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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 1299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (1888) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2005 Dark brown in colour with an off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Aromas of caramalized malt, yeast, and cut grass. The flavor is an odd combination of sweet malt and spritzy saison-like flavors (citrus, yeast, etc...)... it tastes good, but still somewhat muddled.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2005
bottle. poured a nice dark mahogony with a slight white head, good lacing. aroma of sweet malt, spiced rum, brandy...initial mid sweet malt taste with a maple/ rum and yeast hint...the hops were light but pleasing in how they round out the beer. The palate could have been a little fuller feeling. this brew was very reminiscent of corsendonk and westmalle dubbel as well as close to many scotch ales. I enoyed this very much!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Pors a medium brown with nice lace. Fruity sweet malt aromas. Malty sweetness dominants the palate through to a sweet finifh.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (2184) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Bottle Pours a clear dark brown with a very thick fizzy head. Coarse spotty lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, apples ans a sweet toasted note as well. Flavors are dark roasted, slightly smokey, kind of like a strong porter butr with that spicy belgian yeast flavor. ABV is present and fairly up front. Feel is a bit thin with quite lively carbonation. Trailer is a sour bitterness but not overly so.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Bottle 2004. Pours thin and brown with high carbonation. Aroma with hints of sour fruit and spices. The taste reminds me of spiced fruits and tart sweet yams. The mouth feel reminds me of a sparkling italian wine with medium particles in suspension. This a unique and flavorful abbey that finishes just as spicey as it begins.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Dark cloudy brown with orange edges and a tan rocky head. Aroma of yeast, spice, dried fruit. Flavor of dried fruit, dark chocolate, some smoke. Alcohol hidden extremely well, but there’s nonetheless a warming characteristic to this. Medium body. Excellent all around, and extra appearance points for having a gnome in a kilt on the label.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2005
On Tap @ Twisted Spoke, Chicago--Poured russet, murky with a quickly dissipating head. I was surprised to see this is a Scotch Ale as it has a lot of Belgian charcteristics to it. Definitely some dried fruit to this and some banana. Extremely drinkable, alcohol is hidden unbelievably. Finish is great with slight bitterness and full malt. Have to try the bottle for measure, but really loved it on tap. Great glass.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (981) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2005
The Chouffe character of silky smooth, creamy, malty, easy drinking ales is present in this high ABV quaffer. Although, their approach may not overly suit the strong character I associate with a scotch ale. Nice, warm, raisiny sweet with notes milk chocolate and nuts. Finishes with a decent bite to keep it from being cloying. good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2005
These guys make dangerously easy-to-drink strong ales. May the good Lord forgive them for all the hangovers they’ve caused, the magnificent bastards. I’m not sure what tartan the gnome on the label is wearing but he’s welcome to join my clan. It pours a plummy brown colour with a healthy rocky head. The big ripe nose hints at the high alcohol content. Rum and raisins, with a handful of nuts for good measure. It’s medium-bodied and slides down a treat, leaving a firm bitter hop finish. Great balance, with hints of madeira, fruit cake and nuts. It lacks the muscle of a true Scotch ale but it’s a terrific act in its own right. It’s light enough that you could drink it on a warm summer day. Well done gnome - or as they say in the home of Scotch ales - go on yersel wee man. (Bottle)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Bottle: Deep ruby brown color with a yellow/tan head. Medium - full body, highly carbonated. Aroma: fruits(apple, plum, pear, mild grapefruit), spice, yeast, sweet caramel malt, pine. Taste: sweet and somewhat syrupy, notes of grains, caramel, pepper, yeast, maple, earth, mild grapefruit zest, honey. Finishes dry, with strange mix of honey and a mild tart malt. Very nice.


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