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

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RATINGS: 1438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Rusty caramel pour with a great, tight forming head that stays the whole glass. Spritzy aroma is mostly light fruits - pear, apple with a slight sourness and funky yeast note as well. The body is light and sweet, with subtle notes of wet wood and earth that blend nicely with the more dominant apple notes. The alcohol is absolutely silent in this from start to finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Clear dark ruby with a brownish tint and a small tan head. It has a gentle aroma that smells fruity (ripe cherry & apricot) and floral with a touch of spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sharp carbonation on the palate at first. The flavor is woody peaty malt with a muted toasty hazelnut/almond finish. Its almost watery on the finish. Maybe this one’s a bit old. Will try again

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorqui (2125) - Brescia, ITALY - FEB 14, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Bottled 0,75L at Oberon (Ospitaletto) [ABV 5.0%].
A lot hazy dark brown color. Dense and extremely bubbly one. Much bulky and supporter head, optimal persistence. Elegant aspect. Much rich and spiced scent; notes of humid forest, spices like pepper and marjoram, smoked malt (light). Much racy and prickly taste, enough dense and solid one with a sweet and harmonious final. A lot fruity with main notes of dark grapes and small fruits. Determined but most pleasant alcohol tenor. Without excesses.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 10, 2006
(11.2 oz bottle ("best before end ’07") from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co.) Pours medium brown with medium biege head. Aroma of yeast, brown sugar and toffee. Not much lacing. Mouthfeel prickly, kind of thin. Tastes moderately sweet, brown sugar-ish, light banana. Definite Belgian characteristics from yeast. Don’t get the Scotch or peat characteristics like I normally think of with a Scotch ale but this was pretty enjoyable anyway. Flavor doesn’t really stand out, perhaps the most distinct characteristic is the prickliness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2006
Brown, tall head. Sweet aroma with brown sugar. Vanilla, notes of smoke, even oak? More sweetness in the flavour. Very pleasant.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagobears (430) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Dark brown, tall head, shrinks down quickly. Zesty, orange peal, leaves a grassy trace long after. Small tornado beads appeared near the end of the glass. Dry and earthy finish. Quite splendid.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quevillon (2601) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2006
La moins commune, même dificile de se procurer des deux d’Achouffes au Québec. Je l’aime pas mal mieux que La Chouffe. Une bonne saveur de scotch, une arome chaleureuse. Je n’ai pas dégusté la versoin RJ.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle, 75cl. Dark amber colour with a medium tan head, rapidly diminishing. The appearance wasn’t as good as i expected but aroma and flavour were much greater. Not much carbonation. Aroma is malty, spicy and yeasty, with caramel notes in the middle. Flavour of roasted malt and wood. Medium-light body. I must confess i was expecting a little more of this one. Nevertheless, a very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8480) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2010 Bottle. Cherry, orange, plum and grass aroma. Cloudy orange brown color with small head. Lightly sweet plum/orange malt and lightly bitter grass/celery flavor. Smooth with a nice body - very easy drinking with alcohol content well hidden. First time I tried this I must have gotten an old bottle - it had a very strong astringent celery flavor that really turned me off.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7466) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
Another excellent beer from Brasserie d’Achouffe! Deep red-brown, slightly hazy, massive tan crown leaving generous lace. Aromas of soft toffee, yeast, and leather. The palate leans toward sweetness without being cloying (in contrast to the Heineken Tarwebok I had earlier), and there is a fruity yeastiness behind the caramel malt and subtle sweet spices that make up the foundation of this beer. The alcohol is subtle and well-integrated. I’m not sure of this is because it isn’t true to the style, but I found this much more enjoyable than some of the other scotch ales I’ve had. Still, I liked the "La Chouffe" ale better.


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