HopsMonger16 (1) - - DEC 6, 2016 does not count
Superb beer, warming, just what you need on a cold night in Lille.
Flavour & after taste goes on and on.
A rival to Chimay Blue. MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Pours an almost Cola like color with an offwhite head which disappates but still laces nicely. Malt and yeast aromas abound. Initial sparkly attack which fades to a nice malty/sweet finish with a long aftertaste. Very nice beer. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
From a 75cl bottle, the 2003 edition (no I couldn’t wait very long...)
Pours into the goblet a dark brown, almost pitch black with a thick tan head. Some dark reddish hints around the edges. Smells heavenly. Spicy and yeasty. Alcohol flavors but mixed in with orange peel aromas and sticky sweet malt aromas too. Very inviting.
My limited palate will not do this beer justice. Spicy and sweet. Orangey flavors, fruity. The fruity yeasty flavors meld wonderfully with the dried orange peel flavors and I am unable to descern where one ends and the other begins. The thyme mentioned on the bottle is evident in the background. The bottle also states that it is brewed with "alot of dark candy sugar" and they do not lie. Lots of sweet, sticky molasses-like flavors. Hints of brown sugar? Lots of sweet malty flavors that I can’t identify. Just know that they are good flavors.
Mouthfeel is sticky and the finish surprisingly bitter. Lots of those molasses tones stuck to the roof of your mouth. With all of this big flavor, very very drinkable. The perfect beer for a cold snowy evening. This beer only gets better as it warms. The bottle suggests 60 degrees. My cellar is close to 50 at this point but it warms beautifully.
Easily my favorite Chouffe beer. I just have to get some to cellar before this winter is over, I can only imagine how this would taste with a year or two under its belt. lbecker (43) - Brookline, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Floral, ginger, butterscotch, alcohol. Remarkable for the palate. Aftertaste kind of sweet and spicy. Mrnoluv (353) - long beach, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
My favorite all time, perfect roast/blend of flavors. I tend to like my beers with more kick, stronger ABV content, but this one with it’s 10% is more than enough. I will say if you get this beer the perfect temp, it tastes even better! This is the one for me, if you like strong Belgians, it’s a must.
uhljoseph (66) - TAMPA, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Dark and fruity. Delicious Christmas beer. Very nice spice.
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Dark red pour, small whitish head. Clean aroma. Great taste balance between sour, sweet. Dark fruit flavor. Excellent. Lowalisa (17) - Speedway, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2013
This is my new favorite winter beer. It pours a lovely oily brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet, malty and yeasty. Taste is dark fruit, figs, wheat bread with a very slight bitter aftertaste. A slight hint of spices makes this more of a holiday beer. The texture is pure velvet. This beer is heaven. talnidam10 (2) - Yavne, ISRAEL - MAY 3, 2015 does not count
Strong tasty wonderful aromed beer very tasteful and the best from this particular brewery gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2008 On tap at The Wellington, Hull, UK, also from bottle.
Excellent beer, pours deep dark brown/black with a big tan head. Smell is good belgian yeast, hops, alcohol and spice. Taste is wonderful hops, dark spices, sweet raiseny fruits and a warming lightly alcoholic finish. Even better on tap.
Dangerously drinkable, great xmas beer!