SHIG (3840) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 26, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a reddish brown amber with a fast dissapating white head. Rich leafy nut aroma. Sour tea like flavor with very soft hint of nuts.
OldMrCrow (2079) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a light amber with a modest head and some floating particles. The aroma is skunky hops; this one smells lightstruck and has the taste to match. Other than the skunkiness, the beer is reasonable -- gently sweet, an interesting whisper of chestnut, attractive understated spices, gentle grassy hops rounding the thing out. But the skuniness ruins it; it tastes like this has been mixed with MGD or some such. The mouthfeel is also rather quite weak; it comes off as watery.
This one grew on me slightly after my negative reaction to the aroma and first sip, but not enough to make it a beer that I would go out of my way to try again.
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is remarkable ’un-french’. A rating that I am sure some, who have been forced to drink 1664 in a local braserrie, can apprecaiate. The nutty hint in the aroma and the aftertaste give this beer a unique and thoroughly enjoyable signature. Cheers.
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber colored pour with medium sized head. Sweet malty aroma with a slightly sweet smoky finish. I was pleasantly surprised with this. Pretty good.
DruncanVeasey (7423) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thick syrupy amber with a sweet malty nose. Nutty vegetable malt flavour finishing with an unsubtle chemical bitterness. A surprisingly hefty dose of booze. Wouldn’t bat an eyelid if you told me this was actually a second rate Tripel of 8 or 9 %. But considering it advertises itself as ’chesnut beer’, I was anticipating a little more....well, chesnutiness. Oh well. Back to the bottle-shop.
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle from Waitrose. Enjoyed with brie and a bit of chive as recommended by Waitrose’s own beer researcher. Light gold in colour with thin off white head. Minimal lacing. Smells like the bastard child of a lager and a Belgian blonde. Who knew this marriage would work? Can definitely taste the chestnuts with a smokey, spicy edge. Thin body, mild carbonation. More worthy of the title ’fine lager’ than is Kasteel Cru!
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A Mes rate: Bottle from Waitrose. Not bad to sniff at. You can tell the chestnuts are in there. Gives it a nice smokey hint. The smoke is in the flavour too. Malty and slightly sweet but it is generally pretty lifeless and one dimensional. Reasonable novelty toke though.
yngwie (14764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Golden beer with no carbonation and a small head. Weak aroma of malt and nuts with some roasted notes. Malty flavor, with nuts and some hops and burnt malt. Medium body and a dry finish. Most of all it’s boring, but at least it is not a bad beer. (060720)
gunnfryd (11913) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, Dark golden colour with a white head. Aroma is chestnut and malt. Flavour is chestnut and malt.
Fin (8106) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle picked up from Waitrose, Witney 10th July 2006. Amber in colour, bit too fizzy didn’t really detect the chesnuts at all either in the aroma or taste. Pleasant enough but a bit too sweet and malty really.