Formerly brewed at BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Saignelégier, Switzerland


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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
An amber ale brewed with cocoa (powder). Subtle flavours of Swiss cocoa, with fruity noble hops (Challenger).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (20222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2008 <i>2008-11-21, courtesy of Phiippe &&#35;40;Bov&&#35;41;, brewed Nov 2005, 3 years old, 7-5-9-5-17=43</i>
How is it possible? There were 2cm of brown scum under the cap, looking like tapenade. The carbonation is controlled, slowly some foam starts arising from the neck. It pours a cloudy red to dark amber color, the head, creamy, is thin but persistent. Aroma of caramel, light yeast and very light vegetables &&#35;40;carob&&#35;41;. It has a good body, with a very good caramel and malt flavor, darker sugars too mix with the hop to create a strong bitterness; dark chocolate and very light liquorice too, with a touch of yeast. Quite Belgian character. Very well brewed, and excellent to drink.

<i>2007-11-02, Papsoe Blind Tasting, brewed Nov 2005, 2 years old, 6-3-7-3-13=32</i>
Hazy orange-amber color. The aroma is malty, sour and woody. Good body strength, some dry malt flavor, woody astringency. Good bitterness level. Strange…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (6055) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Deep amber coloured body with a very thin and fast-dying just off-white head. Aroma of light spices, chocolate, roasted malt, pit fruits and a very light and floral hoppiness. Medium-bodied; Pungent chocolate and deep roasty flavours with a thinnish bodied finish showing earthier malts and bits of prunes and raisins. Aftertaste shows hints of light spices, a touch of the chocolate and just a mild earthy flavour and the slightest note of sour yeast. Overall, a decent beer, but I was expecting more, especially with the body of the beer. I sampled this 33 cL swing top bottle, purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 13-July-2013 for US$7.00 sampled at home in Washington in celebration of finishing the USMC Marathon on 27-October-2013.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (13303) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2013
33 cL swingtop bottle from Greenville Beer Exchange. Looks like this is six years old, but I haven’t had it nearly that long. Pours a hazy amber-brown color with no head. Tart aroma, yeast and earthy. The taste is tart lemon, cocoa, citrus, earth, herbal finish. Thin bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottled in 2008.
Appearance: The body is an ugly murky brown with only a thin light tan head that has poor retention, but settles into a light coating with a firm ring.
Aroma: The aroma hints at cocoa, but also at nail polish with hints of vinegar, perhaps a bit of pee aroma. The aroma is mild, not too appealing either.
Taste: The intro hints at cocoa but quickly gives way to a watery mid taste that transitions softly into a very light sour on the finish with hints of vinegar. Cocoa powder sits on the tongue after the sip, though it’s mild.
Palate: Watery with a light fizz.
Overall: This is a beer that is simply past its prime. This should have never been aged near this long. This has become watery and unenjoyable. Pass on this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle. 2007. Heavy amber in color, pure white head. Aroma is fruity and complex. Flavor notes of ripe fruits, cocoa, and citrus hop. There is a bit of a sour note, the finish is resinous. I really enjoyed this beer and think that a few years in the cellar were very kind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3690) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle shared by Darrell. Woot! The beer appears orange to ruby in color, with a half inch of tan head that leaves some decent lacing on the tulip glass. The aroma offers light funk, cherries, malt, bread, fruit. Spices assert themselves more in the flavor than in the aroma. Tart cherries, spice, very mild funk. Not sour at all. A bit bland and light in the mouthfeel. Moderately low carbonation and really easy drinking. While this is not incredible, I don’t comprehend the low review average. Enjoyable and tasty, though conservative. Worth a try. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-18-2011

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Murky brown pour with no head. Only slight visible carbonation. Aroma was was fruity with plenty of sour notes, vinegary, grape bubblegum. Flavors were somewhat sweet, tart, good bit of grape, the cocoa was hard to pick up on, didn't notice it. Thin mouthfeel, a bit watery with very light carbonation. Pretty enjoyable overall although I will forget about it tomorrow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (3166) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Pours a orange copper color with a no visible head... Aromas are herbal, sour plum and a touch of oaky cider vinegar. The flavors are pretty true to the aromas with a nice tart flavor and just the subtle background of cocoa and funky earth on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4373) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2012
I get only a slight hoppy aroma off this, but huge floral notes in the taste. Pours amber and mostly clear with a minimal head. Hints of apple in the drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Pours hazed gold with chunkies. Aroma of dark fruit, light tart fruit, sweaty funk. Taste has the same light funk with some herbal hop and fruity esters. I didn’t pick up on the cocoa until I read the label more closely and was then able to pick it out very slightly. Medium light body and carbonation. Fairly dry, light tart finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9926) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2011
750 ml bottle at The Lion’s Pride, shared with my wife. Tried to share it with the bartender too, but he politely declined. 2008 vintage. Pours a clear brownish-amber with some spots of sediment and a small off-white head. Aroma of cocoa, funk, oak, overripe plums, apples, allspice, and deep herbal notes. Flavor of toast, spices, cocoa, mixed fruit, caramel malts, pepper, and apple cider. Some light sour funk starts to set in after a while. Almost some vegetal character in there as well. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Very complex and interesting.

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