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


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RATINGS: 1331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2005
Muddy brown with floating chunks and a lively tan head. Caramel bread aroma. Earthy amd woody flavors with brown bread. Quite spritzy. Interesting interpretation. Few of the distinguishing characterestics of a scotch ale. Not bad though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2007 Served on bottle at "Den Tatoverede Enke", Copenhagen. Beautiful brownish/ruby colour with a huge lasting head. Aroma and flavour was nice too with lots of malts, burned caramel, and brown sugar. Perhaps a bit sweet but nonetheless a wonderful Belgian interpretation of a Scotch ale! Update: According to Mik Schack thyme is added providing a very subtle spiciness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (2896) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2005
Deep chestnut-brown hazy hue, with a lacy head, spicy, malted-caramel, burnt brown sugar aromas, follow through a medium-bodied palate, with some fruity notes of prunes, dates, raisins, with a dark chocolate and caramelized malt note, and a hint of porto, in a soft warming malted finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2005
Bouteille de 750 ml. Arôme: Odeur d’épices, de caramel et de fruits. Apparence: Couleur ambrée foncée. Petit col blanc mousseux. Dentelle moyenne sur le verre. Aucune carbonisation. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de raisins. Durée de l’arrière goût moyenne. Palette: Corps moyen avec une texture minérale. Carbonisation moyenne. Arrière goût de caramel. (Rating #105)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Interesting aroma - sweet and slightly spicy. Pours a thin, fizzy amber with a quickly dissipating head and some light lacing. Sweet taste, some caramel, malt and honey notes. Thin palate with just a touch of fizz and some light alcohol tastes late. Very drinkable overall, but certainly *not* what I would characterize as a "brown" ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 16, 2005
Nice spicy character, but little aroma. Smooth and fruity with high carbonation, taste has some caramel. Very plesant beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1259) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 13, 2005
dark amber, complex aroma of caramel, light spices, fruits and more ... very enjoyable ale, well masked, easy drinking ... mmmm

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2005
Very dark brown to black, with a big white head which lasts very well. Aroma of chocolate and horseblanket. Smokey, sweet medicinal flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
Tasted in San Francisco while here at a conference. Obtained from PlumpJacks Noe location. Unfortunately, I had to rate this one in one of those hotel bathroom glasses. Appearance is reddish brown, with a medium sustained white head that laces the glass well. Aroma is sweet, with hints of caramel and candied sugar. Initially the flavour had a metallic taste. The metallic taste eventually subsided after several sips. Flavour is somewhat muted and not as charaterisitcally intense as I would have expected. Very subtle hints of sweetness, malt, slight yeasty presence and spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Dark brown, somewhat ruby red when held up to light with a thick white head. Aroma of pear, spices, hops and caramel. Taste has notes of brown sugar, yeast, pear, raisins, roasty malts, nuts, chocolate and spiciness. Pretty sweet. Alcohol content very well hidden. Medium body with lively carbonation. Not much lacking but good head retention. Good stuff.

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