BitchPls (726) - FINLAND - DEC 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cola black, beige head. Very mild aroma of malts and yeast. A hint of sweetness, liquorice, even rye, roastiness, syrup. Very well balanced tastewise. Sweet yet dry. Goes well with ham.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 75cl bottle, the 2003 edition (no I couldn’t wait very long...)
Pours into the goblet a dark brown, almost pitch black with a thick tan head. Some dark reddish hints around the edges. Smells heavenly. Spicy and yeasty. Alcohol flavors but mixed in with orange peel aromas and sticky sweet malt aromas too. Very inviting.
My limited palate will not do this beer justice. Spicy and sweet. Orangey flavors, fruity. The fruity yeasty flavors meld wonderfully with the dried orange peel flavors and I am unable to descern where one ends and the other begins. The thyme mentioned on the bottle is evident in the background. The bottle also states that it is brewed with "alot of dark candy sugar" and they do not lie. Lots of sweet, sticky molasses-like flavors. Hints of brown sugar? Lots of sweet malty flavors that I can’t identify. Just know that they are good flavors.
Mouthfeel is sticky and the finish surprisingly bitter. Lots of those molasses tones stuck to the roof of your mouth. With all of this big flavor, very very drinkable. The perfect beer for a cold snowy evening. This beer only gets better as it warms. The bottle suggests 60 degrees. My cellar is close to 50 at this point but it warms beautifully.
Easily my favorite Chouffe beer. I just have to get some to cellar before this winter is over, I can only imagine how this would taste with a year or two under its belt.
swanmann (721) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 20, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Limited Edition 2008 - From the big bottle, this brew poured murky amber color with plenty of n’ice beige foam, lasting for days. The aroma is boozy and fruity, with apricots and definite herbaceous and bready notes. The flavor is intense and complex. It’s got all the sweet Belgian yeastiness you could want, with a bit of toffee as it warms and some sweet/sour fruit peeking through, maybe like a dark grape(?) I would say it’s got a medium finish with nice caramel and malt prevailing there. Has a very soft mouthfeel with well moderated carbonation. This is everything a Belgian should be! N’Ice work! (couldn’t help myself)
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very hazy brown color, almost no light coming through. Medium head with a decent amount of lacing. Roasted sweet malts, slightly bready and yeasty with hints of ripe fruits and banana bread. Has that really nice Belgian profile that so many other beers try to duplicate. Alcohol is well hidden, and only appears very slightly in the finish. This is good, I could drink this all the time!
Marstonlad (716) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours reddish dark brown with a medium-sized head with quite good retention; small layer of foam stays on top. The aroma contains sweet caramel maltiness and dark, plummy fruitiness with a touch of anise and yeast. Taste is medium sweet, displaying malty, spicy and fruity notes; raisin, caramel, fig and plum appear. Initially the emphasis is on sweet maltiness, later more on spiciness, especially anise; hoppiness stays low from start to finish. Alcohol looms as a warming presence in the background but does not affect the taste. The palate is medium to full bodied, fairly smooth and low in carbonation. Solid malty and spicy strong Belgian all in all.
gururyan (715) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottles, barely any head, not lively at all, dark amber brown, yeasty aroma...subtle hint of fruit. Very smooth, 10% well hidden. This is definitely making my Christmastime beer list.
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strap (715) - Sindelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown with a frothy tan head. nice aroma of winter spices. taste of caramel, cherry, brown sugar and cinnamon. nice and spicy. very warming. sweet and malty. good stuff.
ZodiacM (713) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Een heerlijk vol donkerbruin bier, zwaar, fris en zoet met een lichtbittere afdronk. Geur van mout en gedroogd fruit. Lekker!
odinstyr (712) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy dark red-brown with a trace of a tan head. Smells of plums, spices, toast. Taste is sweet and mildly bitter - fruity - cherry and plum, thyme, hint of spiciness, orange.
thellgren (711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.75 l bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki (Christmas collection). Colour is dark ruby red, clear. Head is OK. Taste is sweet combined light with some hops and more thoroughly with liquorice. This is nice and quite easy to drink which is deceptive since it’s high ABV.