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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: 118   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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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5359) - Southampton, 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5220) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (5006) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2001
Sweet and sparkling.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Draught at TND: Aroma of must, slight blue cheese, light funk, and a hint of malt. Poured amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, milky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Slightly sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of pale malt, hops, slight grass, grain, and a tiny hint of citrus. Light to medium body. Lightly dry texture. Pale malt, grain, grass, slight hop finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4907) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4677) - 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...

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4487) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (4443) - 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.

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.


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