KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight ruby hue and an almost average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that reduced slightly, but did last throughout producing excellent sheeting of lace.
The aroma was on the lighter side with a dark bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of caramel and dark fruit (raisons, plums and figs).
The taste was very malty with a nice caramel sweetness from the onset, and then had a mildly sweet hint of dark fruit and a nice bold yeast presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow with the creamy, fruity taste slowly fading into the background.
Mouthfeel was a few steps below medium in body and rather creamy in texture with a nice mellow carbonation.
Overall this was a smooth, creamy and easy to drink Strong Ale that does a great job of concealing the high ABV. Watch out this one, it could be dangerous...
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured dark brown with a tan head that goes quickly to lace aromas of sweet fruit holiday spices and bread .Nice creamy moderately full mouth feel .sweet malts and candies as well as flavors of orange , spices and hops that help calm the sweetness Another wonderful brew from Chouffe
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark in color with giant tan head like 4 to 5 inches of head that sticks to the glass.Aromas of malts,sugar,caramel and yeast. A little sweeter then I like but very good never the less.Flavor is rich and malty could have as a dessert.
ddemmingjr (798) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Michael Symon’s Bspot. Poured dark, clear amber with minimal. Off white head. Belgian yeast, orange, herbal spice, caramel malts on the nose. More of the same once you take a sip. Sweet, light and fluffy. Distinct. D’Chouffe characteristics with more body.Balanced and aptly named.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3oz tasting from Davis Beer Shoppe. Lighter bodied beer with the dark fruits dominating . Honestly nothing special about it, not very memorable.
guzgorog (797) - FRANCE - FEB 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brune, légère mousse s’effaçant très vite. Nez gourmand, gateau, fruits rouges, alcool, vin rouge. Bouche liqueur, alcool, raisin, caramel, épices, poivre. Forte, assez complexe, proche d’une qudruple, avec le côté épicé d’une bière de noël : bien.
BitchPls (794) - 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.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 750 Bottle: OK, I expected a real cork in this, oh well. Pours with lively carbonation and a pillowy head; spicy orange-citrusy nose, yeasty and musty notes; sweet, fruity front end with molassas/brown sugar, cola, and dark fruits (dates and raisins); I’m not catching any of the thyme in this; thinning hot alcoholic tinge, tingly carbonation, curacao bitters, and dryish finishing palate seem to balance the potentially cloying sweetness and cut the syrupy body; my hangover is now officially gone after drinking this.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Described as a barley wine on tap at Old Bay, though I knew it was an from the Chouffe family. A wonderful winter beer that is a delight to enjoy over an hour. Had it in late May outside, though it was only about 50 degrees so I guess it felt like Winter enough. Alcohol is very present, though it is pleasant and easy to drink. Very fruity and wonderful.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This strong ale pours a clear, deep, reddish brown color with a big, long lasting, off-white head. The aroma is very spicy and yeasty, with hints of herbs, yeast, malts, and oranges. It has a medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is tremendous, with lots of spices and yeast. Oranges, plums, and raisons all burst forth in the flavor. The finish is spicy and full of dark fruits as well. The head is lasting the entire glass and leaving nice lace. Wow! What a beer! I think this is my favorite Chouffe beer so far. Wonderfully complex, spicy, and just damn tasty.