sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2007
750 ml. "2006" bottle which unfortunately gushed upon opening. Dark brown pour with a quickly fading beige head. Bready and cakey malt aroma with nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and a bit of chocolate. Some yeast and alcohol wafting up now and then. Flavor of spiced cake, with an underlying raisiny tanginess at first, which settles into a warming caramel character with notes of vanilla, candied peel, baking spices and a touch of pepper at the end. Pretty good Xmas brew. Cool painted bottle. MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2014
Backlog. Bottle bought from Systembolaget as a part of their winter-releases. Caramel and butterscotch brown sugar and a hint of herbs. Inoven (862) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2016
Donkerbruin bier met stevige beige schuimkraag die lang staat. Aroma is moutig. Smaak is caramelachtig van de gebrande mout, en zoet. Je proeft een stevig, zwaar bier. Weinig nasmaak. mikeyo1 (855) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle @ home, aged 2 years. Hazy reddish brown color with some floating yeast. Off-white medium head, foamy, large bubbles and a creamy taste. Nose is sweet of caramel with some dough & bread character. Nice balanced fruitiness of raspberries and pear. There’s also pepper and wine gums. Soft velvet-smooth medium mouth feel with moderate carbonation with is really satisfactory but somewhat tiny considering the the ABV. Sweet caramel taste with some ample butterscotch, pear and dark fruits. Some sharp higher alcohols. Finishes sweet with balanced orange influenced bitterness and a lingering faint note of vanilla sugar. vincentvega72 (854) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2016
Donkerrood bier met witte schuimkraag die snel wegebt. Aroma van speculaas, peperkoek, kruidnagel, beetje anijs. Redelijk kruidige smaak, beetje moutig. Warme afdronk. Lekker winterbier.
Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - JAN 23, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2015 Color mogano leggermente nebuloso con un soffice velo di schiuma beige poco persistente. Aroma nocciolato, speziato e caramellato; gusto dolciastro con note di toffee, zucchero abbrustolito, lievito e un finale più amarognolo e debolmente luppolato. Corpo medio-lieve, abv poco percepibile, effervescenza vivace (anche troppo), discretamente bilanciata. Una buona birra invernale che necessiterebbe di un pizzico di intensità in più. Blom (848) - Sorø, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2008
Dark brown with a low head. Sweet and spciy aroma of cinnamon and toffee. Lots of herbs in the flavour with notes of prunes and some coriander. Has a creamy palette and a lingering finish. DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Thanks to eyedrinkale for this ridiculously old 1996 version at the welcome visitors gathering at obriens. The pour was dark brown murky red color with relatively no head and no lacing to speak of. The aroma was completety and utterly funky...barnyard, leather, lemon, tartness and sourness.. complete funkiness! Then what in the holy hell happened when I tasted it...naturally not ONE single thing I found in the aroma was present in the flavor...in fact this could be one of the worst 180’s ive ever seen between the nose and the flavor. This tasted JUST like iced tea...wtf??? Sweet maltiness, some peach and yeast with a ginger shot...but just like iced tea...i swear it was the strangest thing ever! Slightly sour finish..medium bodied. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2005
achouffe of course has it’s cartoon mascots-- a series of not-very-cute hunchbacked dwarfish beings that appear on their labels. these belgian equivalents of leprechauns have red-tipped pinnochio noses suggesting either that they brawl a lot or that they’ve been out tapping on trees like woodpeckers. whatever their proclivities, here the pointy-nosed and red-capped gnome-lings at chouffe have much more sensitively created in the ’04 N’ice a sweet confection for the palettes of big people. by using burdens of belgian candy sugar that would bend the backs of camels-- and flavors lovingly coaxed from cookie-baked malts, one tastes the likenesses of dried fruits and fudge that would attempt to beguile and seduce both young people and hungry honey badgers. yet, those delicacies are held aloft from the innocent by the inclusion of white-hot levels of alcohol. in packaging, achouffe utilizes double-strength kevlar-coated bottle caps and champagne-grade bottles to contain the stallion instincts of it’s potent brews, and so when i opened mine, it’s pent up foam soared like a saturn five in an appetency to burst forth and to sizzle in a snifter-- and then, like a delicately coifed poodle, to be duly admired. it’s color melds yellows and baked-on browns with floaties and burnt plum tones like the bottom of a well-used crepe pan. the foam is a classic of belgian lace: it’s firm cushion of butternut micro-bubbles could be injected into walls for scandanavian grade insulation. aroma is of strawberries, baked apples and baker’s yeast, orange and maple, mint and well-steeped darjeeling chai leaves. the power of suggestion puts thyme into the mixture, but among the green-leafed herbs i’d guess tarragon and sage instead. the carbonation is fiery on first blush, but calms quickly. full-bodied with watery feel, zesty bitterness, sweetness diminishing and alcoholic effect increasing. consumed alone, after a big bottle i found that my left eye could monitor all things on the far right, while my right independently covered appoaches from the peripheral left-- while my mind took up blissful repose in the dreamy center.
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Dark Ruby Brown pour from bottle, Small tan head. Dark fruit nose with some hops. Candied and spicy mix of brown sugar, fruits and spices. Complex mix of flavors, some black pepper and a little burn in the taste and finish. Smooth.