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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.

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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (4957) - 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!

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (4928) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 10, 2012
This draft brew from a beer bar poured a head of foamy with a frothy top off-white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a very hazy dark orange colored body. The mild aroma was malty and dough. The sour mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The flavor contained notes of sour hops and malt. Not one that I would likely drink again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s in State College PA this beer poured a murky tan-orange color with a medium sized foamy off white head that faded and left minimal lacing. The aroma was a bit tart with a bit of golden fruits and faint notes of yeast and pepper. The flavor was tart, dry and bitter with touches of peach, pear and bread dough. Medium length dry tart peach, pear and bread dough finish. Medium body. Ok.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4667) - 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...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4637) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is very fruity and yeasty. Very light tartness. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Light caramel up front with a moderate sourness and light acidity in the finish. Light yeastiness hides in the background as it warms. Caramel increase too as it warms and a toffee presence becomes noticeable.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tderoeck (4448) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2014
2/II/14 - 75cl bottle @ Vintage Tasting, Brugs Bierfestival - BB: ? probably at least 10 years old (2014-158) Thanks to the person who contributed this bottle!

Clear dark orange to amber beer, big irregular off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: very fruity, lots of peaches, orange peel, sweet malts, caramel. MF: soft carbon, medium to light body. Taste: fruity, lots of peaches, some orange candy. Aftertaste: marzipan, peach candy, bit sweet and sugary, some cardboard. Survived pretty well, but I’d rather have a fresh one. HEY, MOORTGAT, DID YOU HEAR ME? I WANT THIS STUFF DISTRIBUTED IN BELGIUM, instead of just the States and the Netherlands. (Pssst: I’ve heard rumours that as from this spring, it will be available in Belgium.)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 7, 2005
750 ml bottle, no idea of the date. Translucent dark orange, fast-fading large-bubble snowy head...spicy, grapy nose, very yeasty and sharp, almost unpleasantly so at first but nice when quite warm...sourdough, carroway, sour berries at the front of the dry mouthfeel, moderate sweetness turning to mouthpuckering stillness at the finish. Interesting, maybe not entirely my tulip of choice but worth the one try.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4353) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2012
11 ounce goblet - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: This one is hazy, opaque, and dark orange-amber in appearance with a thin layering of snow white foam. Copious lacing.

Smell: Honey-toned, pale malted, bready malts with little, light touches dried herb, green grapes, lemon rind, and vague florals.

Taste: A sweetish taste of raw, organic honey over cracked pale malts with a light toastiness, and a light caramel quality. Herbal, lowly citrusy hops, very low bitterness. Hint of grapeskin, a bit of pulverized apricot. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: It’s alright, I am appreciative of the relatively low alcohol.

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%.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Draft at Brasserie V. Hazy thick unfiltered orange-tan. Massive foamy off-white head. Malty, cherry woody amber malt and Belgian yeast centered. Medium bodied and pretty tame. Some mellow spice tones, orange, cherry esters. Not so memorable or impressive, a Belgian table-beer Amber. Reminds me a lot of Quebec beer in the malt tones.


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