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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: 115   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Dirty orange with big white head. Lots of floaties from sediment. Aroma a little sour with lots of yeast. Flavor very yeast almost farmhouse in a way, very dry spicy flavor present near finish. Probably a little old, but decent nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Cloudy and red with some swirling sediment. Nose is all nuts and light fruits...grape, pear, green apple. Taste is lively, carbonated and fruity. A very quick drying at the end (from the rye malt??). Nice aftertaste of grassy dryness and that odd Belgian yeast that makes it all "stinkybarn/buttercookie-like"

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1830) - - JUN 20, 2014
Transfer from BA review from 6-30-12- Served on tap in a tulip glass Appearance – Served a hazy yellow-orange color with a billowy off-white head. The head had nice retention, eventually fading to leave a fair amount of lacing. Smell – The smell was largely of wheat, spice, yeast and a lighter citrus aroma. Mixed with this were some aromas of green apple and a very light caramel smell. Taste – The taste began with a sugary sweet and bready flavor with good hints of the citrus that was in the nose. With these flavors is a strong presence of a yeast flavor. As the flavor advanced, some spice came to the tongue with hints of a sour lemon/apple entering the scene. The sour got stronger more toward the end of the taste with the sweetness lightening some giving overall a a nice mildly sweet and sour spice flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel –The thickness of the beer was a little on the lighter side with the carbonation level being average to just above average. Both made for a very refreshing wheat style brew. Overall – A very easy drinking and flavorful beer that is great for a warm day. While a little pricey for the quality it was well worth a try.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Appearance: Hazy unfiltered peachy hued bread under a thin, tight white head which leaves light traces of lace in its wake.
Nose: Freshly sliced peaches and apricots. Cereal grains along the sides. Fruity spices. Curacao orange peel. Grains of paradise. Herbs and grass.
Palate: Smooth mouthfeel, light and fruity, refreshing. Delicate notes of fresh apricot, peach, and kiwi. Spice is more subdued than in the nose – a shadowy partner. Tropical fruit skins bitterness in the back.
Final Thoughts: Subtle is the name of the game here – subtle but not boring. Personally, I would prefer more oomph in the flavors present. That’s really the only part of this beer that is lacking. Don’t get me wrong though; I’d drink another if offered.
(An original written work by Beer Ambassador, LLC. Plagiarism is not tolerated.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Bottle from Pailhead. Nice light brown colored beer with haze and chunky floaties. Nice rocky white head which leaves good lacing. Nice light aroma of malt, spices and yeast. Light bodied, well carbonated. Somewhat spicey in flavor with yeast stuff going on in the background. Refreshing and light beer with discrete flavors and aroma.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Dark orange brown with a very persistent light brown head. . . Significant chunks rest in the bottom of my glass. Strong floral aroma with some juicy fruits like pears and grapes, along with some peppery spices, yeast and orange dough. Fairly bland flavour after a promising aroma. A slight mustiness, but that only gets me to the steps of the basement, where I don't go down. . . it just isn't that interesting, it the end it sort of feels like chewing on sweet grass.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (1464) - Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Tap - Good size foamy head, nice dark orange color, fruity Belgian yeast aroma and flavor, dry seltzery finish

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Dark amber in color with a medium sized, light, fluffy head. The aroma is a strange combination of sweet citrus fruit, spices, floral and citric hops, honey, white grape, pear, bread, and a surprising bit of medicinal alcohol. Sort of short when it comes to flavor. The fruit that was in the nose seems only very light and hardly noticable. Decent malt for a summer beer. Not incredibly full, but with nice oatmeal cookie and honey wheat flavors. The finish has some spicy hops and dries out rather quickly. A refreshing summer beer, but not my favorite.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeinDahlem (1343) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 14, 2012
Said to be a lighter version of Chouffe, an idea with potential, I thought. But it struck me as overly sweet, overly herbed, and boozily hot despite the low abv. A car crash in the Ardennes. Leafy coriander and schnapps. Thanks but no.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Medium/light amber with a large off-white creamy uneven head. Fresh and crisp with a slight attic cobweb aroma. Taste is light, musty. Nothing really stands out. A good summer beer with food.


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