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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: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5687) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - 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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2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (5548) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5526) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5518) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2005
750mL bottle, date unknown. If this thing is ridiculously old, you wouldn’t know it from the pour. Mountains of thick, foamy, off-white head pile up in the glass, and it’s a while before it recedes enough to take a drink. Unfiltered and very hazy, it appears a copper-gold, with some deep orange tinges. Plenty of lacing as well, and the bubbles are tight and agressive. Aroma shows the malted wheat foremost, with hints of vanilla, some light yellow fruits, spicy rye notes and just tons of thick yeast. Flavor begins very light, more of a smooth, creamy wheat and freshly baked baguette flavor. Some nutty/cardboardiness from the age, though I didnt realize this was retired, at the time, so I was rather dumbfounded at finding an oxidized palate. Watery it is, but still maintains some good wheat and rye character, with notes of lemon-flavored sponge cake and mashed vanilla beans. Funky yeast flavors abound on the finish, though it has to fight off the large amount of oxidative dryness. I’m impressed that this little beer is still drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (5469) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
On tap at Blue Monkey, pours a very cloudy amber orange with small white head, and lacing. Aromas of belgian yeast and candy sugar, dark fruit, steaming corn, floral hops, lemony citrus. Taste is filled with spicy hops, light spice, toasted malt, citrus zest. Body was nice and light on this belgian with a refreshing finish. Great session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (5429) - Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2011
over aged, too much bread and wet cardboard. Tastes like an overaged tripel. Underneath is some floral notes and Belgian candy notes. Definitely one to taste fresh

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bragesnak (5394) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5258) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2012
On tap. Comes a cloudy amber with a decent white head. Aroma of yeast, malt, caramel, and spice. Taste is yeast, caramel, malt, citrus, dark fruit, and some hops. Nice to sip.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (5236) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2012
On tap in a tulip. Pours cloudy copper with a lacy, light beige head. Aroma of spicy yeast, some caramel and pale malts, and some floral hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent Belgian ale.


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