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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: 3.3   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2012
On tap at Toronado, SF. Deep blonde to orange pour, decent looking with a moderate cloudiness and a struggling-to-exist head. Soft herbal notes very understated in the nose along with some floral and malty overtones. Decent sipper, a bit earthy and hoppy but ultimately not so much character.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (3877) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2012
On tap at Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Light watery aroma with a bit of tang to it. Almost smells like a dirty line but not quite contaminated. Fruity notes, light yeasty character. Hazy medium golden-amber with white foamy lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Mild pilsner malt sweetness with spicy hop presence. Mild finish, kinda watery. Muted bitter undertones.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (3687) - Connecticut, 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

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2002
Initial aroma on opening bottle was of cabbage but that soon disappeared to leave, erm , no discernable aroma. Excellent fluffy rocky head with loads of lace and good condition. Some fruity yeast notes in the mouth but slightly thin and dry in the finish. Not one of their best beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3441) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2012
On tap at Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a thick white head. Aroma of apricot, light fruits, sweet bready malts. Flavor of bready malt initially with a sweet, light peach and apricot finish. Light, not too sweet, very drinkable, good light Belgian! 7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Draft at Fountainhead. Pours an attractive gold, lightly hazed with a frothy/creamy head. Nose is citrus, lemon, soft pils sweetness and chouffe yeast. Some caramel noted as well. On tasting, crisp and refreshing, medium bitterness, a touch on the sweet side overall. More lemony hops come through, as well as a clean malt profile. Faint caramel again. Tasty stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3411) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3300) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
750ml bottle 7/00-Pours a light amber with a small head. Aroma of fruits, hops, and caramel. Taste of the same. This light to medium bodied brew is not bad.


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