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Florisgaarden Chocolat Gardenbeer | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Florisgaarden Chocolat GardenbeerFlorisgaarden Chocolat Gardenbeer

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by BeerNutta:
Photo of BeerNutta
1/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This has to be the worst beer I have ever drank in my entire life. Believe me when I say that I have drank crap beers but this one wears the crown on the crap heap.

Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Looks unfiltered and uninviting. The smell is of cheap chocolates. You know that cheap chocolate that you sometime get at easter that tastes powdery and crap? The taste is the same, sweet,crap, powdery chocolates. Crap.
Little carbonation so you can slam it down fast, not that you would want to. Guh stay away. I didnt even finish it. It was that bad. Bad.

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Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I can probably say that this is the worst beer i have ever tasted, chocolate doesn't belong in beers (well, i suppose Youngs Chocolate Stout is OK), especially lighter style belgian Ales, very sweaty, sticky chocolate flavour. its hard to really know what to say about this one, but one things for sure, it sucks.

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Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, with a label design more in line with the other Floris fruit flavoured beers, which also indicates that this is a "fruitbeer based on wheatbeer". The ingredient list backs this up.

This beer pours a murky, dirty bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of weakly foamy, and generally soapy beige head, which fizzes and pops away quickly, leaving a few low swipes of lace around the glass.

It smells like that box of cherry cordial chocolates, that has been sitting on a store shelf for a long time before being cracked for the holiday gathering of the moment - I get dry, powdery chocolate, sweet, sugary, stewed candied cherry, and a musty, earthy hoppiness. The taste is somewhat yeasty, sweet, sugary orange, mild maraschino cherry, chalky cocoa powder, booze (?) and a nutty caramel graininess. Very Christmasy, like dipping Terry's Chocolate Orange into my mom's Amarula or Amaretto.

The carbonation is low, and barely perceptible at times, the body medium weight, sugary smooth, but not heavy or cloying. It finishes sweet, with a restrained chocolate milk character, offset slightly by some drying, almost sour herbal hops.

Wow, a lot more going on here than just 'chocolat' - fruit, alcohol (flavour rather than heat), yeast and hops. Overall, this is pretty much akin to those Euro-chocolates that are less sweet, and more, uh, complex, I guess, than we North Americans are used to. Neat, but one small bottle is more than enough for me.

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Photo of elricorico
2.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Kind of a muddy amber colour, with a thin off white head.

Smells chocolatey, really reminds me of a three musketeers bar type of milk chocolate aroma. Hint of caramel mixed in, but certainly dominated by the chocolate. Interesting aroma.

Taste is odd.... Milk chocolate and a strange kind of cola like sweetness, finished by a bit of a sourness. Not really pleasant.

Mouthfeel is fairly typical for the Floris line, fairly light and well carbonated. Not bad.

All is fine except for the taste here, and that is a dealbreaker. This one isn't for me.

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Photo of ToolHead
1.66/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

33 (or was it 25?) cl bottle, served in Erdinger glass.
Dark amber; small head. Horrible, synthetic chocolate dominates aroma and taste. Cloyingly sweet and undrinkable. The chocolate drowns out any other taste impressions that might be expected in a witbier.
One of the few beers I've tasted that I couldn’t finish. An experiment gone horribly wrong.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ahhhh, the Floris line of flavoured low alcohol beers. Designed for picnics with a special female someone in order for you to reach at least first or second base as a result...or so that's how I see it. I am backed up both by the theoretical and practical side of this from several acqaintances, as well as personal experience. Results may vary of course....

Pours out a transluscent caramel colour, a finger's width of off-white head that recedes quickly.

Aroma of milk chocolate and nougat, whoever stated before me that this smells like a Three Muskateers chocolate bar was right on the money, I'll second or third that claim.

Flavour runs along the lines of watery chocolate, the aftertaste offers more satisfaction when all is said and done. In fact it is more honey-like at first than chocolatey, or cocoa-ish, and the end result has a more caramel character than chocolate.

Watery with some carbonation, the mouthfeel doesn't do much to accentuate the flavour, yet along those lines it accompanies the so-so character of the flavour quite well in a mediocre sense.

Not the most satisfying chocolate beer I've ever tasted, yet maybe one for beginners. Serious caramel and nougat notes more than chocolate, this is a pass for me personally, but I'm not above utilizing it for some romantic outdoors huggin' and kissin'.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review was carried on in the 'Troll Keller' Gent, Belgium.

The 33cl bottle was poured into a fluted vase and it wouldn't quiet fit in. The bar was dark but the beer appeared a deep amber, an off-white head sat on top.

It smelt like a chocolate orange.

The taste was of milk chocolate and raspberries, which I found a bit strange at first.

Fairly high carbonisation, but it couldn't be called 'fizzy'.

The aftertaste was dry, an interesting beer and a pleasant aside from the heavier beers that followed.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.2/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle at the Esplanade Bier Markt in Toronto.

The bartender couldn''t find the proper glass (they were in the process of changing the beer menu), so he pulled a Floreffe glass out of a display case at the front. Frosted glass in a fat-tulip goblet. A perfect match to the beer.

Pours a yellowish-brown, fairly light in hue. A large-bubbled head sits delicately on top of the beer. First whiff brings chocolate, and perfume. A chocolate witbier the label says. It lives up to its billing. Chocolate flavours dominate, mixing a light touch of dark Belgian chocolate, with mounds of sweet chocolate and an unmistakable wit perfume flavour that is most reminiscent of Hoegaarden, in my experience. I'm rather addicted to chocolate as well as beer, and this was actually a flavour that I know I've experienced in chocolate before, but it's killing me because I can't remember where. German chocolates with orange syrup filling come closest. The feel and drinkability is that of Hoegaarden - light, soft, and certainly drinkable, but not of the sophistication of some other wits. I really liked this.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.19/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found in Moscow's newest super-chic grocery store, the brown 33 cl bottle with a tapered neck wrapped in pink foil sports a multi-colored label depicting a wheat field flanked by hops vines and beer kegs on one side, cocoa leaves and milk chocolate on the other. Chocolate and "aroma" are listed as ingredients. Best before June 2007, I could only wait until 3/10/06.

Pours a very bubbly clear pale brown under a short-lived beige one finger head that lingers only as collar but manages to generate a plethora of lace spots. The nose is strong of chocolate, with a touch of grape or plum. The mouth is very well carbonated and slightly sticky. Interesting taste - distinctly chocolate, with an strong accompanying fruity flavor, rather like a chocolate covered raspberry. The fruit adds a nice tart balance to the sweetness, but ultimately loses out to the chocolate, which leaves a strong sweet aftertaste. I'm a chocolate fiend, and am pleasantly surprised at how well this works. Very nice dessert beer.

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Photo of BigBry
3.72/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am assuming this is the correct listing for this beer. Label is different, but 4.2% alc is the same.
"Floris Chocolat" 330 ml brown bottle, best before date of Nov/09. Gold foil around neck, picture on label has some wooden barrels on the left, grain fileds with stacked sheaves in the center, and cocoa beans and blocks of chocolate on the right side. Climbing hop trestles on both sides, Huyghe crest in middle. (Similar style label as the Ninkeberry and Cherry)
Pours a caramel tan color, thin but long lasting whitish head. Thin, sporadic sheets of lace.
The smell was the best thing about this one. A sweet and milk chocolate aroma, a very nice smell of amaretto liquer was also dominant. Chocolate flavor comes through nicely, grains and yeast are also present. This was suprisingly chocolaty, but not the thick rich flavor of a stout. This was more like a milk chocolate and more amaretto / hazelnut rounded out the taste. The mouthfeel and body were light and thin, but that matched the lighter flavors. Very interesting,, my wife loved it. The small bottle disappeared quickly, now I have to search for more.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.41/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the last reviewer, I believe the label has changed. Anyhow, this is what I got from the brew, before my wife let my daughter knock over the glass (I bought it for my wife anyways).

This brew makes about a two finger thick head, with a body that is golden amber, and slightly hazy.

The aroma reminds me of chocolate scratch and sniff stickers, from when I was a kid. There is also a slightly floral aroma too.

Taste wise, it's actually a little fruity up front. It's almost like biting into an over ripe orange with a slight chalky chocolate flavor to round out the finish.

This brew feels lightly carbonated, and has a slick oily finish.

Overall this brew was more complex than I thought. It was fruitier than I thought, and has an overly ripe fruit characteristic to it.

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Photo of mdagnew
1.57/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

300ml bottle given to me as a present...

Poured a hazy orangey brown colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick then faded quickly to light ring... no real carbonation or lacing...

Aroma - Strong sickly sweet chocolate - like hot chocolate...pretty overpowering - it's hard to make anything else out. Maybe some spicy fruits (oranges, figs ?), rotten veg, some faint peppery hop notes, some oaky notes...

Taste – Very sickly sweet, strong chocolate malts, some spiciness, salty notes, some sweet fruits (figs, prunes)... not at all pleasant

M&D - Very smooth and creamy... medium bodied... Not drinkable at all due to the sickly sweetness - one of the few beers i haven't finished...

Overall - A terrible beer - i wasn't really expecting very much but i didn't think it would be as bad as this... avoid...

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Photo of mtstatebeer
1.73/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

330ml bottle. Pours a hazy brown color with a small fizzy white head, no lacing. Aroma is chocolate (mainly like cocoa powder) and orange. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, and orange; all taste like artificial flavoring. Mouthfeel is light and watery. This is a weird beer, it kind of hurts my head when I take a drink. I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
1.5/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

a: no head whatsoever, unappealing murky brown color

s: intensely chocolatey; the consensus at the table was thet it smelled like a melted hersheys bar with just the slightest hints of malts

t: way too sickly sweet chocolate flavor; slight hints of orange; has none of the flavors one looks for in a beer, only overwhelming chocolate

m: watery and boring with light carbonation

d: gross; tastes like someone took a pretty flavorless hefe and then mixed swiss miss into it; i would definitely avoid this one; was worse than i could have imagined

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Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an interesting colour - a 'hot', pastel like brown colour but with plenty of highlights. Not a dark brown (as in a brown ale or light porter) but quite vibrant, with some clarity. The colour resembles that of a well polished wood. A really even level of head that sat atop for the entire tasting, even left sheets of lacing here and there.

A nice aroma! Sweet and densely coated with a pure, milky chocolate. Certainly some notes of wild yeast and lambic funk make their way through at times. Scent of fresh chocolate chip cookies! Very appetizing.

A lighter body, not overly carbonated. Like a bakers yeast that is very predominant. Chocolate comes through more at times, others the yeast nudges it out a little. It's an interesting makeup because the flavours are very creamy, milky, chocolaty.. but the body itself is rather dry and grainy. The two (mouthfeel and taste) really don't seem to affect one another.

This was very chocolaty, but not rich or overly decadent like you'd find in a nice, strong stout. It's a milky, brown chocolate - not the dark, roasty, rich kind. This was more something light and casual that could accompany dessert, good only in small portions really, and is certainly not rich enough to BE dessert. All things considered it's really only average, but most importantly it tasted good.

A very big thank you Morenike, we both enjoyed it!

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Photo of marburg
3.19/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is maybe the most fascinating out of the "Floris..." series of beers from Huyghe only in that it seems to be the most unlikely pairing. Passion fruit and witbier -- OK, fruit and citrus. Strawberries and witbier -- OK, fruit and citrus. Chocolate and witbier -- what the hell!?!?

And you can tell in the taste. It's a little bit of an odd combination. I ranked it as "average" however because it's not necessarily bad. It certainly didn't revolt me. It was a little like eating chocolate icecream with orange sorbet from the same dish. You just get a little oddball crossover, and it feels a little odd and flat-ish in your mouth as a result.

Very little to no head at the pour. Fairly strong chocolate aroma of diluted chocolate.

I could see how this would be distasteful to folks overall. I thought it was definately interesting. I wouldn't drink a lot of them nor would I drink more than one in a row. But I'd probably drink it again if someone sat it in front of me. But hey. I've almost never met a Belgian beer I didn't like.

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Photo of SteveP
3.32/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of a series of delicate fruit flavoured witbiers produced by the Huyghe brewery, more famous for their Delirium Tremens. The gardenbeer tag suggests that these beers are intended to be sipped on a sunny day in the garden - they are light and refreshing with fun flavours. This one, however, has acquired a reputation for being one of the most disgusting beers in the world! A chocolate flavoured beer is not that unusual - indeed there are malts which impart a chocolate tone to beer; while Young's Double Chocolate Stout uses both chocolate malt and real bars of Cadbury's chocolate melted into the mix. But while a stout or other dark beer can willingly be enhanced by an addition of chocolate, there can be a dissonance when such a cloying flavour is in co-junction with a light drink that is best partnered with something sharper such as strawberries or other fruit. The Meantime brewery do a chocolate lager which is more interesting than successful; and this Florisgaarden could also fall into that category. The chocolate aroma in both is quite strong - and this results in a strange mindset: our experience has prepared us to associate such a chocolate aroma with something that clings to and coats the mouth, rather than washes through in a thin, refreshing manner. One reaction is to dismiss the chocolate aroma as false in some way, and that such inauthenticity will therefore damn the drink as being impure and chemically tainted. Another reaction is simple confusion - the shock of the unfamiliar which often greets avant garde art, and results in the art being lambasted. Neither reaction is fair - approached with an open mind this chocolate beer will reveal some sherry flavours that accompany the chocolate quite comfortably. There are mild summer fruit tones which highlight and emphasis the sunny garden atmosphere the beer evokes. The beer comes across as very light and refreshing with an air of careless fun - an idyllic moment of indulgence on the lawn. However, having made the case for why this isn't the world's worst drink, I cannot in all honesty make out a case for this being a great beer. Light, refreshing and fun seems to sum it up quite nicely.

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Photo of purplehops
2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This just goes to show that beer can be made from anything. In true Belgian fashion Huyghe has pushed the art to a different level. The beer is light golden in color like the witbier it is. The head is white and leaves a nice lace pattern around the glass. The aroma is, well it's chocolate. No hop or grain or yeast aromas here. And the mouthfeel is, well once again it's chocolate. I don't know how they do it but it has a thick chocolaty (if there is such a word) feel to it. The taste starts out like a normal witbier and ends in a rush of Belgian chocolate.

I don't consider this a great beer in any form or fashion but I do enjoy its difference. It is just a fun product. If you really enjoy chocolate this could be for you. Hey, if you can have stout ice cream why not chocolate beer? Be warned though, it's not for the faint at heart.

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Photo of brendan13
2.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Murky, light brown with a couple of centimetres of off white head that fall away fairly quickly.
S - A strong nutty, slightly fruit aroma.
T - The chocolate comes through a bit in the taste but still a very strong nut and some fruit, maybe stone fruit like peaches - hard to pick with the strong nuttiness.
M - Quite a oily mouthfeel. Fairly light bodied.
D - I guess it's maybe worth a try, ONCE, hence the extra .5. An interesting beer but not in a good way. Keep the addition of chocolate for stouts & the like I say.
Definantly a love or hate sort of beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.64/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice in Brussels at Delirium Cafe against the advice the bartender.

This is one of those beers that you can't imaginewill taste good, but boy was a wrong.

Its such a change of pace its worth a shot.

It pours dark brown with head or lacing.

It smells strongly of chococalte and coffee.

It has a strong coffee taste, the chocolate is there and not overwhelming. This is a great touristy beer.

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Photo of gnoff
3.06/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle at Delirium Cafe in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Lovely amber color, big beige creamy head.
Smells like oranges and choclate mix, like candy...
Very much chocolate in the flavor and aftertaste, mixed with a little bit of orange.
Fruity and acid taste.
Nice dessert!
Low bitterness.

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Florisgaarden Chocolat Gardenbeer from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 2.77 out of 5 with 21 ratings