Cookie Beer - Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 27.44%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 09-13-2007

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by Dentist666:
Photo of Dentist666
3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber beer with large off-white head and brown sediment above. Complex spiced aroma of ginger, cinnamon and cookie. Nice sweet taste of spices prevailing, subtle malt body with slender hints of hop and alcohol, pleasant as a dessert beer.

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Photo of SemperIPA
3.39/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look - Cloudy orange-brown w/ lots of chunky sentiment and thin, light tan head.

Smell - Sweet aroma w/ a little alcohol lurking in the back.

Taste - Sweet, smooth caramel and strong cinnamon flavor that reminds me of the Speculoos cookie it mimics, but not quite the same.

Feel - Smooth but thin feel w/ strong carbonation.

Overall -- Good novelty beer. Not as tasty as the cookie and not a beer I could drink more than one/sitting, but if you like Speculoos Cookies this is definitely worth a try.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2013. Acquired some time ago from a webshop, and stored in my garage. The label describes it as strong speculoos beer - so presumably flavoured in the manner of the famous Belgian biscuit. Unusual...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with a ton of chunky sediment and good carbonation. Yields a smallish head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before settling as a patchy surface layer. Aroma of spice and sugar; strong hints of cinnamon and clove, mild banana, a twinge of bubblegum, fruity yeast esters and faint stewed leaves. A sweetness lurks in the background but it has a harshness that suggests artificial additives. Unbalanced.

Tastes of sweet spiciness with a dry finish. Notes of cinnamon, clove, artificial sweetner, nutmeg, mild banana, bubblegum, fruity yeast esters and faint stewed leaves. The sweetness is persistent and rather cloying, in addition to being somewhat acrid. Despite the taste it seems well-attenuated. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with decent carbonation but an insubstantial body. Somewhat astringent, followed by an aftertaste of spice, harsh sweetness, cardboard and earthy yeast.

Meh - this is just an oddball brew. Looks OK, but the aroma and flavour are rather intense and lop-sided. Too much spice and sweetness; not enough of a malty foundation. Body is mediocre. The biggest flaw with this is the artificial sweetner, as it really doesn't taste nice. Take that away, enhance the malt backbone and it would be much improved. Intriguing but not really worth seeking out.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange and fights me to build a head, what does build is quickly gone...

S - Smells like a rich pumpkin ale from the States, fulll of cinnamon and nutmeg, also a hint of flintstones vitamins.

T - Holy handgrenade of sweet beer; brown sugar to name the sweetener. Huge amounts of baking spices packed into a biscuity autumn treat. It envelopes and tempts to overpower the palate. Good news, there is a subtle gourdlike bitter at the back end.

M - A medium body and medium amount of multi size bubble excites the tongue.

Overall, I like sweet beers, as well as autumnal offerings. I don't know if that is what Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes was aiming for however it worked for me. I'd recommend.

Photo of steeltown71
1.94/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

When I was browsing the store I must have been in the mood for an actual cookie because upon seeing the label I had to go for it.

A: Pours Belgian blonde, considerable carbonation and head retention, moderately cloudy, noticeable yeast.

S: Not actually that fragrant, but picking up some citrus, banana.

T: Not that far from from what you'd expect from blonde ales but lacking in complexity. Definitely not noticing anything resembling cookie/biscotti flavors other than up-front sweetness. Not sure how to describe the finish except for a noticeable but not overwhelming off-flavor.

M: Lively carbonation but offset with over-stickiness.

D: I think the trouble is I'd rather have almost any standard Belgian strong/blonde ale. It's not worthless, just not noteworthy in any way.

The only thing I actually like is the picture of the cookie on the label.

Photo of Rutager
1.98/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-straw with chunks of crud floating around. Massive fluffy white head that lasts some time and leaves thick lacing.

Smell. Cloves, ginger, nutmeg and a little yeast.

Taste. Sweet, heavy spice. Ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon. Hints of malt and belgian yeast funk.

Mouthfeel. Thick and sticky with strong carbonation. If it wasn't for the carbonation, this would be unbearable.

Overall. I see what they're going for here, but the strength and combination of spices used just doesn't work for me. Will avoid in the future.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of cookie dough and sweet malt are dominating. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt and some sweet cookie dough notes. Texture is oily with a quite full body and some medium carbonation. A well intentioned beer that is just too sweet for its own good.

Photo of oline73
2.23/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a cloudy golden amber with a finger of off white head and some good retention. There is some brown sediment that doesn't look great.

Smell: very sweet with some belgian spice. I'm getting some fruit, banana and pineapple. Other than sweetness, not much resembling a cookie.

Taste: Slightly better than the smell. Too sweet, malt and brown sugar. Banana and pineapple hints are there too. Maybe a slight cinnamon note.

Mouthfeel: a bit syrupy, medium carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: really bad beer.

Photo of v1k1ng01
3.92/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

• Out of the bottle at the Bruges Beer Fest.
• Cloudy Amber Ale with soft lightly foamy head. Slowly settles in a few minutes.
• Smells sweet malty, molasses and spices. Like a Pumpkin Ale without the pumpkin…
• Tastes like Christmas… nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar and, sweet maltyness.
• Feels thick, heavy and, wheat-like; almost like figgy-duff pudding but in a bottle.
• Overall a refreshing holiday style treat.
• Would make a good Fall or Christmas spiced ale. It was so good I went to Beer Temple and picked-up a six-pack.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smell Cinnamon & brown sugar
taste cinnamon & artificial sweetener
look cloudy beer full of cinnamon
not too fizzy (then again it did half explode on opening

strange brew I do hop so much that it is sugar and not some godawful sweet&lo deal in it
perhaps if it was left to age

I like cookies
I love cinnamon
I live for beer
but this was a bit much for me

Photo of Rifugium
3.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not terrible. Basically a cinnamon/brownsugar strong ale.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an opaque gold with a foamy, tightly bubbled ecru head.

S - Really nothing to write home about. Mildly sweet.

T - Spicy and sweet. Reminiscent of gingerbread, brown sugary, candy sweet. Very faint alcohol finish.

M - Sort of sticky, a little chewy, decent carbonation.

Notes - Just got this beer for sort of a goof, didn't expect too much from it, but was fairly happy with the results. Won't be buying it again, but I'm not upset by any means.

Photo of Svingjo
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This poured a cloudy brown with lots of chunky sediment. There was a thick bubbly head that clung to the glass. It seemed overly carbonated with swirling bits. The nose is a bit sweet with some clove and spices. Nothing reminding me of cookies though. The cookies came forward in the flavour, but seemed quite artificial. There was some cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg there as well. It actually reminded me of the pumpkin spice syrup you get at your local Starbucks. The sweetness stuck around for quite a while. A bit of a strange beer.

Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very cloudy. Greenish, light amber color. Definite yeasty beasties in the brew. Large starting head--leaves some spotty lace.

Strong ginger aroma; this seems to mask anything else that might be present.

Less cookie and more ginger in the taste, which is particularly strong in the swallow and aftertaste. Very good body--rich with a lower bubble level. There's an element medicine to the taste. All of the traditional tastes seem to be missing. Too much of a good thing?

Photo of CStrife187
2.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tasting glass

A - Pours a hazy amber with a thin quickly dissipating head that leaves almost no lacing.

S - Smells strongly of Belgian yeast and brown sugar, with an estery apple note.

T - Very sweet. I guess that's to be expected given the name. Tastes somewhat like fruit bubble gum with a hint of spice. And odd bitterness in the finish lingers behind with the fruity aroma.

M - Thin and Highly carbonated. This feels more like a boutique soda on the tongue than a beer. As it sits the carbonation fades quickly and the beer takes on a slightly syrupy texture.

O - Well, I guess this is what I get for drinking a "cookie beer." The bottle doesn't lie. Worth a try for the curious, but I won't be trying one again. Maybe it would be better to think of this as a dessert than as a drink.

Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle acquired in Bruges, Belgium, and served into ZBF 2010 stemware in Ghent, Belgium. Best before date is January 11th, 2011 or 2013; it's hard to tell. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of no cream. Head is quite thin but retains quite well, especially for the ABV. Yeast particles are present alongside the dark murky copper colour.

Sm: Not really at all like a cookie. Pure barley and malt, with floral and citrus notes that seem bland. A mild strength scent.

T: Malt, strange sort of grainy hops, with some slight floral nuts and maybe some nut, but if so it's on the fringe. The yeast doesn't add anything of substance. Cinnamon spice. No chocolate or toffee notes, as one may expect from something labelled Cookie Beer. And wait a second, what the fuck is this? Banana? BANANA? In a cookie beer? Seriously? Not complex, but certainly subtle. Balanced but far from bold.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but nicely handled. Actually pretty well done if you consider how it affects and supports the [lack of] flavours. A bit thick for how light the flavours are, but it's forgivable.

Dr: A high price for a mediocre beer. Not worth a try for anyone serious about beer. The "cookie" mentioned is actually a Belgian style cookie, so don't expect Granny's chocolate chip homebaked when you drink it. Think of a stale biscuit with some random banana thrown in haphazardly. I suspect they literally crumbled cookie into this beer prior to bottling, the bastards.

Photo of Grunewald
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours cloudy yellow amber with lots of white suspended particles. The head is white and leaves a dusting of lace on the glass while settling to form a ring on the liquid surface.

S - white cake, desert spices, cinnamon, licorice, hints of fruit and yeast

T - very sweet and syrupy, nectar, caramel, licorice, enduring spice, ripe fruit (not harsh at all) and light yeast

M - medium-light carbonation, medium body, syrupy, oily but not sticky, and a wet finish that warms the throat

D - one of the sweetest beers I have tasted. The smell is good but the details do not carry over into the taste.

Photo of SVD
1.75/5  rDev -44.8%

33CL bottle at home. I found this in a store and thought: I like the cookie so maybe this beer is awesome. That was a mistake. The beer does look average, smells average, and while the taste wasn’t that bad, the after taste was and the worst part it doesn’t taste like the cookie in my opinion
24 FEB 2013

Photo of 3frog
4.42/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Zythos festival.

Drinkability first, since to me this was about the cookie-beer experience. I would call this a true dessert beer, and from that perspective I thought it was spot on. This was my 2nd favorite beer at ZBF, though few that I spoke with agreed.

A-Nice golden color with lots of head that wouldn't go away.

S-Cookies!! Speculoos-like; lots of ginger and other spices

T-Cookies!! yet again. Same spice characteristics and quite sweet.

M-not exactly viscous, but I'd definitely call it full-bodied.

If my mom had given me this when I was growing up, I'd have started my hobby much earlier...
If you like spiced beers, I'd say to check it out with the right frame of mind. PS: their other beers were all too sweet for me, as they didn't have other flavors to balance the malt.

Photo of BDTyre
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent, unique beer.

Very pale, cloudy yellow with a nice white head. Bitter, spiced smell almost like a Christmas beer. Raisins, ginger and brown sugar abound.

Sweeter on the mouth, mostly notes of brown sugar, ginger, cinammon and all spice. Like a ginger snap cookie. Slight hop notes.

Decent mouthfeel, but this comes off as a desssert beer and I don't think I could have more than one of these a night.

Photo of Brew_42
4.22/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Amber/Brown with a thick white head

S- Cinnamon and spices

T- It tastes like cinnamon cookies. No joke. I know a lot of beers are advertised as having certain flavors but this beer means it. It tastes like a snickerdoodle and if it were available in the New England area I would stock up with it every Christmas because it is the perfect holiday brew.

F-Warm and slightly carbonated

O-Surprised to see such a low score as I loved it. Then again I have never been accused of having the manliest taste in beer and the sweetness might throw some people off.

Photo of dcmchew
3.96/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found an old review, sorry for being so messy though:

I can't find out if this beer is made with real speculoos biscuits; because that's what it is, crushed down creamy speculoos biscuits; huge strong sweetness, along with the warm alcohol; big caramel sweetness, chocolatey, heavily spiced (tons of cocoa, cinnamon, some mild vanilla, also nutmeg, with some decent ginger and pepper); the malts are mostly biscuity (duh); low fruitiness, maybe some dark fruit, low acidic (maybered apple rind); despite the sweetness, there is a bitterness in the end, part from the mild hoppiness, part from the coffee notes (or really dark chocolate);
An interesting beer, especially for those with a (very) sweet-tooth; really enjoyable as an after-dinner dessert, or maybe in a snowy evening

Photo of stcules
2.03/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It has an hazy orange color, with an average foam, compact, some lacing.
The smell is sweet, tending to melon, and some cookie (not too much). Mou, and ripe fruitiness.
It is a bit too cloying.
Even olive, and salamoia (?). Definitely strange.
Strange taste, too. It can remember garlic (!), and again olives. On a malty base.

Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 20/06/19, served lightly chilled in Hapkn's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a deep dark orange hue with chunky bits of yeast sediments floating in the mildly carbonated liquid; the creamy and tight beige froth comes big and thick, slowly settling to a 0.5cm thick cap to last throughout the drink.
S: really weird, like lemon-zests, ginger syrup and cinnamon hovering over a sweet buttery cookie and malty base. The sweet edge is a bit overpowering, but occasionally the yeasty hints still manage to pierce through the foamy head and a light-bodied citric aroma also shows up occasionally.
T: rather pungently savoury-sour taste like ginger beer mixed with oxidised honey, Chinese licorice-flavoured salted prunes, hawthorn-fruit candy and ginger candy. Closely at the back follows a whiff of cinnamon aroma and a dry-ish bitter edge of citrus-zest, yeasts, and hops, but overall the flavour is somewhat unbalanced due to the predominantly gingery taste of the "Belgian cookies" (whatever they taste like before being mashed into the wort?).
M&D: not bad on the carbonation, pretty soft and refreshing, and the body remains moderate and never falls thin despite the messy flavour profile. All in all, this is an intriguing beer that is worth tasting once in any beer lover's life time.

Photo of morebeergood
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Split a bottle with my wife after dinner at Chambar in Vancouver. Poured into two Belgian style tulip glasses. Hazy yellow colored body. Nice fluffy white head formed. Lots of lacing. Smell was pungent with cinnamon and cloves. This beer smelled like a holiday candle. Taste was just like a cookie: a lot of sugar, molasses, cinnamon, gingerbread, and nutmeg. Mouthfeel was on the thick side. If you could drink a Christmas cookie, this would be the beer. This is definitely a dessert beer, and would not pair well with dinner. Also, the flavor is very strong, which might turn some people off. A half glass was plenty for me. I would not want a whole bottle or more. The flavor was at times overpowering. A unique beer to try, but I felt it was overpriced a bit at CAD$10.

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Cookie Beer from Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes
75 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.