IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Pours a murky amber brown color, thin lifeless head. Somewhat yeasty nose, a little spicy, fruity as well. Flavor was a bit tart and tangy on the front with some odd fruity sweetness (apple, banana) coming on strong towards the end. Medium body, some alcohol present. Odd, but not all bad. sloth (2930) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Poured flat, murky brown color.. Cidery, oxydized nose. Sweet malt flavors. Medium body. Candy sugar, musty. Medium sweet finish. Flat, watery, fairly foul. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Cochonnette. Poured a hazy dark reddish brown with no head and some particles. Spicy, musty, and slight fruity aromas. Tastes like sour grapes with some spices. Flat body. This did not work for me at all. I have a 750ml bottle of this and am curious if it tastes as bad as this 11.2oz bottle. Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2004
Bottle of Cochonne. Amber w. small head. Sweet, dessert-wine, berries, musty/cellar-like, little fizzy, dry finish, complex. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Poured flat; no head, no lacing, with a murky reddish brown appearance. Spicy aroma, some fruit (tart apple), but could not detect the chicory mentioned in the commercial description. Medium-bodied, with a sweet malt presence but also a degree of sourness. High abv for a Belgian ale. Dry, acidic, spicy finish with a hint of pepper.
gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
NOTE: this review is for Cochonnette, NOT Cochonne, which are definitely two different beers brewed at this brewery, which I have visited. Cochonnette is brewed (or at least was brewed when I visited in August 2002) by Jean Luis’ daughter, who was a brewmaster-in-training at the time. Please fix the alias reference for Cochonnette. Anyway, my comments: Head: full rocky Belgian lace, disappearing rather quickly. Aroma: straw, some coriander, somewhat muted. Color: opaque caramel apple brown. Flavor: lambic sourness, granny smith apples, grape Jolly Rancher candy, mysterious yeasts. Body: malty, rich, yeasty. You need to like sour beers to appreciate this, but it its interesting, and the brewery is amazing. Highly recommend going on brew day last Saturday of the month -- try Jean Luis’ home made spent grain bread and home cured lox with local Belgian cheeses! Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Poured ligth orange with some minor head, aroma was yeasty and wine-like. That being said, it had some soapy-like sharp bitter taste to it and not bitter like a good bitter, bitter like sour..so it was sour. I can’t place the flavor but it was NOT something I cared for, kind of soap, kind of really bad wine kind of sour. Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2004
This is the worst Belgian I have ever had. Medicinal, acidic, unbalanced. I would give many American Standards higher ratings than this beer. brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2004
This was a different one. Pours coppery with lots of yeast. Tart, sour, maybe a bit old smelling. Some spices in the nose. Flavors of orange, grapes, and some roasted flavors. Good malt presence. This has a very grape wine quality about it. Overall, interesting flavors. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Mahogany, almost ruby pour. White reamy head with some lacing. Heavily spiced aromas, coriander. Earthy hops as well as floral. Figs. Malt flavor with a bread or biscuit to it. Spices here seem a bit more muted. More woody. Tangy and spicy throughout the palate, sticky body finishing spicy with some alcohol tones.