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

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Golden Ale, strong, spicy, lightly hoppy, with evolving taste. Natural beer, bottle conditioned, unfiltered, not pasteurised and without any additives


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (13818) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2005
Draught
Hazy golden, small white head. Weak hoppy nose. Citric acidy, also a bit toffeeish palate. Good bitter aftertaste. Well-balanced tripel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Poured a hazy golden color with a medium white head. Aroma was sweet with moderate amounts of spice and notes of citrus and yeast. Flavor pretty much matched the aroma. Lively carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2005
Nice brew. Had the big chouffe. Nice brew. Very smooth lemon taste. Fruity, yet smooth. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Bright, fizy gold with a nice fluffy white head. Yeasty, lemon aroma in typical Belgian fashion, along with some pepper, coriander, pilsner and Munich malts. Flavor is creamy, starchy lemons. Pils musk is evident, but it’s overridden by coriander and other spicing. Easy going and hard to offend. Thanks for bringing this along, tpkenned!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
1994 bottle offered up by DougShoemaker at Radekfest 2005. Hazy gold with lasting froth and lots of floating yeast. Spicy (pepper and coriander) and malty. Some hop emerges but largely a spicy malty subtley fruity offering. Held up nicely.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Gigantic, frothy white head melts into mounds of creamy, foam. Vigorous, tornadic-like carbonation is great to watch swirling in the middle of the glass. The aroma is sweet and malty, with a slight tinge of salt-cured meat. Lots of cider qualities in the body, with overtones of banana and jungle fruit. Large amounts of spice and pepper appear in the finish. It’s easy to love Belgians.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomGibson (4) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2005 does not count
This beer is at the top of my list. Pretty much my favorite beer. I love everything about it, balanced flavor with a proper amount of spice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Golden color with a nice white head on top. The aroma is on the spicier side of the belgian spectrum, but not overly done. Flavor is a bit breaddish, but still crisp from the mouthfeel that is pleasant from a suggary texture. Ends with a nice subtle bite.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
On tap at Bistro 2005 Belgian Fest. Medium yellow gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. Fairly strong lacing. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Medium bodied Belgian Golden Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, touch of hops and spice, coriander and allspice. Some fruit esters. Smooth taste. Nice balance. Touch of alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Grande Chouffe 51 oz magnum bottle at the Appalachian abbey bar for only $25- split with a friend to drink this beast. Pours a very nice slightly hazy gold with a good long lasting white head. Aroma is probably one of the hoppiest of all the belgain strong ales I have had. A ton of noble hops (Saaz) give this a slightly spicy and herbal aroma with lots of flowery undertones. The use of EKG gives it a nice herbal and somewhat earthy aroma as well. The flavor is well balanced however with the hops, malt and yeast. The yeast gives the flavor lots of initial spiciness, but as it warms some fruitiness comes through and some bready malts are noticed. Very nice dry finish with a little bitterness in the end. Extremely easy to drink for an 8% beer.


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