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


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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2007
Hazy golden color; thin creamy head. Some aroma of Belgian yeast, beans. Sweetish flavor, some malt. Not very exciting, but pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2007
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of fiulijn. Clear, deep golden with a creamy, white head leaving some laces. Fresh, fruity and somewhat perfumy aroma. Medium body with lightly sweet malts and fruit. Lightly bitter finish. Pleasant and harmonious. 171107

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Pours a brown hued orange. Nose is kind of syrup like and sweet. Flavor is not very eventful. Nice smooth and even tones. The funk is there. The sugar is very slightly there. Itís decent...but...lacking. This is a Grand Cru? Standard on the mouth, and even a bit thin. This was nice to drink, but certainly nothing unusual or at the least interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Courtesy SoLan. Amber-orange color with a mostly white head. Sweet sickly honeyed aroma, light spice, pretty basic Belgain aromas. The taste has the same sickly sweet character, with a ton of candi sugar flavor. Also had a thick almost chalky mouthfeel that wasnít too appealing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle courtesy of OSLO and Guerde. Gold color with a large head. Both the aroma and taste are very dusty and grainy, with abundant spice and yeast. A little orange.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Lightly hazy, deep orange pour. Thick white head is creamy and steadfast. The aroma is that of an overattenuated Belgian beer, a standard offering, a bleak perspective in an already tired style. Notes of crystallized sugars precede super-sweet malts and an overdose quantity of candi sugars. Heapings of citrus follow, mainly orange and tart tangerine. Alcohol is modest for the strength, annoying anyhow. Mild hints of cereal grains and marshmallow round out the too-tired and standard nose. The flavor is mildly corny, followed by waves of awful sugar and cereal. Itís like liquified Frosted Flakes cereal. Itís also like they didnít even try. Give me a break. This is a waste of money. Sure, itís drinkable, but why bother. I can access these flavors that are desirable in a hundred other Belgian golden ales without the unwanted extras. The mouthfeel is sugary, cloyingly sticky and barely drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Thanks SoLan. Pours a warm orange color. Aroma reminds a bit of orange marmelade, bubble gum and some tart green apple. Flavor is slightly spicy and doughy, seems a bit flabby.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4284) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2007
A mediocre beer. gold color with sediment, it does look good. Mild yeasty aroma with malt, and flavor has bread, moderate malt, some hops and some sugar, but all of the flavors are quite light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Sampled from 750 ml bottle, I believe was shared by OSLO and Guerde. Pours a hazy dark orange amber brew with a slow dissolving off-white head that as some excellent sticky lacing and head retention. Aroma of tart dark pitted and tropical fruit, some herbal spice, lightly roasted multi-grain malt and some flowery hops. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of dried dark fruit, some candi sugar and plenty of alcohol. Finish is slightly tart and metalic, with an aftertaste of herbal spice and some yeast. An interesting Grand Cru.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy light to medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), lightly yeasty (basement, cobwebs), with notes of dried fruits (pineapple, mango), candy sugar, alcohol, and bubble gum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Not very characterful or enticing; a generic sweet, fruity Belgian strong ale.

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