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

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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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An epic brew from Achilles, a red-brown rich and malty masterpiece with just a dash of hoppy bitterness for balance.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Pours a sparkling clear, orangey-amber color with a full, off-white, creamy-fluffy, mostly lasting head; a bit clear for a grand cru but nevertheless, appealing. Nose is faint and uninviting; dark candi sugar, dates, bready yeast, and some faint hints at dried apricot. Flavor is bolder than the nose led on; dark candi sugar, dried apricots, lightly toasted sweet bread yeasty notes, and a mild citric note. Faint hints at herbal hops near the finish bring a low bitterness, which is fine since the sweetness is not too high. Palate is medium, lightly chewy but watery, and lively. Finishes average length with sweet notes disappating leaving warmth, some yeasty notes and mild bitter notes. Fairly simple BSA with no malt depth to support the warmth and lacking the rich character to be considered a grand cru. Complexity was minimal, but still was a fairly drinkable beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Pours turbid dull tan with 3-fingers of off-white head. Nose is dark fruit, honey, hops, spicy yeast, and mild florals. Tastes fruity, withy yeasty spiciness, malt, some funk, apricot, citrus, and more honey flavor as it warms. It isn’t really fruity enough to be a great grand cru, and this one tastes very similar to the serafijn dubbel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Hazy orange, large head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is sugary with notes of oranges, yeast, grass, some basement. Medium bodied, quite sweet, a tinge of alcohol in the finish. Decent I guess.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1419) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2008
LIght in color and pretty in the glass. There is a lot of brut champagne on this beer. Plenty of delicate fruit on the nose, but terribly light scent. On the tongue, bright alcohol, slick palate and drying finish. Sour fruits and light caramel malt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (13788) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2008
ZBF08. Clear amber colour. Big stable creamy tan head. Sweet flavour, some alcohol, a little phenols. Sweet and malty after a while, tastes a bit strong. Low to medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (32001) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
ZBF2008: From tap. Pours clear orange with a dense light tan head. Aroma is mild spiced. Flavour is light phenol and spiced. Mild caramel malt base. Ends with a light yeasty flavour and more phenol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3656) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Bottle: Poured a murky orange brown with a medium off white head. Aroma is fruit with a sweetness to it. Taste is a sweet fruit with malts, it also had a slight bitter bite to the finish that made it lively to the tongue.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle @ the wolf tasting. Yellowish muddy with a soapy head. Aroama is fruity - orange, yeasty. Flavour is sour/tart, fruity, soapy and very thin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4901) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle. Poured hazy, orange amber with just a film of foam. Spicy and fruity aroma: banana, coriander, orange. Good bitterness, orange flavours prevail, dryish finish. Complex fruit. Medium carbonation, quite full-bodied. Likeable.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2007
Bottle. Poured a heavy amber orange color. Aroma is orange, banana, and lemon zest. Taste is highly carbonated sweet with a lemon zest finish.


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