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Brewed by Brasserie d’Achouffe (Moortgat)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Achouffe, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1955   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.
Golden Ale, strong, spicy, lightly hoppy, with evolving taste. Natural beer, bottle conditioned, unfiltered, not pasteurised and without any additives


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2005
This ale lacks the traditional cork and cage enclosure atop the 750 ml bottle, which I feel would add something to the allure of this beer. Nonetheless, it is quite good. The body itself is a cloudy, golden yellow. There is a huge tight white and quickly dissolving head that leaves super lacing. The nose has a light floral aroma suggesting honeysuckle and orange blossom. There is a gentle sweetness in the initial palate that builds to orange citrus and spice flavors of coriander and clove. A clean and delicate body becomes bolder in the tart, long-lasting finish, which also features a touch of warming alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2005
750ml bottle. Floral taste. Bubbles were perfect. Great foamy head. Nice orange color for a blond.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorqui (2091) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 5, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 Bottled 0,75L. Orange dark color, a lot veiled and hazy, optimal and fine bubbly. Creamy and abundant foam, optimal persistence. Fresh and flowery scent, much complex and spiced. Notes of orange peel, caramel, sugar, coriander and clove, exceptional nose. Sturdy, wrapping and fruity taste; much fresh and decided, medium stinging. Long and sweet end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from liquor store in Quebec. 750ml (whooppieeee!!!!!) Pours a yellow / golden colour, cloudy, lots of yeast sediment and suspension. Big head. Aroma is of cheese, shortbread and spice. Flavour is unique, very much like a peach cheescake or similar desert. Obvious yeast component, dominent, but very nice indeed. Little or no hint of the big ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 1, 2005
Good stuff, although I prefer McC. Ages well. Fresh bouquet. A good example of the style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juggernaut2005 (9) - quebec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005 does not count
Humm difficile d’obtenir des bières importées fraiches au québec... bouteille achetée à la SAQ et je me doutais qu’il y avait de grosses chances qu’elle ne soit pas de la toute première fraicheur étant donné le faible taux de roulement des bières à la SAQ et la bouteille verte... Odeur et saveur de mouffette malheureusement mais je pouvais quand même me rendre compte en la buvant qu’elle aurait été bonne si non périmée... C’est le genre de bière épicé, fruité alcoolisée mais facile a boire qu’on iame bien boire l’été. Pour l’instant je vais men tenir a la bonne vieille fin du monde ;)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2005
They call this a Strong, but I am more reminded of a saison but banana-triple notes. There is some leather here, some chocolate, some apple and pear and corriander and maybe some white pepper. Sweet, spicy, very carbonated, chewy with yeast towards the end. A good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 THis Belgians do not joke with their beers, it was a punch for me, very good and a little sweet. A good one, let say.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Pours medium/ dark golden with decent white head, made of tiny bubbles. Aroma very yeasty and fruity perfume like. Lots of pear and apple in the flavor, with a slight sourness to it. Some pepper is present also.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
In my opinion, a typical BSA. That said, it is worthwhile to add to your repoire of BSAs. The flavor is heavy with yeast and very dry. I enjoy a good BSA, but there are better.


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