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Chouffe Biere du Soleil

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Formerly brewed at Brasserie d’Achouffe (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: Belgian Ale
Achouffe, Belgium

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Amber coloured, fruity, hoppy, sparkling and is not pasteurized.

Note: if you are rating the 2014 version or if you have been drinking this beer prior on tap either in the Netherlands or the USA, you need to direct your rating here

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2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
The aroma is fresh, grassy, and spicy. The color is a clear amber and it has a beutiful white head. The flavor is sweet, malty, and spicy. It ends on a dry grassy and hoppy note. The body is somewhat thin - must be because of the low ABV by Belgian standards

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 11, 2007
I was fortunate enough to have one of these in Antwerp. It was quite nice. Hazy golden with a long lasting white head. Sweet with a spicy hop aroma quality that was very surprising. Medium-full bodied. Spicy taste that lingers for a minute and then is gone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2006
(Bottled, 2001 vintage @Kulminator) Slightly hazy golden (opaque brownish with the huge amount of yeast found in the bottle) with a medium, lasting and lacy head. Sweetish-caramely, surprisingly fresh, camomile-hoppy aroma. Very strongly hoppy, crisp flavor. Hops are very well preserved, turning the brew into a sweet-flowery hop soup. Very nice palate for a 4.5% brew! Medium-bodied, refreshing, low-carbonated, slightly acidic. An excellent, hoppy brew with a pleasantly low abv. Wonder why they quit brewing this...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
On Tap at the Bar Fringe, Manchester 14/08/2001 Amber coloured with fruity peach aroma and flavour. Crisp refreshing finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Thanks to Goldtwins for this one. Starts off by pouring a huge off white head over a hazy yellow body. Lightly sweet malt aroma, some hops. Some acidic notes also. Very light palate delivers a thin, refreshing beer with very few outstanding flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Sampled on 8/24/05: Semi-hazy golden bronze color has a wispy white head. Lightly spiced and oxidized aroma has a touch of tartness. Semi-full body has some earthy cardboard and mild sweetness with a nice spice balance. Has aged fairly well, but not a beer to be keeping to 2024 like the bottle said.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Bottle - sampled from goldtwins bottle, which by it’s expiration date on its side, looks like it is designed to outlast most household pets. Cloudy hazy orange pour. Spicy lemon aroma and very light malts, with a touch of sour. Light malt and light fruit flavors, lemony, and some spice. Oxidation a little evident. A bit acidic, kinda tough to drink a whole lot a once for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Bottle stated that this was still good until end of 2024. Poured a hazy yellow with an orange tint and medium sized quickly dissolving head. Malty flavor with light citrus and maybe an odd spice (meaning I can’t put my finger on it). A touch of paper underneath. Beer started sweet and closes lightly acidic and dry. I was worried about the beer since I don’t know the age and it is only 4.5%.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
A great find by Olivier/Clark. Old 750mL. Gorgeous artistic bottle that probably had a few years on it, but seem to have held out quite well besides the oxidation beginning. Light copper hue, mostly lasting off-white head. Pleasant honey-ish maltiness is fairly airy, sweet and nutty in the nose while the remaining hop character can’t hide the once great floral array it must have produced. Accompanying fruitiness (juicy pear, lemon, mango, melon)must have been pretty intense not so long ago. Carbonation is still very intense, lively and fitting. Highly bready yeasty/rye combination works very well in mouth, but it thins rapidly toward the finish, letting oxidized edges come through. It remains very enjoyable despite its advanced age and it was one of those excellent summer moments to savor it under a tricky sunset.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2005 Quelle belle bouteille sérigraphié. Bouteille à consommer de préférence avant la fin 2005. Couleur ambrée, faible mousse blanche concassée adhérant partiellement au verre. Semble toujours en bon état à en juger par les arômes qui ne témoignent pas des quelques années d’age du liquide. Fruité et épicé, style cumin, en arôme. En bouche, flaveurs légèrement cartonnées et oxydées témoignent finalement de l’âge de cet échantillon. Le fruité et la verdure des houblons est aussi moins présent comparativement à une version fraîche. Le seigle apporte enfin une touche épicée très intéressante et se mélange très bien au reste des flaveurs. Un réchauffant passage ensoleillé en provenance du passé. Bouteille, Charlie’s Street Liquor, Boston, Juin 2005


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