erickok (6037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2011 Sweetness of strawberry with an earthy bitterness. White frothy head with a dark red body. Not very sparkling (which explains the absence of a strong smell) and oily. Bitterness and sweetness are heavy but well balanced. An enjoyable beer, but a little disappointing given the other Chouffe’s.
Update: did a retry and was more happy this time around. Still find the ratings here too high, but the beer looked fine and gave more aroma this time aroud. ep2021 (29) - SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2012
very mild aroma of malts and yeast. pors murky dark brown with small white head. tast of dry fruit thyme and nuts. sweet vanilla and wood. nice for the style but i prefer the houblon chouffe. Vinegar92 (61) - Matera, ITALY - MAR 7, 2012
Ottima birra invernale, con un gusto carico che sazia le nostre fredde sere. Schiuma persistente, colore ambrato carico. Aroma ricco. E gusto che ci riempie di piacere! Buona! ;) RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2012
It does a great job of hiding the alcohol. The bottle I had was 5 years old. It is lightly effervescent and incredibly smooth. The body is medium and aroma was somewhat pungent but not truly distinctive of thyme or organs peel. I get hints of dry fruit and maybe some spice, but the palate isn’t incredibly nuanced. Beerheart65 (1503) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012 Murky brown, no head. Strong malty aroma has also sweet tacky caramel and ripe dark fruits, alcohol and some spices and herbs. Medium body, fizzy carbonation, alcohol warmly present, light but bit sticky feel, aromatic long finish. Overall works nicely on cold winter nights. Nuanced with good flavors.
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2012
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...
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Clear mahogany and dark cherry woods under a khaki head that is very airy and bubbly, more so than expected. Head fades into a bubbly collar surrounding a free-floating puddle of bubbles and foam. Swirls the same.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Curacao peel, generic orange peel, and thyme up front. Raisins and black cherries – sweet, meaty, juicy, and dipped in treacle. Silky caramelized sweetness. Rustic yet sweet. Essence of fruitcake without being saccharine. Leather and tannins in the middle. Chocolate red velvet cake. Port-soaked pumpernickel and fruity spicy merlot.
Medium and brisk – quick to flavor and quick to finish. Not as sweet as the nose indicated. Major rooty twiggy bitterness and dried orange peel in the back. Leathery tannins and thyme along the edges. Grapes, plums, and tart cherries in the middle. Overall silky mouthfeel is liquid grape and caramelized sweetness.
The palate was a bit underwhelming when held up to my expectations from savoring the nose of this winter offering from Brasserie d’Achouffe. I also found I enjoyed this crisp seasonal with a touch more chill than I would for some of the richer brews that come out when Old Man Winter reigns. But don’t take my word for it – find a bottle and give it a taste for yourself.
Bottle at Brick Store. Pours dark amber with thick tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and dark fruits. Taste of the same. Can taste the alcohol. Still good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Imaena (2328) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 13, 2012
Great beer that is perfect for a cold day with some nice braised meat or stew. SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Light aroma of herbs and roast. Dark and cloudy with a lingering head. Smooth on the palate. Malty roasted taste with a heavy dose of sweetness and some hops.