Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Pours a red/orange color with a huge white head that lasts forever. Good lacing. Light herb aroma with hints of bread and pear. Flavor consists of honey sweetness, cinnamon, mild hop bitterness, a strong belgian style yeast presence and an herbal finish. It’s absolutely wonderful. I would never in a million years have guessed that this was a Brooklyn beer. Fantastic. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2007 On tap in the home kegerator...
Per the tag around the sixtel neck, this is 7.5% abv.
Appears a hazy, glow of orange with a 3 finger, creamy white cap that slowly fades away into a generous film that never leaves. Tons of lacing is ringed like sticky sea foam around the glass.
A few small spice particles rest in the bottom of the glass.
Smell is of the signature earth-noted Chouffe yeast, along with some notes of honey, underripened bananas, bubblegum, candi sugar, apples, spice, and flowers with a dash of cinnamon. I’m not getting any of the thyme aromas that was added during the brewing of this treat. In fact, it reminds me very much of La Chouffe, itself.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas perhaps toned down a little bit with a yeasty dryness coming through nicely.
Mouthfeel is carbonated lightly, yeasty, medium bodied, and fruity with bitterness catching the swallow via the yeast, spices, and hops.
A well done brew. slabonator (29) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2007
I tried this draught at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC. I am fond of Garrett Oliver’s beers and his writing. This beer did not disappoint. Nice coper color with a fruity, yeasty spicy nose. The mouthfeel was well carbonated, spicy sweet with a soft finish. Nice Belgian yeasty notes. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Tap at Bar Great Harry. Fantastic beer. Huge, beautiful head. Perfectly dry, doughy aroma, lots of yeast, wheat and spice. Deeply complex and invitin4g. Flavor has a lovely hop, wheaty crunchiness and a light tart. Lively body, with nice caramel notes. Super slick Belgian. Superb. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
5th Richmond Gathering, on tap at Capital Alehouse, downtown location. Happy to get to try this. Medium clear amber, decent head. Slight spice and cardamom pod aroma. Flavor was rather spicy, with a good bit of dried coriander wandering around an undefined fruity malt backbone. I suppose the thyme struck me as coriander for some reason. In any case, this was nice.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 27, 2007
On tap at Willimantic Brewing. Slightly hazy amber with a white head. Great lace! Spicy sweet nose, fruity, yeasty and a touch of dust. Light to medium body, soft but lively mouthfeel. My friend and I could not figure out what the spice we were tasting was, and I now see thyme was used. Guess that was it! Cinnamon and nutmeg notes. I liked this very much! ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2007
Amber colour with a dense off white head. Sweet malty aroma with spicy and fruity notes and only hints of the yeast. Malty, light spicy flavor with fruity and hoppy notes. Light dry and sweet finish. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Draft at fest. Nice and smooth. Sweet and fruity with a nice body. A little hope and bitter balance it out nicely. Very good. shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2007
I have been waiting for months to try this stuff. It was supposed to be available on tap at Party Town for purchase in growlers and/or 1L flip-tops, but apparently Dilly Deli managed to steal their shipment! Regardless, Dilly Deli put this on tap sometime in the last few days, so I had no option but to head over there today after work to have a couple pints of it...
Brooklyn Cuvee dAchouffe is a vibrant, cloudy orange color with a creamy beige/light ivory colored head. Head retention was excellent as there was also a creamy crown on top. The carbonation level was mild to moderate. At first smell, the aroma was extremely sweet and fruity like pineapple. However, it seemed to mellow out some as it had a chance to breathe some and became a little less sweet (still fairly sweet overall) with hints of wheat-like malt, citrus/orange, a touch of yeast, and a soft earthy/herbiness. The flavor mimicked the aroma in most regards, with a slight hoppy bitterness coming through just before the finish. The flavor also had a certain, yet subtle, herb/spiciness to it that must have been from the infusion of the orangic Spanish thyme (it isn’t distinct enought to identify exactly what it is without reading the description). The finish had a nice, rye-like dryness to it. I would say this this beer has a slightly heavy mouthfeel and is pretty smooth on the palate. Overall I think that is a nicely constructed Belgian and is very well balanced between the sweetness, bitterness, and spiciness. I really enjoyed this beer and feel very fortunate to have had a chance to try it. I have always enjoyed the Brooklyn brews and think that their "Brewmaster’s Reserve" beers such as this one and Brooklyn Blast! really highlight their superb brewing capabilites. I look forward to their future "Brewmaster’s Reserve" offerings... bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Draft at Dilly Deli in Mariemont - Cincinnati. Very pleasant, drinkable brew with a full body. Sweet fruit flavor and a warming effect. A great brew for the weather we are currently experiencing.