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Achilles Serafijn Donker

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Brewed by Microbrouwerij Achilles
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Heist op den Berg-Itegem, Belgium

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This dark brown Serafijn has a spicey herbal character and a soft bitterness. The Achilles brewery has a unique way of achieving an even heating of the wort: using no direct flame or steam, the wort is pumped through a spiral that sits in a tub of hot water!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PeatyPete (276) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2014
Chestnut brown coloured beer with modest head. Aroma of dark fruit and yeast. Taste of roasted malt. Light sweet and spicy.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (438) - BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2013
Commençons par dire que la classification de la bière sur le site est erronée. Cette bière n’est pas une « belgian strong ale » mais une double, en fermentation haute et refermentation en bouteille. Point. Elle doit être dégustée en tant que telle. Si elle fait 8 % abv, ce n’en est que mieux, et on le verra lors de la critique, mais ceci n’en fait aucunement une strong... Couleur brun roux très jolie. Clarté nette. Bulles moyennes partout et assez vives. Mousse beige épaisse mais à gros flocons... Arômes jolis de pain complet, feuilles mortes, prunes bleues jeunes, avec une légère touche d’anis étoilé. 1ère bouche à la texture souple, mais à la saveur assez carrée, sur le malt café avec un houblon assez rigide. Arrière-bouche plus agréable et fondue. 2ème belle bouche plus nuancée, avec du malt torréfié, du houblon en fleur et des fruits noirs. 3ème de plus en plus agréable, ce qui est un gage de qualité. Arrière-bouche fondue et bel équilibre entre force et saveur. La longueur s’ouvre sur de superbes accents, entre le malt, la levure et un ensemble de houblons assez complexes qui harmonisent vraiment l’ensemble. On ne peut qu’admirer une telle entrée dans la longueur. On poursuit tranquillement sa route ensuite en découvrant d’autres nuances...., que le nez développe aussi par quelques touches d’épices dures. La levure est structurée et tout à fait adaptée à une double. L’alcool est bien dosé, aide clairement dès la 3ème bouche. Très très bien. La finale développe encore le sujet, en vient à traiter des questions philosophiques ayant trait à la saveur. Nous sommes dans le très haut de gamme surtout pour une double. Conclusion : cette double est une très grande bière, qui témoigne d’un grand savoir, et qui encourage vraiment à découvrir les microbrasseries. Cette bière fait preuve d’un grand caractère et elle va très nettement a mas, ce qui est pour moi un vrai gage de valeur. Nous avons devant nous un bel avenir dans la bière. Merci Achiel (van de Moer).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (1697) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle, 330 ml. Poured into a tulip. ABV 8% Very nice looking, deep red ruby colour, with two fingers of off white head on top, with thick densoity and very good retention. Medium lacing left on the glass. Aroma of caramel, red fruits, alcohol, malts, black grapes. Taste is fruity with a touch of alcohol. Little bit of grains, black grapes, port wine, nicely sweet. Finishes with stewed red fruits. Medium thin body, high carbonation. Sticky palate. Truth be told the first one I had from this brewery didn’t excite me but this one, although simple, is more than good.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sureshpa (274) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Aroma: Tabacco, caramel, ash, tar. Appearance: Brown, amber, clear, beige head, medium lace Taste: Tabacco, caramel, currant,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4035) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2013
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Amber pour. Clear ruby red coloered beer with a creamy off white fomay hea on top. Aromas of marzepin, soap, marshmellows, malts, prunes, perfume, flowers, sweet wood, cream, toast, some apricot, raisin and caramel. Flavours of toast, bitters, sweet wood, prunes, raisin, peach, apricot, malts, bread, leaves, yeast, hay, some grains and some hoppy soap. Aftertaste is bitter with creamy fruit, bread and caramelised grains. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and a creamy texture. This is a nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swaroga (1108) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2013
33cl bottle. Hazy and brown with small and grey head. Nose : tart , cooked fruits. Dried raisins. Sip : creamy texture, medium thick with good carbonation. Sweet tart with flavor of cooked cherries, banana and some other red fruits. Spicy, dominated by clove and nuts. Alcohol is well present. It's mostly sweet with lightly sour ending. The aftertaste reveals spices. Overall it's far from being a beer I might come back to.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Noctilucus (98) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2013
Deep burgundy with beige head; cloudy once the yeast bottom is added, some floaters as well but in spite of that, good looking (the dark color helps in hiding them). The nose is a mix of candi sugar and caramel, roasted malts, something fresher and more bitter in there as well The taste is roasted, a bit of caramel but definitely not sugary, enough bitterness to be well balanced; somehow it manages to also make a refreshing impression, maybe it lacks a bit of body underneath the roast. In any case it’s a very nice taste, less sweet than the nose but solid and caramel-like. The alcohol is very well hidden. There isn’t much carbonation which is good as too much of it would interfere with the primary taste. In the aftertaste, still the roast and caramel remain; definitely not lacking or too weak.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5211) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle (33 cl) from beerplanet.be. Clear chestnut with medium beige head. Nutty malt aroma with some chocolate, red berries, earthy and herbal hops, and some bubble gum phenols. Medium bodied, moussy and rich carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, yeast, fruits, malt and hops. Sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders8000 (390) - aarhus.c., DENMARK - MAY 23, 2012
light spicey and hoppy aroma,golden, clear, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, lively, long finish,


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