Cherry Chouffe

Well … it is what it is. Various shades of red in the body that range between dark burgandy to alarmingly red, depending on the way that the light hits the beer. The moderate head is slightly pink - again dependent upon the light source - and it leaves some decent lace. Nose has plenty of cherry notes, not too strong. It’s sweet, but honestly not too sweet. It threatens, but then backs off. As long as you want that strong cherry taste, and you don’t mind the sweetness, then this is a ‘beer’...

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Updated notes, 03/30/2022 Sixteen years between these notes! Wow. The bottle pictured is from the latest tasting, and you’ll see that the name has been simplified to Houblon Chouffe these days. I’m not sure when that happened, but it makes sense because the original name (referring to three types of hop), had the confusion of the word ‘Triple’ in the name. Over the years the style has grown on me, but if I’m completely honest I’m just as happy keeping traditional Belgian styles and IPAs in...

McChouffe

Typical Belgian Dubbel appearance, with that rathy nasty, dirty dishwater, muddy brown color. Small head and some lacing, but not much. Fruity alcohol in the nose. Some dry, yeasty alcohol up front and of course lots of candied sugar. Not much of the Scotch Ale influence, rather a weakish, thin Belgian dark ale that somewhat disappointed me.

N’Ice Chouffe

2004 Vintage. Dark brown pour, but not so deep that a real deep mahogany type body was evident, with nice spotty lacing on the surface of the beer and on the glass. A lot of malt and spice in the aroma. Detected some orange peel (as advertised), but the others were more difficult to detect and definitely not as deep and rich as some other Belgians of the same ilk - a little more reserved here, with the emphasis on the spice rather than the fruit. Bitter, dry finish with a OK mouthfeel, but...

La Chouffe

Pale orange and some chill haze adds to the cloudiness of the pour. A thin but persistent head is present with some mild, fluffy lacing. Aroma displays Belgian yeast character. I didn't notice much of the spice that is advertised, but there is a little hint of cloves(?) and some orange. A nice, solid pale Belgian with a decent kick too. Quite ordinary for a quality beer, but goes down well. This was very expensive ($9.90 for a small bottle - yes I was shafted) and there are a multitude of...