Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004: At first I didn’t like the Belgian yeastiness and fizzy carbonation, but as it has warmed and settled down a bit, I really enjoying it. It has a nice bronze/mahogony color with a rich/foamy brown/white head on it that lends its services throughout the whole experience. Aroma is mainly Belgian yeastiness with a little toffee and spice. Taste is bready and yeasty. the malt comes through nicely and has a good toffee flavor. The aftertaste is slightly bitter which a kind of don’t like in this. It’s very fizzy and medium to thin bodied. Good, but it’s just not my style.
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.
R2k2 (338) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice, ruby-red beer, and it has a fluffy, somewhat brown layer of foam. It has a hint of nutmeg and alcohol in the aroma. The taste is very complex, and it has an explosion of diversity and it not quite definable. The aftertaste is metallic-bitter, (umami), but doesn’t hold on for long.
Mooi, robijnrood bier, en de kraag is schuimig en lichtbruin. In het aroma toetsen van nootmuskaat en alcohol. Moeilijke smaak. Toetsen van fruit, chocolade, drop en een explosie van diversiteit en niet echt te definiëren. De nasmaak is enigszins metaalbitter, (umami), en blijft niet lang hangen.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle. One to be savored slowly. Overall, in the grand scheme of things, probably a middle of the road Belgian strong. But I happen to love Belgian strong, and this one was almost perfect in its complexity. Surprisingly light bodied for so much alcohol; Belgians do that best. Did not detect the spices or orange peel, but did detect a judicious amount of hopping. Aroma was mild, considering the style. Very tasty, and a grand winter warmer. Excellent example of a "special" Christmas seasonal.
jvhemert (333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (exp Sep 2013, opened Dec 2012)
AROMA:vanilla, resin, woody, cherries, cheese,
APPEARANCE: brown, clear, frothy, minimal head,
TASTE: medium sourness, medium bitterness,
PALATE: full body, oily feel, lively, astringent, bitter, long finish,
OVERALL: one of my favourites: beautiful balance of bitter and sour taste with a blend of vanilla and dark and dried fruit.
Burgers (333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown with a persistent creamy beige head. Aromas of apples, ginger and alcohol. Taste is elegant bitter and sweet. Smooth palate, fairly light, creamy and a delicate finish.
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap, pours brown/ ruby, with off white head, Aroma is spiced, yeast, dried fruits, prunes, raisins, light green apples, malty sweetness, rye, sour dough, feel is medium, Taste: spiced, sweet malts, raisins, dates, cloves, almost salty, coriander, earthy, herbal, chalky, some dryness,
oliodnb (329) - ITALY - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great winter beer, not too sweet and not to spiced (thyme and curacao). A classic.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2009
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap->fluted water glass: pours a thin white head that exhibits fair lacing atop a cloudy, dark amber body. Not much aroma. Spicy flavor, thin body, and a semi-bitter aftertaste. Drinkable, uncloying, but at the price of not being too unique.
EdwinLitzau (320) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Van de tap op de kerstmarkt van Luik, bij de chouffe kraam. Bruine kleur, weinig schuim. Bijzonder goed biertje!