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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
highlandlad (1412) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Oh, you curious noble little gnome you. You planted and grew a right good little beer here. Syrupy but delicious. Intentionally drank this in an illegal manner. Mmm, well built and tasty alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2005
very rocky pale-tan head that has medium last. dark ruby/copper color. nose is whiskey-like, light peated malt, some raisin and dark fruit. also some grapefruit aroma. medium to light mouthfeel, lively carbonation and very creamy palate. flavor is dry and peaty malt, whiskey-like alcohol finish. subtle dark toffee flavors upon warming. Wait, now that it’s getting warmer, this is a completely different brew - this is tasting more like a brown belgian ale. it’s getting sweeter, more toffee flavors coming through, and less peat/alcohol. not a true scotch ale but I like this blend.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Malty fruity aroma, bit of chocolate. Light floral hops and some astringency, anise. Hazy dark brown with creamy light tan lacing head. Medium watery body with medium-high carbonation. Starts medium sweet with chocolate malts, light toffee, and mild acidity. Neutral fruit notes throughout, with smooth hoppy bitterness balancing out the malty sweet character. Finish is mild bitter with barnyard leathery notes, Belgian yeast. After is light nutty bitter but not astringent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Big thanks to my brother for gifting me this for Christmas. Semi-turbid ruby pour with a huge, creamy white head. Aroma of malt, hopcit, fruit, peat. Tastes malty, fruity, with some hops and added fruit at the finish. Firm, dense palate, and a great balance and complexity. This one kicks ass and takes names.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - JAN 5, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 What a wounderfull beer, malty, flavorfull, full bodied, fluffy head, fruity and yeasty, a great winter beer, a real treat.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2005
An intresting crossover of two styles in never imagined together but probably should have, seeing how nice they pair here in this beer. Dark ruby color with a fluffy head. Earthy aromas with notes of dark fruit and yeast. Malty, but not overly sweet flavor. Quite complex, with flavors of plum, carmel, and spicy hops. Finish is nice and dry with herbal tones. I can’t believe I waited as long as I did to sample this great beer. I wonder how it would age?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2005
A nice Belgium Scotch ale. Dark colour, with a large fluffy off white head atop. The nose was full of dark stone fruit, spice, and intrigue, the palette was lively and brought out the spicy side of things a bit more. A bit of caramel also going on I think. Over all a very nice drop, and a great way to end the year (and welcome the next).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
I especially enjoyed the aroma of this beer. Earthy, some hops, also some cherry notes. Very pleasant. The beers pours a cherry copper colour with a nice frothy head. Sweetish flavours, with chocolate, mustiness and a strong alcohol finish. Palate is lively but low on malt. Overall an enjoyable beer.


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