Jean Chris Numero 2 - Cognac Cask Edition | Microbrasserie Sainte-Hélène

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Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ggaughan on 01-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by ggaughan:
Photo of ggaughan
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a cognac barrel aged version of Jean Chris Numero 2. The cognac barrel was hand picked by the brewers. Limited to 700 bottles, 37.5 ml each.

Dense black body, deep tan head, fluffy bubbles. The nose was slightly less chocolate character when compared to the regular Jean Chris Numero 2 which I sampled side by side. Floral character to the beer as well. Taste is stronger up front than the base beer. Slight alcohol character provided by the cognac barrel but not overpowering or over present as there was only 2 months of aging in the barrel. Just enough time to provide some additional character to the beer but not so much that the wood takes over the taste of the beer. Well done. I am looking forward to trying this again in a few months when the beer has matured further.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was able to try this beer at a tasting organized by Jeffo and Doopiedoopiedoo. Read some more about the tasting on my review of The Brewery - Black Tuesday.

A - A pitch dark beer with a decent beige head. Nice to look at, gain and again.

S - A chocolate and yeast kind of smell.

T - A dry chocolate beer, dark chocolate that is. Even the bitterness is the same as from dry chocolate.

M - A medium carbonated beer, a low carbonation would have been better I guess.

O - A some more sweetness would improve this beer a lot to my opinion.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37.5 cl Bottle # 031: bought at the Alvinne-Pre Zythos Fest a couple of years back (4 Euros) and I've been saving it for the last day of earth (tomorrow at 12.12 I am told). Hope the beer hits the spot.

Poured slowly into a Westmalle chalice @ home on 20 Dec 2012.

Looks impressive in the glass: creamy feel to the tanned head and a body that has a brown base with a dull red hue to it.

The nose is chocolate with attitude: as is the taste, the barrel obviously gave the beer a slightly wine/port/cognac flavour but never having had an un-barrel aged 'Numero 2' I can't say how much it has influenced the taste.

I hope this isn't my last beer on earth: but if it is or was then at least I can tell everyone in the afterworld I've had a fine beer just before the earth fell apart!

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer karma @ work here. After having had (and enjoyed) two of the other Jean Chris variants I found out there was a cognac version of it as well. Lees than a week later rvdoorn shows up for a tasting bringing this beer that I have been wantting to try for 5 days. Awesome! Thanks Ron.

Poured into a de Molen tasting glass.

It's not quite black but more a dark brown with a nice mocha looking head.

Smells similar to the base beer with that chocolate and roasted malts but also with some added oak/ cognac notes.

Nice bold flavored beer. Smoke and oak are present alongside the chocolate and cofee flavors.

Medium and creamy beer. Decent amouynt of cabonation.

Loved this beer and couldn't have come at a better time. It was probably the only time I'd ever get to try this so I considder myself lucky to now have tried three of the JC beers and will gladly send out my Nomad since I heard that one is sour.
Thanks for sharing Ron!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got to try a small sample of this one at a tasting last weekend. A big thanks goes out to rvdoorn and PapaEugene for bringing this one along to share. Cheers!

From a 750ml into a mini snifter.

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a small, thicker looking tan head with great retention. Black body and zero carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A ring remains until the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Another good looking beer, just like the base.

SMELL: Big nose on this one as well, but not quite as complex as the base beer. Roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee are there, but the oak character tends to mute the base beer a little. Still an interesting nose and the wood lends some nice elements, but the base beer was more complex. .

TASTE: Again, same story as the nose. Quite flavorful, but the oak and wood elements are more the stars of the show now. Roasted and caramel malts are still there with some faint hints of pure chocolate, coffee, and smoky malts on the swallow. A big, bold and lingering aftertaste of oak, chocolate, roasted malts, and just a touch of alcohol from the cognac. Lots of flavor in the aftertaste and still very enjoyable, though I think I liked the base even better. Cognac also isn’t very forthcoming.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate and goes down very smooth, finishing slightly dry. Good feel for the style.

OVERALL: Another quality beer in the Jean Chris series. While this one only spent 2 months in the cognac barrels, it seems to be carrying quite a lot of oak qualities and very little cognac. The addition of oak and wood elements to the beer seem to have come at the expense of the base beer, as opposed to contributing to it. A very nice beer that I was happy to try, but I think the base beer is more to my tastes. Thanks again for the opportunity to try this one gents.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my French friends for this one! Brought it to the BA tasting in Utrecht.
Look: the beer pours a dark brown color with a small head.
Smell: Full of roasted malts, dark chocolate, typical Belgium yeast and some wooden oak tones.
Taste: Dark and bitter chocolate malts, with oak in the bitter aftertaste. Only very slight cognac flavor are present when the beer warms up
Mouthfeel: medium-thin body with medium carbonation
Overall: A nice beer. Deep in my heart, I expected more though. A bit too single dimensional IMO, but still enjoyable. I would never turn one down

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

126th Review
Bottle to Westvletren 12 (small) chalice

From notes. Thanks to rvdoorn and PapaEugene for bringing this to our recent Utrecht tasting in December 2011!

A: Opaque dark brown. 1.5 (mocha-esque) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Definitely barrel aged here - that's the first thing I smell. It is nice and inviting though! Also...chocolate, dark roasted malt, oak, and a hint of coffee.

T: Dark, roasted chocolate with nice balance of (bitter) coffee here. Hints of oak and smokiness here as well. Hidden dark fruit (maybe fig), but that only came out as the beer warmed. Dry, dry finish though.

M: Medium bodied with a nice, even level of carbonation.

O: An interesting beer for sure. I think it tasted better than it smelled and it was somewhat complex. I'd be curious to see what the other two taste like, but maybe in good time. This was a fun surprise from an awesome afternoon of hanging out with great BA's!

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Photo of hopheadtony1
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown beer with generous brown head of good quality.
The smell is a mix between chocolate malt cognac and hops.
a wonderful mix.
The mouth is round, perfect body. using pils, munchen, coffee and special B malts. Mixing belgian hops (brewers gold) and american hops (challenger)
The aftertaste is long and nice balanced. a very nice edition.

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Jean Chris Numero 2 - Cognac Cask Edition from Microbrasserie Sainte-Hélène
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 8 ratings