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RATINGS: 1354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2003
2002 edition: Spices come out very nicely in the aroma - orange peel and thyme (I just happen to be using thyme for my Christmas roast, otherwise I might not have been able to pick it out). There is also a slight hop aroma, actually slightly skunked (green bottle), but this dissipated quickly. Bottle gushed, poured a nice brown color, pretty good head retention. Flavor is sweet at first, malty with a good dose of spices, and finished with a mild hop bitterness. Smooth medium body, high carbonation at first but calmed down pretty quickly. Not sure I like the orange peel-thyme combination, but they were definitely successful in hilighting these flavors in the beer. Overall the beer is nicely balanced and a pretty good Christmas Belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Lots of alcohol is the first thing i noticed. Kinda leaves you in the finish feelin kinda like you took some liquor on the rocks. Other than that, it is matly sweet and yeasty. Honestly not really feelin this one. Just not really balanced and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - DEC 20, 2008
75 cl bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a nice foamy head leaving lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicey, yeasty, a bit of sugar, toffee and dried fruits. Flavour is sweet malt with notes of toffee and that typical belgian yeast. Spices, some warming alcohol. Medium to fullbodied, high carbonation. It is quite drinkable even though the alcohol is noticable. It probably needs a year to reach its full capacity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
Dark brown with a huge off-white head. Aroma is very sweet malty with light esters. Flavour is sweet and malty with notes of caramell, nuts, sweet fruit and bright esters. Very drinkable for the abv but a bit too one-dimensional and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2007
"06 bottle. Pours mahogany with a small bubbly tan head. Pleasant, although light, aroma of orange zest, a bit of raisin, just a hint of alcohol, and an earthy/spicy overtone. Flavor is much richer and maltier than expected. A bit of creamy milk chocolate right up front that leads into raisin and candied plum notes, as well as just a hint of blackberries. Just enough earthy spices throughout, and a very nice undertone of orange juice/zest and dark candy sugar make a fairly strong appearance towards the finish. Palate is full, creamy, a bit spicy, and just a little alcoholic. Well balanced and unique, kind of reminds me of fantome de noel, only much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kosmokrator (517) - ITALY - JAN 23, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2014 Color mogano leggermente nebuloso con un soffice velo di schiuma beige poco persistente. Aroma nocciolato, speziato e caramellato; gusto dolciastro con note di toffee, zucchero abbrustolito, lievito e un finale più amarognolo e debolmente luppolato. Corpo medio-lieve, abv poco percepibile, effervescenza vivace (anche troppo), discretamente bilanciata. Una buona birra invernale che necessiterebbe di un pizzico di intensità in più.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cerbier (514) - - JAN 2, 2015
0,3l Flasche. Dunkelbraunes Bier. Riecht nach Röstmalzen und trockenen früchten, schmeckt auch so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dexcansino (511) - Andalucía, SPAIN - DEC 8, 2012
Cerveza color marrón oscuro y cristalino. La espuma desaparece rápidamente. Alta graduación que no se percibe en el sabor. Sabor a frutas maduras, castaña y miel de caña. Mejor a medida que se va poniendo a temperatura ambiente.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (510) - GERMANY - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle from Bierhuis Ghent. Deep brown, slightly red ember color, thin head which vanishes fast. Aromas of malt, red fruits, not too intense. Sweet spices, chocolate, malt, pepper, going together very well. Interessting for La Chouffe, reminds me of the typical belgium witbier, this one is very dark, with intense malts till the very end. Taste doesn’t linger too long, carbonation leads to a well balanced taste. Nice fruity, spicy brown character, with a complex but not overwhelming taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
azzie (510) - - APR 15, 2014
Mahogany color, hazy liquid. Full body. Medium sweetness, aroma of caramel and fruits. Very drinkable. Good one.

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