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

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RATINGS: 1441   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (21914) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2006
Bottled. Hazy amberish brown colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel and yeast. Flavour is caramel, sweet malts and yeast, mixed in a very pleasant way. Hides the alcohol well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4540) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Dark tawny brown beer with an off-white tannish head that has nice retention. Aroma has rich caramel malts with earthy yeast and toffee. There also seems to be a bit of spice in the background. Mouthfeel is just a bit over medium with carbonation that is between fizzy and frothy. Taste is split between Scotch ale and Belgium strong, but lean a bit more towards the scotch side. Taste has lots of toffee and caramel richness with some dark fruits hanging around. Finish has spice and earthiness. Overall a very nice beer to be savored.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2006
(Slightly opened bottle while in transport, 0.7l). Dark brown colored, very big and thick yellow head. Cloudy appearance. Spices, anis, chocolate and mild alcohol in aroma. Medium bodied. Spices, medium alcohol, mild chocolate, anis and sweetness in flavor, somehow watery palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours a bronze\ brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, belgian spices, and caramel. Flavor is smooth, fruit, spices, caramel, and citrus. Good body, good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (11205) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 29, 2006
Bottle. Creamy white excellent fully lasting head. Redbrown colour. Powerfull hoppy aroma. Nice flavor. Long finish. Slightly watery palate regarding abv. but overall ofcourse a very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - APR 25, 2006
Light brown pour that reddens to the light. Nose is restrained a bit with a general sweetish malt/caramel scent. Palate is soft with a fair amount of carbonation. Flavor improves upon the nose with raisin, plum, caramel and a nice roast/smoke malt finish. Nicely marries Scotch ale flavors with Belgian drinkability. A standard bearer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3355) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 23, 2006
On tap. Pours dark brown with a tanned head. Sweet with aromas of prune and raisins Also some yeast aromas. Hoppy bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LadySusan (721) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
Dark bronw color with spicy flavor. It has a caramel taste. This beer has all the qualities of a true Belgium beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pfhyde (56) - Davis, California, USA - APR 18, 2006
A well-balanced, spicy flavor that hints, subtly, of malts. The aftertaste is almost too smooth, indicating to me a lack of complexity. After the first sip, I was surprised at the lack of distinctive qualities, and so I was immediately prompted to have another sip, and another--until I realized I’d gone through a whole chalice simply to get a feel for the overall taste. I definitely recommend this as an introduction to Belgian darks (to Americans), because it’s not threatening in any way. Also, consider paring it with smoked gouda; they’re complementary, according to my palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - APR 17, 2006
Murky brown body with a moderate head. Lacing was good. Aroma was spices, sugars, and caramel.. to me this was like any other Belgian brown ale. I really didn’t find this that interesting, but it was good for what it was.


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