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

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RATINGS: 1413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Spicy aroma with brown sugar notes. Brown with head that faded fast. Grassy, yeasty and ample spice. No real smokiness for a scoth ale. Comes across as a less gassy version of a belgian strong ale with less spice and sweetness. Different and fun to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2005
Dark brown colour, with a thick creamy, sparkling white head. Yeasty, woody nose with small hints of dark fruits. Sweet, smooth flavour with notes of chocolate. Thick mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Poured a beautiful cloudy dark ruby-brown with a large foamy/rocky light brown head and noticeable sludge of tiny black particles. Aroma quite surprising - more mild hop bitterness than I expected, competing with the usual dark roast malt, bread yeastiness, some toffee and root beeriness - quite sweet on warming. Taste follows the aroma, darkly sweet, not much hoppiness, still nicely spicy, with fruit and vanilla entering the blend. Very enjoyable, not alcohol-strong at all, although as it warms the alcohol asserts itself some. A little astringent mouthfeel. I’d like to try the 750ml bottle, or better yet, have it on tap if I ever visit Bruges again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (11818) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2005
(75 cl bottle at Delirium Cafe, Brussels)Shiny amber, great offwhite head. Malty aroma with vanilla and some spices. Quite mild malty flavor with vanilla, toffee and fruity notes. Quite a mild finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Cloudy, reddish-brown with a thick creamy head. Fruity,woody and smoky aromas-like being in the woods. Flavors of sweet fruits, caramel and Belgian yeasts are clean with just a hint of bitterness. A spiciness reveals itself toward the end. Overall, pretty complex, but more of a Belgian than a Scotch ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Pours mahogany in color, decent white head fades to film. Very bready, yeasty aroma, some light fruit in the background. Flavor is very subdued malt with dark fruits and slight spice in the finish. Very dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Cloudy, orange brown with an off white head. Aroma is nutty and carmel malts. Also hints of raisin. The flavor is earthy and full of malt and dark fruit flavors. It’s very carbonated and has a faint alcohol presence that mixes with great carmel malts.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2005
75cl Ruby red and almost clear with a foamy head which diminishes to a layer of film. Rich fruity malty aroma permeates the air. Nice yeast aromas blend well with berry like fruit and caramel malt aromas-cherries are present. Not your typical Scotch Ale, more strong Belgian with emphasis on malt yet complex like a good yeasty Belgian style. Lots of lacing and the layer of foam is holding up well. Lively mouthfeel, velvety soft and full. Flavor is excellent! Fruitiness reminds me of Three Philosophers. Slightly sweet, slightly tart, rich malt flavors with yeast adding that nice Belgian character I crave. Overall an excellent brew!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5243) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is fruity with a moderate apple presence, yeast, and a touch of caramel. Pours a somewhat transparent amber with an off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Lots of caramel with a hint of chocolate. Finishes lightly yeasty with some fruity tartness. Lively carbonation in the mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
litio (4) - ITALY - JUL 4, 2005 does not count
good beer, creamy and sweet. you can drink it often, the sweetness taste make noise if you abuse of it :-))


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