weird brewery, crafty like the knives .. . maple and gangrene aromas .. . medium headring .. . decent in the mouth .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dlpCTGBvg0 .. light sour and odd sweetness .. . oh shit, here come the handbags .. enjoyable but a bit out there ...
Sampled on 11/29/2008.This spiced ale pours a reddish amber color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head with nice retention and good lacing. The aroma is tart, cheery, chocolate and oak. A medium bodied ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy and floral. Lots of ‘unexpected’ tartness and funk, especially for an “amber ale brewed with cocoa powder”. Lots of funk and tartness, but also some nice malt sweetness. There are some interesting spicing going on as well. Lively carbonation. The cocoa powder is pretty mutted by everything else. Nice tart dry finish. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly tart and funky.
The aroma is caramel, vinegar, sour cherries, and other dark fruits. The appearance is a murky brown color with an off white head. The flavor is rather sour with a dose of vinegar present. The flavor contains nutmeg, sour cherries, and caramel. The finish is sour as expected. Overall a nice beer.
Sampled at the North Park Belgian Beer Party at my house on 3-29-08. Pours wtih a cloudy, brown body topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing left on the glass. It’s slightly sour and tart with a nice vinious note. Not much else to it, but, it was good. Light bodied, dry and crisp
Topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, lightly brown tinged, but mostly tan colored head. The beer is a hazy, ruddy, darkish amber color, but shows a hazy, reddish hued, amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is quit fruity smelling; notes of tart plum, berries and ripe apples are each distinctly noticeable. There is an interesting spice note here that is soft, but noticeable with a touch of ginger and some notes of lemon pepper. The end of the aroma has a toasty malt character and a certain musty, overripe fruit, woody, nuttiness.
Tart, quite dry and somehow light bodied despite a creamy mouthfeel. The beer is fairly well carbonated, but the viscousness of the beer seems to mitigate the ample carbonation quite well. The finish is lightly bittered from hops, but also has a dusty, light cocoa note to it and a bit of toasty grain character. Really though this beer is quite tart, this really accentuates a fruit character that reminds me of sour, ripe plums, a touch of tamarind and a touch of sour melon. Somehow, even though this is quite dry, this has a rich, caramelized, chewy middle to it, or at least something is contributing a similar richness.
This is quite an interesting beer, the cocoa is definitely quite subtle (if noticeable at all), but I really like the sourness that has taken hold in this beer. The sourness makes this quite light and drinkable, though it still has that certain viscous fullness to it. This is perhaps a touch one dimensional because of the dominant tartness, but the sourness is not overwhelming and I really like what it adds here.
Bottle from SL. The pour was amber, hazy to cloudy, little bit of sediment at the bottom, generous head, although not too hard to work with. Retention was ok, lacing ok too. The aroma was funky apples, caramel, light spices. The flavor was much the same, fruity acidity to it, though, some citrus notes, a touch of brown sugar. Mouthfeel was acidic, somewhat light going down, although felt plenty "full" in the sense of having grainy particles to it or something. An ok beer, didn't work great for me.
flavoured with cocoa - it pours a hazy reddish-amber colour under a stable little foam and a beautiful lace; toasted nose with a subtle aroma of cocoa; clean palate, medium-bodied, some astringeaace and a solid dry bitterness; long and dry herbal finish where more notes of cocoa can be harmoniously met; the alcohol is surprisingly hidden and it has a quite magical balance - Jérôme is reaching new levels
Hazy reddish orange appearance with a firm white head. Mellow and well intigrated aroma of almond, bread, herbes and mendarin. Mellow but still solid flavour of nectarines, herbs and grass with a peppery undertone. Malty aftertaste of dried oranges, almonds and wet grass.
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