N’ice Chouffe, 10% ABV, (Belgium) (listed in “1001 beers you have to taste before you die”)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, sugars, yeast, hops, thyme, curacao

My notes:
  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: bold caramel creaminess yet also spiced
  • Where I got it: Chateau Louis (EDM)
  • How much: $13 (after 5%) , June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours semi-dark cloudy brown with a fabulous thick creamy head, lots of slow moving CO2 streams. A very malty nose. Predominantlly caramel malts, mixed in is brown sugar, orange peel, thyme, and alcohol, with a heavy sweetness (9/10). Finishes alcoholic and med-light bitter. Medium complexity, high depth, good transitions, good carry, decent drinkability. I find this one the booziest of all the Chouffes, can’t say I would go for another.

Chouffe, (Belgium)

Verdict : 1st Place – La Chouffe, 2nd) Houblon 3rd) Mc Chouffe

1) Mc Chouffe, 8% ABV

My notes:

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I love it: malty rich
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4 , 330ml, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark root beer brown, small head ,sticky lacing, micro CO2, lots of active CO2 streams. Medium malts on the nose. Tastes of malted caramel, alcohol kicks in the mids, 8/10-level heavy sweetness, a bit of roastedness, mild cinnamon/nutmeg spices, cola, silky creamy mouthfeel, finishes rich deep bitter but also alcoholic. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. No wow-factor here; I prefer the La Chouffe or the Houblon.

2) La Chouffe, 8% ABV

My notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I love it: super smooth and crisp
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4 , 330ml, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours clear dark amber, almost no head, micro CO2. Minor malts on the nose. 7/10-level sweetness, alcoholic backdrop, sweet malts, honey, chamomile, orange, cinnamon, coriander, creamy mouthfeel, tingly CO2, clean finish with only traces of bitterness. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, great drinkability. Like the Houblon but without the long lingering bitter finish.

3) Houblon Chouffe – Dobbelen IPA tripel, 9% ABV

My notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I love it: smoothly crisp
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4 , 330ml, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours bright amber yellow, small head, micro CO2. Medium malts on the nose. Burst of 8/10-level sweetness up front, alcoholic malts, orange citrus, dry hops, pine, ends with a long lingering bitter finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. All-around solid tripel.