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Chouffe Biere du Soleil

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

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Amber coloured, fruity, hoppy, sparkling and is not pasteurized.

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7808) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2005
Quite clear amber with ochre shine; good fluffy, just off-white head, collapsing. Fresh, citrussy smell, bit of ambrée malt. Milky/creamy but not really sweet nose. Oxidised taste above malts, pale and ambrée. Bit of caramel flavour, especially in the finish, but not cloying or sticky. Another flavours as from rice - as in ’cooked or steamed’, not as in used in mash by Megabrew. Quite refreshing MF, light bodied. I am at a loss about this bottle’s age. Recently purchased, label says best before 4/2001 and that’s plain b*llocks. This is a reused label (this beer has been retired), but the beer has had some ageing for sure. Difficult to estimate for a 4.5% ABV beer. Not bad, however.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
Summer vibrations…Lime and lemon bitterness…Hops and rye…Nostrils wide open…

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7729) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Draft at Craft. Poured dark straw with nose of funky yeasty malts, hops, florals. Tasted yeasty malty, with mild funk, pronounced hopcitrus, and mild fruit in the finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2004
Bottled (750ml). A fairly low alcohol beer for Achouffe, no doubt intended as a summer quaffer. Apart from pils and witbier, Belgium is rather short of these. Very lively when uncapped - the bottle overflowed - as a result of which the bottle sediment was inevitably stirred up. I don't mind that, and, as I wasn't drinking from a 750ml glass, would have happened anyway. Pale amber in colour. Lots of lemon in the aroma and taste. There were notes on the palate that were reminiscent of a pasteurised British bitter. As Silk Tork says, there is a light vanilla undertone. Moderately dry finish but, as the hop bitterness dies away, a sweetish aftertaste develops. Overall, uncomplicated and fit for the purpose intended, but nothing special.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7267) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2011
Bottle at Jan & Charlotte’s tasting, Ulfborg, Denmark 09.04.11 cheers Jan & Charlotte 2000 vintage courtesy of Mads - Dedollewaitor, cheers Mads. Pours quite hazy, in fact very hazy, its more a light brown colour than amber with very little head. Touch of the farmhouse quality about this, tangy, fruity and holding up very well despite its years and relatively low abv. Decent mouthfeel, a little spiciness showing. Nice beer. A7 A2 T7 P3 Ov14 3.3

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6151) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread/grain), lightly hoppy (orange, flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of cardboard, peach, coriander. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly acidic, moderately bitter, somewhat cardboardy. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Wow, I’m amazed this has held up as well as it has...the beauty of bottle-conditioned 750’s, clearly. Yes, there is some oxidation/cardboard in this one, no doubt, but it’s not too strong. My original score back in its day was low 3’s, and I dare say it’s about as good as before (gained some estery fruitiness over time, lost its hoppy edge/freshness, but of course also gained the cardboard). Surprisingly still very drinkable even for me. Neato.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6122) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6009) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2012
On tap at Jackie-Os, $6 a goblet. Nice, hazy amber color. Creamy, cream-colored head leaving great lace. Nice texture, crisp and smooth carbonation, with a light body. Good zesty-sweet taste, a little bit of sour. Bready aroma, with a light spice slow crest, it’s complex and satisfying. Interesting for a 4.5% brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
1/18/12. On tap. Slightly hazy golden pour, almost orange, with a nice off-white head that fades but laces in thick, soapy sheets. Nice aroma with Belgian yeast, esters, and citrusy fruitiness. Slightly sweet entry that shows fruity esters, sweet citrus, a bit of bitterness, and lingering lemony dryness. Not bad!


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