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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 2094   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Slightly hazy and golden with a big, fluffy head. Mouthfeel was on the light side, but it wasn’t really watery. Malt flavors were nice, but subdued. Hops and spices were at a nice level and pleasant. Clean yeast flavors and aromas throughout. Nice and gentle hop aromas. Alcohol was very hidden. Finished the whole bottle without a problem at all.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3436) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Aroma is a spicy pepperiness with hints of Belgian yeasts with typical banana notes. Some sweet sugar cadies in the end as well. Moderately hazy honey color with lots of floaties. Nice frothy light light yellow head. Start is somewhat sweet, then taken over by a quite roasty middle. Roasty malts to finish with a small amount of hops as well. Almost get some coffee notes in the way aftertaste. Interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 14, 2004
huge belgian style head with a mury orange apperance.aroma of citurs,flowers,carbonation,and yeast. surprisingly light body,(not a bad thing b.t.w.)very smooth with light hints of lemon,hops,yeast,flowers,and coriander.this one needs to warm up and sit for a bit.then more flavor begins to arise.gets a little sweet after a while.very nice belgian brew.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Aroma is pleasure to the senses, a mix of spices, coriander and orange notes. Mouthfell is warming and has lots of texture. Very well balanced, a little light on the body. Toffee like and sweet. Aftertaste was pleasant not overpowering, somewhat dry and lightly spicy. The knomes have done well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2004
750ml. Hazy amber-gold glows luminous as a grail-shaped lamp. The finely beaded head is lasting and leaves lace cobwebs. Spicy, complex nose highlighted by corainder, chamomille/floral, and gingery/peppery aromas. As the beer warms, musky, yeasty, and pleasantly mild barnyard characters emerge. Zesty, spicy flavor with mild nutty, toffee, orange, and barely bitter notes. Coriander is evident. Refreshing light body, well-carbonated but not explosively so. Finishes minerally like wet slate, spicy, with a slight honeyed sweetness. Aftertaste: tingly on the tongue, quinine, and a remote suggestion of... jaegermeister? Nothing overpowers- flavors and sensations wonderfully balanced. Excellent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2004
75 cl bottle. Pretty clear for a bottle conditioned beer. Nice head that leaves belgian laces as it collapses. Sweet, yeasty smell - very nice. Taste is sweet and malty fruit and some hop bitterness, that I do not remember noticing before in a La Chouffe. Also the strong corriander aroma seems to be missing. Is my taste buds f**ked up, or has the recipe been changed - only God and Pierre knows. Still a great beer though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4388) - Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Bottle. Appearance was a large white head, fair lacing, carbonated, cloudy, and a pale yellow hue. Malty and spicy aroma. Malty, spicy flavor. Smooth mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2004
750ml bottle. Poured hazy with nice head and lots of fizz.sweet aroma of orange(?) with floral rush on first sip. strong but not overpowering alcohol. Delicious and dry.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2004
750ml bottle. This now seems to be available at most Oddbins in London. Sadly this beer dissapointed me greatly. A spicy aroma, with a slightly sickly hint. Warming alcohol, a bit muddled flavour really. Not quite my thing, herby/perfumy aroma is carried through to the actual flavour.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 a hoppy belgian strong golden. huge fluffy white head, spicy & hoppy nose, wonderful body with rampant carbonation, intricate web of lace. flavorful. excellent golden.


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