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RATINGS: 1375   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
A dark brown, fruity, lightly hoppy, sparkling, strong beer and is not pasteurized.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 2006; 750 bottle. Dark & spicy. Murky brown. Complex w/ layers. Alcohol is hidden yet tongue numbing. An awesome beer, & a must try, again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2007
ooh la lots of spice. some cinnamon and nutmeg with some white pepper and lemongrass, and a little molasses. lots of yeast and some lighter fruits-- lemon and orange with grapefruit and grapes. maybe some sour cherry. very tastey

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
Bottle, 75cl. Reddish brown colour with a large tan head. Sweet, yeasty & spicy aroma. Spicy taste with a warming alcohol level. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 cask from the rake. Deep ruby w/ thin off white head. Aroma of dried fruits, cherries, orange zest and hops. Taste of orange, roasted malt and yeast. Long hoppy finish with sublte spice and sweet malts. Good mouthfeel - full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Top chouffe!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - APR 5, 2007
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 750ml bottle 2006 edition. Pours a dark red tinged brown, with a fizzy one finger head that fades quickly to a thin swirling cap and ring. The lacing is very thin, and slides away almost immediately. Smell; the aroma is pretty subdued, so it’s a bit hard to pick anything out at first. The first aroma I can pick out once this warms up some, is the curacao. Then some of the sweet caramel malts, followed by the spices. Taste; the flavor is definitely more pronounced the the smell was. Very spicy up front, with a flavor I’m having a hard time figuring out, that must be the thyme. The curacao makes it’s presence felt with a bit of a bitter orange flavor, and then this finishes with some caramel and chocolate. Surprisingly the alcohhol does not show itself at all in the flavor. It’s only noticeable in the warming of my belly, and the slight difficulty I’m having in focusing with the bottle almost now finished Now that’s a different animal. This is like no other beer that I’ve had, and definitely one for a cold night, but overall this one is a bit overly spiced for my tastes. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a an almost dangerous drinkability with the 10% abv being nearly undetectable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2007
Hazy brown hue, with a fluffy beige head, leaving laces, yeasty, spicy nose of herbal thym, with a subtle provençal herb notes, with a fruity raisiny, an orangeish-curaçao accent, some toasted malts, sweet candy sugar, and a coriander aroma follows through a full-bodied palate with a crisp, yeasty, toasted malt character, with candy brown sugar, with some herbs spiciness, maybe thym, sweet curaçao, with a raisiny and plummy fruitiness, within a comforting warmthness mouthfeel from his 10%, leading towards a malty, fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (5214) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 7, 2007
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.

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