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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 1340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2004
The beer after disassociating itself from the 750ml dark green bottle sets in the glass a brilliantly clear brown color with a semi-creamy tan head piled high on the body, lace a thick and sticky sheet to obscure the glass. The aroma of yeast, hops, sweet malt, a bit of peat smokiness, all rolled up into one, crisp and fresh, the start is inconspicuous in its sweetness, the malts plentiful and the top fair to middling in its feel to the palate. The finish is unrelenting in its acidity, the hops pleasing it their spicy presence, quite dry aftertaste and a fine drinking beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2004 Re-rate Bottled version offers even more goodness. This is as much an Abbey Dubbel as a Scotch Ale, as the plums and figs come out from aroma ’til the end. The pepper spiciness and carbonation keep it lively. <O> On tap. Very interesting forest-like aroma in this brew. The appreanace is golden brown, with a fluffy white head. There is something that I am struggling to place in the taste here, something like pine nuts. Overall, on sheer uniqueness alone (smoked malts without the dryness) we have a winner.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Poured from tap into a thistle. Large white head, deep ruby color. I didn’t smell much, but it didn’t smell bad. It was sweet at first with a tinge of acidity in the very middle of my tounge that I wasn’t expecting. It stays subtly sweet through the finish and smooth and creamy throughout. I was expecting to taste more hops, but they were understated. I got no hint of the alcohol, which was nice. The finish took on a slightly eucalyptus flavor which was unique, but I thought the finish overall could have lasted longer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2004
750mL bottle. Best before end of 2006. Pours a dull, light brown, some red hints and a lighter yellow hue. Bottle conditioned, but still mostly clear. Aroma of dry toffee, barley grain, dry musty blankets, and some cinnamon-like spice. Flavor starts out dull and dry, with a classic caramel malt, some lightly peppery spice. As it warms, it picks up some lightly sweet fruit flavors (cherries, dates, prunes), though it is still quite dry, and very subtle. Dosent seem to really get terribly interesting. Just a straight up well brewed scotch ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dredd (687) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2004
Nice strong belgian ale, not as nice as plenty of maltiness and hoppy aroma and well balanced. There is also a lot of spice in this too, nice winter beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2004
Ahh malty aromas. Quite a distinct sharp hops bittering. Not as sticky mouthfeel as other raters had indicated, I found this to be quite clean with a lasting aftertaste. Nice and malty flavour (could have done with a thicker palate I guess). Decent helping of pepper and spice riding the alcohol backbone.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2004
Draught (Keg). I didn’t think I would like it, but in the end I found it to be pretty good. Nothing special.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Nice Scotch ale with a belgian twist. I was worried at the start, too many contradicting flavors flying around. Bittersweet, earthy, fruity- confusion set in, so I set it aside for a few minutes for warming. What a difference. Still missing that true Gaelic malting, but nonetheless, a good effort. Decent malt with a snappy yeasty push.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2004
Very thick head. Nice brown color. Nice malt, caramel and toffee aroma maybe fruity too. Malt, caramel, spicy flavors with some alcohol vapors. Spicy, peppery finish. Sticky mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2004
Sampled from draught at Danish Beer Festival 2004 (#59).
Hazy amber beer with no head. Aroma is sharp spicy and malty, tones of pepper and alcohol. Flavor is also malty and spicy with pepper and coriander notes. Too sharp and not very complex.


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