc bottle. Beautiful mahogany color and a huge, nice head. The aroma has sweetness and spicy notes and the flavour is complex, but I find spice, resin and malt. A special, but nice beer.
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - JAN 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 edition. pour cloudy amber with off white head, the aroma is plume and toffee with a hint of alcohool. medium bodied, the flavor is sweet and malty, finishes dry.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006- Pours dark brownish amber w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Aroma of dark belgian rock candy. Medium nectar w/ mellow residual effers creates a soft creamy texture. Sweet yet refined and balanced. Flavors of dried fruit rollup w/ spices. Cherry, plumb, cocoa, melon, moscato grapes, bubblegum dust, bark, molases, The finish is finely bittered just enough to allow the moderate sweetness to linger. Not cloying. No medicine or cherry caughdrop. Very pleasant. Highly recommended.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown with a thick off-white head. Raisins, grapes, and spice make up the aroma. Light but creamy mouthfeel. Sweet wine, banana, spice, and caramel malt dominate the palate. Orange peel, hops, and alcohol bring up the rear and stay with you. Good balance, good beer.