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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: 116   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
Rastacouere (6134) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6100) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6009) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2011
draft at Blue Monk< buffalo. Amber colored pour, fruity yeast driven aroma. flavor seemed a bit stale, just not fresh. fruity yeast, bready, very light cardboard, orange zest. Decent not great

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5608) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Draft shared by Tmoney99 (late summer 2011). Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have pale malts, mild fruity notes, apricots, light tart character, mild spices, light yeast with lightly toasted bread. I thought that it became soft mid palate through the finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5506) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 Pours a dirty amber color with a foamy head that lingers only briefly. The aroma is dusty and fruity, grapes and plums, with a bit of mildly sweet malts. The flavor is grassy and has some citrus flavorings, along with mayhaps a dash of honey. It’s got a dry, sour finish. I’m not sure what they were after here, but it’s an interesting drink.

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2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jredmond (5483) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Draft at rattle with streets. Pours a deep amber body with nice haze and no head, some minor lacing. Aroma is light spice and fruit. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with notes of apple and prune. No thanks.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
Fredagsbaren på biologi, Aarhus Bottled Excellent summer ale - refreshing with high carbonation and lots of aroma hops. A hint of sweetness and fruit

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5236) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2003
Like an average English Bitter, but with that strange vanilla horse blanket quality that Belgian beers have. There are some medicinal spices flying around, and a light hop bitterness. The malt base doesn't really make a strong appearance so this is certainly suitable for a summer refresher. There's plenty going on to keep up interest, but overall I wasn't impressed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5227) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2002
With it’s typical Chouffe taste i like this beer, though it’s not as strong as the original Chouffe. But this beer is a good alternative in the summertimes!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2001
Sweet and sparkling.


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