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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: 3.3   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2001
Sweet and sparkling.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertVerloop99 (130) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2001

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6185) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread/grain), lightly hoppy (orange, flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of cardboard, peach, coriander. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly acidic, moderately bitter, somewhat cardboardy. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Wow, I’m amazed this has held up as well as it has...the beauty of bottle-conditioned 750’s, clearly. Yes, there is some oxidation/cardboard in this one, no doubt, but it’s not too strong. My original score back in its day was low 3’s, and I dare say it’s about as good as before (gained some estery fruitiness over time, lost its hoppy edge/freshness, but of course also gained the cardboard). Surprisingly still very drinkable even for me. Neato.

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.

3.3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
A great find by Olivier/Clark. Old 750mL. Gorgeous artistic bottle that probably had a few years on it, but seem to have held out quite well besides the oxidation beginning. Light copper hue, mostly lasting off-white head. Pleasant honey-ish maltiness is fairly airy, sweet and nutty in the nose while the remaining hop character can’t hide the once great floral array it must have produced. Accompanying fruitiness (juicy pear, lemon, mango, melon)must have been pretty intense not so long ago. Carbonation is still very intense, lively and fitting. Highly bready yeasty/rye combination works very well in mouth, but it thins rapidly toward the finish, letting oxidized edges come through. It remains very enjoyable despite its advanced age and it was one of those excellent summer moments to savor it under a tricky sunset.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Bottle - sampled from goldtwins bottle, which by it’s expiration date on its side, looks like it is designed to outlast most household pets. Cloudy hazy orange pour. Spicy lemon aroma and very light malts, with a touch of sour. Light malt and light fruit flavors, lemony, and some spice. Oxidation a little evident. A bit acidic, kinda tough to drink a whole lot a once for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Sampled on 8/24/05: Semi-hazy golden bronze color has a wispy white head. Lightly spiced and oxidized aroma has a touch of tartness. Semi-full body has some earthy cardboard and mild sweetness with a nice spice balance. Has aged fairly well, but not a beer to be keeping to 2024 like the bottle said.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7349) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2011
Bottle at Jan & Charlotte’s tasting, Ulfborg, Denmark 09.04.11 cheers Jan & Charlotte 2000 vintage courtesy of Mads - Dedollewaitor, cheers Mads. Pours quite hazy, in fact very hazy, its more a light brown colour than amber with very little head. Touch of the farmhouse quality about this, tangy, fruity and holding up very well despite its years and relatively low abv. Decent mouthfeel, a little spiciness showing. Nice beer. A7 A2 T7 P3 Ov14 3.3

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10549) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Draft in snifter. Poured hazy amber color with medium off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium tart fruit and yeast aroma. Medium body with a tingly texture and soft carbonation. Medium tart & sour flavor with a medium bitter & sour finish of moderate duration. Soft brew.


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