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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2320) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Appealing translucent brown pour with off-white head. Aroma of orange, plum and sweet malts that follows through in the flavor. Acidic notes in the aftertaste in the form of a slight sourness in addition to some very slight peppery notes. Thin body and lots of fizz. Enjoyed this.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 This is almost as good as Chimay Blue or Grand Reserve. It is one of the best examples of a Belgian Strong ale that there is in the World.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
750ml bottle. Deep reddish brown colour. Pours a thick and huge fluffy tan head with a lovely lacing. Fruity aroma. Sweet taste, some caramel and malt notes with a dry and fizzy-bitter finish. Perhaps a bit too sweet to my liking since I am not a big fan of scotch ale but from an objective stand-point a very well-made beer.

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 (2141) - 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 (1580) - 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 (431) - 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 (2648) - 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.


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